Aloe Vera has a chemical make-up similar to Keratin, the primary protein in the hair. Because of this, the plant’s gel is able to penetrate the hair shaft, keeping normal hair healthy and helping to repair dry, damaged hair. Used regularly it can also strengthen the outer layer of the hair, giving more shine.
If you’ve been tempted to try an Aloe Vera Shampoo this recipe is relatively simple and can easily be adapted for any hair type.
2 cups Distilled Water
6 oz Liquid Castile Soap (unscented)
2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
½ tsp Jojoba Oil (omit for oily hair)
40 drops Essential Oils (see combination suggestions below)
Normal hair – Lavender, Clary Sage, Chamomile
Oily hair – Lemon, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang
Dry hair – Rosemary, Myrrh, Peppermint
Dandruff – Tea Tree, Patchouli, Lavender
Bring the Distilled Water to a boil. Remove from the heat.
Add the Castile Soap slowly, mixing gently as you pour.
Add the Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Oil and Essential Oils appropriate for your hair type.
Pour the shampoo into a plastic squeeze bottle.
Shake gently before each use.
Nancy Mayne is the Director of Wellness for The Healthy Grocer. Nancy’s interest in natural remedies began as a little girl watching her Grandmother make salves and oils using herbs from their garden. After receiving her B.A. in French, B.S. in Management Sciences from University of Rhode Island and M.A. from Penn State University in French, her studies led her to live over 15 years in France, India, Thailand and Ireland. During this time, Nancy earned certifications in 17 forms of healing arts with over 2,000 hours training in these modalities. Certifications include, but are not limited to, Holistic Massage with Waterford College, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage with Shivagakomarpaj and Sunshine School of Massage, Ayurveda from College of Ayurveda and Panchakarma and more. Herbs and energy work have remained a focus for her. She makes most of her household cleaners and beauty products herself, and holds seasonal workshops.