Aloe Vera Is the Best Conditioner You Haven’t Tried Yet
You've probably heard of aloe vera as a means for calming down irritated skin, especially the type that follows after a long day spent in the sun without enough SPF. But have you unlocked the benefits of using aloe vera for hair?
"The aloe plant has been known to be composed of a plentiful supply of beneficial vitamins, essential amino acids, minerals, — like copper and zinc which are important for hair growth — fatty acids and more," says hairstylist Cynthia Diersen, a CHI Hair Care creative artistic team member. These healing properties, Diersen explains, aid in hair repair and act as a great conditioner to leave your hair smooth and shiny.
Aloe is also beneficial for your scalp, especially in conditions like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, explains Dr. Kathleen Cook Suozzi, a Yale Medicine dermatologic surgeon and director of aesthetic dermatology.
"Aloe vera is a natural herbal remedy that is known to have anti-inflammatory properties," she says. "It contains vitamin such as C, E, which are antioxidants." It also works as a skin barrier and provides hydration, which makes it all the more beneficial when you indulge your hair in a dose of it.
While you can use it on its own as a mask, you can also score the ingredient's magic in shampoos, conditioners, hair mists, and more. Here, some of the best aloe vera-infused haircare products to shop now.
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Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner
Not only does this daily conditioner rely on aloe vera to moisturize hair, but it also includes argan, olive, jojoba, and virgin coconut oils to nourish the scalp and detangle hair.
Josh Rosebrook Nourish Shampoo
This natural, non-toxic shampoo moisturizes and strengthens hair using aloe vera leaf juice and a host of therapeutic oils, including evening primrose, rosemary, sweet almond, and lavender.
Camille Rose Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment
This hydrating hair treatment is made with aloe vera and coconut water, as well as nourishing almond and avocado oils, to promote shine and boost moisture.
CHI Aloe Vera Oil
This top-notch oil seals in moisture and controls frizz, while aloe vera and agave nectar help to revive thirsty hair.
Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo with Aloe Vera
Designed with all hair types in mind, this hydrating shampoo gets a moisture boost from aloe vera juice. Plus, it's free of parabens, phthalates, and it's vegan.
SheaMoisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Moisture Mist
Spritz on hair for a dose of baobab and shea oils that work to condition hair, while aloe vera moisturizes and strengthens. An added dose of yucca gives hair a voluminous boost.