Effective ways to use hibiscus for hair

Someone said appearance sets your first impression in front of someone, and we say your bad or good hair day plays a big role in it. But what if there was no bad hair day, to begin with? What if we use some products that help you make your hair look gorgeous round the clock. Sounds like a dream but we’re here to turn this into reality using the power of a well-known flower called Hibiscus.

Hibiscus from the mallow family ( Malvaceae ) has been proven to be good for aesthetic problems like acne, dark spots, skin texture, hair texture etc. This plant’s exact origin has been unknown, but we can trace back its cultivation to China, Japan and the Pacific Islands. 

Is Hibiscus Good For Hair?

Hibiscus is one of the most popular grandma remedies for hair growth and problems related to it. Using hibiscus leaves for hair has many benefits, including stimulating hair growth even in bald patches. For decades, many women have relied on the Hibiscus leaves benefits for hair, and science finally took an interest in it. A study conducted in 2003 concluded that Hibiscus rosa-Sinensis’ leaf extract positively affected lab rats’ hair length and hair follicles. And if science agrees to it then who are we to deny its benefits for hair?

We talked to various people who swore by the benefits of Hibiscus for hair, and we studied about uses of hibiscus leaves for hair only to test this hack ourselves. It turns out that Hibiscus for hair growth is a great home remedy, and we decided to share it with you.

Benefits of Hibiscus for Hair

After hearing the results of using hibiscus leaves for hair growth, you must be wondering whether it helps you treat other hair issues as well? Well, lucky for you as it does help flip the health and quality of your hair upside down within a few days of use. We said that using Hibiscus for hair has numerous benefits, but it’s time to discuss what are these benefits that everyone is talking about:

1. Prevents baldness

Prevents Baldness

As discussed, a 2003 study showed positive results in hair growth and follicles of lab rats. But it was not the only study that backs up how Hibiscus promotes hair growth and prevents baldness. There has been enough anecdotal proof other than studies to show that using it properly can stimulate hair growth in bald patches. Dr Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix, described how Hibiscus could replenish hair growth in bald spots and prevent baldness.

Hibiscus flowers are packed with naturally occurring amino acids that help in the production of keratin. Keratin is the building block of your hair, and it in turns promotes hair growth and prevents any baldness or bald spots. Other hibiscus constituents help prevent any external damage to scalp and hair, giving you more lustrous and healthy hair.

2. Strengthens Your Hair Roots

Hibiscus flowers and leaves have plentiful invigorating ingredients – flavonoids & amino acids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants, and they help make your hair more resilient towards the external environment. They prevent any oxidative damage to your scalp cells and stimulate hair growth. They also help increase blood circulation, stimulate dormant follicles into active ones, fight off free radicals and enhance hair growth.

Flavonoids enhance the overall health and strength of existing and new hair follicles—amino acids, on the other hand, help in keratin production and nourishment of roots.

3. Prevents Dandruff

Prevents Dandruff

All of us hate how dandruff can ruin our favourite black dresses and attires, and Hibiscus helps us eliminate that issue. In Ayurveda, hair is defined by mainly three doshas: Kapha, Vata and Pitta. Kapha is a determining factor for strength, structure, and lubrication, while Vata determines movement and motion. Someone with excess Vata suffers from dry dandruff flakes, and excess Kapha becomes the culprit for oily dandruff flakes.

Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and anti-bacterial properties work as Sure Shot remedy for dandruff. It reduces the recurrence of dandruff, curbs the growth of dandruff-causing yeast and boosts scalp health. You could also try these Anti-dandruff shampoos if it is difficult to get Hibiscus near you.

4. Deeply Conditions Your Hair

Dry and frizzy hair genuinely ruins even the best OOTD! Every time you shampoo, the shampoo strips away some moisture and natural oils of the hair. Hibiscus leaves and flowers when crushed feel slimy to touch and applying them leaves naturally occurring mucilage in your hair. They help trap natural moisture in your hair and boost hair elasticity. This mucilage from the Hibiscus acts as a natural conditioner and makes your hair look silky and smooth to touch. 

