Hibiscus or Hibiscus rosa-sinensis belongs to therose family. Commonly known as Shoe- flower, this flower was primarily knownfor polishing shoes. Having a life span of 5- 10 years with some speciescrossing 50 years, this delicate flower has multiple uses.
The hibiscus plant is known to have manymedicinal and cosmetic uses. Apart from acting as an exceptional and delicioushealth drink, the flowers and leaves are also used in the cosmetic industry asan exotic ingredient. Known extensively to improve hair quality, the hibiscusplant extract is widely used as a great hair conditioner.
Some of the other benefits of Hibiscus forhair are:
STIMULATES HAIRGROWTH- Yes! You heard it right. Hibiscus is known to stimulate hair growth.The naturally occurring amino acids in hibiscus flowers provide the hairfollicles with nutrients required to stimulate hair growth. These amino acidsproduce a special kind of structural protein called Keratin which is thebuilding block of hair. It also promotes overall thickness of hair stands andmakes hair more manageable.
CONDITIONS HAIR- Thechemicals contained in most shampoos strip off the hair of its natural hairoils. Worried? Fear not! Hibiscus helps restore the natural moisture content ofthe hair and seal it. Hibiscus flowers and leavescontain a high amount of mucilage which acts as a natural conditioner. It’sbecause of this naturally occurring conditioner that crushed Hibiscus flowersand leaves feel slimy to the touch.
PREVENTS BALDNESS- The use of hibiscus isas effective as the drugs used to treat baldness (Minoxidil and Finasteride).In addition to being equally effective, Hibiscus doesn’t cause any of theharmful side effects associated with these drugs!
TREATS DANDRUFF AND ITCHY SCALP- Hibiscusacts like an astringent and reduces the oil secretion by the glands. UsingHibiscus leaves for hair maintains the pH balance of hair in addition toproviding an overall soothing and cooling effect.
An effective way of using hibiscus for hairnourishment is to use it in the form of hair oil. Omorfee brings “Nutrify HairOil”. A concoction of Hibiscus and False Daisy and other essential oils, thishair oil helps restore damaged hair to its original state. This hair oil deeplynourishes the scalp, preventing hair loss due to dryness and damage. It helpshair increase its natural thickness and intensely hydrates the hair strands.
The steps to using this hair oil are:
Step 1: Take required quantity of hair oil and warm it.
Step 2: Massage the oil thoroughly onto scalp in firm circular motion.
Step 3: Apply it to hair strands as well and follow it with hot turbantherapy.
Step 4: Wash the hair off after an hour with a gentle shampoo.
For best results, leave the oil overnight to get deeply soaked intoscalp.