We all experience some hair problem, some time or the other. However, the type of hair problem may vary from person to person, depending on the hair type and quality, lifestyle, health condition, environmental issues, climatic conditions, diet or the level of personal care. Some of the most common hair problems are hair fall, poor hair growth, thinning, and dandruff, dull, frizzy and weak hair.
Recognizing these hair problems, more and more hair salons and spas are mushrooming up every day and the market is becoming flooded with endless hair care products. Although, these may work temporarily, the harmful chemicals present in them have a long term impact on our hair and scalp. Moreover, most of the reputed commercial products come with a hefty price tag. Hair treatments in salons and spas are usually costly and fail to work when you stop using them.
On the other hand, there is the option to use some excellent home remedies that are completely natural, pocket friendly, easy to use and free from the risk of any potential damage to the hair or skin. In this article, we shall discuss some tips on using hibiscus as a natural and home remedy for the most common hair problems that we usually face. Both the flowers and the leaves are beneficial for hair.
1. Hibiscus And Coconut Hair Oil To Promote Hair Growth:
Hibiscus is enriched with Vitamin C that helps in collagen boosting. Collagen is a chain of amino acids that strengthens the hair and enhances the production and growth of hair and rejuvenates the tissues in the scalp. Coconut contains a lot of vital nutrients including medium-chain fatty acids that promotes a healthy scalp as well as hair growth.
10 nos. of hibiscus flowers
10 nos. of hibiscus leaves
1 cup of coconut oil
Wash the hibiscus flowers and the leaves properly so that any dust or dirt is cleansed off. Grind them together to form a nice paste. Now, take a saucepan and pour in the coconut oil. Also add the hibiscus paste into it and heat the mixture in low to medium flame for a few minutes.
Allow it to cool and then shift it to a tight container. Use this hibiscus infused oil to massage your scalp through the length of your hair. Massaging helps in better blood circulation and strengthens the roots and hair follicles. Allow half an hour for the mixture to work properly and then rinse off with a mild shampoo. Repeat this hibiscus and coconut oil massage therapy, every alternate day, for best results.
2. Yogurt And Hibiscus Hair Pack :
Apart from boosting collagen, hibiscus is also a rich source of amino acids that helps in strengthening the roots of the hair and keeps the hair healthy, shinier and well nourished. Yogurt contains protein that is essential for hair growth and strengthening. It is also anti-fungal in nature, which helps in reducing dandruff from the scalp.
2 nos. of hibiscus flowers
6 nos. of hibiscus leaves
1/2 cup yogurt
(This recipe is for medium length to long hair. If you have short hair, use half the quantity of the
Make a fine paste of the hibiscus flowers and the leaves. Beat the yogurt separately and add it into the paste and mix well. Apply it on your scalp and hair and allow it to stay for 45-60 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
You can apply this mixture, twice a week for a few months until your hair condition improves. Afterwards, you can repeat it one a week. It is important to remember that both yogurt and hibiscus have natural cooling properties and it is better not to use this hair mask very frequently during the winters.
3. Anti-Dandruff Fenugreek And Hibiscus Hair Pack:
Fenugreek contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Therefore, it is effective in reducing dandruff. Hibiscus is both anti-microbial as well as an anti-inflammatory. Together, they help in cleansing the scalp off dandruff and relieves it off itchiness and irritation. Moreover, fenugreek has a slippery texture which keeps the strands soft and silky smooth. If you want dandruff-free beautiful hair, this hair pack is just for you.
8-10 hibiscus leaves
1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds, soaked overnight.
2 tablespoons of buttermilk
Grind the fenugreek seeds and the hibiscus leaves together to form a fine paste. Add the buttermilk and mix properly all the ingredients. Apply it on your hair and scalp and allow it to get absorbed for about an hour. Wash off thoroughly with shampoo. Repeat this every 4-5 days.
