DIY Hair Growth Tonic {aka mermaid hair}

I’ve always loved having healthy, thick, long hair.  And that’s why this homemade hair growth tonic is such a favorite of mine.

 

A quick story:  When I was in kindergarten, my mom took me for a haircut.  The hairdresser cut my long, curly hair into a short feathered bob (it was the 1970’s after all).

My mom loved it.  I didn’t.

I wanted my long hair back.  I liked wearing it in ponytails, pigtails, and braids.  I loved being able to change my hair into so many different styles.  So ever since I’ve been old enough to choose my own hair cut, I’ve always had long hair.  Sometimes it’s been past my shoulders, sometimes it’s been halfway down my back, and sometimes it’s been just off my shoulders, but I’ve always had a head full of curly thick, long hair.

 

That is I used to.  Once I reached my mid-forties a few years ago, my hormones started to change.  My hair started to dry out, my hair started to break (especially around the temples), my hair stopped growing as fast as it used to, and my hair started to fall out (there were some days where an entire handful of hair would fall out during normal shampooing in the shower).  It was heartbreaking.

 

Even though I was getting “older” I still wanted thick, long hair.  I still wanted to change up my hair styles.  I still wanted to wear my hair up and let it down.  It still wanted to feel the wind blow through my hair.  I wasn’t ready to give all that up.  Menopause may be at my doorstep, but I’m still young.

 

So I researched, tried several different hair growth treatments, experimented, and finally created this homemade hair growth treatment.  I love how it’s worked for me!  My hair is growing in thicker, faster, and longer than it has in years.  I have less breakageMy hair isn’t falling out as quickly (now it’s just a few strands and not a handful of hair every time I wash my hair).  My hair is stronger and super soft.

 

 

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What’s in DIY hair growth tonic {aka mermaid hair spray}?

 

  • lavender essential oil

Research has found that lavender essential oil can help hair grow faster and longer, perhaps even helping thinning hair to regrow.

Additionally, lavender oil helps moisturize hair which can prevent damage and prevent further breakage.

 

  • rosemary essential oil

Rosemary oil increases blood circulation, stimulates hair follicles, improves hair growth, and lessens hair loss, resulting in thicker, fuller, longer hair.

 

  • cedarwood essential oil

Like rosemary essential oil, cedarwood oil also increases blood circulation, stimulates scalp, and helps hair to grow faster and thicker.

 

  • peppermint essential oil

Peppermint oil strengthens hair roots and lessens hair loss. 

It also increases blood flow, which rejuvenates hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

 

  • hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil deeply moisturizes hair and scalp. 

Not only does that make hair feel silky soft, it also helps strengthen hair and prevent breakage.  It contains omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids that help hair grow thicker, faster and longer. 

Plus hemp contain gamma-linoleic acid which nourishes hair and aids keratin formation, which results in stronger, healthier hair. 

The lipids in hemp seed oil also help increase hair’s elasticity, volume, and shine.  possible substitutes:  carrot seed oil, argan oil, or jojoba.

 

  • alcohol-free witch hazel

Like peppermint essential oil, witch hazel also increases blood flow and promote hair growth. 

Additionally, witch hazel can reduce irritation to hair follicles that would otherwise inhibit hair growth. 

It also helps tame frizzy hair and adds volume.

 

 

Does it make your hair feel oily?

Nope, it doesn’t make your hair feel oily. There’s actually not much oil in it – only 1 teaspoon of oil in the entire batch.  That’s just 1 part oil to 23 parts of water and witch hazel.

Do give it a good shake though before you use it to make sure that the oil gets pretty evenly distributed with the water/witch hazel.  That way, you’ll just get a little tiny bit of oil with the rest of the hair tonic.

