• Hibiscus Petals For Health, Henna Color Enhancement & Hair Conditioning

    Posted on October 15, 2010 by in DIY, Hair, Health & Wellness

    I recently purchased hibiscus petal powder to add to my henna treatments for a black cherry tint.  It created a beautiful color with my henna.  I’ve been using henna to strengthen my hair and promote healthy hair growth.  My hair is much softer, more manageable, and sheds less.  Read more about henna in my article Henna Beautiful Hair.

    Hibiscus flower petals have some wonderful alternate uses as well.

    1. Hair Rinse

    Hibiscus petals promote healthy hair growth, prevent hair fall and dandruff, and slow down premature graying.  It also adds shine and luster to hair as it is a wonderful hair conditioner.

    What you will need:

    Hibiscus Petals

    Water

    Brew the flowers as you would to make a tea.  Allow to cool before straining and use as a hair rinse after your final rinse out conditioner.

    2. Healing Tea

    Hibiscus flower tea has been used for centuries in Africa, Asia, North Africa and the Caribbean for its healing properties.  It is a common ingredient in many tea blends.   Hibiscus flowers are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

    Hibiscus flower tea is known to lower blood pressure, fever, and for the treatment of liver problems.  It is also used as a tea to soothe stomach and digestive problems and for its calming effects on the nerves.  You can buy hibiscus flower tea in a herbal tea blend or create  your own with hibiscus whole flowers or hibiscus petals.

    3. Herbal Infused Oil

    Infuse your favorite carrier oil with dried hibiscus flowers to create a hot oil treatment for your hair or to even protect the ends of your hair as a leave-in treatment.  Infuse hibiscus flowers with jojoba or grapeseed oil if you have normal to oily hair.  For normal to dry hair try almond or olive oil.  Read about how to infuse oils in my article DIY Herbal Oil Infusions.  I love adding amla to my herbal oil infusion for my hair.  Amla is also a wonderful herb for hair health.  To learn more about amla check out Amla–Ayurvedic Herb for Health and Beauty.

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8 Responses so far.

  1. Mika says:

    I’ve heard that hibiscus can be used to wash hair. Have you tried it?

  2. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mika,
    I haven’t used hibiscus to cleanse my hair but here are some other no poo hair methods that I have tried.
    DIY Herbal Infused Apple Cider Vinegar
    Soapwort Root–A Natural Cleanser
    Rhassoul Clay For Shampoo
    DIY Herbal Hair Rinse
    DIY Green Tea Cleansing Hair Rinse
    I’ve also used conditioners to wash my hair and scalp which I mention here. Hope this helps and have a beautiful day!

  3. Karolina says:

    Dear Dawn Michelle,
    I have read that hibiscus tea can stain, is this true? As I have blonde hair this would be undesirable. Do you have any idea if the oil infusion results in color changes as well? Thanks :)

  4. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Karolina,
    Hibiscus petals enhance the redness in henna. As a blond you may want to try dried catnip, calendula, and chamomile for conditioning and enhancing blond hair.
    Have a beautiful day,
    Dawn Michelle

  5. scribbler says:

    can it be used in place of conditioner?

  6. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Scribbler, I don’t use hibiscus powder as my only conditioner because I have extremely dry hair. Dried hibiscus makes a good herbal tea rinse and I do love it with my henna treatments. If you want to try an herb in place of conditioner catnip herbal tea rinses were praised on the Long Hair Community Forum. When I tried it myself I did enjoy it yet still needed another conditioner for my extremely dry hair. Hope that helps some!

  7. Mary says:

    Good morning!
    I was at my grocery yesterday when I ran across a bag of dried hibiscus flowers. I have been doing herb and floral oil infusions for my skin care routine for a few years now (no soap at all and my skin looks great!) anyways, this morning I decided to look up using hibiscus for skin and hair care and stumbled across your site. I’m thinking I will try it as a hair treatment. My hair is naturally a bright copper red so I think any color will only enhance that. :)

  8. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mary,
    Hibiscus is great for conditioning hair. Also the natural color of your hair sounds so beautiful. Enjoy your day and let me know how it turns out!