I’ve been a fan of Mielle Organics every since trying their hair vitamins after experiencing post-partum hair loss after having my first baby. They were affordable and the company is owned by a savvy Black woman. So I’m all about supporting that.
Now I am not one who is into fashion or beauty. My self-care regimen is rooted in being as natural and low-maintenance as possible. I am 4.5 years into my current locs journey. And mine are completely D.I.Y. But before I had locs, my hair in natural. And during that time, I learned the importance of moisture and oil for African-textured hair.
But with locs you have to be careful. Because they absorb and trap buildup. So you don’t want to use thick and heavy oils (like castor) on the hair. I like the Jamaican Mango & Lime Island Oil for my locs….because it is very light.
So Why Rosemary Oil?
I read that rosemary oil encourages hair growth as effectively as Rogaine. I’m not obsessed with hair growth…but that was a pretty incredible claim. Then I saw that Mielle Organics had their own blend for only $9.99, I figured that I might as well try it out.
How I Use It
The bottle is pretty small (2 oz.) and comes with a glass medicine dropper pipette applicator. The directions say to apply to the scalp and comb through the hair. I don’t do any combing or brushing, so that doesn’t apply. But even so…it seems like if you used this on your hair as well, you would finish a bottle in no time. I purchased it more for the hair growth instead of the hair strengthening part, so I only applied it to my scalp. I used other oils (either the Island Oil or Coconut Oil) on the hair itself.
I only applied it after washing my hair….so once or twice per week.
What I Like
- It’s very affordable. You can buy it straight from Mielle Organics for $9.99 and get 4% cash back from Rakuten; or for $8.95 on Amazon.
- It has a great smell (very minty)
- It is light and clear — so no unnecessary dye or color added
- It seems to produce results! I’m only on my second bottle, but it seems to be encouraging hair growth
What I Don’t Like
- The product contains menthol. So I strongly suggest that you don’t use this on your kids! I did once for my boys and then they would touch their hair, then touch their face and cry because their eyes would start to burn. Any mint-based essential oil will irritate the eyes. So until your kids are at the age where they can think conscientiously about not touching their hair/face without washing their hands, I would steer clear of this product.
- The medicine dropper/pipette packaging is limiting. I understand that with this product, a little goes a long way. But I would have much preferred a small-tipped ketchup squeeze bottle setup (like the Island Oil) to make use easier. You dip into the bottle like 20 times, squeezing then depositing the oil around your head (well I do at least….because I have a big head and thick hair!)
- It has a pretty long ingredient list; 30+ different ones in fact. Most are oils…so this is essentially an oil blend. I am not a chemist, but I do know that essential oils, like rosemary, need carrier oils and dilution in order to be applied effectively. But if you are looking for a very basic blend, this is not it. For those who have allergies, be mindful to read through the entire list to make sure there isn’t something included that you will have a reaction to.
I Give This: 5 Stars
I definitely recommend this if you want a natural way to encourage hair growth without spending tons of money on some kind of fancy device or treatment. As long as you aren’t irritated by any of the essential oils contained in it, you really don’t have a lot to lose by doing so.