In this article, I wanted to share a wonderful hibiscus shampoo recipe that not only cleanses the scalp well but promotes hair growth as well. I love homemade shampoos made with natural ingredients as they don’t strip this scalp of its natural oils, and we can also avoid product build-up, which is usually the case with commercial hair care products. Hibiscus has many hair care benefits. It strengthens the roots and keeps the hair shiny and healthy, it helps promote hair regrowth and conditions even the driest and damaged hair, and it also helps treat scalp problems like itchiness and dandruff very well. We used to grind the petals and the leaves at home and use it as a hair wash paste, but I wanted it in shampoo form, and this recipe turned out wonderfully. It is beautiful red, and it cleans the scalp gently without stripping the hair of its natural oils. The previous night, I pound five to six soap nuts in a mortar and pestle.
Remove the inside seeds now. In a bowl, combine two large or three little Shika kai pods. Include the soap nuts as well. Finally, 1 1/2 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds should be added. Add a cup of water now. Allow the mixture to soak overnight. Collect five fresh hibiscus blooms the following day, remove the petals, and store them separately. By now, the soap nuts, Shika kai, and fenugreek seeds mixture would have soaked well and will be soft to the touch. Add in the hibiscus petals to it. Now boil this mixture in low to medium flame for about seven to eight minutes till the mixture slightly thickens. If you keep the flame on high, the mixture will spill over very fast, so make sure to boil in a low flame. After seven to eight minutes, the hibiscus petals would have lost all their color, and the shampoo would have thickened slightly and would have turned a beautiful red color.
At this stage, switch off and strain. This shampoo is lovely not only for adults but for children too. I’ve used fresh hibiscus flowers here, but you can use two hibiscus tea bags instead if you don’t have access to fresh flowers. This amount will be good for two to three hair washes, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. This shampoo will remain well outside for about two days, but if you want a longer shelf life, make sure to store it in the fridge. To use, take the shampoo and apply it all over the scalp and hair, massage for a few minutes gently, and then wash and condition as usual. I hope you found this helpful article. If you like to support me and this blog, please share this article with your friends. It’ll mean a lot to me.