In case you are wondering, it is not just two similar first letters that denote the relationship between hibiscus and hair care. It goes way back, loaded with multiple hair care benefits and a happy scalp for Misters.

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Belonging to a genus of flowering plants of the mallow family, hibiscuses are often associated with their fiery and breathtaking blooms. Consisting of several hundred species, they are best suited for growth in a warm to temperate, tropical and subtropical type climate.

Studies as old as 2003 have shown that the extract of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis positively affected the hair length and hair follicle quality of laboratory rats it was conducted on. This extract, however, was derived from the leaf and not the flower of the plant, deeming the former more advantageous than the latter.

Hibiscus oil is a great recourse for better hair, best used along with a carrier oil base. Some combinations of hibiscus oil are available in amalgam with walnut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and coconut oil, to name a few. Herbal practitioners advise a 10 minute hair massage using these oils, followed by leaving it in place for about 30 minutes and washing it off with a mild shampoo or cleanser.

Here are some additional hair benefits of this stellar herb:

It is known to prevent baldness and manage conditions such as Androgenic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness. Research suggests hibiscus’ efficacy to be as much as allopathic drugs used for hair loss treatment such as Minoxidil and Finasteride, all without the harmful side effects.

The naturally occurring amino acids and high Vitamin C content in hibiscus provide your hair with necessary nutrients to stimulate hair growth. These amino acids then produce the structural protein, keratin, also known as the fundamental hair protein.

The presence of keratin automatically means that your hair is less prone to breakage, making it strong and healthy. Moreover, Mucilage in hibiscus acts as a natural conditioner for your hair.

Acting like an astringent, hibiscus controls the oil produced by your scalp and balances pH levels to ensure that dandruff and an itchy scalp no longer exists.

Hibiscus also helps in the occurrence of melanin, a natural pigment for hair, effectively masking grey hair and thus successfully preventing its premature graying.

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP