After watching KimmayTube’s videos on pH Balance,
I realized the reason why Aloe Vera juice or gel has always been such a huge part of my regimen. When I did my Big Chop in May of 2009, it was one of the first things I used on my hair and my family has been using it ever since. It wasn’t until I watched the videos that I actually knew how it worked. Basically our hair’s natural pH is a 4 or 4.5 on the chart which is the same value given for Aloe Vera juice or gel (different brands may vary). Things like conditioner, shampoo and even water have a pH of 6 or 7. This change in pH balance opens up the cuticles along the hair shaft which can result in frizzy, puffy hair. Using the Aloe Vera is a way to bring the hair back to its’ proper pH making it easier to detangle and style.
KimmayTube is also known for her Leave-in conditioner
recipe which incorporate’s Aloe Vera juice as the balancing ingredient. I’ve tried it and liked the results. For me and my family though I prefer a spray leave-in that can be used daily. For this I use the following:
Aloe Vera Spray Leave-In
1 part Aloe Vera Gel or Juice (Lily of the Desert brand)
1 part Water
5-6 drops Rosemary essential oil (natural preservative)
1 to 2 squirts Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake vigorously until conditioner dissolves. The conditioner will continue to dissolve over the next few hours. Use as a moisturizing leave-in or re-wetting spray.
Some of the ways I use it:
Set my braidouts/twistouts
re-wet my kids’ curly hair before combing
detangling my husband’s long hair
re-wetting/moisturizing my wash n’ go
Most recently I found that it works when re-activating the Kinky Curly Curling Custard on my son’s hair for great 2nd day hair with the product. I like this mix because we’re getting the benefit of the Aloe and Conditioner in one easy to use spray.