WHO doesn’t want thick, luscious curls?
With TikTok users touting treatments like rosemary oil as the answer, gorgeous hair seems just around the corner.
However, hair health experts warn against soaking hair in the conditioner as it could lead to unwanted side effects, especially in warmer weather.
Temperatures have temporarily warmed up in certain parts of the UK this week. But if you’re on vacation in a hot, sunny place and planning to give your hair some conditioning, it’s worth paying special attention to the piece of advice.
Over the past year or so, more and more TikTok users have flocked to the app to gush about using rosemary oil for hair growth.
Many have documented how the treatment added inches to their locks, reduced hair fall, and reduced scalp irritation and dandruff.
But not everyone went so smoothly with rosemary oil. One user showed how the “Hair Hero” caused her strands to fall out in clumps.
Now, experts at SpaSeekers.com have warned beauty enthusiasts to be careful when trying the hair growth hack, especially in the sun.
According to the treatment booking site, those wishing to reap the natural benefits of the herbal oil should apply diluted rosemary oil directly to the roots or thin sections of hair and massage into the scalp – massaging the oil into the scalp increases the effects of oxygenation to the hair follicles, thereby boosting hair follicles the effectiveness of the oil.
The oil should then penetrate the scalp for at least 30 minutes.
To give their hair that extra lift, many choose to go about their normal routine with a bun or ponytail slicked back with rosemary oil.
However, haircare experts at SpaSeekers.com warn against applying rosemary oil to hair and wearing “rosemary oil buns” in the sun without proper protection.
Jason Goldberg, director at SpaSeekers.com said, “Rosemary contains carnosic acid, which is known to heal nerve and tissue damage by improving blood circulation and promoting nerve growth.”
“This property helps the hair follicles grow the hair and heal any irritation on the scalp.”
However, with the UK returning to hot temperatures and sunny days, it’s important to be aware that applying oil to your skin attracts harmful UV rays to your scalp and increases your risk of suffering sun damage – which means that your rosemary oil bun could be affected Sitting outside in the sun does more harm than good.”
“You may not know it, but your scalp is a particularly sensitive part of your body,” Jason said.
Burning can cause it to flake, peel, turn red, and become sore.
However, according to the expert, it is not necessary to do without hair treatments altogether.
“To prevent sun damage, don’t put rosemary oil in your hair when out in the sun, and be sure to put sunscreen on your hair for extra protection.
“It is recommended to choose a cream with an SPF of at least 15 and apply it every few hours – and apply extra cream on thinner and/or bald areas as these areas have less natural protection from the sun’s rays.”
If you plan on going out in the sun after dousing your hair with rosemary oil, Jason recommends putting on a hat or bandana to protect your sensitive scalp.
“However, this could leave your favorite hat smelling strongly of rosemary, so keep that in mind,” he added.