You can make your own homemade aloe vera shampoo with ingredients that are effective for hair loss.
This recipe use natural ingredients that are efficient to keep hair healthy and strong.
I have been using this shampoo for the last 2 weeks so it is still too early to know if is working for my hair loss problem. I do like the smell and how it leaves my hair. I will update this post when or if I notice any difference.
Although there is little scientific evidence that aloe vera can regrow hair, it is said that its enzymes encourage hair growth.
Aloe vera is one of the most traditional and common natural hair loss treatments. It is known to possess enzymes that promote hair growth and a healthy scalp by regulating the hair and scalp’s pH level. Known as a hair miracle, it is also used to treat other hair/scalp conditions like scalp itchiness, scalp redness, and inflammation. It also helps in minimizing dandruff and making the hair shinier and stronger.Source
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How To Make Aloe Vera Shampoo
Follow the instructions to make this shampoo at home.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup of liquid neutral soap such as Castile
- Fresh aloe vera leaves (one if is big, 2 medium or 4 or 5 small ones)
- Lemon essential oil (3 drops)
- Rosemary essential oil (2 drops)
- Jojoba oil (2 drops) (Don’t use if your hair is oily)
- 3/4 cup distilled water
- Broad spectrum preservative
Note: I use fresh aloe vera from the plant because fresh is always best. If you don’t have one you can use organic aloe vera gel (2 or 3 tablespoons), but try to make it with the plant and you will notice the difference.
This is how to extract aloe vera gel from the plant:
Cut away the end bit of the leaf and leave it for 10 to 15 mins for the yellow liquid to be drained away and wash it clean.Source
Use a peeler and peel off one side of the skin.
With a knife, make slits horizontally and vertically.
Use a spoon and scoop out the Aloe Vera gel into a bowl.
Put all Aloe Vera bits into a blender and blend at low speed for about 30secs.
Once it turns into a frothy white liquid, pour it into a container and store in the fridge to keep its freshness. Use within 2 weeks at most.
Another way to drain the yellow stuff is by placing it in warm water for 30 minutes. Watch this video to see how is done.
For this batch I have used 5 small aloe vera leaves because the plant is not big enough yet.
1. Cut the aloe vera leaves draining the yellow liquid (see above).
2. Peel and scoop the gel with a spoon.
3. Add it to the water and blend (using a blender)
4. Next add the jojoba oil and essential oils and mix well.
5. Now incorporate the Castile soap.
6. Add the preservative mixing it with all the ingredients.
7. Transfer to an sterilized bottle and shake well before each use.
If you are not using a preservative is best to make a small amount and store it in the fridge for about 1 week. Write the date on the label.
If you are using a preservative make sure that is is water soluble and that it has a broad effective pH range (3–8). Also make sure you are using the right amount of preservative by reading the manufacturer’s directions.
How long will it last? I keep mine for about 3 months and always store it in a dark bottle with dispenser and in the fridge.
# I have another recipe for hair loss made with coconut oil and fresh nettle. Check homemade shampoo for hair growth if you are interested.
When you don’t have time to make your own DIY aloe vera shampo add few drops of rosemary essential oil to your usual shampoo and shake well. You can also add it to your hair conditioner.
*Pregnant or nursing women consult your doctor if you are unsure. Same goes for anyone taking medications.