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Why Rosemary Oil For Hair Is Your New Secret Weapon Against Hair Loss

Every day, the world of TikTok is abuzz with a new trendy hack for dialling back haircare concerns. And now, netizens are convinced that they have found a new weapon against hair thinning: applying rosemary water on hair. How exactly can you tap into its benefits and what are the rosemary oil for hair loss results you can expect? Here’s all that you need to know. 

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Vogue Arabia, January 2020. Photo: Yulia Gorbachenko

Benefits of rosemary oil for hair

For starters, you’ll want to know what benefits to expect when using organic rosemary oil for hair. With over 200 million views to its credit on TikTok, rosemary oil for hair growth is the term on every hair savant’s lips—and with good reason. First things first: can I leave rosemary oil in my hair daily? The short answer: yes. The long answer? Studies have proven that applying rosemary oil twice daily on the scalp can improve thickness and even fight patchy hair loss. 

So, how does it get the job done? Rosemary oil’s primary strength lies in improving circulation on the scalp. This prevents hair follicles from dying due to lack of blood supply, thereby preventing hair loss. These same properties can also aid in avoiding premature graying, itchiness and dandruff.

How to use rosemary essential oil for hair 

“Can I use 100% rosemary oil on my hair?” While this is a common query, it helps to know that the direct application of rosemary oil for hair without any dilution is not recommended as it can irritation as well as itching. In order to maximize its benefits, you’ll want to know how to dilute rosemary oil for hair. Once you have found a rosemary essential oil of your choice, it helps to look for a carrier oil—jojoba and coconut oil are popular candidates. For optimal safety, you will want to do a patch test two days in advance to rule out any unexpected reactions. 

How to apply rosemary oil to hair

  • As a rule of thumb, it helps to dilute rosemary oil for hair before it is used on the scalp. To directly derive its benefits, you can add five drops of rosemary oil to a teaspoon of coconut or jojoba oil and massage it in. 
  • Rosemary oil is also a good team player with your regular shampoos, hair masks and treatments. It helps to start with 2-3 drops of rosemary oil and then add in more, if necessary. 

Why rosemary oil is popular in the Middle East

The answer to this question can be sought with Samar Seraqui de Buttafoco, founder of Arab-based brand Philia. “In general, Middle Eastern women have a more holistic approach to their hair routines compared to Western women. Caring for our hair is incredibly integrated into our culture. We grew up with our mothers and grandmothers passing down beauty rituals that have been around for decades, if not centuries. The idea of natural, non-toxic, DIY beauty has always been a given,” she says.  It comes as little surprise then that the brand’s signature offering is Le Concentré, a curated blend of olive fruit and broccoli seed oils as well as rosemary and thyme leaf extracts.

philia rosemary oil for hair

Philia Le Concentré 50 ml

Add to cart: Products with rosemary oil that deserve a spot in your haircare routine

If you aren’t up to the muss and fuss of diluting rosemary essential oils, there is a wide range of hair oils that have done the legwork for you. Not a fan of adding hair oils to your routine? The good news is that you’ll find endless haircare products, from shampoos to scalp serums, spiked with the benefits of rosemary oil that will help you on your haircare journey. Ready to get started?

Kitsch Rosemary Hair & Scalp Strengthening Oil

The right hair oil is your first line of defense against hairfall, split-ends and breakage. If you’ve been on the hunt for a blend of argan oil and rosemary oil for hair, you’ll find a winner in this fortifying formula from Kitsch. Designed to nourish hair from root to tip, rosemary oil gets to work on restoring scalp health. Argan oil, meanwhile, joins hands with jojoba and castor oil to deeply nourish the hair shaft. 

How to use: This versatile number can morph endlessly to suit the needs of your haircare regimen. Use it as a pre-wash oil as a weekly ritual or apply it daily as a rosemary hair oil for growth and hydration.

kitsch Rosemary oil for hair

Kitsch Rosemary Hair & Scalp Strengthening Oil

Mielle Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil

If you’ve been hoping to add an organic rosemary oil to your haircare routine, the hunt ends here. As a nutrient-dense formula with over 30 essential oils, look to this rosemary and mint oil for hair growth unlike ever before. Nourished hair follicles, smoother split ends, healthier scalp: check, check and check. If you like what you’ve read thus far, there’s a Mielle rosemary set to be considered. The Wash Day Bundle includes all the greatest hits: shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment and styling créme.

How to use: To make the most of the Mielle Rosemary Oil, divide your hair into four sections. Apply from your scalp to the ends of the hair and leave it in to style your hair as desired.  

mielle Rosemary oil for hair

Mielle Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil

Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Rosemary Pre-Wash Scalp and Hair Oil

So we hear that you are looking to tap into rosemary oil’s benefits for hair? You’ll want to bookmark this pre-wash treatment oil from Briogeo. Rosemary oil plays the starring role in this ensemble by bringing its antioxidant properties to the table. The result? Boosted scalp circulation, healthy follicle and good hair days everyday.

