3 Ways To Use Hibiscus For Hair Growth: Hair Oil, Shampoo & Hair Pack

hibiscus for hair

Hibiscus is nothing short of a miracle when it comes to treating hair loss and promoting thick hair growth. Here in our village, we use it extensively for hair care. We make hibiscus hair oil, hibiscus hair pack and we also clean our hair with homemade hibiscus shampoo.

What Is Hibiscus?

Hibiscus are flowering plants that belongs to the family Malvaveae. The genus contains several hundred species and are mostly found in temperate, tropical and subtropical regions. Out of the different species, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis which is the red hibiscus flowers that are commonly found all over India is very famous and I am referring to it’s flowers here.

Hibiscus Hair Benefits:

Both hibiscus flowers and leaves have been clinically proven to help with hair growth. When used regularly, they help arrest even the worst hair fall. They help nourish and strengthen the hair follicles and also helps treat scalp problems like inflammation and dandruff. Hibiscus shampoo gently cleans the hair and hibiscus oil is a good remedy for dry and damaged hair. Likewise, hibiscus hair packs quickly treats scalp inflammation along with strengthening the hair follicles.

hibiscus hair benefits3 Top Ways To Use Hibiscus For Hair Care:

1. Hibiscus Hair Oil:

hibiscus hair oil

This oil prevents hair fall, split ends and controls dandruff if used regularly. The base oil for this is unrefined coconut oil. As we all know, coconut oil has been the traditional hair oil for South Indian women for centuries and I strongly recommend making this hibiscus hair oil with it. We can make this oil in two ways, the first is infusion method and the second is double boiler method.

Infusion Method:

Collect fresh hibiscus flowers and separate the petals, spread them on a plate and sun dry them till crisp. There should not be any trace of moisture in them. Now add coconut oil till the petals are fully immersed and let it steep under hot sun for 2 to 3 days. The time it takes to steep will depend on the climate, during peak summers, just a day or two will be enough. Once the oil is infused with the petals, strain out the petals and use regularly.

Double Boiler Method:

For the double boiler method, collect fresh hibiscus flower, wash and separate the petals. Spread the petals on a kitchen cloth to absorb excess moisture. Once there is no moisture on the petals, take them in bowl and add coconut oil till they are fully immersed. Now place the bowl over an another bowl of gently simmering water and cook for about 45 minutes. Let cool and then strain.

2. Hibiscus Shampoo:

hibiscus shampoo

Take 3 large or 4 small shikakai pods in a bowl. Add in 5 to 6 soapnuts too. Finally add in 1 tbsp of fenugreek seeds. Now add in a cup of water. Let this mixture soak overnight. The next day morning, collect five fresh hibiscus flowers and remove the petals and keep them separate.

By now the soapnuts, shikakai and fenugreek seeds mixture would have soaked well and will be soft to the touch. Add in the hibiscus petals and leaves to it. Now grind this mixture to a fine paste and use it to wash your hair, this shampoo will clean the scalp and hair very well.

3. Hibiscus Hair Mask:

hibiscus hair mask

Hibiscus hair mask is one of the easiest and most effective hair masks we can make at home. Hibiscus hair mask conditions the hair so well and is excellent for both dry and oily hair. Another thing that I like about hibiscus hair mask is it serves multiple uses: It treats dandruff, conditions the hair, arrests hair fall and is a very safe pack to use on the hair.

This mask can be made according to the type of hair that you have. If you have dry hair, use the hibiscus along with fresh yogurt. If you have oily hair, use it with an organic egg white.

Since we are using only the egg white, there will not be any eggy smell on the hair at all. To use, take the mixture, part the hair using a comb and apply it all over the scalp and let it dry for at least 10 to 15 minutes and then wash the hair with a mild shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

For Dry Hair:

Grind the petals along with thick yogurt to get a thick paste. If the yogurt is not thick, hang it in a muslin cloth to remove excess water and then use it to grind the petals. The mixture should be thick, not runny. This pack has to be thick enough to be able to apply on the hair, if it is too runny, it will be dripping all over.