5. Prevents premature greying

Hibiscus has been a popular natural dye for centuries, and it helps mask grey colour. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and anthocyanins helps the production of melanin, giving hair its natural colour. Applying Hibiscus not only dyes your hair but it also helps regulate the sebaceous glands present in your hair.

It balances the oil secretion from these glands and locks in enough moisture in your hair. Other than this, Hibiscus has anthocyanins that play the main role in dying your hair, so prevent premature greying and mask those grey strands by using this super-easy home remedy!

How to use Hibiscus For Hair

How to use Hibiscus For Hair

1. Hibiscus Oil For Hair Nourishment

Apart from acting as an anti-ageing serum for your face, hibiscus oil nourishes your scalp. When applied to the skin, it fights off free radicals and diminishes the fine lines. On your scalp, it rejuvenates, hydrates, moisturizes and nourishes your scalp. It masks any odour and helps in the regulation of natural oils produced by your sebaceous gland. You have to use hibiscus oil at least twice or thrice a week to get deep nourishment and better blood circulation.

To prepare hibiscus oil, you should take 6-8 hibiscus flowers and leaves. And then grind them until you’ve got a runny consistency. You can also use hibiscus powder for this and in the end, add a cup of coconut oil to this paste. Heat this mixture and when cooled down, use it to massage your scalp. Let this mixture sit in your hair for at least one hour before showering and then use a mild shampoo to clean it off. 

2. Hibiscus Conditioner For Smoother Hair

As discussed, Hibiscus has naturally occurring mucilage and nutrients that nourish your scalp, make your hair silky, lock in moisture restores hair elasticity, and prevents frizziness. For this, you don’t have to use Hibiscus directly to condition your hair necessarily. You can also look for conditioners with Hibiscus as a key ingredient to reap those nourishing benefits from Hibiscus. One such good conditioner that we came across is Kama Ayurveda’s Rose and Jasmine Hair Conditioner that contains essential oils from both Jasmine and Hibiscus to help you get silky and smooth hair.

To prepare a DIY hibiscus hair conditioner, you should soak around 6-8 hibiscus flowers in water and make it into a thick paste. Apply it evenly on your scalp with circular motions and then let it sit for an hour or two. Wash it off with lukewarm or cold water.

3. Hibiscus Shampoo For Gentle Cleansing 

Hisbiscus Shampoo

Even your favourite shampoo harshly strips away the natural oils of your scalp, leaving it dry and unprotected. To keep it natural, you should make shampoo from Hibiscus and trust us when we say; it will produce enough lather to cleanse and nourish your hair and scalp deeply. You can also use hibiscus leaves and formulate them into shampoos. To make a DIY hibiscus shampoo:

  1. Take 13-14 leaves and 5-6 flowers.
  2. Boil them into the water to eliminate any germs or bacteria and then grind them into a paste.
  3. Add gram flour to make this paste into an organic shampoo and enjoy the natural cleanser that makes your hair look great even while cleaning it. 

4. Hibiscus And Aloe Vera Conditioning Hair Mask 

Aloe Vera has been an all-rounder in the beauty and skincare industry for centuries. It has been a go-to remedy for hair loss, brittleness, and dryness. It even unblocks your pores, regulates oil production, and reduces dandruff. So, combine this with Hibiscus, you’ll reap lots of benefits from one hair mask. 

To prepare his hair mask:

  1. Make a fine paste from grinding hibiscus leaves and flowers.
  2. To this mixture, add fresh aloe vera gel and mix it well.
  3. Apply this mask and let it sit for an hour and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can then wash your hair with a mild shampoo to get the best results. 

5. Hibiscus And Yogurt Hair Mask For Strong Hair

This hair mask makes your hair stronger, smoother, and shinier. It nourishes, hydrates, rejuvenates and strengthens your hair follicles if applied in the right frequency. It reduces brittleness, split ends, and makes your hair more manageable. For this hair mask, you need two flowers, four to five leaves, and three tablespoons of yoghurt.

