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How To Make A Rosemary Water Spray For Hair Growth

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In today’s world of beauty trends, people are increasingly turning to natural remedies for hair care on Tiktok. Among these remedies, a rosemary water spray for hair growth is currently the most viral DIY HairTok trend! It is simple, easy to make, and super effective in stimulating new hair growth and improving overall hair health. 

If you haven’t come across this viral hair growth trend and have no idea what I am talking about, then this article is for you! Keep reading because I break down the recipe step by step so you can make it yourself at home!

Rosemary Herb For Hair Growth

Rosemary is a super fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean region and has a long well-known history of medicinal use, dating back to ancient times. The herb offers a plethora of  hair benefits, including healthy hair growth and thickening, reducing dandruff, relieving itchy scalp, and balancing out your scalp’s natural pH.

The key to rosemary’s efficacy lies in its antioxidant properties and ability to improve blood circulation. Antioxidants help protect hair follicles from damage caused by free radicals, while increased blood flow to the scalp ensures that essential nutrients reach the hair follicles, promoting healthy growth.

Preparing Rosemary Water Spray For Hair

Making rosemary water at home is a simple and cost-effective process. All you need is fresh rosemary, water, and a pot- that’s basically it! Depending on whether you would like to use rosemary water as a hair rinse or a scalp spray, you will need to add items to this recipe accordingly. However, the basic recipe for homemade rosemary water remains pretty much the same. It is just the same as if you were making tea.

2 cups of rosemary tea on wooden round tray with sprigs of fresh rosemary
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Here’s what you need to do:

Begin by boiling water and adding a handful of fresh rosemary leaves. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes (with lid covered) before straining out the leaves. Allow the rosemary-infused water to cool before transferring it to a spray bottle for easy application or a jar for a hair rinse.

Applying Rosemary Water To Hair: Best Practices

Usually, people use rosemary water as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning their hair. To do this, you will massage the rosemary water into your scalp and hair, ensuring thorough coverage. Leave it on for a few minutes before towel drying and continuing with your hair routine as usual. You DO NOT need to rinse (it’s called a final rinse for a reason!).

The other more TikTok-inspired way for using rosemary water for hair growth is to make it into a scalp spray. Applying a rosemary water spray on your scalp 1-2 times a day and then massaging it into your roots is a great way to combat oiliness, boost volume, and stimulate hair growth! No need to rinse out.

For added benefits, you can mix rosemary spray with a few drops of your favorite essential oils for hair growth as well. Lastly, you can apply a hair growth oil that repairs hair, after your scalp is dry for faster hair growth. 

I usually spritz & massage my roots with rosemary spray every morning and evening and I also go in with a rosemary oil scalp massage on wash day (2-3 times a week). I noticed a dramatic difference in hair growth, smoothness, shine, and oil control in just 2 weeks of being consistent with rosemary water spray, combined with the oil treatment! 

Rosemary Water Hair Rinse vs. Rosemary Water Spray

Now I am sure you are wondering which is better: rosemary water hair rinse or the rosemary water scalp spray? While both options offer great benefits, choosing the right option depends on your hair care needs and lifestyle preferences. 

Woman scratching head wondering if rosemary water is better than rosemary scalp spray
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For example, if you are looking for an overall smooth and shiny hair experience, then opting for a hair rinse is your best bet. Here’s why: infused rosemary water when poured all over your hair, helps seal the hair cuticle, preventing frizz and adding shine to hair. This is due to its low pH. The effects are much the same as a vinegar rinse.

Now, let’s say you are struggling with dandruff or an itchy scalp, then doing a hair rinse isn’t exactly going to give you long-term results. You may need to opt for a regular scalp spray routine. Why? Well, rosemary water has potent anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help reduce scalp issues. It also removes scalp buildup and oiliness, giving you shiny, bouncy strands. Using rosemary water from a spray bottle can conveniently target your problem areas and promote hair growth. 

FAQs About Rosemary Water

Yes, you can store rosemary water in the refrigerator for up to 10-12 days. Always make a new batch in order to avoid scalp irritations or unwanted fungal infections.

Results may vary, but some individuals notice improvements in hair texture and thickness within a few weeks of regular use.

Yes, rosemary water is known for its ability to reduce dandruff, soothe an itchy scalp, and add shine to hair.

Although rosemary water is gentle enough to use on all types of hair, it has been noted to darken hair that is colored or chemically treated (bleached).

While fresh rosemary is preferred for its potency, you can use dried rosemary as a substitute, although the results may not be as pronounced.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! A very simple rosemary water spray recipe for hair growth that you can easily make at home with simple and natural ingredients. Usually, I do not trust the recipes I see on social media but this one with fresh rosemary is one I have tried and tested and then loved. 

Incorporating rosemary water into your hair care routine can be a natural and effective way to promote hair growth and overall hair health. With its antioxidant properties and ability to improve blood circulation, rosemary offers a holistic solution to common hair concerns. 

Give this simple DIY recipe a try and experience the transformative power of rosemary for yourself. Don’t forget to come back and share your experiences with me! I absolutely love hearing from you, always!

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DIY Rosemary Water Recipe For Hair Growth

Learn how to make a rosemary water recipe for hair that grows longer and thicker, faster! Use it as a hair rinse or a scalp spray- the choice is yours! This natural remedy will give you smooth and shiny hair in no time!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Make Time 30 minutes
Cost less than $10
Servings 1 jar


  • 1 Small saucepan
  • 1 Metal strainer
  • 1 Mason Jar (for Rosemary Water Hair Rinse)
  • 1 spray bottle (for Rosemary Water Scalp Spray)


  • 3 cups distilled water

Rosemary (choose one)


  • Wash Rosemary: If using fresh rosemary, wash the sprigs thoroughly to remove any dirt and other contaminants.
  • Boil Water: Bring 3 cups of distilled water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add Rosemary: Add your clean rosemary to boiling water and allow to boil for 5 minutes before turning the heat down to low.
  • Steep For 30 mins: Cover the lid and let the rosemary water mixture simmer for up to 30 minutes. It should look like the color of tea and rosemary will sink to bottom.
  • Allow To Cool: Shut the heat off and let the mixture cool down to room temperature.
  • Strain: Use a metal strainer to strain out the rosemary leaves from the water mixture and transfer to your choice of container (a mason jar or a spray bottle).
  • Store: Place your freshly made rosemary water in the fridge for up to 10-14 days.


Usage Tips: 
  • Do NOT overcook the rosemary on high heat. This will degrade its natural quality. 
  • Use distilled water (versus filtered water) as it is free of harmful minerals and will reduce microbial growth.
  • Try to use the rosemary water batch within a week to reap its potency and benefits. However, if you are unable to do so, pour the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze for later use!
  • Use the leftover rosemary leaves to make a DIY rosemary oil recipe for hair growth!
  • If using the hair rinse, use it at least twice a week. If using as a scalp spray, use it between washes.
Caution: Use your discretion and monitor your hair’s health if you decide to use the spray daily. If hair feels dry and brittle, skip a day or two of usage and or follow up with a good deep conditioning treatment to bring your hair’s balance back.
Alternatively, you can also dilute the strength of your rosemary water by adding more distilled water.
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Covid-19 changed not just the world but my hair too. Unfortunately, for the worse.

As I struggled to try everything under the sun to tame my mane (while being in lockdown), I noticed that natural remedies were most effective!

Here I am now,  sharing my tried & tested haircare methods to help women who are in the same boat as me.

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