For Oily Hair:

Grind the hibiscus petals along with an egg white to get a smooth paste. To use, apply on the hair, wait for 15 minutes and then wash your hair with a natural soapnut shampoo. Both egg white and hibiscus petals will nourish the hair follicles thus promoting hair growth, it also makes the hair super shiny and manageable.

hibiscus for hair growth


  1. Ramya Venkat
    August 23, 2013 / 2:51 am

    step by step tutorial love the shots from urs.keep going

  2. AparnaRajeshkumar
    August 23, 2013 / 6:10 am

    too good 🙂 lovely shot ramya ! which camera u r using 🙂 little jealous about the area u shot 🙂 perfect for food bloggers !

  3. ramya
    August 23, 2013 / 12:27 pm

    Hi, Aparna, Thanks a lot! I use a basic Sony point and shoot camera. Dreaming of buying a digital camera soon. I shot this in our farm 🙂

  4. kavita dhoodhwani
    September 23, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    while we add hibiscus is the flame on or off?

  5. ramya
    September 23, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    Heat the oil, take off the flame and pour over the petals.

  6. nehawalia
    October 13, 2013 / 3:52 am

    Hi Ramya, Wonderful post on miraculous Hibiscus *The Hair Flower* ! Kudos! I have a question – Do we need to heat the oil before pouring over the petals in the sun-drying method? Or no heating is required in the first method? Thank you so much!

  7. ramya
    October 13, 2013 / 4:08 am

    Hi Nehawalia, Thanks a lot. You don't have to heat the oil for sun drying method, just pour the oil over the petals and keep it in hot sun for 2 days. Make sure to use a glass container.

  8. nehawalia
    October 13, 2013 / 4:44 am

    Thank you so much Ramya. I am against using flame to heat oils, so this certainly helps 😀 I have just stumbled upon your blog and I am surely going to look around. Very interesting stuff you have in here! Good job! <3 <3

  9. Laura Williams
    April 27, 2014 / 3:26 am

    is the oil a leave in or do I have to rinse it out after a while?

  10. ramya
    April 27, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Hi Laura, Massage this oil into your scalp, wait for 15 to 20 minutes before shampooing your hair with a mild shampoo.

  11. Kalpana
    May 10, 2014 / 7:38 am

    Hello Ramya,instead of using hibiscus flowers alone,can we use a paste of hibiscus and curry leaves and prepare the oil…Can we also mix aloevera along wid dis…

  12. ramya
    May 13, 2014 / 11:39 am

    Hi Kalpana, I have not tried it like the way you mentioned, but give it a try……

  13. Anonymous
    February 17, 2015 / 9:12 am

    hi ramya , I have just made this oil, how long should i keep it to use to it? and also how long can i store this oil before it gets spoilt?thnaks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 18, 2015 / 5:17 pm

      Hi, you can start using the oil immediately after straining the petals. This hibiscus hair oil will store well for 4 to 5 months…..

  14. Pavithra Chalamalasetti
    March 18, 2015 / 8:34 am

    Can I prepare this even with hybrid variety of hibiscus will it be equally effective

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 18, 2015 / 5:43 pm

      As far the hibiscus flowers are not sprayed with pesticides, the hybrid variety will be effective too….

  15. Anonymous
    March 31, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Amazing work.. can i make this with castor oil

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 2, 2015 / 5:18 am

      If you make it only with castor oil, the oil will be very sticky. Instead combine it with coconut oil in the ration 1:4 and then make the oil..

  16. Anonymous
    April 9, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    hie… i made this oil with almond oil. Is it ok??? and there were few drops of water in oil. although I kept it in sun to remove water. is the oil spoilt????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      It is ok to use almond oil and no, it is not spoilt. Try to remove the water droplets with a spoon and sun dry under hot sun for an another day or two and the oil will be fine…

  17. Anonymous
    June 20, 2015 / 5:27 am

    Hi Ramya,I've been using the curry leaf oil and I feel a slight change in the hair texture for the better. I'm patient to see better results. Thank you. However I would like to know can I make this hibiscus oil with curry leaves and bhringraj leaves to get better benefits?If so then how do I go about making this oil with all 3 ingredients? I have access to fresh curry leaves and hibiscus flowers and dry bhringraj leaves. I get only parachute coconut oil and not virgin oil. Please let me know the steps to make the oil with these 3 ingredients.thanks a ton

