Thursday, May 21, 2020

Aloe Vera Hair Mask

About a year ago, I tried out an Aloe Vera hair mask and quickly realized that my hair really liked it. The astute observer will notice that this mask recipe is eerily similar to my protein hair mask recipe.

This new recipe is not mine. I found it on YouTube and it belongs to Haartraum. I have modified it a smidgen to tailor to what my picky mane favors. 

You can follow the directions to the original mask here.

I follow a lot of what "Haarrtraum" suggests in the video. I do dampen my hair before applying the mask but, unlike her, I put the mask on my scalp as well. 

I recycle a plastic bag—instead of using a shower cap— which I cover with a bandana since I don't have a beanie.

Keep in mind that these measurements are for my hair length (classic) and will cover all my hair including my scalp. If you have longer or thicker hair, you may need to add a little of everything. Likewise, if you have shorter hair, you may need to do a little less of everything. In short, tailor this recipe to your needs. Remember that it may take a few tries to figure out your soft spot and that's okay as it is all part of the Journey.

What you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A couple drops of oil
  • Conditioner to thicken

  • In a small bowl. combine the aloe, honey, and oil together.
  • Once you have a smooth mixture, add the conditioner—I recommend only adding a little at a time—until you have a consistency you like. 
  • Separate your hair into two sections and detangle so that no knots remain. 
  • Dampen your hair and spread the mixture throughout your hair. I start at my ears and go down then use the leftovers on my scalp. Because my ends are still thin, I don't need to use a lot of the mask in that area. 
  • After you have used all of the mask, take your brush or comb and gently brush threw your hair to distribute and spread the mask evenly throughout your hair. 
  • Once you are done brushing, put your hair up in a bun and secure it with an acrylic hair stick. I then cover my hair with my plastic bag—you can use a shower cap—and my bandana—you can use a beanie. 
  • Leave the mask on for a minimum of 1 hour—you can leave it on for as long as you like.
  • Washing this mask out is very easy. Simply rinse it out with water. You can then continue your hair washing routine. DO NOT USE any products with cones to wash out! Using cones after this mask will make your hair considerably unhappy.

My washing out routine is as follows: 
  1. I rinse my mask out with warm water, shampoo my scalp —only—using Grandpa Soaps shampoo and my scalp scrubber, and then, rinse out the shampoo letting it run through the rest of my hair. 
  2. I then separate my hair into two sections and allow the water to flow through my hair and then very slowly and gently brush my hair starting at the ends moving up to my scalp. 
  3. Once my hair is free of tangles, I apply a little conditioner through all my hair including my scalp. Once again I brush my hair to spread the conditioner throughout the length. I allow the conditioner to sit in my hair while I shave so my hair has time to soak it up. 
  4. I then wash the conditioner out of my hair, towel dry my hair a little with my microfiber towel and then allow it to air dry.

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