Apr. 24. 2014
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

A moisturizing hair mask made with essential oils lavender and rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

This hair mask includes the essential oils rosemary and lavender, both of which have been used together along with a carrier oil (a.k.a. an oil used to help carry essential oils into your skin/hair and dilute the essential oil) to help stimulate hair growth, moisturize hair, and strengthen your hair follicle by the scalp especially in those with alopecia.

Not only does this Rosemary Hair Mask smell amazing and makes you feel like you’re treating yourself at the spa in your own home, but it may help improve the strength of your hair and stimulate hair growth! That’s a win-win in my book. Although there’s a lack of studies behind how effectively these oils work to stimulate hair growth, it definitely works to moisturize if anything.

How to use

You can use this hair mask daily if you wish, but I prefer to use it 1-2 evenings/week. I recommend putting this hair mask in at night as a part of your nightly beauty routine and tossing it up into a top knot bun (if you have really long hair like I do); that way when you sleep on it you’re giving it a full 7-9 hours to do it’s magic on your scalp and hydrate your hair strands! Get super fancy and help increase the absorption of the oil by wrapping your head in a warm towel for 30 minutes before laying down for the evening. Also, if you were to use this during the day while you’re out and about, let’s be honest your head is going to look like a greaseball from the coconut oil.

The amount of coconut oil you use will also depend on how much hair you have- for example, I use a lot of extra coconut oil because my hair is so long, but if you have short hair/bob/pixie cut, you can use this “recipe” and it should last you several hair mask cycles.


Rosemary Hair Mask
Recipe Type: beauty
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10-15 drops of rosemary essential oil

Where to buy // Organic coconut oil (any grocery or health food store, or online). I really enjoy these lavender and rosemary essential oils or these can be found at your local health food store.

Pictured // my messy bun! I put the coconut oil hair mask and then wrap up my hair into a bun- I find this to be the most manageable for long hair while the mask sets in. 

I hope you all enjoy this one! Be sure to share if you love these Natural Beauty Series, and comment below on other things you’d like to see with this series.

xx McKel