DIY Hair Growth Serum Recipe

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Hormones affect every aspect of health, and lately I’ve seen the affect of hormones on hair and scalp health.

After eight years of pregnancy and nursing, my body was tired and after that many years of my hormones being elevated from pregnancy/nursing, the postpartum hair loss finally occurred… and did it ever.

This happens because most hair follicles grow hair for a few months and then rest for a few months with an average of 10% of the head’s follicles resting at once. This resting period lessens considerably during pregnancy and women typically lose less hair during pregnancy, but the postpartum hormones can cause the body to catch up on the rest period for hair follicles, leading to more than normal hair loss. It is a normal process, but after 5 pregnancies and not experiencing the postpartum hair loss, it finally caught up with me.

On top of that, I had a really stressful few months and stress can make hair loss worse. I addressed the stress and the hormones and it stopped the hair loss, but I wanted to do something to help my new hair grow more quickly and to protect my hair/scalp in the summer months.

This hair growth serum is the result.

Some women go to a dermatologist or a beautician for hair-related problems. I go to my pantry.

As with my homemade hair spray, sea salt spray, and dry shampoo, this homemade hair growth serum is less expensive than commercial options without the harmful chemicals.

Hair Growth Serum Recipe

This serum combines herbs and essential oils that are good for scalp health and hair growth:

  • Nettle– Rich in iron and vitamins A, C, and K plus potassium and magnesium. It is often used in natural hair products and helps stimulate hair growth
  • Horsetail– High in silica and excellent for hair supporting hair growth.
  • Aloe Vera Gel– Naturally thickens and soothes the scalp and serves as a silkening base for this serum.
  • Essential Oils- Essential oils of Clary Sage, Rosemary, and Lavender are great for hair and scalp health.
DIY Hair Growth Serum Recipe
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Hair Growth Serum Recipe

Help stimulate hair growth with this aloe very, herb, and essential oil recipe.
Prep Time25 minutes
Author: Katie Wells



  • In a small pan, bring the distilled water to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and add the dried nettle leaf and horsetail leaf.
  • Let the herbs sit in the water for at least 10 minutes or until the water cools.
  • Strain the herbs out and pour the herb infused liquid in to a spray bottle.
  • Add the aloe vera gel and essential oils and shake well.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months and shake well before use.


Spray liberally on hair roots once or more per day. I found that it was easiest and worked the best to spray on before bed each night.

How to Apply Hair Growth Serum

Spray liberally on hair roots once or more per day. I found that it was easiest and worked the best to spray on before bed each night.

Where I Get Ingredients and Supplies

I got the nettle leaf, and horsetail leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs and the natural aloe vera here.

I re-used an old spray bottle, but it is very similar to this bottle. I also like this stainless steel bottle and this glass option.

For the essential oils, any high quality option will work. I typically order oils from Plant Therapy.

Have you ever had postpartum hair loss? What did you do to help it? Share below!
This natural hair growth serum combines herbs like nettle and horsetail with aloe vera gel and essential oils of lavender, rosemary and clary sage.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


365 responses to “DIY Hair Growth Serum Recipe”

  1. Taryn Avatar

    I have thyroid issues and great stress. I have lost some hair in the front. I got an epiphany when I read this post that I should make the serum and get castor oil and I have done just that. Ordered it all on Amazon. Thanks so much for the advice. Biotin was just not helping me.

  2. Jay Avatar

    Hey Katie, I just made the growth hair serum yesterday and was wondering if you or anyone else possibly have a picture or image of how the growth hair serum should look after it’s been completely made. I made some yesterday following the same instructions you listed above & it turned out looking dark brown because of the nettle leaf and horsetail I boiled together and added to the bottle after it cooled down, I’m also having trouble spraying it properly into my hair roots with the glass bottle spray I purchased as it seems kind of thick. I just want some confirmation to make sure it looks how it’s should look when you’ve made it

  3. Jane G Avatar

    I was so excited about this serum and started using it a couple of days ago. I noticed yesterday morning some redness on my neck and on my face. Then last night I broke out into a full-blown rash on my face and neck. I had just sprayed some on so I jumped into the shower and washed my hair and face and changed the pillowcase on my pillow. I’m guessing that I’m allergic to the nettle or the horsetail (or both), which is a huge bummer. Today the rash has subsided though I still have some redness and some discomfort on my scalp. So it’s always good to test new products on a small scale before embracing them all the way. Lesson learned! 🙂

  4. Bradley Fowler Avatar
    Bradley Fowler

    Great post! I appreciate that Natural Hair Growth Serum is the best product to prevent hair loss problem. Natural products have healthier ingredients which are most effective to enhance hair texture. thanks!

