Hair Care: Aloe Vera Gel

Ciao Bellas,
As you all know, I've been on a healthy hair journey for about a couple of years or so now. I'm due for a relaxer touch up, but I'm pretty sure I've VERY close to APL (arm pit length), with the overall goal of getting to and maintaining MBL (mid back length). One of the things that's really helped me retain my length is protective styling (along with very little heat styling. My hair hasn't seen any sort of flat iron since December, and before then it was only once a month). I've been rocking buns non stop, however after awhile my hair would get a little discombobulated and need to be tamed so I'd start rocking headbands and scarves to contain the situation. This is mainly because while I don't have a problem with using gel to initially slick back my hair, I HATE using jam (for those of you that aren't familiar with it, it's like a heavy duty extra hold hair gel... but like if you sweat, it runs down your face and what not. I felt like Perry The Platypus from Phineas and Ferb =/ ) and some hair gels and I just don't get along.

This all changed however when I was reading up on Aloe Vera hair products over at Keep It Simple Sistah, and came across this post about using Aloe Vera Gel (I've heard that there are a lot of benefits to using Aloe Vera in hair, so I had to check it out). I needed to contain my hair before I taped an audition for this show (I'm also an actress Bella's, I wear many hats. All of which are equally fabulous), so I decided to try using 100% Aloe Vera Gel by Fruit of the Earth to slick back my hair (AFTER moisturizing my hair with my trusty Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion by Organic Root Stimulator). I think it was like $4.99 or something at Wal-Mart, it's in the skincare section and it can also be used for sunburn and dry irritated skin.

Armed with my aloe vera gel, a brush, a couple of those long white head wrap strip things, and my scarf, I got to work. I put a decent amount of the gel in my hair, brushed it back, wrapped it and tied it down with my scarf. When I took my scarf off later in the day, I was pleased to find neatly slicked back hair that didn't feel dried out or look gelled down. Just smooth, soft, and my wavey curly new growth was slicked back and in check. Ever since then, the Aloe Vera Gel has been a keeper in my book, and I've found that putting a little in my curly haired sisters mane (after moisturizing) helps to define her curls and keep them from looking stringy and weighed down like it did when we tried other styling products in her hair (wash days weren't really the problem, it was those days in between that had it looking questionable).

Overall Aloe Vera Gel is officially one of my new trusty hair care products, and it'll definitely be on standby during the humid summer months 'round here.

Stylishly Yours,
Ms. Fab

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