How to use: Start by parting your hair into sections and gently massage the oil into your scalp and strands. Leave it in for 10-15 minutes—or overnight if you are looking to get bonus points on your healthy hair assignment. Follow up as a weekly ritual or as needed. 

briogeo rosemary oil for hair

Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Rosemary Pre-Wash Scalp and Hair Oil

Nécessaire Rosemary Shampoo For Thinning Hair

Hair growth with rosemary oil on your bingo card for 2024? Step back and allow this strengthening shampoo from Nécessaire to do its thing. Powered by pure rosemary oil, this shampoo works on visibly minimizing hair thinning by stimulating the hair follicles. A quick rinse and you can expect the fragrance notes of mandarin, cedarwood and jasmine to linger on through the day.

How to use: Reach for this fortifying formula everyday or as per your hair wash schedule to cleanse the hair of grime and scalp build-up. Take an adequate amount for your hair length, lather up a rich foam and rinse it out thoroughly. 


Nécessaire Rosemary Shampoo For Thinning Hair

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo

Looking to nurture dry, color-treated hair back to health? Head right this way. This moisturizing shampoo from L’Oréal Paris offers up a sulfate-free vegan formula. Rosemary botanicals do most of the heavy-lifting here for infusing moisture into dry, parched strands after a color job. 

How to use: You’ve got the hair wash drill down pat but here’s a quick refresher anyway. After sufficiently wetting your hair and scalp, apply this shampoo and work up a thick lather. Rinse thoroughly for hair that feels softer without losing its shine.


L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo

Hask Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Hair & Scalp Treatment Mask Packette

Why should hair oils have all the fun? Rosemary oil benefits make their way over to the hair mask aisle with this post-shampoo treatment from Hask. While tea tree oil lends its anti-bacterial benefits, rosemary works as a natural conditioner to boost circulation and leave the scalp feeling refreshed. 

How to use: After shampooing your hair, apply this hair mask on wet strands starting from the scalp before working your way downwards. A detangling brush or a wide-toothed comb can help ensure that the product is distributed evenly through the hair. Follow up with a cold water rinse to close the hair cuticles and style as usual. 


Hask Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Hair & Scalp Treatment Mask Packette

Rosemary Hydrating Leave-On Scalp Mask Smoothie

A hydrating smoothie but for your hair—who’s in? Pacifica brings the rosemary party to your haircare routine with this leave-on scalp mask. Crafted as a lightweight formula that doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind, kombucha and rosemary oil unite to offer root-to-tip hydration. Consider this the rosemary scalp treatment you won’t want to sleep on. 

How to use: Follow your usual shampoo routine and then reach for this scalp mask as a cleansing conditioner. Massage it into the scalp and rinse well for a soothed, calmer scalp. 


Rosemary Hydrating Leave-On Scalp Mask Smoothie

Divi Scalp Serum

There are rosemary serums for hair growth. And there is this clinically-tested formula from Divi that goes beyond treating existing hair to create a healthier scalp environment. The payoff for adding this scalp serum to your everyday haircare routine comes in the form of a nourished scalp and reduced build-up. The presence of rosemary oil, amino acids and caffeine together ensures that thinning hair appears denser with regular use. 

How to use: Dry hair? Wet hair? No problem. This versatile serum works on all hair conditions whether applied during the day or night. Simply massage in the treatment on your scalp—don’t forget to pay special attention to any areas that need extra care—and leave it in without rinsing. 

divi Rosemary oil for hair

Divi Scalp Serum

SEPHORA COLLECTION Silicone Scalp Massager

You may have found the perfect rosemary haircare routine, but the work doesn’t end there. You’ll find that the right haircare tools can elevate your routine and help the good guys get their job done thoroughly. On the journey towards healthier hair, you will need this scalp massager from Sephora Collection to boost circulation and induce relaxation.

How to use: After you have applied the haircare product of your choice—shampoo, conditioner, mask or serum—reach for this handheld massager. Rub it over your scalp in circular motions for a quick massage that brings the hair spa home. 

Sephora scalp massager

SEPHORA COLLECTION Silicone Scalp Massager

dae Vegan Detangle + Style Brush

Reducing hairfall and breakage doesn’t just rest on the shoulders of your haircare routine—your everyday habits can help minimize damage as well. It comes as no surprise then that a detangling wet brush is the cornerstone of every haircare regimen ensuring that the hair shafts are protected when they are at their weakest after a hot shower. 

How to use: When your hair is wet, use this brush from dae, starting from the ends before eventually working your way upwards towards the scalp. This brush also works effectively on dry hair for working through tangles and knots with minimum breakage. 


dae Vegan Detangle + Style Brush

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