Some of you might have noticed that I LOVE using hibiscus for my hair and you can tell because I’ve made a few posts and videos all about hibiscus such as: (here) where I talk about the benefits, (here) where I talk about making your own hibiscus powder/petals and (here) where I explained how I infused hibiscus petals in oil. Yes I am obsessed!
Today I wanted to talk about why & how I make a Hibiscus tea spray using the petals.
- Helps grow healthy hair
- Stops excessive hair shedding
- Provides the hair with a boost of luster and bounce
- Soothes scalp irritations
- Adds a natural shine to the hair
- Strengthens the hair
- Helps reduce dandruff due to its moisturizing properties
- Helps conditions the hair
- Adds deep red/purple undertones to the hair*
*The red/purple tones are not that apparent in dark hair, it appears more as an undertone but in light, bleached or dyed hair, the red/purple tones is more noticeable.
Ingredients of the spray
- 1/4 cup Hibiscus petals
- 1.5 cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Glycerin (optional – you can substitute this with another ingredient see below)
- 1 teaspoon Neem infused coconut oil (you can use any Carrier Oil of choice)
- 5 drops Grapefruit Essential oil (you can use any Essential Oil of choice)
For some, hibiscus can be drying on the hair due to its high acidic content therefore you can add other ingredients to the tea to make it a little moisturizing. So apart from the hibiscus, I also use water (obviously) which is great for the hair. I also add glycerin – a humectant that draws moisture in the air to the area applied. (If your hair does not like glycerin you can substitute it with honey, Aloe Vera Juice, Agave Nectar or omit it completely). My DIY Neem Infused Coconut Oil is great for reducing hair shedding, reduces breakage, is known to help slow down premature graying & the appearance of grey hairs and the fact that coconut oil is known the penetrate the hair it works from the inside out. I added Grapefruit EO because well for one it smells awesome, it helps fight dandruff, keeps the scalp clean and helps to slowdown bacterial growth in the tea. Always store the tea in the fridge!
All you do is boil the hibiscus petals in the water for no more than 5 minutes and then allow it to come down to room temperature. Once cooled down add the remaining ingredients (neem infused coconut oil, glycerin and grapefruit essential oil) and stir really well. Transfer it either into a spray bottle or a container you will use to pour over your hair and presto you are done.
How I use my Hibiscus Tea
I like using a spray bottle because I can control how much/little is applied instead of pouring the tea all over my hair. I apply on dry hair and then cover with a shower cap for 1 – 1.5 hours before washing it out. I generally apply it before co-washing or doing my Wash Day Process and then proceed with styling. I store the bottle in my fridge and it lasts for 1 week – 1.5 weeks absolute max and then I make a new batch.
Do you use Hibiscus Tea for your hair? If so how does it help the overall health of your hair?
Is there anything I can add to let the shelf life be extended
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Thanks for commenting. You can but I would not be the best person for that advice since I have not personally ventured into chemical ingredients that help extend the shelf life of natural products. I would do a search on google for the best ingredients to preserve homemade products and then take it from there.
Loving your blog and this cool post.
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Hibiscus tea or Roselle tea as it’s known in some parts of Asia is very effective at nourishing and moisturising hair and skin by drinking as well as rinsing. Although it probably takes a little longer to work, like, you need to drink it at least once a day for two weeks to start to see the benefits, but once it kicks in the results can be very good. http://bit.ly/roselle-tea
Would hibiscus powder work the same?
I think the powder would work but for whatever reason I prefer using Hibiscus Tea for a Tea rinse… I think it has more to do with my weird mind lol “using tea for a tea rinse”. The only thing is you might have to sieve or filter the liquid afterwards in case your powder isn’t super fine and it doesn’t dissolve.
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