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Eat Well Apr. 24. 2014

Rosemary Hair Mask

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

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN


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

The Recipe




  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10-15 drops of rosemary essential oil

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  • Just stumbled across your website 🙂 Love it! Could you use fresh rosemary instead of essential oil? Or would it be better to use the oil?

    • Hi Emily- so glad you’ve visited and hope you come back again! The rosemary essential oil is best as it’s more potent.

  • megan

    I can’t wait to try this!

  • Liz

    Nice! Where can I get the lavender and rosemary oils? Did you use extra Virgin coconut oil or just any coconut oil?

  • Trevi

    Sounds amazing! Do you apply it to wet or dry hair?

  • Love the mix and I must say that the coconut oil does wonders for my dry ends.
    Do you think is ok if I add a bit of argan oil to the mix ?

    :* love Kate J

  • Janice

    I have lupus and experience periods of hair loss that are depressing and frustrating… and I noticed earlier this week I am definitely heading into one again. Perfect timing for this post! I mixed up my oils and will start tonight. Fingers crossed 🙂

    • Hi Janice,
      I know that must be so frustrating at times, but this mask is Wonderful, hope you enjoy this! Best to you and thanks for sharing and spreading the word of NS!

  • sabina

    How do you rinse off the oil? I have used for a few time coconut oul for my hair but although i wash it off with lots of shampoo,the hair is so greasy afterwards. Am i doing something wrong? 🙁

    • Shampoo, it may take a couple of times, but not more than that. I’ve never had an issue with it, it’ll leave your hair soft, but should not be oily.

    • marice

      The first time I used the Coconut Oil I used way to much. I as well have very long hair. And dry hair too!
      A little goes A LONG way. I woke with greasy hair. I use a dime size amount for my entire head now. Works wonders for brittle ends.

      Apply dime size. Leave in over night. Rinse out in am.

      Be well

      • Hi Marcie,
        Yes, that’s the point! Your hair will be greasy and oily, as noted in this you’re supposed to wash it out in the morning and not leave it in all day. It’s to saturate and get to each and every hair follicle 😉

  • Sonya Royster

    Can I also use this mask to reach dandruff?

  • Sonya Royster

    Can I also use this mask to treat dandruff ? typo in first post.

  • Luciana

    My oh my! I love your blog! love it! love it! love it!
    I was searching for a homemade protein bar made out of hemp powder. I tried yours, DELICIOUS by the way! I spent a great amount of time checking your recipes. Yumm! Making the apple bread soon!
    Thank you for everything you post here, awesome info!
    I came across your hair mask and I am making it. Since the weather is cooler, the coconut oil isn’t melting…should I help it by microwaving it a bit?
    Thank you!!!

  • Becca

    Hey I absolutely love your website! I tried the avocado face mask yesterday and it was great. I want to try this hair mask but am hesitant because my hair is naturally very oily, would you still recommend? Thanks!

  • Awesome website & congratulations on your business! Do you use the verb shampoo you suggested in the products you love? I’ve transitioned to natural shampoo but can’t seem to find one that doesn’t leave me looking like a grease ball, even when I blow it dry. Thanks!

    • Thank you! I do enjoy the VERB products a lot actually, the dry shampoo and volume spray are awesome 😉

  • Thank you for this recipe! I’m making it for a friend and myself. Am also going to mix the 2 essential oils in a dropper bottle alone for the future so we can add the essential oil mix to other oils as needed such as almond oil or olive oil. Since it will be washed out it shouldn’t matter correct?

  • Sandra Dias

    Odd question, but does your pillow get really oily from your hair? If so, does that wash out easily?

    Can’t wait to try this! My hair is dry and I’ve been trying to figure out how to use my essential oils to help with this!

    • It can, if you want to play it safe then you can always wrap your hair in something like a towel or hair cap, but my pillow always washes out very easily 🙂

  • Bien

    Hi, I’m so glad about your article I bought the recipes and I can’t wait to start doing it. Hope it will work. Honestly, before I have a thick shiny hair but since I came here in Abu Dhabi for 9 months now I observed that I got too much hair fall and it scares me a lot. My friend and I will try this as soon as possible. Thank you so much.

    • Hope you enjoy it! I would definitely talk to your doctor if your hair is falling out that much- it could be a nutritional deficiency if not something else!

  • Bex Kilby

    Your site is truly wondeful and so inspiring. I love your photography and ideas.

    I have just ordered some oils and will try this mask as soon as they arrive.

    Thank you x

  • Ira

    Hi, I love the idea of this mask – so simple! Yet, I cannot stand the smell of lavender/rosemary oil. The chamomile oil I bought also smells very close to lavender. Are there any other good oils I can use instead? Thanks for your answer.

    • McKel Hill

      Great question, rosemary and lavender oil have special benefits to the hair as mentioned, but you can use chamomile if you love that instead! xxM

  • Tawana

    Is there a reason it has to be melted before use?

    • McKel Hill

      Melted coconut oil is best for mixing

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