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DIY Hibiscus Hair Vitalizer

BY SOMREETA MUKHERJEE

I have oily scalp and it is prone to scalp acne as well as dandruff. With my hectic schedule, it is rather difficult for me to take proper care of my hair, especially the way I would love to. Using hair masks is almost a luxury now and oil massages won’t suit me. With time I have realized that with oily scalp, I have to keep on innovating because it is forever deprived of the benefits that coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or sesame oil have to offer. So, to nourish the scalp and keep it healthy, I try to concoct easy recipes that can be used without much hassle involved and yet my hair gets its fair share of nutrients. I love using essential oils for my hair and scalp as they don’t make my hair oily and yet supply the essential nutrients. Recently I tried a DIY hair vitalizer using the hibiscus flowers that grow in abundance in our green patch at home and I would love to share the recipe with you:

DIY HIBISCUS HAIR VITALIZER

Ingredients:

  • Hibiscus flowers- 10-12
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Pineapple essential oil- 6-7 drops (I used Khadi Pineapple essential oil)
  • Lemongrass essential oil- 5 drops (I used Aroma Treasures Lemongrass essential oil)
  • Peppermint essential oil- 5 drops (I used Aroma Treasures Peppermint essential oil)

Procedure

  1. Add the hibiscus flowers in a pot of boiling water.
  2. Boil it in low flame for about 20 minutes and you will see a significant reduction in the water content.
  3. When the water content is reduced to almost none (there is just a watery feel around the boiled hibiscus flowers), remove the pot from the source of heat and allow it to cool completely.
  4. Squeeze out hibiscus water out of the boiled flowers (I got ½ a small bowl of water after boiling around 10-12 flowers in a cup of water). It’s somewhat dark maroon in colour.
  5. Now add the essential oils and mix well.
  6. Saturate your scalp with this solution and apply any leftover solution on hair.
  7. Leave it on as long as you can.
  8. If you have time crunch, leave it on for one hour. If time permits, leave it overnight.
  9. Shampoo and condition as usual.

(If you don’t have to step out of the house, you may not like to shampoo as it’s absolutely non-greasy in nature and wouldn’t give you any discomfort. )

I used the ingredients keeping in mind the benefits involved:

Benefits Of Hibiscus For Hair:

Hibiscus is an age old remedy for promoting hair growth. Rich in vitamins and amino acids, hibiscus is a time-tested remedy that promotes hair re-growth, eliminates dandruff, prevents premature greying, cleanses and exfoliates scalp naturally and helps condition hair naturally.

Benefits Of Pineapple Essential Oil For Hair:

Rich in vitamin C, this essential oil helps treat hair loss and scalp inflammation. It nourishes the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

Benefits Of Lemongrass Essential Oil For Hair:

It helps strengthen hair follicles, prevent hair loss and treats oily scalp. It also functions as a natural hair perfume and imparts a fragrance that lingers. You can read more about lemongrass essential oil here.

Benefits Of Peppermint Essential Oil For Hair:

It contains menthol that imparts a distinct cooling sensation to the scalp. It helps improve blood circulation to scalp, thereby nourishing the hair and stimulating hair growth. You can read more about peppermint essential oil here.

 

MY EXPERIENCE WITH DIY HIBISCUS HAIR VITALIZER

  • It is absolutely non-greasy and helped regulate sebum secretion on scalp.
  • It helped reduce dandruff and itchy scalp.
  • Though I have been into the habit of losing those precious strands, hair fall has reduced to an extent though not completely stopped.

I happen to use it only once a week. I would love to use this hibiscus remedy more frequently, may be every alternate day! It is recommended for all hair types  and suits oily scalp and hair. It is great for summers for the cooling sensation peppermint oil has to offer!

Caution

Please do a patch test before using essential oils. Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant.

 

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