Hibiscus

Hibiscus, the hardy plant that grows in various countries and in different weather conditions has been found to have various benefits for hair. It has been used for centuries now in hair care and is a sure shot remedy for hair problems.

What hair problems does hibiscus cure?

Simply put, hibiscus is an all in one cure for all hair problems. Be it dandruff, hair thinning, hair fall or dry and brittle hair, hibiscus cures everything with regular use.

How to use:

Chew on the petals

The first and easiest option is to eat the petals raw. These cool your body and promote wellness. God nutrition is important for healthy hair.

Make hibiscus tea

Hibiscus tea can cool down the body and boost immunity. It helps to improve metabolism, fight against diseases and reduce cholesterol. The tea has a lot of good nutrition and helps in hair growth. For women, hibiscus tea can also reduce menstrual cramps and pain.

Method:

  1. Take a few hibiscus flowers and sun dry the petals well. (You can make these in summer and store the petals for a couple of months)
  2. Boil water in a pot and when the water is boiling, add the dried petals to it.
  3. Let it boil for some more time so that you get a nice thick extract.
  4. Switch off after a few minutes
  5. You can have this tea along with some palm sugar and drink it.

You also get the dried flower petals in organic stores which is  good alternative for homemade ones.

Hibiscus flower tea
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Make hibiscus shampoo

Hibiscus shampoo can be made with the leaves of hibiscus. You can use the leaves of red hibiscus if that is available.

Method:

  1. Soak enough leaves and a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in water.
  2. Let it soak for an hour.
  3. Grind the leaves and seeds in a blender till you get a smooth paste. You can also add a drop of lavender or any other essential oil to get a nice fragrance.
  4. Apply it on your hair from scalp to tip like a mask and leave it on for twenty minutes.
  5. Wash it off with cold or warm water. You may have to rinse well.

You can follow up with hibiscus flower conditioner. But even if you don’t, you will find your hair to be soft and silky after the wash.

If you intend to use this shampoo after an oil massage, you can apply it like a mask and wash off after ten minutes. Hibiscus leaves are very effective as a shampoo and you wouldn’t need to use any chemical based shampoo to get rid of the oil.

Make hibiscus conditioner

Hibiscus conditioner is the easiest to make.

Method:

  1. Take a few flowers and pluck the petals. (For medium length hair, to condition from scalp to tip, you will need about 7 – 8 flowers. )
  2. Grind them in a blender along with water and two teaspoons of lemon juice.
  3. Keep this mixture in a bowl for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. After washing your hair, apply from scalp to tip.
  5. Keep it on for 3 to 4 minutes and rinse with plain water.

You will be left with super soft and shiny hair!

If you are not able to find hibiscus flowers, then you may use the dried powder instead. But personally, I’ve had better results with flowers. Not only does this herbal conditioner make your hair smooth, it will help to prevent split ends and give your hair better texture and volume. (No remedy will fix existing split ends – you will have to chop those off)

Dried hibiscus
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Make hibiscus herbal hair oil

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil or olive oil
  • Fresh or dried hibiscus flower petals (fresh ones are better), hibiscus leaves (fresh) – If you’re using dried flower petals, you may need a larger quantity of the petals. I generally use fresh petals.
  • Coconut milk

Method:

  1. Grind the petals and leaves of hibiscus in a blender into a smooth paste.
  2. In a deep frying pan, pour oil and allow it to become hot.
  3. Add the ground hibiscus paste and coconut milk to the oil. (You can also add some curry leaves if you would like – curry leaves are known to boost hair growth too but its smell may put some people off)
  4. Reduce the flame to minimum and leave it to boil for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the quantity of oil you are making.
  5. Switch off after the said time and allow it to cool.
  6. Strain the oil well with a cloth.

The oil is now ready for use.

You can store this oil at room temperature at least for 6 months.

You can use this oil on a daily basis as a leave in oil or you can use it for a bi-weekly oil massage and wash it off. Either way, it will result in thicker and more healthier hair with long term use. This is one of the best remedies for dandruff as well.

Note: In spite of these benefits, you may want to try once to see if hibiscus suits you. For some people who are prone to catching cold, hibiscus may aggravate or induce it. 

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.

One reply on “Hibiscus for healthy and beautiful hair”

  • Soundarya
    May 13, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Good one! Useful!

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