Woman shares how viral hair hack almost cost her luscious locks as docs warn dangers of using pure oils on your scalp | The Sun
20th December 2022

A POPULAR Tik Tok hack that’s meant to make your hair grow rapidly almost cost one beauty fan her locks. 

The young woman has bravely shared how rosemary oil – which has been hailed a hair hero for its growth benefits – caused her hair to come out in clumps.



Anouk’s once thick and wavy blonde locks became thin and straw-like after copying a viral trend of putting the oil onto her scalp to stimulate growth and make her hair thicker. 

Rosemary essential oil strengthens circulation which experts claim prevents hair follicles from being starved of blood supply and dying off, instead promoting hair growth.

The so-called miracle oil – which has had thousands of rave reviews on Tik Tok – is also said to prevent premature greying and dandruff.

But for Anouk, who goes by @anoukhighclass on the popular video sharing app, it had the opposite effect. 

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She bravely posted a series of clips and pictures showing how her hair thinned and began to fall out after using rosemary oil. 

She subtitled the video saying: “Use rosemary oil they said, it should be fun they said.”

Anouk simply penned “help” in the video caption. 

Concerned beauty fans flocked to the comments to give advice on what she could have been doing wrong that would cause such damaging results. 

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Many warned against putting rosemary oil – which can be made at home – directly onto your scalp.

Instead, it needs to be diluted with a “carrier oil” before being massaged into the scalp.

A carrier oil – also known as a base oil – is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin because they could be harmful in their pure form. 

Anouk was not alone in her struggles as others hurt by rosemary oil shared their experiences.

One recalled: “Same with me. 

“Half of my whole hair literally falls out every time I use rosemary oil. 

“Stopped using it.”

Another simply said: “This happened to me too.”

Other viewers shared advice in the comments on how to use rosemary oil safely on the scalp. 

One advised: “You don’t put rosemary oil on your head directly.

“It needs another oil or in your shampoo to work. 

“Or use rosemary water.”

Another penned: “I’m using rosemary oil mixed with sunflower oil three times a week on my scalp and my hair is growing like crazy.”

Healthline warns those looking to use rosemary oil to grow their hair should be careful not to apply too much of it to the scalp. 

The website reads: “Rosemary essential oil has been known to irritate the skin. 

“It may cause discomfort, but no health dangers. 

“To avoid skin irritation, dilute the oil with a carrier oil or other product before applying it.

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“Not enough is known about the safety of using rosemary essential oils while pregnant or breastfeeding. 

“Though using the essential oil for hair loss is only done topically, be cautious — its effects in this regard are still unknown.”

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