Rosemary Water for Hair Growth: Fad or Fab?
If you have internet, you probably heard a thing or two about the miracle thing called rosemary water. Everyone swears that this homemade remedy helped them grow back their hair while making it softer, more manageable, and healthier.
Well, TikTok made me try it and I’m not disappointed.
In this article, I and a hairstylist Trisha Chapman would explain why rosemary water works so well, what are the benefits of it, and how to grow your hair even faster!
Let’s dig in!
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Rosemary water for hair growth
You might be a little skeptical and I can understand you. How could a simple herb make your hair grow like crazy?
Carnosic acid, found in rosemary leaves and sage, is a powerful antioxidant and can heal nerve damage while improving cellular turnover.
There are plenty of studies that showed that rosemary water is actually very beneficial for the hair. Trisha Chapman, hairstylist and a writer at SubjectCurls, confirms the same thing: this water keeps your scalp healthier therefore your hair grows quicker.
And I guess by now we all know that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, right?
Rosemary water helps to kill fungi and bacteria so if you are losing your hair because of inflammation it can be very beneficial. Rosemary also affects blood circulation, therefore it stimulates your hair follicles and your hair grows quicker.
Rosemary water benefits
One of the greatest things about this herb is that you can find it easily in almost every grocery store. Besides that, it offers a plethora of benefits for your scalp and hair health.
#1 Helps to grow your hair faster
Carnosic acid, found in the plant, stimulates and improves blood circulation when applied directly to the scalp
#2 Works as a scalp cleanser
Rosemary is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties therefore it works as a scalp cleanser and as said before, you can’t have healthy hair without a healthy scalp.
#3 Increases shine
Using rosemary water can make your hair shinier
#4 Relieves irritated scalp
This magic liquid helps to get rid of dandruff, flakes and relieves irritation.
How to make rosemary water for hair?
It takes almost no time to make homemade rosemary water by yourself!
- Add 3 cups of water to the cup and boil the water
- Add 1 rosemary stem for every cup of water (in this case you will need 3 stems). You can also add mint.
- Boil it for 20 to 25 minutes on medium heat.
- After that, turn off the heat and let your rosemary water sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Strain and place the liquid into a bottle
If you used fresh rosemary, you have to get pinkish/reddish liquid after this process. Expect the color to be way darker if you are using dried rosemary stems.
How to use rosemary water on hair
For the best results and that awesome hair growth, you have to follow a few rules while using rosemary water.
First, you have to apply it all over your scalp and massage it well. You can use it every day, morning or evening, without needing to rinse it off! Some people even spray their scalp twice a day.
Focus on your problematic areas, for example, bald spots, and don’t forget that it takes time to see the first results. Studies say that you are supposed to see the improvement in 6 months but I noticed the first baby hair in about 3 months.
Use a scalp massager as it stimulates hair follicles and makes your hair healthier.
You can also use it as a rinse AFTER washing your hair. Do not rinse it out!
Rosemary oil for hair
Just like rosemary water, rosemary oil also does wonders for your hair!
It stimulates hair growth and helps to relieve irritated scalp, just like the rosemary water. You have to leave it for 3 hours before washing your hair and then continue as usual.
Rosemary oil hydrates and nourishes your hair, making it more manageable.
You can also use rosemary essential oil but be aware that you must dilute it before using, otherwise there is a high risk of scalp irritation and contact dermatitis.
FYI: rosemary water and water with a few drops of essential oil is not the same thing and it won’t work!
How long to keep rosemary water on hair
You have to spray it at least 2 hours before washing your hair but for the best effect leave it overnight.
How to store homemade rosemary water
Take a spray bottle and pour the rosemary water into it. Keep it in the fridge and keep in mind that it lasts for up to 7 days. After one week rosemary creates build-up bacteria so be aware of that.
Use distilled water if you want to prolong the shelf life.
Can I use rosemary water for curly hair?
Bestie, do it! It works great on any hair type. Rosemary water can even help with alopecia!
Best hair growth products with rosemary
The bottom line
Is rosemary water for hair growth worth it? In my opinion yes, totally.
It costs only a few dollars to make it yourself and the results speak for themselves. However, you have to be consistent and patient as it takes 3 to 6 months to see noticeable changes.
Rosemary helps to keep the scalp healthy and stimulates the follicles due to the ingredient called carnosic acid.
Get the hair you deserve!
P.S. Watch this youtube video to see how to make rosemary water at home: