I am super excited to write this post because honey* let me tell ya, aloe vera juice* has been giving my hair life lately. Allow me to speak freely with ya’ll, I was in a rut, a bad one, my hair was dry, lifeless, just an over all bleh. I go through these dry spells sometimes, and its often because I stray from what I know works for my hair and do other things that are just all wrong.
Have you ever had that old faithful Holy Grail thing that always works wonders for your hair and for some odd reason you forget about it and move on to something else? That is how I am from time to time. Now I do realize that it is human nature to always want to try something new, we get bored and do out of the ordinary things in the name of trying the next big thing.
The thing about hair is, it doesn’t ‘think’ like we do, it responds to great products in the same manner even if we use those same products over and over again. Aloe vera juice and aloe vera gel* can be considered holy grail status for any regimen regardless of curl type or if your hair is relaxed or natural, because both are chalk full of some amazing things.
This post is really about the differences between the two but it is really hard to explain those differences without running into some reasons why they are very beneficial for your hair. As always when dealing with something natural we have to start with its origin, and the aloe vera juice* and gel come from a plant, the plant is a member of the lily and onion family.
That is actually a great thing, did you check out our Onion juice post yet? If not check it out here. Ok back to the matter at hand, the plant is a native of northern Africa the leaves which aren’t typical leaves are very thick and fleshy and look similar to cactus.
There is a bit of confusion between aloe vera juice and aloe vera gel* and at this point it is probably best that we explain the two. The gel refers to that substance found in the fleshy portion of the leaf, it literally looks like a gel, its gooey and sticky and takes a bit of getting used to if you ever attempted to taste it in that raw state.
The juice is also found in the leaf, but instead of that inner fleshy portion the juice is just under the skin of the leaf and it is very bitter. Many believe that raw aloe vera is the most beneficial, and if you are from the Caribbean you will hear stories of mommys cutting a piece of the aloe plant extracting the gel and using it on Saturday morning on their little daughters in the name of deep conditioning*. Those mommys shall remain nameless.
Aloe vera gel is pretty pliable, so other than hair it is used for burns, scrapes and skin irritations including eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera juice is often taken as a drink and is believed to be great for many stomach issues including ulcers. It is also a minor diuretic and a great detox and both can be used on your hair to keep your strands healthy.