Sunday, July 15, 2012

Adding Hibiscus Petal Powder to Henna

According to, "Hibiscus promotes hair growth, stops hairfall, gives hair a healthy luster with bounce, and delays premature graying."  It's works great by itself as a hair rinse or when added to henna, hibiscus has been known to boost red tones and aid in faster dye release. I decided to try it for the benefits. Originally, I wanted to order a pack from for $5.00 but they were sold out at the time. Instead, I bought a 2oz pack from Ebay for less than $2. is more reputable and has been used by other bloggers like Elle from Quest for the Perfect Curl. 

I did my usually henna routine. I boiled 4 packs of green tea for an hour (which is not necessarily needed because the hibiscus provides the same effect).  I mixed in 2oz of hibiscus petal powder with Jamila Henna Powder 3.5oz (100g) and the boiled green tea.  I bought several boxes of Jamila Henna from Amazon but note that the Jamila with the crop date on it is considered to be higher quality.

I let the henna sit for two hours and mixed in 2 tablespoons of honey right before application.  The color of the mix was much darker than normal. After application, I left the henna and hibiscus in my hair for about 7 1/2 hours.  I washed my hair with Suave Naturals Juicy Green Apple Conditioner by Suave, 15 Ounce twice.  It was fairly easy to wash out.  Then I left Carol's Daughter, Tui Hair Smoothie, 8-Ounce in my hair for an hour and washed it out.  My hair felt the same wet. I applied Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative conditioner - 12 oz. from root to tip and two-strand twisted my hair. 

After two days, I took the twists down.

My hair felt very dry afterwards. Dryer than usual.  I applied the Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil twice a day to counteract the dryness.  That is some good stuff.  I purchased mine from Amazon for around $6. The only positive difference is that my hair seemed to be more elongated.  Overall, I don't think that I'll add hibiscus petal flower to my henna again. It has worked for plenty other naturals but I don't know if it's the type that I purchased or if I used too much (if that's even possible).  Godrej Nupur Mehendi Powder 9 Herbs Blend, 150-gram, which already has the hibiscus and other conditioning herbs added, is something that I'm going to try and see if that works better for my hair. In fact, I've already ordered a pack so look out for that post...


  1. It seems like Hibiscus has the same qualities as Amla and Brahmi. I have been using Amla and Brahmi powder in my pre-poo and have noticed remarkable differences in the amount of hair breakage and shedding. Check it out:

    1. Really? I'm going to have to try that. Thanks for the comment and I will check it out.

  2. I know... Old post but it seems the problem was that you added green tea to an already acids mix. Too much acid causes dry hair. With hibiscus powder you should have just used warm water