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10 Best Diluted Rosemary Oil Blends for Hair Growth
Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)
Medically reviewed by
Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)
Updated on January 19, 2024

If you are interested in the best ways to use diluted rosemary oil for hair growth, you are likely one of the 85% of men or 55% [1][2] of women to experience hair loss during their lifetime. Fortunately, you are on the right track, since rosemary oil has been proven to be one of the best essential oils for hair growth.

Several studies have shown that diluted rosemary oil is quite effective in reducing hair thinning produced by androgenetic alopecia, with results comparable to those of popular hair growth drug Minoxidil [3]. At the same time, there is early research that indicates it may also play a role in restoring alopecia areata hair loss when combined with other oils.

This article will tell you everything you need to know about:

  • What diluted rosemary oil is
  • How diluted rosemary can stimulate hair growth
  • The best blends of diluted rosemary oil for hair growth
  • How to dilute rosemary
  • Effective hair growth alternatives to diluted rosemary oil
Table of Contents

What is diluted rosemary oil?

The flavourful rosemary plant found in most kitchens is not only delicious when cooked, but it can also help stimulate your hair growth. The essential oil extracted from it is a natural DHT blocker, which makes it effective in reducing hair loss associated with male pattern baldness and increasing hair density.

Rosemary oil main ingredients [12]

rosemary sprig and rosemary oil

  • Oxygenated monoterpenes (44%)
  • Monoterpenes (28%)
  • Camphor (23.9-35.8%)

Why does rosemary oil need to be diluted?

Like most essential oils, rosemary oil should not be used on your skin in its natural concentration, because it can lead to unwanted side effects [4], such as:

That is why it is recommended to dilute it in a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil or grapeseed oil before applying it to your scalp and hair.

The Best Diluted Rosemary Blends for Hair Growth in 2024

Here are some of the best rosemary oil blends for hair growth, which are already diluted and ready to use right after being taken off the shelf:

Diluted rosemary oil for hair growthActive ingredientsWhy it is recommended

Umberto Giannini Rosemary Scalp and Hair Oil

Umberto Gianni rosemary hair and scalp oil

Rosemary oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, almond oil, soybean extract, tea tree oil, grapeseed oilIt combines the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blocking effect of rosemary oil [3] with the hair growth-stimulating properties of peppermint oil [5] and lavender oil [6]. The tea tree oil it contains can help treat mild to moderate dandruff [7], while the menthol can soothe your scalp if you are experiencing itchiness or irritation.

Natural Elements Stimulating Hair Growth Oil

Natural Elements stimulating hair growth oil

Rosemary oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, cedarwood oil, lavender oilWhile rosemary oil and lavender oil stimulate hair growth, jojoba oil is rich in nutrients such as Vitamin E for hair, Vitamin B and Vitamin C for hair. Moreover, the combination of rosemary oil, cedarwood oil, lavender oil and jojoba oil has been found by one study to be effective in treating alopecia areata [8]

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rosemary and Cedarwood Hair Treatment

rosemary and cedarwood hair treatment

Rosemary oil, lavender oil, coconut oil, cedarwood oilRosemary and lavender oil have a proven hair growth effect and when mixed together with cedarwood, they may help treat alopecia areata [8]. Coconut is used as a carrier oil due to its hair-strengthening and moisturising properties [9].

Aromatica Rosemary Root Enhancer

Aromatica rosemary oil

Rosemary oil, lavender oil soybean extract, sesame seed oil, citrus oil, biotin for hairRosemary oil efficiently blocks excessive DHT production, preventing androgenetic alopecia hair loss, while lavender oil stimulates hair growth. Sesame oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and increases blood flow to your hair follicles, supplying them with more nutrients [10].

Hair Syrup Rosemary Oil | Growsmary

Grows Mary Rosemary infused syrup

Rosemary oil, argan oil, thyme oil, almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oilRosemary oil’s hair growth properties are complemented by argan oil’s sebum-regulating benefits and by the increase in hair elasticity provided by both argan and almond oils. Olive oil adds emollient and conditioning benefits. When mixed with rosemary oil (and other essential oils), thyme oil may be effective in reducing hair shedding in alopecia areata.

Nikura Rosemary Oil For Hair

NIkura Rosemary Hair Oil

Rosemary oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oilWhile rosemary oil helps restore hair loss in patients with androgenetic alopecia to similar results as Minoxidil, argan oil helps balance sebum production and, alongside almond oil, they condition your hair and increase its elasticity [10].

Hask Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Hair & Scalp Treatment Mask

Hask tea tree and rosemary oil

Rosemary oil, tea tree oil, mentholTea tree oil can be effective in treating mild and moderate dandruff [11]. In turn, menthol can also soothe an itchy scalp, so this blend may be ideal for you if you are experiencing dandruff or a dry scalp that causes hair loss.

Nature Spell Rosemary Oil For Hair & Skin

Nature Spell rosemary oil

Rosemary oil, almond oil, sunflower oilAlmond oil moisturises and conditions your hair and improves its elasticity, while rosemary oil stimulates its growth.

