DIY: Homemade Hibiscus Shampoo Recipe

I have always tried to use homemade, natural products on my son, when he was a baby. For his hair wash I used to use gram flour mixed into a paste with little water. But as his hair started growing, washing the gram flour out of his hair was quite difficult as he had quite thick hair. It was also quite drying on the hair, when used separately as a paste. I started using arappu and this hibiscus shampoo to wash his hair.

If I didn’t get hibiscus flowers that day or if I am out of station, then I will switch over to arappu powder. Most of the Indian homes will have hibiscus plant and especially the red hibiscus flower is very common. Out of all the varieties of hibiscus, the red color hibiscus is used the maximum for herbal remedies. Please try growing hibiscus plant in you garden, it produces flowers year round and it needs very less maintenance.

This hibiscus shampoo is very very mild on the hair and it is perfect for washing babies hair. Hibiscus flowers are good hair conditioners, so I always add a hibiscus flower for making this shampoo. The leaves of hibiscus produce a very slight lather and it helps clean the hair very well.

To make this shampoo, first take the required amount of hibiscus leaves and soak them in water for 5 to 10 minutes, this will help to grind it to a smooth paste. Now take the soaked leaves, a hibiscus flower (remove the stigma) and grind to a smooth paste. To use it as a shampoo for babies, wet the hair in lukewarm water and then apply this hibiscus shampoo and gently massage their hair. Rinse off. If you are giving an oil bath, you can even use the shampoo twice.

Homemade Hibiscus Shampoo Recipe

1. Pluck the required amount of fresh hibiscus leaves and a hibiscus flower.

2. Soak the hibiscus leaves in water for 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Add the hibiscus flower to the soaked leaves and grind to a fine paste.


  • Always try to add a hibiscus flower to condition the hair.
  • This hibiscus shampoo will not strip the hair of natural oils and can be safely used for very young babies.
  • The quantity of the leaves depends on the thickness of the hair of the child.


  1. Lakshya E.
    February 23, 2014 / 4:45 am

    what kind of grinder do you use for this?

  2. ramya
    February 23, 2014 / 8:00 am

    Use the regular mixer to grind it into a fine paste.

  3. Kalpana
    April 12, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    Hello mam, can we mix fenugreek paste along with this mixture?

  4. ramya
    April 13, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Yes, fenugreek paste can be added along with this mixture too….

  5. Pavithra Chalamalasetti
    June 21, 2014 / 4:53 pm

    Ur site is like a bible for homemade remedy for me, for this recipe can I use any coloured hibiscus leaves or should it be only those 5 petal red ones

  6. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 22, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    Thanks a lot Pavithra, your kind words mean a lot to me…The 5 petal red ones are the best for this recipe…

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      I only have pink hibiscus in my home =(Shall I leave the flower out or shall I add it??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      You can add the pink hibiscus flowers too….

  7. Anonymous
    July 5, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Hi Ramya! You've brought an amazing DIY to our notice.So a big "thank you" 4 that 😉 🙂 I have a question regarding the recipe-do you add the WHOLE flower or just it's petals 2 the mixture?

  8. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    July 6, 2014 / 8:18 am

    I remove the stigma and then grind the whole flower along with the leaves….

  9. nidhal sinha
    July 29, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    This is undoubtedly the "Best" hair treatment I have come across after so long 🙂 thank you Ramya! By the way, since the pack looks as if it can drip from one's scalp so I have thought of adding a few other ingredients… Do tell whether they will enhance its effectiveness or not…they are:- Fenugreek/methi powder,brahmi powder,jatamansi powder and bhringraaj powder! Thanks 4 paying heed 2 my concern 😉 🙂

  10. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    July 29, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Fenugreek treats dandruff, jatamansi calms the nerves, brahmi powder nourishes the hair roots. Adding these powders will definitely enhance the effectiveness. 🙂

  11. Mani Manasa
    November 17, 2014 / 7:27 am

    i have tried by blending petals along with stigma…my hair fall has increased and dandruff too can u tell me whether my scalp is allergetic to hibiscus…how to find it

  12. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    November 17, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Hi Mani Manasa, Allergic to external application of hibiscus is very rare. Try to stop using hibiscus completely for a month completely and see whether your hair fall has stopped. I think that is the best way to find out, if you are allergic to hibiscus……..