  5. Celeste Avatar

    I’ve used a variety of your recipes which are great, but this one takes the cake.
    Even my husband likes this one.
    I ran out of clary sage, so I substituted it for texas cedarwood.
    I love your recipes. Yeah! Keep going,?

  6. Selina Simon Avatar
    Selina Simon

    After two pregnancies i notice my hair would just fall out a lot more then usual. Specially when I brush my hair I notice atleast 20 hairs fall out. I have try many things to help me with my hair loss but nothing was really help me. So I decided to try nuhairrx natural hair growth serum. I’m so happy that I did try it after a couple of weeks I just notice a huge difference on my hair. Know I’m hardly loosing any hair I can brush my hair every day and just a few hair fall out. I also notice that when I put my hair in a pony tail that I have a lot more hair.

  7. Tina Donnelly Avatar
    Tina Donnelly

    Hi Katie, I love your site, I’ve made many if your recipes and have seen results. I made this a few weeks ago and I filled 2 spray bottles. I pulled it out this morning to spray my hair as I do every morning and every night and I noticed some floating things in it. I’m wondering how long does this normally last in the frigerator I did exactly the same as you but I’m wondering if the water is the issue. Can you please advise I really do not want to throw out! Thank you in advance. Tina

  8. Brigita Avatar

    A good-looking recipe, followed by informative comments as well. I wish I could pin it and spend more time sifting through all this good info another time. But I can’t pin it because it’s “outside the parameters” or something. I’ve seen this message before, and I’ve seen it get fixed. Is there something you know you can do so we can pin this good article for future quick reference?
    Thank you,

  9. Sarah Coke Avatar
    Sarah Coke

    Have you ever tried silica (powder) as an ingredient in any of your hair serums?

  10. Susan Pelizzaro Avatar
    Susan Pelizzaro

    Hi Katie! LOVE your blog. I saw your post about Castor Oil for hair growth as well. I figure I’ll start with one of these methods – which would you suggest trying first/which do you think is more effective.

  11. Christine Avatar

    I have some stinging nettle ROOT (not leaf) can I substitute that instead of the leaf??

  12. Jennie Avatar

    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 40s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don’t want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn’t found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there’s no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Tia Avatar

    Hi Katie, first of all I just want to say I love your website and always get very inspired 🙂 I am definitely going to try this hair growth serum, I have noticed my hair got thinner after moving from a tropical island to Victoria, Australia – not sure if it has anything to do with the change in climate/air or other factors, but I definitely would like to get my thick luscious curly hair back! Would you recommend anything different for dry curly hair which is prone to an itchy scalp?
    Also, I would love to know if you would recommend any natural supplement I could take alongside your hair growth serum? I have heard silica and biotin are great, but I don’t know enough about them to know whether they are safe for longterm use. Thank you for all your great recipes! Hopefully this one works for me too 🙂

  14. Danae Avatar

    I want to try this, but I am allergic to lavender. Should I just leave it out or would you recommend that I replace it with something else?

  15. Julie Avatar

    You can purchase horsetail on I herb or Amazon. Nettle Is in most natural food stores

  16. Anna Avatar

    I’ve been searching for nettle and horsetail leaf, and all I find is Nettle oil, and horsetail oil. Could you use the same measurements in this recipe with the nettle and horsetail oil? Even though you probably couldn’t use it as a spray, but maybe a rub-in serum?
    Also, would you be able to incorporate Jojoba oil in hair treatments as well?

  17. oren Avatar

    Hello, I am going to make a hair growth spray using ” liquid alcohol based herbal extracts “. I am using a 4oz bottle with vodka as my base.

    How many droppers of each 1oz herbal extract should I put into the bottle ?
    ALSO: ,… I will be using EO and want to know how many drops of each EO in the bottle ?


  18. Jamie Avatar

    Have you ever heard of using Triphala for hair growth? It’s made from three fruits and is used predominantly in India. There are also medicinal uses.

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