DIY Hair Growth Serum Recipe

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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.


361 responses to “DIY Hair Growth Serum Recipe”

  1. Debbie S Avatar
    Debbie S

    I have been using this for one month and have already noticed new hair growth. I followed exactly as written and i do keep it in the refrigerator. I apply before going to bed- let it dry in hair and massage during the whole process. It smells wonderful and the scalp stimulation is wonderful!
    I go back to my hairdresser in 2 weeks and will see if she notices- that will be the true test.

  2. Cindy Avatar

    When making hair loss remedy, what is the purpose of the essential oils and do you have to use all of them?

  3. Misty Avatar

    I just noticed you already answered my question before I asked it lol I’m so excited thank you so much for this post.

  4. Emily Avatar

    I can’t find distilled eater anywhere except for cars! Where do you buy this and is there an alternative.

  5. Misty Avatar

    I am breastfeeding and losing hair badly and I was wondering if there was a safe remedy for me to make and use.

  6. Laura Avatar

    How quickly did you notice results? I’m 5 months postpartum and have been losing clumps of hair for a month. I have been desperate for a natural solution since I’m breastfeeding…hoping this works fast!!

  7. Tina Avatar

    Does this hair growth serum really need to be refrigerated? It appears that nothing is perishable. Does it spoil?

  8. Tina Avatar

    My question is when I make this do I have to wait 3 months before I use it or it needs to be stored in the fridge up to 3 months.

    Love tour site!!!!

  9. Adrianne Picciano Avatar
    Adrianne Picciano

    Thanks for your thorough research and the great recipes! I am making this today and plan to use it myself and hopefully can convince my husband to use it too.

  10. Amanda Avatar

    I have your cookbook and I love it… Just wondering if you have a book with all your DIY body product recipes in it? If not… You should make one.. I’d love to buy it!

  11. Tirzah Avatar

    I do not have a comment but a question, although not sure if you could answer this. I have an aloe vera plant could I just use that instead of the gel you use here? I’m pretty excited to use this for all my girls! Thank you in advance!

  12. Jess Avatar

    Have you ever tried using rosewater for hair growth? I’ve found it useful in homemade growth serums (I have bowel disease and thus often suffer from weak hair and nails, as my body doesn’t absorb vitamins and minerals the way it should, esp. calcium). Makes your hair smell lovely, too.

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