If your hair is locked, you have probably had to figure out a lot of things on your own. From which products to use, to how you should care for your hair, all this has been left upon you. When it comes to retwisting locs, so many products have been imposed on you. For a long time now, the most commonly used product on dreads has been the moulding wax. And even though it has been used on locs for such a long time, a lot of people have started ditching this product for Aloe Vera gel.
So what exactly is Aloe Vera gel? It is the thick juicy product that you get when you cut the Aloe plant and squeeze it out.
Are there Aloe Vera gel products in the market for locs?
Yes. If you do not have access to the natural gel from the plant itself, there are so many gels available. The most readily available Aloe Vera gels for locs especially here in Kenya include Tricia’s Aloe Vera gel that goes for Ksh. 550 and Mizizi Gel that goes for Ksh 800.
Even though these two are amazing products, I recommend using the real leaf. This is because some of these products may contain additives to prolong their shelf life and some of these may be harmful to your scalp and hair.
How to DIY Aloe Vera gel at home
Cut a leaf of the Aloe plant and squeeze out the colourless pulp by using a spoon to scrape it out. Then, blend this out to form a uniform paste. You can add any essential oils to the paste and you’re ready to retwist!
What are the benefits of using Aloe Vera gel on locs?
Aloe Vera is one of nature’s best ingredients to cure dry skin, scalp and hair.
No itchy scalp
The number one reason why you should switch from using wax gel is because it causes so much itching. This is because wax causes irritation on the scalp and with irritation comes dandruff. Yikes!
The nutrients in Aloe Vera will actually work at cleaning your scalp while rejuvenating your roots and locs. This ingredient is great for preventing build-up and dandruff flaking all over your scalp and locs.
Because Aloe Vera cleanses and nourishes your scalp, it will also prevent breakage and frizz. When your locs are extra dry they are traditionally prone to more breakage and frizz. Aloe is a natural moisturizer and will, therefore, help to lock in moisture in your hair and leave it hydrated.
Aids in Thickness
Most retwisting gels do not promote loc thickness. But with Aloe vera gel, this is taken care of. The healthier the scalp, the faster and thicker the hairs will grow. When the new growth is able to grow in with a healthy scalp the hair will grow in much healthier and thicker. Now, of course, if you have thin hair, aloe vera won’t make it grow in supernaturally thicker, but it will aid in healthy and nutritious growth throughout your locs keeping them strong and resilient.