I’m a hairstylist – how to revive thinning hair with a cheap formula and why it works
BEAUTY influencers and everyday women on TikTok have sung the praises of a “potion” that would strengthen hair, encourage new growth and prevent breakage.
Even better, scientists and stylists agree there’s truth to the ritual that could help hair grow to lengths never seen before.
At the center of the solution is rosemary, delivered as a “tea” made with boiled sprigs or through essential oils mixed with a carrier.
The formula is simple, and different enthusiasts have their own variations on the mix: After bringing the water to a boil and adding sprigs of fresh or dried rosemary, boil the mix for five minutes, stirring frequently.
Then turn off the heat and let the mixture sit for 45 minutes with a lid on.
After straining the water and adding it to a spray bottle, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Spray the solution on the scalp and massage before going to bed.
Or, before shampooing, add three to five drops of rosemary essential oil to a carrier oil, such as almond, coconut, or jojoba oil.
Massage it into the scalp and let it “soak” for about an hour, then wash the hair as usual.
Dramatic before and after videos seem to show results – but why does the formula work?
Vickie Vidov, a celebrity hairstylist, told Well and Good that she recommends rosemary as a way to exfoliate the scalp to promote growth.
“It helps clear the scalp of any follicle buildup or blockage,” Vidov explained.
Product buildup is a cosmetic concern, but it’s also a huge impediment to new growth.
The buildup “contributes to hair thinning and eventually hair loss,” Vidov said.
Additionally, a clinical review published in BMJ indicates that the essential oil may help stimulate cells when massaged into the scalp.
Cleansing the scalp banishes buildup and stimulating it encourages new growth.
The combined effect is rapid and noticeable growth, which is why people of all ages can’t wait to sing the weed’s praises online.
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