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 26, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Wash and dry the curry leaves and hibiscus flowers in shade spread over kitchen towel till there is no moisture left. Heat coconut oil, once hot add the curry leaves and switch off. Immediately pour the hot oil over hibiscus flowers and dry bhringraj leaves. Let it steep for a day and then strain…

  18. Rajitha Reddy
    August 24, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Hi Ramya akka,i have been using hibiscus hair oil since 15days but my hair fall is not at all reduced.please suggest me which herbal oil is suitable for me in your blog.my age 25years.Please reply me akka ASAP

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Rajitha, You can try curry leaf oil or the fenugreek oil from the blog and use it regularly. Hair fall can be due to various reasons like stress, deficiencies or dandruff. Try to reduce stress, treat dandruff using fenugreek hair mask and check for any deficiencies and take supplements. Along with it massage regularly with homemade oil and apply a hair mask (choose one from the blog) to strengthen the hair roots and you will see good results very soon…

    • Anonymous
      March 31, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Hi ramya di,i have a question. I have purchased bhringaraj and coconut oil from shop…is it equally effective?and i have heard of sesa hair oil.is tat good for hair??

  19. Rajitha Reddy
    August 28, 2015 / 5:41 am

    thankyou so much akka for your reply

  20. Rajitha Reddy
    August 31, 2015 / 5:13 am

    hi akka,good morning.hope you are doing good.i have some questions.after applying the curry leaves hair oil which shampoo should i use?now i am using meera shikakai & badam shampoo.i have used curry leaves hair oil 3 time till today hair falling is more .can you please suggest me what should i do further.and i do not have so much of dandruff also.i don't know what to do.Reply me ASAP

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 4, 2015 / 4:45 am

      Hi Rajitha, Usually we shed some hair daily which is normal and when oiling our hair, we tend to notice the shedding more (in my experience). As far as I know curry leaves oil made using pure coconut oil agrees with everyone, I have been using it for more than 10 years now. I would suggest you continue using the oil and also try using egg hair mask weekly twice. Also check for any deficiencies. As far shampoo, all the surfactant based shampoos are the same no matter what they claim, just choose a good shampoo and conditioner from a reputed company (their shampoos will be PH balanced) or you can try natural hair wash methods (you will find all of them in the blog)…

  21. Rajitha Reddy
    September 7, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Hi akka, thank you for your suggestion. can I use egg hair mask weekly twice there will be no problem right.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 11, 2015 / 3:14 am

      Weekly twice application of egg mask will cause no problem…

    • Anonymous
      February 9, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Dear Rajitha, Give one remedy sometime as I had the same problem. This oil needs at least seven applications before showing result. Also the hair will be damaged if applying so many things. Get your hemoglobin tested once. May be its low.

  22. Veeru Chintala
    November 5, 2015 / 6:36 am

    Hi Ramya garu. I came across ur site 2 days back. Really amazing remedies from you.I have a quesion.I had lost so much of hair on my forehead.So many say that using onion or raddish or black pepper we can make hari regrow. Is it true?? If its not true are there any remedies for hair regrowth?? pls help me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 8, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Hi, the ingredients you mentioned like small onions are for treating scalp infections. If the hair fall or receding hair line is hereditary, taking DHT blockers along with external applications like pure homemade hair masks and hair oil will greatly help. Natural DHT blockers are green tea, pumpkin seed oil, etc. You can also consult a doctor about natural DHT blockers..

  23. Veeru Chintala
    November 9, 2015 / 7:13 am

    Thanks a lot for ur reply.Will there be any health problems or side effects in future by using DHT blockers??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 16, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      Natural dht blockers like green tea, pumpkin seed oil will not cause any harm but taking medicines like finastride (prescription medicine for blocking DHT ) will have side effects and it is best taken after consulting a doctor…

    • Veeru Chintala
      November 19, 2015 / 5:10 am

      Thanks a lot for ur reply. Can u please let me know how to use pumpkin seed oil. I mean how to take it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 27, 2015 / 2:35 am

      You can take 400 mg of pumkin seed oil in divided doses (200 mg 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner) for at least 24 weeks. This was the dosage given in the study that concluded that pumpkin seed oil is effective for blocking DHT. You can also consult a physician if you have any doubts….

