• Saumya Tyagi


Updated: Aug 14, 2020

Aloe Vera has been used from centuries for treating skin. It is used on facial tissues where it is promoted as a moisturizer and anti-irritant to reduce chafing of the nose.

Aloe vera can also be used to treat dandruff. It has high water content which helps condition hair. The gel also locks in nutrients and hydration, treating conditions like dandruff. Dandruff can also be caused by a fungus, and since aloe gel has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, it is effective in treating dandruff and flaking.

It is abundant in vitamins, minerals and other ingredients which are essential for healthy hair. If you’re familiar with aloe vera, you probably know it best for its primary use: treatment of burn sand minor wounds.

The gel inside the long, spiky leaves of this succulent feels cool when used on the hair skin. This helps to soothe inflammation and relieve pain associated with burns.

Extract the Gel from Aloe Vera

Follow these steps:

  1. Use a sharp knife to cut a green leaf from the plant.

  2. Hold the leaf upright (with the cut side facing down) and allow the yellow fluid to drip out. You can leave it in a cup or jar until it drains. You won’t need this to treat dandruff, but it does have other uses.

  3. Carefully cut away the top layer of the leaf. You’ll see the aloe vera gel underneath.

  4. Trim away the edges of the aloe vera leaf.

  5. Use a knife, spoon, or other kitchens implement to scrape the gel away from the remaining layer of the plant leaf.

How to apply:

You can apply aloe vera gel before or after shampooing by following these steps:

  • Gently apply the gel to your head, underneath your hair.

  • Let the gel sit for 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Use a mild shampoo to rinse the gel off your scalp.

  • Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week, or as recommended by your healthcare provider

Note: You can also use lemon with aloe vera. Lemon is a natural remedy for removal of dandruff. However, its acidic nature can irritate the scalp and result in inflammation and redness. But mixing aloe vera gel with lemon juice balances its acidic nature and makes a great dandruff remedy. 

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