I can’t recall ever meeting a woman who is happy with her hair. Women with the most glorious hair you have ever seen will complain about it. A colleague of mine who has the most lovely coppery wavy hair, which she can coax into loose ringlets, insists on getting blonde highlights and ironing it straight. When I am Queen of the World there will be a law against that sort of carry-on.
If you believe everything you see on the internet the hisbiscus flower is the answer to all of your hair-related woes. In Ayurveda it is thought to help with preventing grey hair, dandruff, split ends and baldness.
I doubt that a topical treatment can help with grey hair, split ends and baldness. However, the flowers do yield a delightful gel with soothing properties. In the recipe below I’ve combined it with other hair-friendly ingredients to make a conditioning gel to massage into your hair and scalp. I find that on my hair (fine hair with a slight wave when wet) it seems to add a little body and leave my hair with slightly beachy waves which drop over the course of the day.
I’ve included some Panthenol (vit B5) in the recipe. This is the ‘magic’ ingredient in Pantene which will not make it happen over night, but it will happen. It may moisturise your scalp and make your hair shinier. The guar gum is conditioning to your hair and provides the extra gelling power to this recipe. The honeyquat is moisturising to your hair as well and may make it shinier.
If nothing else this gel will feel great when you or your nimble fingered lover massage it into your scalp.
I used yellow hibiscus flowers in this recipe. Red flowers can be used to give red highlights to your hair.
Ingredients to make 200 g
Firstly, make your hibiscus infusion
- 6 fresh hibiscus flowers (roughly 50 g) (Hibiscus rosasinensis)
- 400 g freshly boiled water
Secondly, make your hair gel
- 200 g hibiscus infusion
- 2 g d-panthenol
- 4 g honeyquat (Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey)
- 1 g liquid germall plus
- 1 tsp guar gum
- 30 drops of essential oil (I used a mixture of rosemary, neroli, bergamot, lemon and orange)
- Coffee Plunger (French Press)
- Kettle or saucepan and stove top
- Scissors or sharp knife
- Cheese cloth
- Mini food processor or stick blender
- Pump bottle for storing hair gel in
Step 1: make your infusion
- Put your water on to boil.
- Roughly chop the flowers into your coffee plunger.
- Pour over the boiling water.
- Infuse for five minutes.
- Slowly press the plunger down, pushing hard until it won’t go any further.
- Take out the plunger and stir up the mixture with a knife.
- Infuse for another five minutes.
- Press the plunger down hard.
- Strain the infusion through cheesecloth (drape it over a sieve) and into a measuring jug
Step 2: make your gel
- Place your mini food processor onto your scales and tare.
- Measure all of your ingredients except the guar gum into the food processor.
- Put your food processor onto your food processor power unit.
- Turn the food processor on and tap your guar gum into the mixture through the chute.
- Pour the gel into your bottle using the funnel. You may need to tap the funnel into the bottle to get the gel to move.