Hair loss is an unfortunate reality. As you age or experience health issues, you may notice less hair regrowth or thinning strands. Cue Rosemary Oil.
Fortunately, there are scientifically proven ways to promote hair growth, including pharmacy products and pantry items. In this article, dermatologists discuss the potential benefits of using rosemary oil for hair growth.
Rosemary oil may lead to a fuller head of hair. A study showed that after six months, rosemary oil was as effective as 2% minoxidil (sold as Rogaine) for treating androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness) according to New York-based board-certified dermatologist, Viktoryia Kazlouskaya.
How does it work? Rosemary oil’s carnosic acid boosts cell turnover and growth, promoting blood flow to hair follicles and hair growth, says Reid Maclellan, MD, a Harvard Medical School adjunct faculty member, Proactive Dermatology Group director, and Cortina founder and CEO.
Rosemary oil also benefits hair by treating dry and itchy scalp, reducing inflammation, and fighting buildup due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Rosemary oil is safe for most people but follow guidelines. Apply it mixed with a carrier oil or added to shampoo, not directly on scalp. Use frequency depends on hair type, once a week for fine hair, 3-4 times a week for others. Kazlouskaya recommends Allpa Botanicals Rosemary Hair Oil.
To avoid making your own rosemary oil blend, purchase one at a beauty or department store. Maclellan suggests this is a convenient and equally effective option. He recommends: Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil with essential oils and biotin for nourishing the scalp, Kiehl’s Magic Elixir Scalp and Hair Oil Treatment with moisturizing avocado oil, and Maxxam Normalizing Shampoo for added volume.
Rosemary oil is generally considered safe by dermatologists. However, like any product, some people may experience side effects. If you have sensitive skin, test a small area first or consult a dermatologist before using.
A contact allergy can occur, so if you experience itching and flaking after using the oil, stop using it immediately. In most cases, the only noticeable side effect will be beautiful, bouncy hair after a few months of use.