What it does: antimicrobial/antibacterial, fragrance
Also called: damask rose flower water, rose hydrosol, rosa damascena flower water
Rose water is the flower water coming from the flowers of the Damask Rose. Flower waters, also known as hydrosols, are diluted versions of essential oils coming from the same plant. They contain the same components found in essential oils of that plant but in much-reduced concentrations.
Rose petals are steeped or steam-distilled in water in order to isolate the plant’s essential oils - and that's how rose water is made. Rose water is a gentle astringent that can soothe irritated skin and scalp. It is also a natural conditioner and moisturizer because it contains flavonoids and vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E. Rose water also has calming effects because of its sugars. Because rose water has a pH similar to that of the hair, it is also known to stabilize the hair's pH balance. It can also repair the hair's damaged porosity. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it can reduce dandruff and fight fungal infections.
Benefits for your hair
Counters an oily scalp
As the pH of rose water is similar to that of the hair, it nourishes the scalp and reduces the generation of oil.
Reduces dryness and damage
Rose water moisturizes and soothes the scalp. When massaged into the scalp, it increases blood circulation, which rejuvenates follicles of the scalp.
Softens hair and reduces frizz
Rose water is known to soften the hair, reduce frizz and add shine to curly, dry hair.
Rose water is antibacterial and is ideal for killing bacteria on the hair and scalp without being too drying.
Promotes hair growth
Rose water contains vitamin A, C, D, E, and B3, all of which strengthen the hair. It’s also has with flavonoids, tannins, and antioxidants which combat aging of the scalp and follicle cells.
Apart from its signature scent, rose water has many benefits for curly hair. It reduces dryness, gets rid of frizz and repairs damage. It is soothing and moisturizing for the hair and scalp. Because of the vitamins and flavonoids it contains, it can help with hair growth.