How to Make Rosemary Water for Hair

How to Make Rosemary Water for Hair

How to Make Rosemary Water for Hair

Rosemary has been used for centuries for its healthy hair growth properties. It's been gaining major traction due to social media, with loads of people sharing their amazing results. The best part about this miracle remedy is that you can prepare it right in your kitchen. In this guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process. Let's get started!

Rosemary Water Benefits for Hair


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Let's dive deeper into why rosemary water is a must-have for your hair care routine:

  • When you massage rosemary water into your scalp, it gets the blood flowing which encourages the hair follicles to do what they do best: grow healthy strands.
  • Its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe the scalp and reduce dandruff.
  • Regular rinsing with rosemary water can strengthen hair strands from the roots. This in turn reduces hair breakage and loss.
  • It works as a natural conditioner and adds a beautiful shine to your hair.
  • Over time, rosemary water may naturally darken your hair, which is beneficial for those looking to improve their hair color without chemical dyes.

How to Make Homemade Rosemary Water for Hair

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make rosemary water for hair regrowth:

What You'll Need

  • Fresh rosemary sprigs (about a handful)
  • Water
  • Pot or kettle
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Spray bottle or container for storage

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Start by collecting a handful of fresh rosemary sprigs. Fresh herbs are generally more potent than dried ones, but if fresh rosemary isn't available, you can use dried rosemary too.
  2. Rinse the rosemary sprigs under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. Chop the rosemary sprigs into smaller pieces to release more of their oils and aroma.
  4. Boil about a liter of water in a pot or kettle.
  5. Once the water is boiling, add the rosemary sprigs to the pot. If you're using dried rosemary, use about two tablespoons.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and let the rosemary simmer in the water for about 15-20 minutes.
  7. After simmering, remove the pot from heat and let it steep as it cools down to room temperature. The longer you let the rosemary steep, the stronger the infusion will be.
  8. Once the rosemary water has cooled, strain it through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean container. Make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the leaves.
  9. Transfer the strained rosemary water into a spray bottle or storage container. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to one week. For a longer shelf life, add a small amount of apple cider vinegar or a few drops of essential oil like lavender or tea tree oil.

How to Use Rosemary Water


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You can use it as a hair rinse after shampooing, as a leave-in treatment, or as a refreshing spray throughout the day:

  • To use as a hair rinse, pour the rosemary water over your hair after shampooing and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing out with water.
  • As a leave-in treatment, spray the rosemary water onto damp hair and massage it into your scalp. Leave it in and style your hair as usual.
  • For a refreshing spray, mist the rosemary water onto your hair throughout the day to hydrate your scalp.

Is Rosemary Water Better than Rosemary Oil?

It depends. It might be a better option, especially if you have sensitive skin or prefer a lighter, non-greasy option. Because it's less concentrated, it's gentler and easier to use daily without irritating the scalp. However, if you need a more potent treatment for issues like dandruff or need to promote hair growth and need to reduce hair loss, rosemary oil might be more effective due to its active ingredients.

Can You Make Rosemary Water With Rosemary Essential Oil?


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Of course. Just add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to a liter of distilled water. Shake it well to distribute the oil evenly. This method is quick, and you still get the benefits of rosemary for your hair and scalp.

Can Rosemary Water Be Used for All Hair Types?

Yes, rosemary water is suitable for all hair types. Here are some details on how it benefits different hair types:

  • Fine Hair: Rosemary water can help to strengthen fine hair at the roots, which may prevent breakage and thinning. Its lightweight nature doesn't weigh hair down.
  • Thick Hair: For those with thick hair, rosemary water helps manage scalp health by reducing dandruff and excess oil production. It keeps the scalp clean without stripping it of natural oils.
  • Curly Hair: Curly hair types will benefit from rosemary water’s ability to improve curl patterns and reduce frizz. It helps moisturize the hair and define curls without the harsh effects of synthetic products.
  • Oily Hair: Rosemary water is great for oily hair because it helps regulate sebum production on the scalp. Using it regularly can balance scalp oiliness which can extend the time between washes.
  • Color-Treated Hair: While rosemary water can naturally darken hair over time, it's generally safe for color-treated hair. It can help maintain the scalp's health and improve hair shine without affecting the dyed color.


How often should I use rosemary water to encourage hair growth?

You can use rosemary water two to three times a week. This frequency allows your hair to absorb the benefits without over-saturating your scalp.

Can rosemary water cause any side effects?

Nope, rosemary water is generally safe for most people. However, if you have sensitive skin or allergies, it's advisable to do a patch test first.

Does rosemary water help with scalp itchiness?

Yes, the anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary can help soothe the scalp and reduce itchiness.

Can I leave rosemary water in my hair overnight?

Yes. Just make sure to cover your hair with a cap to avoid staining your pillow.


Creating your own rosemary water is an easy and affordable method to boost hair growth and hair health. Just follow the simple steps provided, and you can tap into the powerful natural properties of rosemary.

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