Did you know that besides making your garden look lovely, the brightly coloured blooms of hibiscus can do some amazing things for your hair? A common sight in every Indian garden, hibiscus flowers can promote the growth of thicker and stronger hair.
Not just that, the powder made from sun-dried flowers can also prevent split ends, control dandruff and reduce hair fall to a great extent. Here are other benefits that this gorgeous flower emits for your hair.
Hibiscus flowers have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for hair care. They are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that provide a number of benefits for hair growth and health. In this blog post, we will discuss benefits of hibiscus flowers for hair care, including how they can boost hair growth and delay premature greying.
1. Stimulates hair growth
The brightly hued hibiscus flowers are rich in nutrients such as amino acids that are necessary for producing keratin, the building blocks of our hair. These flowers are capable of stimulating hair regrowth even from dormant follicles and bald patches. Making hair oil infused with hibiscus is easy. You just need a handful of fresh hibiscus flowers and leaves and a cup of coconut oil. Grind the leaves and flowers into a fine paste and add it to the coconut oil. Heat the mixture for a couple of minutes and apply it thrice a week to see the difference.
2. Deep conditions hair
Leaves and flowers from the hibiscus plant are incredibly moisturizing. When you crush the petals of hibiscus, your hands would become slimy due to the high amount of mucilage content in them. This is one of the reasons hibiscus flowers are a common ingredient found in hair products meant for curly hair to provide slip and hold while sealing in the moisture. Crush around 8 flowers and add sufficient water to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on your scalp and hair and keep it on for an hour.
3. Combats hair loss
There’s a good reason you should use hibiscus flowers if you are suffering from hair fall. Rich in vitamin C and amino acids, the flowers improves the blood circulation under the scalp to stimulate healthy hair growth. You can make your own hair growth oil using hibiscus petals. Take a clean and dry mason jar and fill it up with some dry petals from 2-3 hibiscus flowers and some sweet almond oil. Place the jar in the sun for a month. Don’t forget to shake the bottle every once in a while to release the nutrients. After a month, strain the oil and use it to massage your scalp a couple of hours before shampooing to see your hair grow thick and long.
4. Prevents premature greying
Hibiscus flowers are also rich in antioxidants, which can help to prevent premature greying of the hair. Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells and tissues. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which is a major contributor to premature ageing, including greying hair. By consuming or applying hibiscus flowers to your hair, you can help to prevent oxidative stress and delay premature greying.
5. Treats dandruff and itchiness in the scalp
Hibiscus has astringent properties, which helps reduce the oil gland secretions and excessive oil secretion of the scalp. This property of the flower helps cool and soothe scalp providing you relief from itchy scalp and dandruff. Apply a paste made of mehendi leaves, hibiscus leaves and flowers and a few drops of lemon twice a week to balance the pH of the scalp and get yourself rid of dandruff.
6. Cleanses hair
Shampoos laden with chemicals strip away the natural oils from your hair making it dull and lifeless in the long run. Give your hair a break from these and use a DIY hibiscus shampoo once a week to help your hair bounce back to its original form. There are many other ways to make a hibiscus shampoo at home, but the easiest recipe is mixing hibiscus with gram flour and water.
7. Prevents hair breakage
Pollution, harsh chemicals and stress take a toll on our hair. Watching it turn brittle and snap at the slightest tug is a nightmare. The AHAs found in hibiscus helps you get rid of all the dirt and chemicals, thus rehydrating the hair’s keratin fibres. Along with that, the amino acids adds strength and elasticity to the hair, making it strong,
Now, who would have thought that an unassuming garden plant like hibiscus could have answers to so many of your hair problems!? Well now you have the know-how of a better solution for most of your hair woes and we are sure you would put them to good use. Stay tuned with us to know more secret hair care tips.