In part one, I shared information about ‘why’ aloe vera is considered a miracle food. In addition, I shared with you the difference between ACTIValoe and aloe. The difference is in the name, itself. ACTIValoe simple means, “active aloe.” It’s the way the aloe is processed. It’s processed in a way where it’s not losing its biological significance.

Now, if one doesn’t have the money to purchase a product containing ACTIValoe, then one can do what my grandma would have done. Grandma would have grown her own. She would have found a way to process the gel from those leaves and use it effectively. My grandmother was a very, creative and inventive woman. In addition, she would have found a way to make her own aloe vera shampoo. The following is a recipe that can be implemented for those having an inventive soul like my grandma:

Making Aloe Vera Shampoo
Step One:
Take one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and add it to 8 ounces of shampoo. Mix well with a spoon and then shampoo one’s hair as one normally does.

Step Two:
Now, make a light aloe vera conditioner. To do this, mix one-quarter cup of aloe vera gel with the juice from half of a lemon as well as a few (3 to 5) drops of an essential oil of your choosing. Apply this mixture to freshly shampooed hair; leave it in for 3 to 5 minutes, and then rinse it out.

Step 3
If you feel your scalp needs it, one can make a deep-clean conditioner. Combine equal parts of olive oil and aloe vera gel, and then comb it through your hair. Leave it in for 30 minutes, and then rinse it out.

Step 4
Or, one can make a “leave-in” conditioner. To do this, apply aloe vera gel to your hair (this is most effective after shampooing it first) and massage it in. Many people put the gel in just before they go to bed.

Aloe vera can be used as a styling product. By adding a small amount of aloe vera gel to your hair after styling it, you can add natural shine to your hair and help lock in moisture. Rub a small amount (penny-sized dollop) between your hands, and then distribute evenly over your hair.

Now, for those who are my active fans (reading my articles), I mentioned in a previous article about Grandma making her own shampoo. The following is one Grandma would loved to have known about:

Castile Soap as a Shampoo
In contemporary terms, Castile refers to any vegetable oil-based soap, containing no artificial or petroleum-based additives. (A selection is available at Use Coupon Code: BER298 to save 10 percent at checkout.) The original Castile soap was an olive-oil based soap made in the Castile region of Spain. Fans of Castile soap use it for a variety of purposes beyond washing hands. Because it's a natural, biodegradable product, pure Castile soap is used for cleaning household surfaces, clothes washing, degreasing, washing dishes -- and even as a substitute for shampoo.

Step 1
Wet your hair and scalp thoroughly.
Step 2
Squirt a few drops of castile soap onto your hands. A little bit of pure castile soap goes a long way, so start with this limited quantity; add more as needed, depending on how long and thick your hair is.
Step 3
Rub your hands together working up a rich lather.
Step 4
Work the lathered into your hair thoroughly, from scalp to the ends.
Step 5
Rinse your hair.

Author's Bio: 

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Martial Arts from Radford University
Miss Norfolk Teen USA
Hair and Beauty Adviser