Though most of us are familiar with hibiscus plants, very few are aware of their use for hair care. In fact, the plant has been highly valued in India and certain other Asian countries for its uses in hair and skin care. It is an important herb used in various Ayurvedic hair treatment products. You may find hibiscus extracts in many of the herbal hair care products like oils, shampoos, and conditioners.
Benefits of Hibiscus for Hair Care
Even though there are numerous types of hibiscus plants, the variety with red flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is mainly used for hair and skin care. Even the variety with plain white flowers are sometimes used for this purpose. It is claimed to be effective in curbing hair fall and dandruff. According to some, hibiscus is very effective in boosting hair growth. It is also used as a remedy for premature graying and split ends. Application of ground hibiscus leaves and flowers is believed to be beneficial for the scalp, as it has cooling and soothing properties. This herb is also found to be a good conditioner and moisturizer for hair. It can make the hair soft, supple, and shiny. As far as skin care is concerned, hibiscus is believed to treat acne, suntan and dark circles. It is also used for improving complexion, for skin tightening, and for preventing wrinkles.
How to Use Hibiscus for Hair
Hibiscus can be used on the scalp and hair in different ways. You may use it to prepare hair oil or as a shampoo or conditioner.
- In order to prepare hibiscus hair oil, you have to take a few flowers and leaves (preferably red flowers). You need half a cup of chopped flowers and leaves for this purpose. Crush them well and mix with a cup of coconut oil. Cook the mixture over low heat, till fumes develop. As soon as you notice the fumes, turn off the heat and allow the oil to cool, before storing. Gently massage a small amount of this oil before bath, at least two times a week. You may rinse it off with a mild herbal shampoo.
- If you want to use hibiscus as a shampoo, you have to collect few leaves and flowers of hibiscus. Grind them to a fine paste and apply it on the scalp as well as hair. Let it settle for about ten to fifteen minutes. You can rinse this off with lukewarm water. You may also make a paste of hibiscus powder with water (or rose water) and apply the mixture on the scalp. Rinse it off after an hour.