At Ella Mae we want your hair to benefit from nature’s special ingredients. Aloe vera is one ingredient that can help you have stronger, healthier, and shinier hair. The thick leaves of the aloe vera plant contain the gel-like substance that has been known to have healing properties for thousands of years. Besides its ability to heal the skin, aloe vera is also great for your scalp and hair.

Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, aloe vera also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. On the hair, aloe vera is a mild cleanser that removes oils, reinstates shine, and leaves hair feeling soft. Aloe vera is also hydrating, smoothing, and volumizing. Its actions on the scalp help to alleviate irritations and it is also believed to encourage hair growth.

1. Encourages hair growth

Sebum and dead skin cells on the scalp often inhibit hair growth because they block the hair follicle. Aloe vera has what is known as keratolytic action caused by its proteolytic enzymes, and it breaks down dead skin cells and sebum encouraging faster hair growth.

Its alkalizing properties also help balance the pH of the hair and scalp, which in turn also promotes hair growth.

2. Clams dryness, irritations, and inflammations of the scalp

If your scalp has redness, scaling, or itchiness from any type of skin condition, it affects the condition of your hair and causes uncomfortable irritations of the scalp.

Aloe vera is antipruritic and has soothing properties, which means it corrects dryness and relieves itching.

3. Reduces dandruff

Aloe vera encourages the enzymatic breakdown of dead skin cells, often the cause of unsightly dandruff. The fat eating fungus Malassezia thrives in an acidic environment but aloe vera has antifungal properties and has an alkalizing effect on the skull. This stops the growth and build-up of the fungus that causes dandruff.

4. Nourishing and conditioning

The fact that it corrects pH allows your hair to retain more moisture at higher levels. The gel-like substance of aloe vera has a similar composition to keratin. Keratin is the natural protein that already exists in the hair, and that is why it penetrates the hair shaft penetrates easily, leaving your hair stronger, shinier, and nourished.