I know I’m not the only one who’s seen countless hair TikTokers touting the benefits of rosemary water for your hair. Each wash routine features the magical blend and everyone seems to swear by it for softer, shinier strands. Some also swear that rosemary water is the secret to boosting hair growth. Even Superman himself (aka Henry Cavill) is a big fan of rosemary water . As much as I want to believe this water as much as everyone else, I’m always a little skeptical when it comes to trusting TikTok and celebrities. So I contacted the Santa Monica board certified dermatologist, Dr. R. Sonia Batra to get your expert opinion on the benefits of this blend, your recipe for favorite hair rinse and more. Read on to see what she recommends!
How does rosemary water benefit hair?
There are thousands of TikToks where people claim that rosemary water has allowed them to get longer, stronger and shinier strands. But it’s true? Is this water the secret ingredient for better hair? Dr. Batra confirms that this water is actually very beneficial for hair, it’s not just a TikTok trick. What makes it so potent for your locks is the oil. “Rosemary oil is a natural remedy with data to support its role in reducing hair loss and promoting hair and scalp health,” notes Dr. beat. Not only can it increase hair growth, but it also keeps the scalp healthy. And as we always say (maybe a little too much), healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp.
Can it boost hair growth?
Let’s dive a little deeper into how rosemary water helps hair growth, as this seems to be the most sought after benefit. Again, water can make your hair longer, but how? “It can increase hair growth by inhibiting the hormonal changes that lead to hair loss, improving circulation to the follicles, acting as an antioxidant, and decreasing inflammation in the scalp,” shares Dr. beat.
Unlike other natural hair growth remedies, there is evidence that rosemary water improves hair growth. “A study in mice found that rosemary leaf extract can decrease the conversion of testosterone to the form that contributes to hair loss, as well as block hormone receptors in the follicle,” details Dr. beat. “It is also believed to dilate blood vessels, increasing circulation to the scalp. Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal effects are also thought to improve scalp health and strengthen hair.” It’s safe to say we’re convinced.
Which hair types benefit most from using rosemary water?
While rosemary water helps with hair growth, there are some who will notice more benefits from using it than others. Dr. Batra shares that those dealing with “thinning hair due to hormonal effects or old age may benefit the most from using rosemary oil. It can also help decrease inflammation caused by dandruff.”
Are there types of hair that should be avoided?
What was said above, Dr. Batra advises using rosemary water along with oral or topical hair loss medications. “There is no data on the safety of combining rosemary water or oil with other hair growth treatments such as minoxidil,” she shares. “If someone is already using an oral or applied medication for hair loss, they should also not use rosemary water without consulting a doctor.”
She also notes that “there are no safety data in pregnant or lactating women or in children, so these groups should avoid its use.” Also, those with sensitive skin should be cautious when using rosemary water on their strands. “Anyone with allergies or sensitive skin should test rosemary water by applying it to the jaw every night for five nights to test for irritation before applying it extensively to the scalp,” suggests Dr. beat.
What is the best way to use rosemary water?
When it comes to getting the most out of rosemary water for hair, Dr. Batra stresses that consistency is key. You probably won’t see results overnight, so don’t be discouraged. It will take a long time for the elixir to work its powers into your strands. “In a clinical trial, it took six months of use to see a significant benefit,” shares Dr. beat.
Your favorite way to harvest rosemary? She suggests “applying a solution of rosemary oil to the scalp overnight and washing it off in the morning.” It’s that simple.
How do you wash your hair with rosemary water?
The most popular way to use rosemary water is in the form of a hair rinse. Dr. Batra was kind enough to share her rosemary hair rinse, which is relatively easy to do. Let’s break down the steps now:
- Boil a liter of distilled water.
- Add a handful of dried rosemary leaves.
- Leave to infuse for five hours.
- Once cooled, the mixture can be diluted with water to form a rinse or shampoo. In both cases, create a 4 to 1 ratio.
- Use the rosemary water hair rinse on your hair after washing your hair. Then rinse.
- For a rosemary oil scalp treatment, one drop of rosemary oil can be mixed with six drops of coconut oil, then massaged into the scalp and left overnight.