How to Make an At-Home Aloe Vera Hair Mask

Medically reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS Dermatologist
Written by Ramona Sinha

Who doesn’t want a good hair day every day? However, factors like pollution, over-shampooing, and styling can play havoc with your hair and make it appear limp and lifeless. At times like these, nothing can revive your hair like a DIY aloe vera hair mask.

Aloe vera has been your hair and skin’s BFF for years. This succulent can heal your skin and keep your hair healthy. Apart from enhancing your hair quality,  DIY aloe vera hair masks are gentle and cost-effective. Read on to know why aloe vera should be included in your hair care routine and how to prepare aloe vera hair masks at home.

Aloe Vera Hair Mask Benefits

There is not much research regarding the benefits of aloe vera for hair. However, aloe vera has medicinal and other properties that may work for the hair. They include:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Aloe vera contains anthraquinones and has anti-inflammatory properties to heal wounds, skin irritation, and burns (1). This property can keep your scalp healthy and improve your hair health.
  • Antioxidants: Aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and F. It also contains B vitamins and folic acid (2). These nutrients may help enhance your hair quality.
  • Cleansing Properties: Aloe vera gel contains saponins. These soapy substances have cleansing and antiseptic properties and can help keep your scalp and hair clean and healthy (3).
  • Enhances Absorption: Aloe vera contains lignin, which can help other ingredients penetrate the skin (3). When mixed with hair masks, aloe vera can improve other ingredients’ absorption to keep your hair and scalp healthy.
  • Moisturizing Properties: Aloe vera contains glucomannan, a moisturizing agent widely used in cosmetic products (2). Applying aloe vera to the hair and scalp can help keep them moisturized and soft. This is especially beneficial for dry, damaged, and color and chemically-treated hair.

Now that you know of the benefits of using aloe vera for hair, scroll down to learn the ways to incorporate it into your hair care routine.

DIY Aloe Vera Hair Mask Recipes

1. Aloe Vera And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Coconut oil minimizes protein (keratin) loss from the hair. It penetrates the hair shafts to keep them moisturized (4). This mask can keep your hair hydrated, soft, and bouncy.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Directions

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair strands and scalp.
  3. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with shampoo.
  5. Use the mask twice a week.

2. Aloe Vera And Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask

Apple cider vinegar is a popular ingredient in DIY hair masks and keeps the hair shiny and smooth.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Mix the two ingredients. Adjust the quantity depending on the hair length.
  2. Massage the mixture on your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
  5. Use this mask once a week.

3. Aloe Vera, Yogurt, And Jojoba Oil Hair Mask

Yogurt is commonly used in DIY hair masks as an emollient to soften the hair, while jojoba oil contains wax esters (5),(6). This mask is beneficial for dry and damaged hair.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil

Directions

  1. Blend all the ingredients.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and massage it in.
  3. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with shampoo.
  5. Use it twice a week.

4. Aloe Vera With Fenugreek And Castor Oil

Castor oil improves hair luster, while fenugreek extracts have antifungal properties and prevent dandruff (7), (8).

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera
  • 2 tablespoons of fenugreek leaf paste
  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Apply the blend to your hair and scalp.
  3. Wear a shower cap and leave it on for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
  5. Use the mask twice a week.

5. Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, And Argan Oil Hair Mask

Argan oil moisturizes the hair, and tea tree oil has antifungal properties and reduces dandruff (9), (10). This mask has therapeutic properties and can help prevent flaking and itching caused by dandruff.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of argan oil
  • 2-3 drops of tea tree oil

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a smooth paste.
  2. Apply it to your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo.
  4. Use the mask twice a week.

6. Aloe Vera And Lemon Hair Mask For Oily Scalp

Lemon juice may have some effect in minimizing dandruff (11). This mask can keep your scalp hydrated and healthy.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Directions

  1. Blend the aloe vera gel and lemon juice.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly on your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
  5. Use the mask twice a week.

7. Aloe Vera, Avocado, And Honey Mask

Avocado is an excellent base for any skin or hair mask. Honey has antifungal properties and can keep your scalp healthy (12).

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 medium-sized ripe avocado (mashed)
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

Directions

  1. Blend all the ingredients.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly on your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
  5. Use the mask twice a week.

8. Aloe Vera And Green Tea Hair Mask

Green tea has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and photoprotective effects when used topically (13). This mask can minimize inflammation and irritation to keep your scalp healthy.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of green tea
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera

Directions

  1. Blend the aloe vera gel and green tea. Adjust the quantity to get a smooth and dense consistency.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly on your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
  5. Use this nourishing mask every alternate day.

9. Onion Juice And  Aloe Vera Hair Mask

Onion juice promotes hair growth (14). This mask is best for people with hair fall and thinning issues.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of onion juice
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

Directions

  1. Mix the onion juice and aloe vera gel.
  2. Use a brush to spread the mixture evenly on your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 7-15 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
  5. Use the mask twice a week.

10. Egg And Aloe Vera Hair Mask

The peptides in chicken egg yolk can promote hair growth (15). Use this mask if you have hair fall issues.

Ingredients

  • The yolk of an egg
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera

Directions

  1. Mix the egg yolk and aloe vera gel to make a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp. Focus on the hair roots.
  3. Leave it on to dry or for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
  5. Use the mask twice a week.

Conclusion

Aloe vera is a versatile ingredient. It is readily available and does not cause any side effects unless you are allergic to it. Do a patch test beforehand to prevent any adverse effects. The recipes mentioned in the article can help maintain your scalp and hair health. You can experiment with ingredients to increase the potency of the recipes. Go ahead and try them today.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

What is the best way to wash off aloe vera masks from the hair?

Use a mild shampoo to wash off the aloe vera mask from your hair. Follow up with a conditioner.

How often can we use an aloe vera hair mask?

You may use aloe vera hair masks twice or thrice a week.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.
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