  24. Veeru Chintala
    December 28, 2015 / 10:47 am

    Thanks a lot for your reply mam. I want to know how to make pumpkin seed oil in home?? and Can I apply that oil to my hair directly??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 11, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      We can't make pumpkin seed oil at home, you can easily buy it online. It should be taken internally…

  25. Patty
    February 26, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Hello, I have hibiscus powder.How can I use it to make hibiscus oil?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 2:06 am

      I have never tried this hibiscus oil with hibiscus powder so I don't how effective it is. But you can mix the oil and powder together in a very low flame and then strain.

  26. Dhanushram Nadal
    March 12, 2016 / 5:30 am

    Hi love all ur posts ..u r doing a great job ..I have a doubt,can v use fenugreek seed d vetiver along with this hibiscus to make oil ??

  27. sweety Y.
    May 12, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Hi, thanks for your post. It's really insightful. I want to ask if I can make the hibiscus oil with sun dried petals instead of the fresh ones

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Yes, you can make this hibsicus oil with sun dried hibiscus petals too..

  28. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    hi mam,your post in making hibiscus oil is wonderful and effective..i have the suggestion mam…could you please post the preparation of "chembaruthi thali"…i heard that it has been using by the keralites still now for lustrous, thick, long hair…i would like to know the method of preparation of "chembaruthi thali".

  29. Lee
    July 4, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Hi Ramaya my hair r dry n got thin also looking bald would this hibiscus oil work.And hw many to massage with this oil

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 5:32 am

      Hi Lee, hibiscus oil will condition the hair well if used regularly. To use, warm the hibiscus oil and gently massage the oil all over the scalp and try to wait for at least 30 minutes before having hair wash…

  30. avani desai
    August 6, 2016 / 4:01 am

    Hello Ramya, can i combine curry leaves and hibiscus to prevent premature greying? And if yes what is the process?

  31. avani desai
    August 6, 2016 / 4:03 am

    Hello Ramya, can i combine curry leaves and hibiscus to prevent premature greying? And if yes what is the process?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Ye, you can, I would suggest making a hair oil with both. Heat unrefined coconut oil in a pan and once it gets hot add hibiscus and curry leaves (they shouldn't have any moisture in them) and switch off immediately. Let cool, strain and use as a hair oil…

  32. Anonymous
    September 17, 2016 / 10:13 am

    hi im priya,i hv a doubt,while preparing hair oil using hibiscus & curry leaves is it good when oil starts boiling & add grinded curry leaves & hibiscus into the oil till it get boiled & crispy

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 28, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      When making hair oils, remember not to heat it till smoking point as the ingredients will burn easily. The oils should be moderately hot, not boiling. Then add the ingredients and boil till they turn crispy which indicates that there is no moisture left in them and store…

  33. Sushma
    December 25, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    Hello Ramya,Thanks for the post, very helpful ! I have question regarding the mix of curry leaves and hibiscus oil – have you tried the oil with both ingredients at the same time ? And is there a shelf life for it ?Thanks much !Sushma

  34. Anonymous
    March 26, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Hello Ramya,Many thanks for your post about Hibiscus oil. It helped me in preparing hibiscus oil combining curry leaves. I had used unrefined coconut oil as base oil. However this time I am intending to use Almond oil and also add aloe vera gel as well. Will it be ok to combine Hibiscus, curry leaves and aloe vera in Almond oil base? May I know the procedure for this oil please?Thanks a lotKshama

  35. Anonymous
    June 10, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Hello,Wonderful blog with lots of useful info!! Can you please tell me the ratio of Hibiscus oil(Store bought) to coconut oil (Storebought) to make hair oil?Thank you in advance!

  36. swetha konakanchi
    December 16, 2019 / 12:31 am

    Hey Ramya.. thanks for the recipe. Can I add vit E and few drops of castor oil to this?

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