There are many ways one can use Hibiscus powder: Alone, as a tea rinse, infused in a carrier oil, in henna to boost red tones, in conditioner, with other ayurvedic herbs, in coconut milk or yogurt, infused in vinegar, and used as the final rinse, as the tea base for henna, a scalp scrub, with Rhassoul mud and as a face masque. Those with lighter hair should use Hibiscus with caution as it may stain the hair temporarily.
Using Hibiscus on its own:
An all-round fantastic treatment for all hair types. Caution to those that have lighter hair as Hibiscus may stain.
Mix enough Hibiscus flower powder with water or tea and apply to damp clean hair. Cover and let sit for a couple of hours. Add 1 tsp of any oil of your choice, yogurt, or coconut milk for extra conditioning.
Hibiscus as a cleanser alone:
Just as above, make a paste with Hibiscus and gently massage it into the hair. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and wash off. Hibiscus isn’t as strong as say Shikakai or Aritha when it comes to removing oil treatments from the hair. Combining Hibiscus with these herbs ensures that the excess oil will be washed away. Hibiscus is a gentle cleanser.
Hibiscus as a post-wash rinse: (Great for shine).
Scoop in 2-4 tablespoons of Hibiscus powder into 2-3 cups of almost boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes or until warm to the touch and strain the liquid. After you’ve finished washing, pour the tea over your hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse with water if you wish.