For the first time, I met a lady in her 50's who walked up to me and said "I Love your afro dear". Responding with a shy smile and a thank you,I noticed that she had a beautiful grey Teeny Weeny Afro and a healthy hair line. Since I'd gotten questions about breakage at the edges I asked what her secret was and she said "Aloe Vera gel".
Me: That's all?
Lady: Yes. Plant some Aloe Vera and use the gel that comes out of it- when it gets mature- on your 'baby hair'. I have found that it helps prevent breakage. And...*whispering* ...that's how Onyeka Onwenu maintains her healthy hair line."
Among other benefits, Aloe Vera gel has been known to prevent hair loss, reduce dandruff, maintain PH balance, and promote hair growth.
When at home (where I can get better Aloe Vera leaves without begging my neighbor J), I use aloe vera gel- straight from the plant- as a leave-in and in my deep conditioner . For easy application and detangling during a deep treatment, I mix it with a conditioner and Olive Oil. This leaves me with soft manageable hair. I'll advice that you try this out if you have coarse natural hair.
But before rushing off to start something new, note that Aloe Vera gel can leave the hair feeling hard and dry when applied alone. So if I'm to try out what our Anonymous Lady said, I'll mix the juice with something...Shea butter...castor oil ...or better yet, I'll mix it with some water and Olive oil and then spray the mix on my hair!!
What do you think Ladies?