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Did you know the bright hibiscus flowers that adorn your garden is also a popular solution for hair care? In Ayurveda, hibiscus[1] is recommended for treating hair fall, encouraging hair regrowth, and preventing premature graying.

In this article, we tell you how hibiscus benefits your hair and the most effective ways to use it in your hair care routine. Read on.

Our Ayurvedic Doctor Speaks

‘’The Karma (actions) of hibiscus is Pitta shamaka (pacifies Pitta dosha) and balances Kapha and Vata doshas. The properties of hibiscus are predominantly helpful to cure hair problems caused by the elevated Pitta dosha. Also, it can regenerate your hair follicles and replenish hair growth in bald spots by balancing vitiated Kapha and Vata doshas.”

-Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix

Is Hibiscus Good For Hair?

According to Ayurveda, Panchmahabhutas influence your body’s constitution in the form of three energies: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. While every individual has these three energies in a unique ratio, any imbalance occurring in this ratio leads to different disorders, including hair problems.

Find out how each dosha or energy imbalance can affect your hair in the following table:

Dosha

Equilibrium State (Prakriti)

Elevated State (Vikriti)

 

Vata(responsible for movement and motion)

 

Quick hair growth, unruly hair condition, thin or coarse in density, a combination of curls and straight strands.

Stunted hair growth, hair falls out in clumps, dryness, brittleness, frizziness, lack of luster, split ends.

 

Pitta(responsible for metabolic activity)

 

Manageable hair, moderate thickness, very fine strands, soft and straight mane.

Damage hair roots by accumulating excess heat, premature thinning & greying, greasy scalp.

 

Kapha(responsible for strength, structure, and lubrication)

Wavy, strong, thick, and fuller voluminous hair, lustrous texture.

Oily scalp and sticky hair strands.

 

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix, says, “Ayurvedic hair treatment techniques utilize the therapeutic properties of herbs, including stems, leaves, and flowers. The Karma (actions) of hibiscus is Pitta shamaka (pacifies Pitta dosha) and balances Kapha and Vata doshas. The properties of hibiscus are predominantly helpful to cure hair problems caused by the elevated Pitta dosha. Also, it can regenerate your hair follicles and replenish hair growth in bald spots by balancing vitiated Kapha and Vata doshas.''

Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, amino acids, mucilage fiber, moisture content, and antioxidants. The goodness of hibiscus beautifies your hair by nourishing your locks, promoting the growth of luscious hair, and bringing out a naturally satin-soft texture to your mane.

Hence, hibiscus is a fantastic herb to add to your hair care routine. Try herbal hair care products that include hibiscus, especially if you have elevated Pitta dosha.

There are more than 200 different species of hibiscus, which vary in color, size, and shape across the world.

What Are The Benefits Of Hibiscus For Hair?

1. Strengthens Your Hair Roots

Hibiscus flowers and leaves are rich in invigorating ingredients - flavonoids & amino acids. Flavonoids enhance blood circulation to your hair follicles, retransform dormant follicles into hair follicles, stimulating new hair growth. Amino acids trigger keratin production in the cells of your hair follicles, encouraging healthy hair growth.

2. Protects Your Scalp From External Damage

Hibiscus plants are packed with resilient properties that keep your scalp protected from external stressors. Its impact on your scalp acts as a sunscreen to protect your hair from UVB rays. Cleansing properties of hibiscus also help balance the pH of your scalp, fight oiliness, build-up of dandruff, and activate your hair follicles.

3. Delays Premature Greying of Hair

Elevated Pitta dosha may cause premature greying of hair. Hibiscus is rich in natural pigments, antioxidants, and vitamins that can give a crimson tinge to your grey hair and bring out darker shine to your natural hair color.

4. Prevents Dandruff

Excess Kapha may cause oily dandruff flakes, and excess Vata may cause dry dandruff flakes. With anti-microbial properties[2], hibiscus curbs the growth of dandruff-causing yeast on your scalp, unclogs dandruff flakes from your hair follicles, and prevents dandruff recurrence.

5. Deeply Conditions Your Hair

Elevated Vata dosha makes your hair dry and frizzy with split ends. Hibiscus acts as an ultra-emollient that traps moisture in your hair shafts and restores elasticity in your hair strands. Its mucilage fiber prevents breakage and conditions your hair to make it silky and smooth.

