Aloe vera gel is commonly used as a moisturizer for skin because it can help trap and lock in moisture. Aloe vera gel can be purchased from many stores -- especially health food outlets -- and can be used on its own or mixed with other products for hair application. These products will also help keep your hair moisturized, which will help prevent damage and keep your hair from drying out.
Make aloe vera shampoo. The easiest way to do this is to take 1 tablespoon of commercially available aloe vera gel and add it to 8 ounces of shampoo (of your choosing). Mix well with a spoon, and then shampoo your hair as you would normally.
Make a light aloe vera conditioner. To do this, mix one-quarter cup of aloe vera gel with the juice from half of a lemon as well as a few (3 to 5) drops of an essential oil of your choosing. Apply this mixture to freshly shampooed hair; leave it in for 3 to 5 minutes, and then rinse it out.
Make a deep-clean conditioner. Combine equal parts of olive oil and aloe vera gel, and then comb it through your hair. Leave it in for 30 minutes, and then rinse it out.
Use as a "leave-in" conditioner. To do this, apply aloe vera gel to your hair (this is most effective after shampooing it first) and massage it in. Because sweat can cause the gel to run into your eyes, it is best to avoid athletic activity for a few hours after application. Many people put the gel in just before they go to bed.
Use as a styling product. By adding a small amount of aloe vera gel to your hair after styling it, you can add natural shine to your hair and help lock in moisture. Rub a small amount (penny-sized dollop) between your hands, and then distribute evenly over your hair.
Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.