What is rosehip oil?

For years, rosehip oil has been used in various ways. Taken from the fruit of a rosebush, the roses die off and leave the bush behind. They leave this spherical fruit in their place, and these fruits are some of the most medicinally powerful tiny fruits you can find anywhere. When turned into rosehip oil, this adds a whole new range of benefits that we can start benefiting from today. 

Known to be rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, rosehip oil is a perfect for both skin and hair uses. It’s known to have powerful fatty acids in there, such as oleic acid and linoleic acid; both very important for hair health. It’s also a rich source of Vitamin F, which is often quite hard to get into our bodies. It’s become a solid complementary solution for those who wish to keep their hair in good health. What, though, are the main benefits of using rosehip oil for hair?

Rosehip Oil For Hair: Benefits

When you decide to try out rosehip oil, you will find that it comes with various properties you might not be used to. Just some of the benefits suggested to be carried by rosehip oil include:

  • An introduction of major fatty acids, including Vitamin E and polyphenols for long-term care.
  • Helps to minimise and reduce scalp conditions; ideal for combatting inflammation
  • Great for reducing oxidative stress, which is regularly related to damage of the hair.
  • A high combination of different antioxidants contribute to lasting hair care.
  • The presence of vitamin C and lycopene can help to make your hair grow quicker.
  • Can help to promote the strength of your hair, reducing split ends and other damage.  

Rosehip Oil Side Effects

However, just like many other essential oil products you can find that rosehip oil has a few side-effects you have to consider. Just some of the common side-effects that could be linked to rosehip oil include:

  • Itchiness of the skin, which can lead to irritation of your skin afterward.
  • Allergic reactions, though these are not common, should be looked out for.
  • Skin rashes or crusting of the skin, primarily on the scalp of the head.
  • Headaches can be common with rosehip oil if your oil isn’t diluted enough.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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