Rosewater. It just sounds exotic, doesn’t it?
Not only is this ancient ingredient a fantastic facial toner and seasoning in Middle Eastern cuisine, it’s an incredible hair food!
What is Rosewater?
Rosewater is made by steaming or distilling rose petals in purified water so that the essential oils and vitamins from the roses are released. Flavonoids and vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E naturally condition and moisturize skin and hair.
When you use this water on your skin, scalp, or hair, it acts as a natural astringent, or toner. Astringents cause the tissue in skin to contract, resulting in closed pores and tighter feeling skin that is freshly hydrated. This helps relieve any dry, itchy areas. When used on hair, the astringent properties are similar, helping to close the cuticles on your hair shaft to protect against damage.
Rosewater has a pH level that is very similar to our skin, so it is able to stabilize any pH off-balances and repair hair porosity. Some people believe rosewater has stimulating properties, which encourages hair growth, but there is no scientific evidence to prove this.
Adding Rosewater to Your Hair Regime
Making rosewater can be simple if you have organic roses free of pesticides growing in your garden. However, if you’re like me, you don’t have time to tend to rose bushes.
If you want to try making your own rosewater, make sure to have pesticide-free, organic flowers and research good distilling methods . Otherwise, stick to buying the Heritage Store brand of rosewater, which was highly recommended in Edgar Cayce’s readings. More on those here.
Once you have a reputable source of rosewater to use, incorporating it is simple.
Simply apply rosewater on a cotton ball and use it on freshly cleaned skin as a toner. You can do this before bed, after waking up, or before applying makeup. You will notice softer skin immediately. If you are prone to mild acne, using this regularly should help relieve any pain or redness.
There are several ways to incorporate this magical ingredient in your hair:
- Find some roses, boil some distilled water, add rose petals, simmer the concoction for about 15 minutes, strain, let cool.
- Use this rinse after you wash out your shampoo to moisturize hair and make it soft, shiny, and manageable. Not to mention your hair will smell great. Make sure that you don’t rinse the rosewater out of your hair. Let it air dry and style it as normal. This method is not the same as actually distilling roses to extract nutrients and therefore will not have along shelf life. Use this immediately or store in the fridge for up to one week.
- Add rosewater to your shampoo bottle to dilute it and shake the bottle before use.
- Add it to your deep conditioner or leave-in conditioner.
- Use it to wet your ends before sealing with oil or leave-in.
- Use it as a spritz (my favorite) to rejuvenate second-day curls.
My Favorite Rejuvenating Hair Spritz
This spritz is what I use on my hair every night to make sure that my curls last another day between washes. It’s so simple to make and smells SO good! It leaves my hair so smooth, soft, and shiny every time without feeling heavy. Aloe vera is a light humectant and helps to seal your hair cuticles. You can read a little more on aloe vera for hair here.
For this spritz, you will need:
- Aloe Vera gel
- Optional: a couple drops of essential oil or sealing oil of choice
- 6-8 oz spray bottle
Fill your spray bottle to the halfway point with rosewater.
Squeeze in a generous amount of aloe vera gel (about 2 tablespoons for a 6oz bottle).
Top with water and add 5-8 drops of oil into the spritz. Shake well before each use.