How this elegant bloom benefits a healthier scalp and shinier hairPosted on November 11, 2019 Written by: 100% PURE ®
Rose water is a cosmetic ingredient that has been used for thousands of years – but you’ll find that even to this day, this lovely tonic is far from obsolete in the beauty world. Species like the Rosa damascena remain a popular treatment for your hair, skin, and scalp.
We’ll dig into why this world-renowned flower is one of the most sought-after treatments for hair specifically, and how you can fit it into your daily routine for optimal beauty benefits.
The earliest recordings of rose water date back to Ancient Persia, as early as the 10th century. Rose is said to have first been utilized by the Persian physician Avicenna, who was legendary for his work as an alchemist and naturalist. The production of rose water for hair and skin care purposes eventually became more widespread, when the first rose plantations appeared in Bulgaria in the 16th century.
Rose water is known for its perfumed aroma, and many even consider the scent to be highly aromatherapeutic. Rose water adds up to far more than just its scent. To this day, mainstream and boutique beauty companies alike utilize this elegant bloom to soothe irritated skin, prevent infection, and balance natural pH levels.
Rose is incredibly hydrating to the skin, and can even provide relief for those who suffer from eczema and psoriasis. Furthermore, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent treatment for the scalp, and can make your hair shiny and healthy.
Both rose water and rose hydrosol deliver similar benefits: hydration, antifungal properties, and the ability to soothe irritated skin. The difference, however, lies in a matter of concentration: rose hydrosols are akin to essential oils in that they are steam distilled and highly concentrated. While rose water is also distilled, it is comparatively more diluted.
When comparing the two, rose water is a perfectly viable way to treat the scalp and hair. On the other hand, rose hydrosol can often be more expensive, but deliver a far more condensed supply of benefits. That being said, both rose hydrosol and rose water are beneficial ingredients to include in your hair care products.
All too often, we treat our strands while neglecting our scalps. Many dismiss scalp care products as treatments meant primarily for those with bouts of dandruff, psoriasis, or periodic dryness. Rose is highly beneficial for maintaining scalp health, and can be effortlessly added to your daily hair care routine.
Maintaining a hydrated and healthy scalp is crucial to keeping your hair lush and shiny in the long run. This is because when it comes to premature aging, the scalp is just as susceptible as the rest of our skin (if not more so).
Aging of the scalp is manifested through the diminishing ability to sustain healthy follicles. When a follicle is no longer viable, it cannot grow any more hair, which can lead to hair loss in both men and women. Follicles are compromised by exposure to free radicals, which are caused primarily by UV rays, pollution and stress. To make matters worse, many of us further damage our scalps with the products we apply to our hair, like texturizing sprays, mousses and dry shampoos.
Rose water, burdock, milk thistle, and coconut oil are all viable options for protecting your precious locks. A rose water spray for the skin and scalp is an excellent way to strengthen the skin barrier and prevent water loss. Rose acts as a mild astringent to help reduce oiliness and dandruff, and can be applied to your hair to help reduce frizziness and add shine.
Rose water is also slightly acidic (pH usually 4-4.5), which makes it an excellent match for the acid mantle, which is a crucial line of defense for your skin.
However, if you seek hair care treatments already formulated with either of these powerful botanical derivatives, nearly all of our hair treatments at 100% PURE™ feature rose hydrosol as one of the first ingredients. For instance, our Burdock & Neem Healthy Scalp Shampoo and conditioner includes rose hydrosol as the second ingredient. It brings along burdock to soothe the scalp, and nettle to encourage hair growth.
Even if scalp health isn’t your main hair care concern, it should at least be in the background. While the ingredients in our Yuzu & Pomelo Glossing Shampoo and conditioner are known for promoting hair growth, thickness, and shine, rose hydrosol helps to support a healthy scalp.
Whether you choose to use rose hydrosol or rose water for hair, you’re guaranteed to reap the benefits. Despite its delicate fragrance, rose is a powerful plant to have in your hair care arsenal: not only does it hydrate the hair and scalp, but it can promote your hair’s well-being for the long haul.