Hair loss is one of the biggest beauty issues for women in Dubai and I’ve written several articles previously about how to treat and recover from hair loss. One of my favorite ingredients for treating hair loss is rose water.
Before I started using it on my hair, I used to see it in the aisle at Carrefour for years and wonder, “what on earth is rose water and what can I possibly do with it?” but I was too lazy to go beyond that. As my research into hair loss solutions expanded, I came across the immense benefits of rose water.
Rose water is made via steam distillation with rose petals steeped in purified or distilled water. Rose water is used in beauty products and perfumes. Traditionally in the Middle East, rose water is used as flavouring in sweets, tea and diary based dishes such as rice pudding and yoghurt.
How Does Rose Water Help with Hair Loss?
My previous articles have mentioned that one of the biggest tools against the war on hair loss in Dubai is keeping your hair moisturised at all times. As a natural conditioner and moisturiser, rose water ticks this requirement. It is rich in vitamins A, B3, C, D & E, and also helps to stabilise the pH levels of your hair.
DIY Rose Water Hair Moisturising Spritzer
This spritzer is excellent for treating dry and damaged hair. Repeated use over time will lead to a significant reduction in hair fall.
Pour 1 cup of rose water in a 4 oz spray bottle. Add in 5 drops of vitamin E oil, 5 drops of rosehip seed oil and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil. Shake thoroughly. Apply to your hair after shampooing and massage your scalp with it then apply your conditioner over it and rinse out after 30 – 45 minutes.
You can also dilute your castile soap with rose water or rinse your hair with it after washing and conditioning.
Rose water is readily available in the baking section of most supermarkets in Dubai. My favourite brand is Rabee Rose Water. You can also make your own rose water if inclined.
How to DIY Rose Water
You will need 1 cup of packed rose petals (buy organic roses free or pesticides) and 2 cups of distilled water (you can get distilled water at Life Care Pharmacy on Al Wasl).
- Rinse the rose petals and set them aside in a bowl.
- Boil the distilled water then pour over the rose petals.
- Steep for 35 mins then strain the mixture into another bowl. Your rose water is ready.
- Store in an amber coloured bottle in the fridge for up to a week.
- Make in small batches at a time so it’s always fresh.
Rose water can also be used to treat a few skin conditions and I will cover that in the next article.