4. Henna And Hibiscus Hair Mask:
Hibiscus aids the re-growth of hair from bald patches as well as dominant follicles. Henna is another excellent home remedy for various hair problems. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that help in reducing dandruff, irritation and itchiness of the scalp. It promotes hair growth, stops hair fall, works as a conditioner and most importantly as a natural dye.
5 to 6 nos. of hibiscus flowers
5 to 6 nos. of hibiscus leaves
1 cup fresh or dried henna leaves or 1/2 cup henna powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Grind and mix together the hibiscus flowers, hibiscus leaves and the henna leaves. Add lemon juice and mix well. Apply it on your hair and scalp and then wash off with a mild shampoo. For best results, repeat it twice a month. Before applying henna, it is worth remembering that henna aids color pigmentation and adds a red tinge to your black or dark brown hair. Therefore, if you have grey or blonde hair, it is likely to turn your hair orange or light brown, and it would take about 1 to 2 months for the color to wear off completely.
5. Hibiscus And Gooseberry (Amla) Hair Mask:
Amla is enriched with vitamin C which is a collagen booster and helps in reducing premature hair graying. The fatty acids present in it helps in strengthening the hair follicles. It is also rich in carotene and iron, which promotes hair growth. It is also effective against dandruff.
2 tablespoons hibiscus flowers
2 tablespoons hibiscus leaves
4 tablespoons amla powder
Grind all the ingredients together to form a fine paste. Add some water if the mixture is too dry. Apply it on your hair and scalp and allow it to stay for 45 to 60 minutes. Wash off with shampoo. It can repeat this procedure twice a week which is effective in adding luster and volume to your hair.
6. Hibiscus Hair Cleanser:
Soaked or mashed hibiscus is a little slippery and foamy when works as a great cleanser for the scalp and hair. Being natural with 0 % chemicals, it does not starve the hair off its natural oil balance. It can be used as an alternative to shampoos, which is not only safe for the scalp and hair, but also cost effective.
12 to 15 hibiscus leaves
4 to 5 hibiscus flowers
I tablespoon gram flour or fullers earth
1 and 1/2 cup water
Boil the hibiscus flowers and leaves in water in medium flame for about 10 minutes. When it becomes cool, add the gram flour or fullers earth into it and apply it on your scalp and hair. Wash off after 10 minutes. It will leave your hair silky smooth and soft.
7. Hibiscus Deep Conditioner:
The texture of mashed hibiscus flowers is very much like hair serums available in the market, satin soft and silky. Applying hibiscus as a conditioner removes dullness and detangles the hair and makes it manageable. The Vitamin C and amino acids present in it keeps the hair well nourished and stimulates hair growth.
10 nos. of hibiscus flowers
Grind the flowers to get fine paste. While grinding, add water if required, so that the paste is smooth and consistent and not dry. One day prior to deep conditioning, cleanse your hair and scalp with a mild shampoo. Apply it on your scalp and hair and allow it to penetrate deep into the follicles. Rinse off with water after an hour.
8. Hibiscus And Aloe Vera Hair Serum:
Aloe Vera strengthens the hair, promotes hair growth and acts as a protective shield against environmental abuse. It is also effective in reducing dandruff and providing relief from irritation and itchiness in the scalp. It maintains the natural pH balance of the hair as the pH level of aloe Vera matches with that of your hair. Hibiscus keeps the hair hydrated and helps in avoiding split ends. This hibiscus and aloe Vera hair serum works as a complete hair care ingredient.
2 tablespoons of fine paste of hibiscus petals
5 tablespoons of aloe Vera extract or gel
1/2 tablespoon honey (add it if you have dry and frizzy hair)
Mix the ingredients together to form a nice paste. Apply it thoroughly on your hair and scalp and leave allow it to stay for 45 to 60 minutes. Wash off with water. You can use this hair serum twice or thrice a week. It will leave your hair soft and silky, manageable as well as healthy.