Nuvo Wellness Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth – Blended with Organic Jojoba Oil – Use for Hair Skin Nails

NUVO organic rosemary oil

Rosemary oil, jojoba oilUsing jojoba oil as a carrier for rosemary oil is a great idea because it contains many vitamins and antioxidants which help nourish your hair follicles.

Safah’s Blended Rosemary Essential Oil

Safah's rosemary oil

Rosemary oil, grapeseed oilThis is a simple rosemary blend, which can help stop your hair loss and stimulate hair growth. It is diluted with grapeseed oil, which is light and moisturises your scalp, while also cleansing it and removing excess sebum.

Is diluted rosemary oil good for hair growth?

Diluted rosemary oil is one of the most effective essential oils for hair growth, with scientifically proven results against male pattern baldness.

One study performed in 2015 on 100 men with androgenetic alopecia revealed that patients treated with diluted rosemary oil experienced a similar increase in hair count as those treated with Minoxidil 2% (one of the most prescribed hair growth medications), both after 3 and after 6 months of clinical trial [3].  

hair growth results before using rosemary oil and after

One small study also found evidence that when mixed with lavender oil, cedarwood oil, thyme oil and coconut oil, it can reduce hair loss by 44% in alopecia areata [8]. 

How do you use diluted rosemary oil for hair growth?

The easiest way to use diluted rosemary oil for hair growth is to apply a few drops on your scalp and gently massage it in. You can also use a wide-toothed comb to spread it on the entire length of your strands, so you can get its moisturising and conditioning benefits. Feel free to leave it in for as long as it feels comfortable to you before washing your hair. 

For enhanced hair benefits, you can also mix your diluted rosemary oil with a multitude of other essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree, thyme, or lemongrass and use the mixture as a hair mask.    

How long can you leave diluted rosemary oil in your hair?

There is no specific time limit for how long you should leave diluted rosemary oil in your hair, as it is generally safe and well tolerated. You can leave it on for 30 minutes, overnight or even for the entire day, as long as you are not experiencing sensitivity to it or an allergic reaction.

If you find that your scalp gets itchy or irritated from leaving the diluted rosemary oil on your hair, simply reduce the amount of time you leave it on to a comfortable duration.

However, please be aware that while diluted rosemary oil is safe and has multiple hair benefits, it is still an oil, which means it can build up on your scalp and cause greasiness unless you wash your hair regularly.  

Should I mix rosemary oil with water for hair growth?

Oil does not mix well with water, so while some websites endorse diluting your rosemary oil with plain water, it is generally not recommended. Using a carrier oil does not only work better to dilute your essential oils, but it can also provide additional moisturising, conditioning, antioxidant and nutritional benefits for your hair and scalp, depending on the blend you choose.

Alternatives to diluted rosemary oil for hair growth

While rosemary oil can have good results for hair growth in some people, it may not necessarily work for you. If that happens, you might want to try one of the following scientifically proven hair growth treatments (please see a trichologist for a safe and effective recommendation for your specific condition):

  • Finasteride – the most prescribed medication for the treatment of male pattern baldness. It efficiently inhibits excessive DHT production, limiting follicle miniaturisation and hair loss (not recommended for premenopausal women).
  • Minoxidil – usually applied topically, it dilates the blood vessels in your scalp, allowing for better blood flow and thus, helping more nutrients to reach your hair follicles.
  • Steroid creams – whether you are experiencing alopecia areata or a common scalp problem such as scalp psoriasis, applying topical steroids can help reduce inflammation and hair loss.
  • Derma rolling for hair growth – also known as microneedling, this therapy involves creating very small puncture wounds in your scalp which trigger a healing response that can help with hair growth. Furthermore, the punctures also help topical medication penetrate your scalp, increasing their effectiveness.
  • Low-level light therapy for hair loss – this therapy uses low-powered lasers to focus a specific frequency of light onto your scalp, which stimulates cell metabolism and blood flow, promoting hair growth.
  • Hair transplant – effective, natural-looking and permanent hair restoration can be achieved by harvesting hair follicles from some healthy areas of your scalp and reimplanting them in balding ones.

Are you concerned about hair loss?

If you are worried you may be experiencing hair loss, it is best to book a consultation with a trichologist for the first signs of hair thinning and balding. They can provide you with a timely and accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatment for your particular hair and scalp condition.

Since some types of alopecia can progress if left untreated, waiting too long to see a specialist can render hair growth medication and therapies ineffective on their own. If that happens, your best chance at recovering your once luxurious locks may be a hair transplant.

However, if it turns out that hair restoration surgery is the best solution for you, there is no need to worry. More and more people, including many celebrities, are getting hair transplants nowadays, with great results. That is because the procedure is simple, fast and effective and the best hair transplant clinics have a 97-100% success rate, regardless of whether you opt for an FUE or FUT type surgery.  Moreover, a hair transplant is permanent, so it is an investment you make in your appearance for years to come.

If you have any doubts about whether it is possible to get a natural-looking hair transplant, all you have to do is take a look at our before and after hair transplant gallery.

10 Best Diluted Rosemary Oil Blends for Hair Growth, Wimpole Clinic

Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)
Medically reviewed by Dr. Ismail Ughratdar (FRCS)Updated on January 19, 2024
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