How to Use Rosemary to Improve Your Hair’s Natural Curl and Shine

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Rosemary is the Best Hair Herb I Know!
Rosemary is the Best Hair Herb I Know!

Last week I told you how to use rosemary oil for hair growth.  I said I’d share one of my favorite hair remedies soon, and today’s the day.  I mention in the title that the article is about using rosemary to improve your hair’s natural curl and shine, but if you have pin straight hair, you’ll still want this home remedy.  Rosemary not only improves the shine, it helps your scalp’s health and deters dandruff.  It improves scalp circulation, promoting hair growth.  The scent is naturally uplifting and is anti-anxiety and anti-depression.  So many great reasons to use it!  And yes, if you have curly hair, this will definitely give the curls a boost.  I use this technique on days when I have somewhere special to go.

As a no ‘poo person, I don’t have to wash my hair every day anymore.  It just doesn’t get dirty or oily very fast at all.  So on days I do the rosemary treatment, they are the days I didn’t wash my hair with baking soda and cider vinegar in the morning – the in-between days, I guess you could say.  

Here’s how I do it:  The night before (or several hours before) I bring some water to boil, then steep about a teaspoon dried rosemary herb in a covered container with the hot water.  I leave it to steep, either overnight or for several hours.  Then I strain it.  I shower as usual, but I just wet my hair without washing it.  (If you’ve used a lot of product the day before, or if you usually use shampoo, you’ll probably  have to wash it.)  After my shower, I place a large plastic bowl in the tub.  Leaning over the bowl, I slowly pour the tea over my hair.  I work it in a little (or not, depending on how impatient I am), then wring my hair out in the large bowl.  I dump the tea from the bowl back into the mug and repeat the process several times – about 5 to 10 or until there’s no longer tea to use (because I’m messy and always spill stuff).  I then wrap my hair in a towel and let it soak up the moisture.  I tend to use a dark towel, because the tea is dark.  I’ve never ruined a towel yet, but the drips do stain until I wipe them up, so I’m cautious just in case.

Uncomfortable?  A wee bit.  Time consuming? Not really.  In the end, I save a lot of time in hair styling, and it always  feels like a simple fix.  After I squeeze any more water out of my hair with the towel, I run my fingers through it and let it air dry.  It’s best to not fool with your hair much, but let the air do its thing.  Try hard not to fuss wit the curls no matter how tempting.  When it’s almost dry, I fluff it up a bit with my hair dryer, then spray  it with my homemade hairspray. The end result is springier curls and great smelling hair!

4 thoughts on “How to Use Rosemary to Improve Your Hair’s Natural Curl and Shine

  1. Thanks,I’m going to give it a try. Can we see some hair pics pleeeeeeeezz? I am dying to see the soft, springier curls! I have blonde, naturally curly hair too and am dying to try this!

  2. Hi Alicia,

    Hoping to add pics soon! I’ll have to take some “hair specific” photos for you guys. I agree – it’d be fun to show before and after!

  3. Diane,
    Thanks so much for all the no poo information. I think I’m finally starting to figure out a good routine. But I have been wanting to try out the rosemary tea. I do not know much about making tea however and need a little clarification. How much water do you boil and what type of covered container do you let it steep in?


  4. Hi Tara! I’m glad you’re enjoying the info! For the rosemary tea, I usually use about 1 to 1 1/2 cups water, bring it to a boil, then turn the heat off and add the tea strainer with about a teaspoon of tea in it. I just use a mug for steeping and put a little dish on top, but you can use a saucepan, a teapot – whatever you have handy. Really not much of a science to it, and I change what I do a lot. Just give it a few hours to overnight to steep, and you’re all set! Let me know how it works for you!

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