As always I want to be clear when I am learning about something and I always want to bring my clarity to you and share what I’ve learned… even if you guys already knew it!! So I’ve been using Aloe Vera gel for a few months now (GNC Brand- 10 bucks) on my Twist Outs. It offers a nice light feeling and hold without the crunchy residue that gels usually create when left in the hair too long and dealing with the outside elements. But then I got to thinking… I’ve been hearing about Aloe Vera Juice as well in naturalista’s hair regimen and I wanted to know what the difference was or what benefits they offered. Let’s start with what exactly is aloe?
Aloecomes from the Aloe plant also known as the lily of the desert. This plant looks similar to a cactus and can be found at most farmer’s markets. Both the gel and the juice come from this plant, just different parts of it.
ALOE VERA GEL is the clear substance you see when you split the leaf in half. The gel is often used as a topical cream for burns, rashes, or irritations and can be easily extracted from the plant itself.
ALOVE VERA JUICE is also found in the plant but directly under the green skin of the leaf. Most people use aloe vera juice as a part of their leave in conditioners or spritz for their hair as it is already in liquid form. Besides using it for hair aloe vera juice is also used as a dietary cleanse/detox for many people in order to help with stomach or dietary issues. However the brand of aloe vera gel that I have from GNC also states ingesting a tablespoon of it daily will help with the same concerns. (Though I haven’t used it for those purposes I hear it works wonders)
So what exactly is the difference you may ask Now that you know exactly what they are, what they look like, and what they are used for: which one is better for your hair? Sorry ladies… the answer is BOTH are equally beneficial to your tresses just for different purposes. Like I stated earlier using the gel for twist outs , and other styling purposes is more practical because of its gel like nature, but using the juice for your hair would be most practical as a leave in spritz. If used daily either form is just as healthy and beneficial for your hair. Both have moisturizing properties that will reduce frizz and add shine to your hair.
If you compare the ingredients on the bottles they are practically the same with a few minor differences. What I strongly strongly strongly recommend when purchasing either is to look at the ingredient list and make sure that you are getting the pure 100 percent version of the product or at least close to it since most of the time that “100 percent” on the front of the bottle doesn’t match up with all of the preservatives and other ingredients on the back. I suggest going to a health food store or organic store to have a higher chance of getting a good quality product versus your local drug store which will have a discounted version that is less beneficial. Like I said the GNC bottle of gel is 10 bucks and has 32oz. I’ve been using this bottle for over five months so I am definitely getting the most bang for my buck! As always ladies make informed choices and treat your hair with TLC!