6. Regulates Sebaceous Glands

Sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum to lubricate your hair. Elevated Kapha dosha triggers excess oil secretion, making your hair oily and sticky. Hibiscus balances the activity of these glands to maintain the natural moisturization of your hair.

homemade hibiscus facial mask

How To Use Hibiscus For Hair?

1. Hibiscus Oil For Hair Growth

Applying hibiscus, combined with coconut oil, is the easiest way to grow long hair. Coconut oil pacifies Vata Dosha, promotes hair growth[3] by reducing protein loss, and moisturizes your hair.

A. Take a bunch (depending upon the size of your hair) of hibiscus petals and leaves and blend them into a smooth paste. You can also use hibiscus powder.

B. Heat an adequate amount of coconut oil in a saucepan and add the hibiscus paste into it.

C. Continue boiling it until you see powdery particles float to the bottom of the pan.

D. Close the lid and put it aside until it cools down to normal temperature.

E. Store it in a container to apply it to your hair regularly or at least thrice a week.

2. Hibiscus Shampoo To Prevent Build-Up

‘’Excess Pitta dosha accumulates heat in your hair follicles, causing damage and hair loss,’’ says Dr. Zeel.

A. Take hibiscus leaves double the number of hibiscus petals.

B. Boil the leaves and petals in a bowl of water. See that the quantities are sufficient to make shampoo for your hair.

C. After it cools down, add 1-2 tablespoons of gram flour to it. Gram flour pacifies Pitta and Kapha.

D. Replace your regular shampoo with this herbal blend and wash your hair thoroughly with the natural foam.

3. Hibiscus + Amla Hair Pack For Volumizing Your Hair

Amla is a tridosha pacifier. It is rich in vitamin C, minerals, and nutrients that strengthen your hair follicles and promote thicker and stronger hair. You can make a tonic combining amla and hibiscus to add volume to your hair.

A. Take a bunch of hibiscus petals and leaves, and blend them into a smooth paste.

B. Add 1-2 tablespoons of amla powder to the hibiscus paste. Mix it with water to a comfortable consistency and apply it to your hair.

C. Leave the hair pack for 40 minutes.

D. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and take a head bath.

E. Remember to wash your hair with herbal shampoo as it retains the pack's impact and clears the residue.

F. Do it 1-3 times a week.

4. Hibiscus + Aloe Vera Conditioning Hair Mask

Aloe vera pacifies Pitta, balances Vata and Kapha. It moisturizes your hair and works as an intense repair conditioner. Adding it to the hibiscus can give your hair a smooth and shimmering texture.

A. Blend a bunch of hibiscus petals and leaves into a smooth paste.

B. Squeeze out fresh aloe vera gel and mix it with the hibiscus paste.

C. Apply it on your whole scalp and spread it evenly from root to tip of your hair. Leave it for around 45 minutes.

D. Rinse it off with lukewarm water before washing your hair with herbal shampoo.

E. Do it before every hair wash.

Vedix Tip: Use crushed hibiscus flowers and 3 tablespoons of ginger juice as a hair tonic. Rinse it off after 15-20 minutes with lukewarm water. It can regrow your hair from dormant follicles.

gooseberry fruits and hibiscus flowers

5. Hibiscus + Fenugreek Anti-Dandruff Hair Pack

Fenugreek pacifies Kapha and Vata. Fenugreek can treat dandruff and also strengthen hair roots. Combine hibiscus and fenugreek to make an excellent medicine for curing your dandruff and growing healthier hair.

A. Soak 1-2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds for a whole day or overnight in water.

B. Grind the soaked seeds along with a bunch of hibiscus leaves and flowers.

C. Bind the paste using 1/4 cup of buttermilk/ curd if you are Vata dominant, coconut milk/cow milk for Pitta dominant, and aloe vera gel for Kapha dominant.

D. Gently massage the paste into your scalp and leave it for an hour.

E. Rinse it off with cold water before washing it with a herbal shampoo.

F. Do it once a week.

6. Hibiscus + Henna Hair Pack For Darker Shine

Henna pacifies Pitta and Kapha and balances Vata. Henna leaves contain a red-orange dye molecule, lawsone, which gives your hair the orange-red pigment. Adding it to the hibiscus can delay the greying process of your hair and enhance its shine.

A.Take a bunch of hibiscus petals and leaves and henna leaves to blend them into a smooth paste.

