The hibiscus flower is commonly found in Asia, North Africa, and Latin America, and is a symbolic flower in Haiti, South Korea, and Malaysia.
The flower comes in different colours – white, pink, red, orange, purple, and yellow.
The red hibiscus is most commonly used for hair care and is the focus of this article.
The flower can be used in the dried form usually available in grocery stores or in the ground form. Both are equally effective.
Hibiscus contains calcium, riboflavin, vitamin C, and some amounts of beta-carotene, all hair nourishing and strengthening properties.
It also contains additional properties, which cover up grey hair. However, I prefer mustard seeds and henna for dealing with grey hair. Read about this at:-
These simple recipes will work gently yet effectively to reduce hair fall and strengthen hair at the same time.
You only need a few ingredients for these recipes. Use consistently for 6 – 8 weeks to start seeing a marked improvement.
Kardake (Hibiscus) Hair Rinse for Hair Fall
- A handful of crushed hibiscus flowers or 2 tablespoons of ground hibiscus
- 2 – 3 cups of warm water
- 1 spoon of agave nectar
- 5 – 10 drops of lavender and/or ylang ylang essential oil
- Place the hibiscus and warm water in a plastic container and soak overnight.
- Stir the mixture the next morning and leave for an additional hour, then sieve through a cheesecloth or colander.
- Add in the Agave nectar and essential oils.
- Mix and pour into a dark coloured bottle.
- After washing and conditioning your hair, apply the rinse, making sure every strand is covered.
- Massage into the scalp a bit, and leave on for 10 mins. Rinse out with cool water then style your hair as usual.
- The above recipe will make enough rinse to last for 2 – 3 washes.
- You can make larger quantities but you will need to include a preservative. Fresh batches always work better.
Kardake (Hibiscus) and Amla Mask for Stronger Hair
Amla aka Indian gooseberry strengthens hair follicles and is great for preventing hair fall. You can purchase it in Indian grocery stores.
- Mix the amla and hibiscus together and grind as finely as possible.
- Add in the water and mix until it forms a paste the same consistency as yoghurt.
- Apply the paste to the length of your hair as you would henna.
- Cover with a disposable cap and leave until the paste dries up on your hair then rinse with tepid water followed by conditioner.
- This mask can be used 2 – 3 times a week.
Continuous use of the above recipes will lead to an improvement in your hair. The recipes are also suitable for all hair types.
For more on using herbal tea rinses for stronger and longer hair, I recommend Tea Rinsing Secrets for Healthy Hair Growth.