Here are the benefits of using rosemary oil on your hair

If your TikTok ‘for you’ page is anything like ours; you’ll have seen a video or two recently about rosemary oil and what it can do for your hair. The term ‘rosemary oil’ has taken over social media lately, with #rosemaryoil gaining 13 million views and 3,000 posts in the last week alone! We’re here to tell you all about why this trend has taken centre stage. 

Creators, especially on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, have shared their experiences with the oil. Many who have used it have done so in the hope that they will see stimulated hair growth over time.

In this blog, we will talk all about the trending topic of rosemary oil, how it can be used on your hair and its potential to help with your hair concerns.

We’ll also showcase some of the wonderful products available here at Beauty Base.


What is rosemary oil?

Rosemary is an evergreen herb that originates from the Mediterranean. This means it can thrive in all seasons, keeping its leaves intact even in harsh weather conditions. Rosemary is part of the Lamiaceae family that also houses mint, lavender and basil.

In its purest form, rosemary oil is an essential oil with a slight yellow colour and a pungent, woody scent. It is believed to have numerous uses in hair, beauty, cooking and also medicinal purposes. Some examples include aromatherapy practices, whereby rosemary oil is said to aid in reducing stress levels and anxiety. Although, there is still research ongoing in this field to confirm its healing properties.

That being said, let’s move on to the star of the show today, the benefits rosemary oil can have on hair health and hair growth.

Rosemary oil and hair health

Before we delve right in, a disclaimer, if you will.

It is important to note that it’s advised to steer clear of applying rosemary oil in its purest form directly to the scalp. This is due to reports of some people who have experienced feelings of discomfort and irritation. Of course, we want to avoid that at all costs! 

Now, onto the good stuff.

How do I apply rosemary oil to my hair?

If you’re keen to try rosemary oil but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve outlined some key steps to get you started. To improve hair health and growth specifically, there are various ways that you can incorporate rosemary oil into your hair care routine.

Step 1: Dilution

If your rosemary oil is pure, diluting is the place to start. There are many ways you can do this, depending on your preference. A widely-used process is to take around five drops of rosemary oil and mix it with 10 ml of a carrier oil of your choice.

What is the best carrier oil to mix with rosemary oil?

Some great options are:

  • Argan oil

Established in the haircare world, in its own right, argan oil has been widely cited as rich in Vitamin E, hydrating and having the ability to reduce breakage of the hair and split ends.

  • Jojoba oil

There are many great things about jojoba oil, one being it is fabulous for adding moisture to the hair and body. The oil is used in many hair and beauty products and has antioxidant properties. 

  • Coconut oil

Perhaps one of the most well-known oils used in the hair and beauty realm, coconut oil is present in many hair masks, shampoos and conditioners. Combining its moisturising, hair-shining abilities with a few drops of rosemary oil is set to be a match made in heaven.

It is always a good idea to carry out a patch test once you have diluted your rosemary oil to ensure it won’t react to your scalp.

Pre-diluted rosemary oil products at Beauty Base

If you’d prefer to get straight to the application without diluting the rosemary oil, we stock a selection of pre-diluted products at Beauty Base.

Nature Spell Natural Rosemary Oil

One of our favourites is the rosemary hair and body treatment oil from Nature Spell. Vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, this rosemary oil is an all-rounder, suitable for all skin types. With this product, the rosemary oil is diluted with sunflower and sweet almond oil, both of which have properties that improve the strength of your hair.

Bottle of natural rosemary oil from the brand Nature Spell

Ayumi Bio Active Rosemary Growth Hair Oil

Another pre-diluted option we have available is from Ayumi. Their rosemary hair oil has been combined with castor and almonds oils to create a product bursting with nutrients, designed specifically for hair growth. This product is again vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, with the oils cold-pressed.

The front and back of Ayumi's rosemary oil spray bottle

Step 2: Application

Diluted rosemary oil, check. You’re ready to go! 

To ensure you coat your hair fully, massaging it into your scalp is a great method of application. Now to do the massaging, you could either use your hands or why not make the experience an excuse for a pamper with the help of a scalp brush.

A scalp brush? We hear you ask, well the great news is, we stock a wonderful product that is perfect for rosemary oil application.

The scalp massaging brush hair & scalp treatment from Brushworks has a curved handle, making it easy to grip and work your hair treatment in. This, combined with its thin bristles, makes for a fantastic, at-home spa time.

The scalp massaging brush from brush works inside it's pink and white packaging

Check out the video below from @bygeorgiaobrien to see how she applies rosemary oil to her hair!

@bygeorgiaobrien Day 1 of using @Nature Spell rosemary oil for hair growth! 💕 #fyp #hairgrowth #hairgrowthjourney #rosemaryoil #rosemaryoilforhairgrowth #naturespell #haircare #foryoupage ♬ Collide (more sped up) – Justine Skye

How long should I leave rosemary oil in my hair?

Once you’re all scalp-massaged out and your hair covered, it’s time to leave the rosemary oil to do its thing. There are various recommendations on how long you should leave it in your hair before washing it out. These all depend on how you’re using it and what your goal is.

We have taken the advice of the Clean Beauty Coach to bring you some exact numbers, who say:

  • Hair rinse: 1-2 minutes
  • Hair mask: at least 30 minutes
  • Scalp massage oil: at least 30 minutes

Of course, you’re the expert on your own hair and may find alternative timings that suit you more!

Rosemary oil and hair growth: round-up

We hope this blog has given you insight into rosemary oil and to use it on your hair to promote growth, increased strength and overall health. Be sure to browse our rosemary oil hair care products to kickstart your journey!

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