Hair care is very important; especially to women as it is one of the first things you see when you look at them or as you see them approaching. Because of this, many women are now taking pride in their hair and are getting educated about how to take care of their hair. There are a lot of creams, shampoos, hair milk and other products on the market that get good reviews, but what about using natural products with all natural ingredients for your hair.
There are many other all natural products like Aloe Vera, lemon and even cumin that do wonders for the hair and the scalp, but let’s consider the Hibiscus plant! The hibiscus plant is a flower from the mallow family and comes in many different colors and is usually grown in warmer climates like Africa, Mexico and Jamaica. In addition to hair care, the hibiscus plant has many benefits for the body. Historically it has been used as a diuretic and as a remedy for nerve conditions. It has also been used to treat constipation, to help kill cancer cells as well as treat high blood pressure and the common cold.
When it comes to having a luscious yet healthy head of all natural hair, using the hibiscus plant is a great place to start. Benefits of the plant include preventing hair loss, lessening frizz, preventing greying of the hair, helping to neutralize the pH balance of the scalp, and reducing itchiness and irritation on the scalp. Some of the great benefits of using the hibiscus plant are:
- Strengthens the hair shaft – the blend of the hibiscus plant with Aloe Vera gel, honey and yogurt acts as natural deep conditioner for the hair that seals in moisture and strengthens the hair shaft as well as reduce irritation on the scalp.
- Boosts the hair growth – Hibiscus leaves and flowers are rich in vitamin C and cause the boosting of collagen which helps to grow and strengthen the hair. The amino acids in the plant also help to strengthen the roots of hair to prevent breakage.
- Reduces breakage and thinning – the acids, vitamins and minerals in the hibiscus plant helps to stop the hair breakage and thinning as well because of how well it works to strengthen the roots, hair shaft and the scalp.
The hibiscus can be used as a shampoo, as a hot oil treatment, as conditioner, as an anti-dandruff treatment, and as a re-growth tonic. It only takes a few other natural ingredients to create these concoctions for your hair.
A simple shampoo recipe is:
- Hibiscus flowers
- Hibiscus Leaves
- Reetha (Soapnut)
Recipe: Heat 4 cups of water in a pan and add 5-6 hibiscus flowers and half cup of Hibiscus leaves. Take 8-10 soap nuts and break them, take out the seeds and put the outer skin in that water. Boil the water and once it reaches 1 and half cup. Put off the flame and allow it to cool down. Once it cools. Mash the product with fingers and strain the water. Use this water to wash the hair. It will mildly lather but will cleanse the hair. This shampoo can be preserved in the refrigerator and used when needed.
- Hibiscus leaves
- Hibiscus flowers
- Coconut oil
Recipe: Take a pan and put one cup of coconut oil in it. Allow the oil to warm up and put 8-10 hibiscus flowers and few Hibiscus leaves. Boil the oil or small time. Till it gets infused with the Hibiscus extracts and turns slightly reddish in color. You can also put some amla in it to make it more powerful in combating hair loss and hair regrowth. When the oil cool down, mash the Hibiscus left overs and then strain the oil. Use this hair oil to massage the hair.
You are only a few washes from a head of stronger, fuller, healthier hair. Here’s looking at you, Gorgeous!!