B. Take half or one whole lemon to squeeze the juice into the herbal paste. Lemon pacifies Vata dosha.

C. Apply the paste to your hair strands from root to tip. Leave it for an hour.

D. Rinse it off with cold water before having a herbal head bath.

E. Do it 1-3 times a month.

7. Hibiscus + Yogurt Mask For Stronger Hair

This mask is best to strengthen your hair roots. Also, it is efficient in preventing premature greying.

A. Grind a hibiscus flower with 3-5 leaves into a fine paste.

B. Add half a cup of yogurt into the paste.

C. Apply it throughout your scalp and hair.

D. After an hour, wash it off using lukewarm water and mild Ayurvedic shampoo.

8. Hibiscus + Onion For Hair Regrowth

This combination of herbs works tremendously to activate your dormant hair follicles and simulate rich hair regrowth.

A. Take 3-4 spoons of hibiscus juice by straining the paste made of hibiscus leaves.

B. Take 3-4 spoons of onion juice by straining the onion pulp.

C. Mix the two ingredients in equal amounts and apply it over the hair thinning spots on your scalp.

D. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash it off using lukewarm water.

9. Hibiscus + Almond Oil For Deep Nourishment

This is the best treatment if you have severely dry and frizzy hair due to elevated Vata and Pitta doshas.

A. Grind equal amounts of hibiscus flowers and leaves into a smooth paste.

B. Add 1-2 spoons of almond oil into the mixture.

C. Apply it to your scalp and hair.

D. After half an hour, wash it off with lukewarm water.

10. Hibiscus + Neem For Healthy Scalp

Neem has excellent properties that can keep your scalp cool, clean, and moisturized. When it is combined with hibiscus, it can be your go-to treatment to resolve Pitta-related scalp conditions and hair loss.

A. Mix neem juice and hibiscus juice in equal amounts.

B. Apply it to your scalp and hair.

C. Leave it for half an hour and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

11. Hibiscus + Egg Protein Treatment

Hibiscus combined with egg white can be the rich source of all the nutrients necessary for thicker and stronger hair growth. It also regulates your overall scalp pH levels.

A. Prepare a fine paste by grinding 3 hibiscus flowers.

B. Add 2 egg whites into the paste.

C. Mix well and apply it to your scalp and hair.

D. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash your hair using an Ayurvedic hair cleanser.

12. Hibiscus + Coconut Milk For Split Ends

The combination of hibiscus and coconut milk is the best treatment to repair your damaged, broken hair and split ends.

A. Grind a few hibiscus petals into a paste.

B. Add the paste into a small cup of coconut milk.

C. Add each spoon of honey, yogurt, and aloe vera into the mixture.

D. Mix well and apply the paste to your hair thoroughly.

E. After 30 minutes, wash it off with normal water.

Does Hibiscus Change Hair Color?

Most women use henna powder to delay greying of hair and to maintain their natural hair color for a longer period. If your hair is already grey, the frequent use of henna transforms it into a reddish-brown color.

Bright-colored hibiscus flowers are a rich source of natural dyes[4], which can make your hair darker. Also, hibiscus can trigger melanin production in the follicles in kids, which makes the hair appear darker and thicker naturally. In adults, the anti-aging properties of hibiscus can delay the greying of hair and give a darker shine to the natural shade.

If your hair is already grey, it provides a crimson tinge, which stays for 2-3 months on your hair. [5]

Which Colour Hibiscus Is Good For Hair?

The brightly hued or the brightest red-colored petals of a hibiscus flower works best for your hair. These flowers are rich in amino acids that can stimulate keratin (building blocks of your hair strands) production in your hair follicle cells. The red-colored hibiscus contains rich pigments to give a natural tinge to your hair.

What Are The Side Effects Of Hibiscus?

The topical application of hibiscus on your scalp and hair does not have a record of side effects. Hibiscus tea is widely known for its fantastic health benefits and boosts your immune system. It lowers hypertension and blood pressure, as well as regulates the menstrual cycle in women.

However, avoid hibiscus if you have low blood pressure (hypotension) or if you are pregnant. It may show certain side effects.

The Last Word

Both hibiscus flowers, as well as their leaves, are advantageous for your hair. They can help in strengthening the root of your hair follicles and promote hair growth. While pollution, harsh chemicals, and stress can take a toll on your hair, adding hibiscus as an important ingredient in your hair care routine can contribute to your hair’s healthy growth.

You can easily create topical hair masks at home using fresh hibiscus flowers and leaves by mixing them with other beneficial natural ingredients.

At Vedix, we customize an Ayurvedic hair care routine for your unique hair needs by understanding your elevated doshas.

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