  13. Mani Manasa
    November 19, 2014 / 6:16 am

    Tq….and il follow ur instructions

  14. Mani Manasa
    November 23, 2014 / 8:28 am

    Can u tell me a tip for my hair…since my hair s uncontrollable. ..I have dandruff,my hair is drybn frizzy…I have mild sinus too…plz help me out to get nice shiny n healthy hair

  15. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    November 24, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Mani Manasa, Since you have sinus, it will be difficult to apply hair packs, but try oil massage. Regular oil massage softens the hair well & strengthens the hair roots. Try the traditional oil bath recipe (in the blog) for doing the oil massage, it is perfect for treating dandruff and strengthening the hair roots….

  16. Anonymous
    February 1, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    How can I use green gram to wash my hair??? Is it effective for grey hair??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 2, 2015 / 5:06 pm

      Hi, it is very difficult to use green gram for washing the hair, I would suggest trying the homemade herbal shampoo recipe from the blog….

    • Anonymous
      March 22, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Hi thanks for your excellent homemade shampoo recipe. Before taking head bath will use 3 types of oil thatt includes castor oil .so will Thi shampoo removes excess oil bcoz costor oil will b very sticky

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 23, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      This shampoo is very mild and since castor oil is very sticky, I very much doubt whether it will remove the oil effectively. But give it a try…..

  17. Anonymous
    May 29, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Hi,Wanted to know if this shampoo will be effective in removing the curry leaf oil from the hair? Or do you suggest any other shampoo recipe of yours?

  18. Anonymous
    May 30, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Hi,I've been using your curry leaf oil and tried this shampoo today. However it did not remove the oil after two washes and I had to use a shampoo.Wanted to know that do we use this shampoo only for unoiled hair?Or what other ingredient can we add to this to remove the oil?Also my shampoo did not turn into a fine paste even after grinding in the mixer continuously. there were some pieces of leaves left.Is that fine?Thank you,

  19. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    May 31, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    We usually use this shampoo for babies and it works well for them. Removing oil using this method is very very hard for adults and the reetha- shikakai shampoo (recipe in the blog) will be more appropriate. But you can use this method for unoiled hair and few un ground pieces are fine…

  20. Kanjana N
    August 5, 2015 / 6:32 am

    Hi Ramya,Can we use this shampoo for 2 months old baby's hair? Will the baby gets cold on applying this as hibiscus has the cooling tendency ?Thanks & Regards,Kanjana Vasudevan

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      Hi, you can apply this hibiscus shampoo for 2 month old baby and it won't cause cold. But when using for the first time, give the bath in the afternoons and dry the hair immediately after the bath….

  21. Anonymous
    October 10, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    Hi, thanks for this great shampoo idea ! Any special reason as to why we shouldnt add the stigma with the hibiscus petals ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 14, 2015 / 3:33 pm

      I have always used only the petals for all my preparations as they grind smoothly into a paste fast…..:)

  22. Dhanushram Nadal
    February 29, 2016 / 4:33 am

    Hi,I have iswd this hibisucus shampoo.after washing my hair is very much sticky..and i mnot able to manage my hair…my hair is very dry…what can i do??i have to add any other ingredients along with this ??..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 3:08 am

      This paste is for young babies. I would suggest you try the homemade shampoo using reetha and shikakai from the blog….

    • priya.p
      June 16, 2016 / 4:07 am

      hi ramya, your blog is very helpful and i have tried some recipes. thank you. i have a doubt, i applied curry leaf oil and then applied egg white pack. after 1 hour i washed it with hibiscus leaf, aloevera, and shikakai it the right way to do.shikakai decoction:shikakaisoapnutfenugreekdried amlaall soaked overnight and simmered for 30 mins and strained

  23. Priya
    June 15, 2016 / 7:27 am

    Can I use shikakai, fenugreek,amla and soapnut decoction with hibiscus leaves and aloevera. I just blended them and it gave a fine paste. Is it good

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 17, 2016 / 7:37 am

      Hi Priya, hibiscus leaves and Aloe Vera will do no harm to the hair so I am sure it is good…

  24. Margretta
    November 4, 2017 / 6:20 am

    Can I add oil and use regular shampoo after ward?

  25. Saji
    March 11, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Hi RamyaI have sinus. Can I use reetha – shikakai for washing my hair?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 15, 2018 / 4:20 pm

      Yes, you can. It does not aggravate sinus infection. But to be on the safer side, when you are using it the first time make sure to sun dry your hair for a few minutes.

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