A Flower with all the Power: Hibiscus
You probably know by now how important it is to use natural products in your hair-care regime. At Zemé Fresh, we pride ourselves on our all-natural hair care range. However, we understand that some of these ingredients might not make sense to the layperson. After all, what do things like flowers have to do with hair care?
Before using any natural hair-care products, it’s important to know what you’re putting in your hair, so that you can be certain that what you’re using is the best option for you.
We’re here to talk about an ingredient that is one of the star ingredients of our hair care range: the hibiscus flower.
What is Hibiscus Flower?
The hibiscus is a flowering plant native to India and Malaysia. While there are many types of hibiscus plants, the most commonly cultivated type is the Hibiscus sabdariffa which is characterised by its red stems and pink and red flowers.
The hibiscus has been recognized for its medicinal and decorative purposes, and has a long history of use in traditional medicine and remedies. As it contains nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and B, and antioxidants, hibiscus has been used as a treatment in traditional medicine to lower blood pressure, treat liver ailments, and boost metabolism. In addition, it is also recognized as one of the most beneficial herbs for hair health in Ayurveda.
Benefits of Hibiscus Flower for Hair Growth:
There are multiple reasons why there is extensive use of the hibiscus flower in hair care products. Here are just a few of the benefits that come along with hibiscus.
- Stimulates Hair Growth: The hibiscus flower is rich in amino acids and flavonoids, which are both vital for hair growth. Flavonoids help stimulate blood flow to the scalp, while amino acids help in the production of keratin, which is the primary component of hair. Thus, hibiscus can help activate dormant hair follicles, and triggers the production of keratin in the hair, encouraging healthy hair growth, and strengthening it.
- Conditions Hair: Hibiscus flowers contain high levels of mucilage, which acts as a natural conditioner for the hair. This mucilage is why crushed hibiscus flowers have a sticky feel to them. What’s more, hibiscus also helps to balance the activity of sebaceous glands in your hair, thereby helping maintain the levels of natural oils in your hair.
- Prevents premature greying: The antioxidants and vitamins present in the hibiscus flower can help in the production of melanin in your hair. In fact, the natural pigments in the flower can help bring a darker shine to your hair, which is why hibiscus was also used as a natural hair dye in the olden times.
- Treats dryness, dandruff and itchy scalp: Not only does hibiscus help regulate the oil levels in the scalp, but it can also help maintain the pH balance of the scalp and provide an overall soothing effect. Its antimicrobial properties also help prevent the growth of dandruff-causing yeast on the scalp, and prevents the recurrence of dandruff.
How to use Hibiscus Flower for Hair Growth
- Hibiscus flower oil for hair growth
Hair oil has proven health benefits for the hair, and it can prove to be even more beneficial when combined with the wondrous properties of hibiscus.
To use hibiscus flower for hair oil at home, grind about 8 hibiscus flowers and leaves into a fine paste. Add this to some coconut oil and heat this mixture together. Let it cool.
Massage your scalp with this oil and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild cleanser.
- Hibiscus cleanser
You can make your own hibiscus hair cleanser at home by boiling some hibiscus leaves and petals, and adding some gram flour to it once it cools down. This simple recipe can effectively cleanse your hair without any of the chemical damage that comes with commercial shampoos, while also helping stimulate hair growth and repairing damage.
- Hibiscus hair mask
The benefits of the hibiscus flower for hair can be paired with many other herbs to make some truly magical hair masks. Neem leaves, Aloe vera, fenugreek, henna and yoghurt can each be mixed with hibiscus to create an all-natural mair mask that can nourish and heal your hair without any damage!
We know that in this busy day and age, creating herbal concoctions at home can be quite a tedious process. This is why Zemé’s premium range of hair care can provide you with all natural solutions to all your hair problems, without any of the hassle!
- Zemé Leave-In Serum: The Zemé Leave-In Serum is made from rosemary, rose petals, and hibiscus that naturally help reduce frizz and make the hair healthier with every use.
- Zemé Hair Oil: Made with pure ingredients such as coconut oil, reetha, curry leaves, and hibiscus , the Zemé Hair Oil naturally helps hair growth & giveS you great scalp health. What’s more, it is also a light oil which gets absorbed easily into the scalp & can be washed off with the Zemé No Lather Hair cleanser especially created for oiled hair.
- What are the types of hibiscus flowers?
Ans. There are over 200 species of hibiscus plants in the world, each of which differ in size, shape and colour. Most of these varieties can be separated under two categories, namely, tropical hibiscus and hardy hibiscus. Tropical hibiscus flowers are not able to withstand cold temperatures or climates below a tropical level, and produce bright flowers in colours like red, orange, yellow, pink, and white. Hardy hibiscus flowers, on the other hand, can live through the winter, but their colours are more muted than their tropical counterparts.
- Which hibiscus flower is good for hair?
Ans. While most varieties of hibiscus are good for the hair, the Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is one of the most popular varieties for hair health and is actively promoted as a natural remedy. Using the red hibiscus flower for hair is also very beneficial for hair health.
- Are there any Side Effects of Hibiscus Flower?
Ans. There are no side effects to using the hibiscus flower for hair care. Eating hibiscus-based foods are also generally beneficial for health and do not cause any major issues. However, some extra care is advised if you’re pregnant, breast-feeding, or recovering from surgery.
It is evident that there are multiple benefits of hibiscus flower for hair. As we navigate issues such as pollution, chemicals, and stress in our day to day lives, we can improve our hair health by including beneficial and natural ingredients such as hibiscus in our daily hair care routines. By being aware of the virtues of such ingredients, we can harness the power of nature to the fullest, and achieve the healthy, happy hair we’ve always dreamt of!