Hibiscus can be used on the scalp and hair in different ways. You may use it to prepare hair oil or as a shampoo or conditioner.
- In order to prepare hibiscus hair oil, you have to take a few flowers and leaves (preferably red flowers). You need half a cup of chopped flowers and leaves for this purpose. Crush them well and mix with a cup of coconut oil. Cook the mixture over low heat, till fumes develop. As soon as you notice the fumes, turn off the heat and allow the oil to cool, before storing. Gently massage a small amount of this oil before bath, at least two times a week. You may rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
- Hibiscus cleanser: Once your paste is made up, you can use it as a hibiscus based cleanser or oil. All you need is four to five petals of hibiscus leaves, a few drops of olive oil and a small amount of water. Use a pestle to grind everything together until it forms a thick paste. Apply it to wet hair and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing completely. You can use fresh or dry hibiscus and enjoy the same result.
- If you want to use hibiscus as a shampoo, you have to collect few leaves and flowers of hibiscus. Grind them to a fine paste and apply it on the scalp as well as hair. Let it settle for about ten to fifteen minutes. You can rinse this off with lukewarm water.
- You may also make a paste of hibiscus powder with water (or rose water) and apply the mixture on the scalp. Rinse it off after an hour.
This herb is used as such or in combination with other natural hair care products like henna and amla oil. You may try this natural remedy for keeping your hair healthy, soft, smooth, and shiny.