Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth Before and After Results: Here's What to Expect

Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Revene M.B.B.S.
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Rosemary oil is touted on the internet as the magical cure-all for hair loss.

But skepticism is warranted. After all, these influencers might receive compensation for their promotion of a certain formula.

Recent research shows rosemary's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties increase blood flow to the scalp, nourishing hair follicles for stronger growth.

Let us explore real people's rosemary before and after results.

How does rosemary oil work for hair loss?

Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) contains active compounds that stimulate hair follicles and improve scalp health. Chief among these are rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid, which have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

When massaged into the scalp, rosemary oil increases microcirculation. This enhances nutrient/oxygen delivery to follicles, promoting optimal growth conditions. It also decreases scalp inflammation, another factor that can impede growth.

Rosemary inhibits 5α-reductase, reducing the conversion of testosterone to DHT. High DHT levels miniaturize follicles over time, related to male/female pattern baldness. Rosemary's DHT-lowering effect protects against this.

It additionally activates hair follicle stem cells and Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathways. This renews the stem cell reservoir in the bulge that initiates new hairs during the growth cycle.

Regular use strengthens follicles against miniaturization, maintaining a healthier hairline and reducing hair shedding long-term. It may also help in managing premature graying.

Rosemary oil supports natural hair loss prevention by optimizing the growth environment and blocking key pathogenic mechanisms.

Rosemary oil before and after results for women

Found on Reddit, these are before and after results from women. While these results are impressive, it's important to remember that hair loss is an issue caused by multiple factors. While rosemary oil can help, it could also result from the persons' heightened awareness of hair loss which can influence their life changes (reduced stress, more sleep, less/no smoking).

r/tressless - Less than 6 months after using ( dermaroller + Rosemary oil mixed with jojoba ) 3 times a week

r/FemaleHairLoss - Rosemary oil progress

Before

r/FemaleHairLoss - one year hair growth from rosemary oil

After

r/FemaleHairLoss - one year hair growth from rosemary oil

Rosemary oil before and after results for men

For these, we visited YouTube, where a lot of channels are speaking on rosemary oil and its effects. It's important to watch and consider closely affliations when it comes to these before and after. For the sake of this article, we try our best to not include any content that seemed sponsored or trying to sell you something.

rosemary oil before and after for men

The picture above is a before and after of YouTuber pigmie, who tested rosemary oil along with a lotion (instead of a carrier oil) for 120 days.

This result below is from YouTuber and blogger Nick Shell, who claimed his test is purely informational and not trying to sell you anything. He tested rosemary oil concoction for 6 months.

Before:

rosemary oil before and after for men

After:

rosemary oil before and after for men

This last before and after is from Reddit.

Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth | Benefits, Side Effects, Uses

Rosemary oil for hair growth clinical before and after results

 As of March 2024, to our knowledge, there's only one clinical, controlled-study of rosemary oil with visual before and after results.

The patient in the picture applied 1ml of rosemary oil to his hair twice a day, everyday for 6 months.
before and after using rosemary oil for hair growth

If your reaction after seeing all of these before and after is: "Well, that's not much of difference!" then we concur.

How long does rosemary oil take to show results?

The effects of rosemary oil on hair growth can vary among individuals, but generally, it takes about 2 to 3 months of consistent use to notice visible results of increased hair growth. This timeline allows the hair to respond to the stimulating and nourishing properties of the rosemary oil hair products themselves, promoting healthier growth and reduced hair loss.

Rosemary oil enhances blood circulation and provides essential nutrients to the hair follicles, processes that take time to visibly affect the condition of the hair and scalp.

Regular application is key, as the cumulative effects of the oil's properties contribute to its efficacy.

It's essential to manage expectations and understand that hair growth is a gradual process influenced by various factors, including genetics, diet, and overall health.

Alongside using rosemary oil, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and proper hair care routine can further support and accelerate hair growth results. Patience and consistency are crucial when using natural remedies like rosemary oil for hair growth.

Should you use rosemary oil for hair growth?

Yes, rosemary essential oil can stimulate dormant follicles and promote new hair growth. A 2015 study found it rivaled 2% minoxidil for androgenetic alopecia treatment with less skin irritation. Rosemary's antioxidants and blood flow-boosting effects signal how it nourishes follicles.

While more research is needed, existing evidence supports rosemary oil as a potential natural hair growth aid worth considering.

Remember to consult with a board certified dermatologist for an accurate assessment of whether rosemary oil is compatible with your hair type or if you have sensitive skin.

To use rosemary essential oil for hair loss, here are 4 easy ways:

  • Make a rosemary hair oil concoction: While rosemary is beneficial on its own, using a carrier oil like jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or castor oil can help with absorption and moisturization.
  • Make your hair loss essential oils formula: Combine pure rosemary oil with other essential oils that are helpful for hair growth such as peppermint oil, pumpkin seed oil, and a carrier oil.
  • Use rosemary water instead: You can buy fresh rosemary from the store and boil it in water to extract nutrients from the rosemary plant.
  • Buy rosemary oil products: Mielle Organics or Kiehl's Magic Elixir Scalp & Hair Oil Treatment.

How often should you use rosemary oil on your hair?

Experts recommend using it on your scalp 2-3 times per week. Massage 1-2 drops directly onto the scalp and leave it for 30 minutes before shampooing allowing for absorption of the antioxidants and nutrients to nourish follicles at the root. This frequency of 2-3 sessions spaced throughout the week is sufficient to experience results like reduced shedding and increased thickness over time.

Stop if you experience any irritation.

Alternatives to rosemary oil for hair growth

Here are the 7 best alternatives to rosemary essential oil that helps reduce thinning hair and promote hair growth.

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Finasteride

Finasteride is a prescription-only DHT blocker effective in treating male pattern baldness by inhibiting the hormone responsible for hair loss. It's essential to consult a healthcare provider to determine if Finasteride is right for you.

Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a well-known topical treatment for various types of hair loss, including pattern baldness and thinning. Available over the counter, it stimulates hair follicles to promote the hair growth cycle again.

Caffeine shampoo

Caffeine shampoo, such as Alpecin, utilizes caffeine's properties to invigorate the scalp and promote healthy hair growth by targeting hormonal factors and improving the blood supply and circulation to hair follicles.

Low-level laser therapy

This non-invasive treatment uses lasers directed at and not the hair strand scalp to encourage cellular activity and hair regrowth, offering a high-tech solution for those seeking alternatives to topical treatments.

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy

PRP therapy involves injecting platelet-rich plasma derived from your blood into the scalp to stimulate hair growth by promoting the repair of tissues and supporting hair follicle health.

Hair transplant

For those looking for a more permanent hair loss solution, hair transplants involve moving hair from one part of the body to the scalp, providing lasting results for hair restoration. This is the most expensive option.

Conclusion

In conclusion, enlisting rosemary oil help in fighting your androgenic alopecia or alopecia areata is a promising start.

Remember the basics: use a carrier oil, combine it with other essential oils, and stop if you experience itchy scalp or any scalp irritation.

But, for those who seek a guaranteed solution, Bio-Pilixin Activation Serum presents a more complete approach to help improve hair health, reduce hair loss, and stimulate hair growth from your hair roots.

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Dr Amy Revene M.B.B.S. graduated from the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She is currently working as a General Physician at New Hope Medical Center. Amy has a passion for research and offers her expertise and opinions to help people in their quest to lead healthy, happy lives.