Aloe vera is a succulent desert plant that grows mostly in North Africa.
A gel extracted from the succulent leaves has been used traditionally to cure skin problems such as burns, cuts and wounds for thousands of years.
The gel contains an array of polysaccharides that absorb water, and hence, maintain skin moisture. Research has shown that it is especially effective for the cure of psoriasis, and improves conditions of dry skin. If you suffer for dry scalp, or severe cases of scalp problems, using Aloe vera shampoo is beneficial.
Benefits of sulfate free aloe vera shampoo
In looking at user reviews of aloe vera shampoos, people list the following benefits –
- Softer, shinier and easier to manage hair
- Cleans without drying out the hair
- Moisturizes hair
As with many other sulfate free hair products, aloe vera-containing natural shampoos are often gentler for colored hair, and keep the color from fading too fast. This effect may be due to the gentler detergents, more than due to the additional aloe vera.
Concerns for using shampoo with aloe vera
Aloe vera gel may be an irritant for some people. If you are sensitive, it may be itchy to use shampoo with aloe vera. Some people using this kind of shampoo have reported itchy scalp, and even appearance or exacerbation of dandruff. You would have to try using these shampoos for a few times and decide for yourself, if these shampoos are good for you.
Top 5 products
Babo Botanicals Cucumber Aloe Vera Clean Sport Shampoo is made of organic aloe vera, and contains additional organic plant extracts to achieve gentle cleaning and scalp soothing. It is priced at mid range. It contains corn starch components to absorb chlorine and salt and marketed for a daily use after swimming at the pool or the beach. It is gentle enough for children and for colored hair. The main detergent is sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropyl sulfonate which is significantly gentler than SLS and SLES. Additionally, this shampoo and all other babo hair products are paraben and gluten free. If all of that is not enough, the fragrance of this shampoo is fairly pleasant.
Lily of the Desert Aloe 80 Organics Shampoo – is a very inexpensive, and highly recommended options. In addition to 83% organic aloe vera, it also contains lemon peel oil, rosemary oil and additional vitamins A, B5 and vitamin E, to enrich the hair. The main detergent is Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, which lathers well but may cause irritation. This shampoo also contains wheat extract. If you are avoiding gluten in your cosmetics, this shampoo would not be your best option. Some users of this shampoo really like the smell of it, and others dislike the smell.
Abba Pure Color Protect Shampoo, Creme Moist Shampoo is a moisturizing shampoo for colored hair. The cleaning agents in this shampoo are Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate and Sodium CocoylIsethionate (from coconut), which are significantly gentler than SLS and SLES. This shampoo contains an array of plant extracts, including chamomile, cucumber and rose. It does, however also contains wheat extract, and the potentially cancerous paraben. Users of this shampoo point out the effective moisturizing action of this shampoo, and the slowdown of hair color fading. It is gentle for daily use, and the fragrance is pleasant.
John Masters Organics Zinc & Sage Shampoo with Conditioner is a bit on the pricier side. In addition to aloe vera gel it contains zinc and rosemary extract to help with dandruff. Decyl glucoside and Disodium cocoamphodiacetate are the main detergents. Although both of these surfactants are considered safe to use, decyl glucoside has been associated with a few cases of allergic reaction. If you are allergic to this ingredient, consider one of the other alternatives on this page. Overall, consumer reviews for this shampoo are favorable, with users pointing out the wonderful aroma, the cleaning and moisturizing effects of this shampoo. There were, however, a couple comments regarding the need of an additional conditioner or detangler after using this shampoo.
Nature’s Gate Aloe Vera Moisturizing Shampoo is fairly inexpensive and is sulfate free. In addition to the aloe vera gel, it also contains jojoba seed oil, and is supplemented with the antioxidants vitamins C and E. This shampoo contains Barley extract, hence, if gluten is a concern for you, this is not the product for you. Users point out that this shampoo made their hair shiny strong and manageable, and improved scalp health.
There are many aloe vera shampoos available in the market. They range in their prices, detergents used and additional ingredients. Some shampoos contain gluten that may be a problem for some people. Overall, people that have used these shampoos like the feeling and their moisturizing effect.
Do you have a favorite shampoo with aloe vera? Please share your experience in a comment below.
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