Rosemary-Scented Hair

17 Jan 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in indulgences, recipes

Rosemary SprigI am a big proponent of smelling edible, and I’ve been experimenting with aromatics the past few months to find the scents that really kick my senses into overdrive. The orange and vanilla essential oil I mentioned a few months ago has been worn to great effect not only for me, but to a person, the people I’ve met while wearing it.

Now that my hair is very long, it takes a bit more maintenance, and nothing looks worse than ratty long hair. I read that rosemary water is excellent for shine and a refreshing pick-me-up for the scalp, so off to the kitchen I went. I’m a fanatic for Aveda’s Rosemary Mint line of hair products, but as those are a bit pricey, I’m opting for this method to get the same scent fix. I didn’t have any mint handy (that WILL go in the next batch), so I just used fresh rosemary for this. UPDATE: I bought the mint. It was worth every penny.

The process is very simple: Boil a kettle of water and pour it over some fresh rosemary sprigs  & mint leaves into a bowl. Let it steep for about 20 minutes, drain and let it cool. Put it in a plastic container and you have a hair rinse. Use it after your shampoo and conditioner (no need to rinse), and style.


Have fun sniffing yourself.

Note: I’ve read in various places that this rinse is best for dark hair. Chamomile is recommended for blondes.

Photo: Kelly Cline