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.
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.
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2. Makes hair smooth and shiny
For a soft, silky and luscious mane, you can always count on hibiscus. Make a paste using hibiscus powder and aloe vera gel and apply it to your hair at least twice a week. Regular use of this paste will not only add shine to your hair but also make it strong so it bounces with lustre and life.
3. 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.
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4. 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.
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 mehendileaves, 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.
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6. 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.
7. Delays premature greying
Hibiscus is full of antioxidants and vitamins necessary for the production of melanin, the pigment that gives the hair its natural colour. Both ancient Ayurveda and science talk of hibiscus as a natural hair dye to mask grey hairs. Use the oil mentioned above to kiss your grey hairs goodbye.
8. 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,