Natural Hair Care with Rosemary Hydrosol

Cropped black and white drawing of woman with long hair. Did she use rosemary hydrosol on her hair? "maiden with long hair", by johnny_automatic, openclipart.org.
Cropped black and white drawing of woman with long hair. Did she use rosemary hydrosol on her hair? "maiden with long hair", by johnny_automatic, openclipart.org.

I recently discovered rosemary hydrosol as a wonderful companion to natural hair care, and I'm in love. It compliments shampoo bars, beautifully! I know shampoo bars can be tricky for some people. So, a discussion of natural hair care might be the best place to start.

Last updated March 1, 2017

The ups and downs of natural hair care

I haven't tried the no-poo hair washing method. I suspect you probably already know all about that one. But I can vouch for shampoo bars, which I've been using for at least a year now. And just like with any relationship, we've had our ups and downs. However, when I think about it, this has been my experience with conventional shampoos and natural hair care, also. My hair tends to accumulate buildup, and since transitioning into menopause, my hair has also become dry.

Culture, economics, and the environment

But once I discovered shampoo bars, having the benefits of few ingredients and no plastic bottles, I became determined to make this natural hair care method work. I'm also intrigued with the history of shampoo bars. The idea of washing my hair with the same products that people have always used, until fairly recently, connects me to the past and the commonality of a shared ritual.

Shampoo bars also have an economic advantage in that they last a long time. Last summer, I switched back to a natural, safe shampoo packaged in a plastic bottle because I was traveling and didn't want to think about transporting vinegar for my hair rinse. I went through mounds of shampoo, which unfortunately, was one of the more expensive natural brands. Most shampoos, even the "clean" ones, tend to strip my hair of oils. When I returned from my trip, I quickly used up that pricey shampoo and simply refused to continue spending so much money. Also, I have a lot of hair.

Vinegar rinse to the rescue

Colorful painting Titania in a moonlit garden, by MC BennettDrake
Colorful painting Titania in a moonlit garden, by MC BennettDrake

But one common complaint about shampoo bars is that they leave your hair feeling course and tangled. Vinegar rinses (make sure to dilute!) can help with this along with one of the conditioners from Chagrin Valley Soap or Aquarian Bath. Both of these companies have excellent suggestions on how to prepare and use a vinegar rinse.

Rosemary hydrosol - the benefits

But sometimes, my hair still seems to be lacking something, or my tendency to have a heavy hand will get the best of me, and I'll use too much pomade. Whether you've adopted the alternative hair lifestyle or not, I believe anyone can benefit from the smoothing and softening effects of rosemary hydrosol. Also, it doesn't weigh my hair down— functioning more like a nourishing setting lotion. I've also noticed that it seems to counteract any overuse of conditioning products.

Environmentally friendly, elegant packaging

I purchase rosemary hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs, but I'm not affiliated with them in any way. It's certified organic and packaged in an elegant amber glass sprayer bottle, reminiscent of days gone by. I bought the smallest size just to give it a try, but as I warned you on my Greetings page, I fret about my hair. I love this hydrosol so much that it's already half gone!

It's tempting to overdo

I had to see what rosemary hydrosol was like on dry hair, damp hair, and wet hair. And if using a small amount is nice, isn't using more, only better? Actually, a little bit goes a long way. As you can guess, I'll have to order more soon!

So far, my preference is to apply rosemary hydrosol to damp or dry hair. That way I don't need to use as much.  I continue to use a dab of leave in conditioner or hair oil, as mentioned above, along with a small amount of pomade. I'm still experimenting with how often to use the vinegar rinse.

A bit about hydrosols

And just in case you were wondering, the fragrance of Rosemary Hydrosol is intoxicating and stimulating. Although hydrosols are made through steam distillation of plant material, they're not as strong as essential oils, containing only the water soluble parts.

Give it a try!

For me, rosemary hydrosol has become that missing piece to my natural hair care puzzle. Furthermore, I'm addicted to the fragrance. I would love to hear how it works for you. Meanwhile, I haven't washed my hair in three days! I'm looking forward to using mine in a bit. But first, I need another cup of coffee! I really was a night owl last night and into the wee hours of this morning.

Laura

*If you color or perm your hair, please do your own research before trying any of the products recommended on this page. I'm not a hair consultant, doctor, or adviser on matters of health and wellness. This post reflects my experience with these products and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any type of health condition.

*I'm not affiliated with Chagrin Valley Soap, Aquarian Bath or Mountain Rose Herbs.  And I don't receive free products or payments of any kind by promoting them.