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How To Use Hibiscus Flowers For A DIY Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning is arguably the most important step in any natural’s hair regimen/routine. It’s great for your hair’s health because it helps to add moisture and nutrients which keep it strong and healthy. It has a lot of other benefits too and you can find those here. People typically buy pre-made deep conditioners and some of those are really great, but if you know how to make a deep conditioner right in your kitchen? It saves you some money, you’re entirely sure of what’s in your hair, and the results aren’t half bad! This is precisely what this hibiscus DIY deep conditioner has to offer.

The hibiscus plant is very common around the world and is well known for its amazing benefits when used on the skin. It is also used to make hibiscus tea and zobo drink (an easy Nigerian brew). But did you know you could use it in your hair too? The plant has a legion of benefits ascribed to its name.

Hibiscus is rich in vitamin c and antioxidants, its astringent properties help control dandruff, its packed full of amino acids which are necessary for producing keratin which aids hair growth, and It’s a hell of a moisturizing agent which you can prove just by crushing fresh hibiscus flowers, the thick mucilage feels slimy and your hair loves this. It’s also been proven to add sheen and bounce when used properly. By all counts, it’s a pretty good all-rounder for your hair.

Hibiscus flower. Hibiscus flower deep conditioner

Don’t know how to use hibiscus for your hair? Or how to make a hibiscus deep conditioner? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. This article will explain two quick and easy ways to make a DIY hibiscus deep conditioner.

METHOD 1

Required:

Fresh hibiscus flowers, 15-20.

1 cup (250ml) water to mix

NB: Adjust according to the size of your hair.

PREPARATION:

Blend or pound the leaves into a fine pulp. It will produce slime, but keep adding water to the blend until the mixture is of a smooth and light consistency (not runny). If you have low porosity hair, you can always use warm water to make this paste for better hair shaft penetration. After washing, apply it to your hair and scalp and cover with a plastic bag. The Standard time to wait is 20 minutes. You’re free to use a steam cap but in this case, you can rinse off the mask in 5 to 10 minutes.

Black girls with natural hair on the beach. Hibiscus flower. Hibiscus flower deep conditioner
METHOD 2

Required:

Dried hibiscus flower petals.

1/2 cup (250ml) water to match OR plain yogurt

Optional: Aloe Vera gel

NB: Adjust according to the size of your hair.

PREPARATION:

Grind or pound the petals till they’re entirely smooth and mix with water till you have a smooth, light paste. Using dried hibiscus flower petals is a bit trickier because if the resulting powder isn’t totally smooth, it’s going to leave teeny tiny particles in your hair, and I promise you, you’ll be combing them out for at least three days. So if you’re sure you cannot get the powder to be entirely smooth, you can always buy hibiscus powder instead (It’s available in stores and online). This recipe is more versatile because it works well with plain yogurt and plain yogurt is also very beneficial for natural hair, so it packs an even harder punch. Standard time to wait is 20 minutes. You’re free to use a steam cap but in this case, you can rinse off the mask in 5 to 10 minutes.

Trying this hibiscus DIY hair treatment will not be a waste of time.  The results are very fulfilling, it will leave your hair feeling soft and light, plus it smells divine!

Have you tried hibiscus in your hair before? How did it go? You can share your experience, or any questions you have in the comment section.

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