5 Awesome Hair Products with Aloe Vera

potted aloe vera with text overlay

This year I celebrated my ten year natural hair anniversary.  That’s right, I’ve been natural for ten whole years so you can only imagine how many products I’ve tried.  After all of the trial and error, I can finally say that I have a pretty good idea of what works for my hair and what doesn’t.  I may try a new product here and there but I’ve been using my daily products for a while now.  

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Back to Basics: The Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

I was never really a big fan of doing Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses when I started out on my natural journey.  I kept reading how it worked as a clarifier.  I even watched (and understood) KimmayTube’s videos on pH Balance and knew how it worked to close the hair cuticle.  Still, no matter how many times I tried, it just didn’t seem to do anything for my hair.  Then I found out about the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Bragg’s.  I thought maybe that would make a difference but it still seemed like nothing was happening.

My hair after an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
(detangled with the Denman Brush)
Recently, I decided to get “back to basics” and start washing my hair more often.  I don’t want to use shampoo everytime so I sometimes co-wash and then follow that with a vinegar rinse.  At first, I kept getting the same blah response.  Finally, by accident I think, I poured more vinegar into the container than usual.  Then, I filled it the rest of the way with water from the shower head like I always do.  I could tell right away that something was different.  I could feel the conditioner slipping down my strands.  It was actually removing all of the extra and giving me a clean feeling without leaving my hair stripped.  I left it in for a few minutes before doing a lukewarm rinse.  When I got out, I noticed how soft and fluffy my hair felt. 

I honestly couldn’t believe how good my hair looked.  I didn’t even want to put anything else in it because I was afraid to mess it up.  Now, whenever I do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, I always make sure that I’m using enough vinegar.  I always eyeball it but I would say it’s at least a 1/4 cup (at the bottom of a tall water bottle) and then I fill it to the top with regular water.  I’m so glad I decided to try it again.  It definitely works for me…finally.

Eco Styler Wash n’ Go Trials

A few months ago I learned more about Aloe Vera and how it can help restore the natural pH balance of my hair.  This had me wondering what would happen if I added Aloe Vera juice to one of my staple products Eco Styler gel

I’ve been using this gel for my wash n’ go styles and whenever I need to slick down my edges.  However, if I forget to apply enough moisturizing products underneath it, my hair ends up a little on the crunchy side.  So, I figured why not add aloe vera and see if that makes a difference since it will help bring the pH of the gel down (hopefully).  I don’t have pH tester strips yet so I can’t verify what pH I ended up with but the results were good.  The product, as always, helped define my curls.  Upon drying though; dry crunchy hair.  What gives?! 

I’ve been learning in the past few months that it’s not just the pH that is important but also the ingredients.  This little experiment made me realize that it may be the glycerin in the product that always gives me the “Ramen Noodle effect” which is why I always need use oil and conditioner underneath.  Also, living in a dry climate where there is no humidity present can also add to the drying (not moisturizing) effect of the glycerin.  For now, I’m avoiding the Eco Styler or using it sparingly until I can figure out the combination that works for me.

Before applying the aloe/gel mix

My hair with Aloe/ Gel mixture
applied to one section