To prepare this, you’ve to soak flowers and leaves in water and then grind them into a fine mixture. Add yoghurt to this mixture and mix it until you’ve got a runny consistency. Apply this to your scalp using massaging movements and then rinse it off. Wash your hair using a mild shampoo and use this mask twice a week to get the best results.

6. Coconut Milk And Hibiscus For Dry Hair

Coconut milk has naturally occurring fatty acids that have extreme moisturizing and hydrating properties. People who suffer from dry and brittle hair, applying coconut milk and oil(hair oil), can greatly relieve. Coconut milk nourishes hair, strengthens hair, and seals in natural moisture.

For this hair mask, you need three tablespoons crushed hibiscus petals, three tablespoons coconut milk, two tablespoons honey, two tablespoons yoghurt, and 3-5 tablespoons aloe vera gel. You have to grind and mix the ingredients until you have a perfect blend then apply it to your scalp and hair. Now let this sit for an hour and rinse this with lukewarm water.

7. Neem leaves and Hibiscus For Hair Growth

Neem leaves and Hibiscus For Hair Growth

Our grandmas have once or more used neem as a home remedy for our skin or hair problems. Neem has antimicrobials and antioxidants that serve as a quick remedy for any problem we might be facing. It helps curb dandruff, strengthens hair roots, soothes the scalp, and gives a natural shine to your hair.

For this hair mask, you need freshly plucked neem leaves, hibiscus leaves, and flowers. Grind the neem leaves, separate the juice, and then add this juice to the thick paste of hibiscus flowers and leaves. You can add two to three drops of rose water if you want silkier hair and then apply this paste evenly on your scalp and hair. Let it sit for more than an hour and then wash it using lukewarm water.  

8. Hibiscus And Almond Oil For Nourishing Hair

If you’ve used almond hair oil for champiis and found it extremely effective to keep your hair healthy, then clap your hands! Almond oil has been an age-old nourishing tool for our hair and acts as an emollient. It heals and fills in the gap present in your scalp at the cellular level making your hair stronger and smoother.

For this hair mask, you need a handful of hibiscus leaves and flowers. Grind them into a thick paste and then add a tablespoon of almond oil to this mixture. Apply this to your scalp and keep it for thirty-five minutes, then rinse it off using lukewarm water.

9. Hibiscus and Egg for Hair Growth

Who said that you should only have your eggs in the morning? Having them in your hair mask can do wonders too! The egg will give you natural proteins that help nourish your hair along with other minerals and nutrients. It also controls the oil balance, restores the scalp’s natural pH, and controls hair fall. This hair mask can also stimulate your bald patches’ hair growth if applied twice in a week.

For this mask, you need four egg whites and crushed hibiscus leaves and flowers. It would be best to mix them until you achieve a perfect blend and then apply this mixture to your scalp. Massage your roots and leave this mask for at least an hour. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water before using a shampoo. It’s suggested that you use a mild shampoo and an organic one works even better.

Conclusion

Hibiscus is unknowingly a miracle herb that can deal with so many aesthetic and health concerns naturally. From nourishing your hair to rejuvenating your skin and making you look younger, Hibiscus has a masterstroke in every field, and we can’t help but get impressed by it. After researching and finding out about all the benefits of Hibiscus, we’ve set up our hibiscus plant on our rooftop, and we suggest you do the same. Why not get rid of every possible problem you might be facing with your hair and give yourself shiny, silky and smooth hair with these easy hacks!

Akanksha is a fond food critic and a wellness enthusiast, aiming to always look on the brighter side of life. Aligning with her interests, she has pursued a masters in hospitality and hotel management. She believes that the effects of ageing can be significantly controlled if we monitor the quality of our food accurately. Through this blog, it’s her aim to share what she’s learned through the years across these domains. Follow her on Facebook