Known in ancient Egypt as the plant of immortality because of its ability to live and bloom without soil, Aloe Vera has been used medicinally since the first century. This remarkable succulent features tough, spear-like spiny leaves that contain a clear thick gel and allow the plant to retain water even in arid areas. That gel contains a number of glycoproteins (a type of protein molecule with glycans or other carbohydrates attached) and polysaccharides (natural polymers) often used in topical applications and the plant possesses a plethora of beneficial properties that can help with everything from digestion to dental issues and beyond. Aloe Vera leaf extract can, when combined in with specific ingredients, provide numerous benefits for both scalp and hair.
What is Aloe Vera leaf extract?
A translucent to slightly yellow, semi-viscous liquid derived from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, Aloe Vera leaf extract contains polysaccharides, amino acids, fatty acids, and other bioactive compounds.
How does Aloe Vera leaf extract benefit the scalp?
It contains enzymes that can help break down excess sebum and dissipate grease without drying out the scalp or hair, making it an excellent ingredient – along with other crucial ingredients – in shampoos. With soothing and cooling proprieties, it can also help reduce irritation and inflammation of the scalp.
How does Aloe Vera leaf extract benefit hair?
An effective humectant, Aloe Vera leaf extract possesses powerful moisturising properties and is able to hydrate, maintain and draw in moisture. Thanks to a combination of fatty and amino acids as well as vitamins, it can effectively smooth and nourish hair strands – increasing softness and manageability – as well as strengthen hair follicles.
Why does Hårklinikken use Aloe Vera leaf extract?
At Hårklinikken, we specifically use Aloe barbadensis leaf extract because it has the highest levels of bioactive compounds in the Aloe species. These compounds provide nourishment that helps strengthen the scalp and hair. For those reasons, we formulate our Fortifying Shampoo, Daily Conditioner and Styling Paste by combining this high-performance botanical in surprising, unique ways with other powerful ingredients.
Hårklinikken products that contain Aloe Vera leaf extract
Designed as an add-on cleanser to be used with our other shampoos, our Fortifying Shampoo provides extra nourishment for very dry, brittle hair. Ingredients like flax and Aloe Vera leaf extract help to strengthen and repair even the most damaged strands.
Packed full of naturally derived ingredients, our Daily Conditioner is a powerful but lightweight formula that protects and hydrates all hair types. This silicone-free product has been carefully designed to help with moisture retention – improving the hair’s elasticity, smoothness and softness.
For use on damp or dry hair, our Styling Paste provides firm but flexible hold without weighing strands down. This botanical-powered product simultaneously heals and hydrates, making it ideal for people who want an effective styling product that nourishes and protects with each use.