Rose water dates all the way back to the tenth century, and since then, we have discovered a wide range of its capabilities. We’ll discuss the benefits of rose water for your hair below.
What is Rose Water?
Rose water is a flavoured, fragrant water which is made by distilling rose petals with steam. People often use it in a variety of different ways, for example as a mild fragrance, or as part of a beauty routine. It even boasts antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Its origin pinpoints back to Iran, and over time rose water has increasingly become popular for promoting skin health and has even been shown to be beneficial to hair health.
Benefits of Rose Water For Your Hair
What are the benefits of rosewater for your hair? Let’s take a look at the benefits below.
Generally speaking, rose water is appropriate for all hair types and textures - including colour treated hair. Benefits for natural hair and coloured hair include:
Reduces oiliness and dandruff: Rose water acts as a mild astringent, which may help to prevent excess oil building up on your scalp. It may also help to prevent dandruff.
Anti-inflammatory: Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties which may make it beneficial for scalp irritation.
Smooths frizz: Many women have claimed that using rose water has helped to smooth their frizzy hair and add shine.
Hydrates hair: As well as helping to reduce frizz, many also claim rose water can help to hydrate dry hair and moisturize the scalp naturally.
Is Rose Water Safe To Use?
In general rose water is safe to use and has no side effects, unless you have any allergies in relation to other flowers or rose water. If you’re unsure, you can do a patch test on yourself before use.
How Often Should You Use Rose Water On Your Hair?
It’s recommended that you use rose water anywhere from 1-3 times a week, but you should not use it anymore than that, otherwise it can alter the pH of your scalp. Generally speaking, you should start to see results after a couple of months and the benefits of rosewater for your hair should start to become visible.
Using rose water in your hair is also quite a simple process. You can add it after shampooing and conditioning and leave it from anywhere between 30 minutes to overnight before washing it out with lukewarm water. However, you can also opt to use a rose water mist or spray, which you can easily use on the go.
If you want to target your scalp directly to reduce dandruff and itching, you can apply the rose water using cotton swabs directly to the scalp and gently massage it in. You can rinse your hair after.
When purchasing a rose water product, make sure that there are no added preservatives such as ethanol.