 

 

How to make hair growth tonic with essential oils

 

step 1:   add 3 tablespoons alcohol-free witch hazel to a 4 oz spray bottle

 

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step 2:  add 1 teaspoon hemp seed oil 

or substitute with carrot seed oil

 

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step 3:  fill the rest of the spray bottle with distilled water (or boiled and cooled tap water)

tip: be sure to stop adding water a half inch or so below the top so that there’s room for the essential oils and the mixture won’t spill over when you add the sprayer

 

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step 4: add the following essential oils for hair growth

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops rosemary essential oil

10 drops cedarwood essential oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil

 

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step 5 (optional): add this free printable label to your spray bottle

tip:  wiping down your bottle with a little rubbing alcohol will clean and remove any oil from the outside of the bottle so that your label will stick really well

tip: you can print the printable label on full-sheet label paper, or do what I do and print label on regular plain printer paper then attached the label to the bottle with clear packing tape.  To do this print label, cut it out, then place label face down on piece of packing tape that’s at least 1 inch longer than the label on both ends.  Line the label up on the bottle and press it on starting from the center and smoothing out the label from the center out.  Using packing tape like this has become my favorite way to do labels.  It’s cheap, easy to do, and the labels stay on and look great for a long time.

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Here’s the essential oil hair growth tonic recipe one more time

step 1:   add 3 tablespoons alcohol-free witch hazel to a 4 oz spray bottle

step 2:  add 1 teaspoon hemp seed oil

tip: if you don’t want to use hemp oil, carrot seed oil (found here) is a good substitute.  Like hemp seed oil, carrot seed oil is great for hair growth.

tip:  jojoba oil and argan oil are other possible substitutes in a pinch, but they are not quite as effective as the hemp or carrot seed oils.

step 3:  fill the rest of the spray bottle with distilled water (or boiled and cooled tap water).

tip: be sure to stop adding water a half inch or so below the top so that there’s room for the essential oils and the mixture won’t spill over when you add the sprayer

step 4: add the following essential oils for hair growth

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops rosemary essential oil

10 drops cedarwood essential oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil

step 5 (optional): add a label to your spray bottle

tip:  wiping down your bottle with a little rubbing alcohol will clean and remove any oil from the outside of the bottle so that your label will stick really well

tip: you can print the printable label on full-sheet label paper, or do what I do and print label on regular plain printer paper then attached the label to the bottle with clear packing tape.  To do this print label, cut it out, then place label face down on piece of packing tape that’s at least 1 inch longer than the label on both ends.  Line the label up on the bottle and press it on starting from the center and smoothing out the label from the center out.  Using packing tape like this has become my favorite way to do labels.  It’s cheap, easy to do, and the labels stay on and look great for a long time.

 

 

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How to use DIY hair growth tonic {aka mermaid hair spray}

  1. Shake well before and during use as essential oils and hemp seed oil will tend to separate from the water and witch hazel.  Shaking helps to temporarily blend the oils and water together.
  2. apply to wet hair (tip:  You can also apply it to dry hair, but wetting your hair helps the hair growth tonic to soak in better.)
  3. spray tonic on scalp
  4. massage into scalp
  5. comb through hair
  6. Use daily for best results

 

 

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Where to get supplies?

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hemp seed oil – I use this one.It’s cold pressed, organic, unrefined, and 100% pure.  or substitute with carrot seed oil (found here)

alcohol-free witch hazelclick here for the kind I use

distilled water– find in the water aisle of the grocery store

4 ounce spray bottleI like these trigger sprayers (click here).  Sometimes regular spray bottles can get clogged with oils and essential oils.  But I’ve found these kind of trigger sprayers work really well – they don’t tend to clog and spray a nice fine mist.  perfect for sprays like this hair growth tonic.

click here for free printable label and recipe

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Blog Comments

Is there another option for the lavender essential oil? I’m allergic to lavender, but would love to find a way to get thicker, healthier hair, especially around my crown.

Yes, you could substitute 5 drops of clary sage
OR
5 drops of ylang ylang for the 10 drops of lavender.

Hi Sarah,
One can’t help but notice that hemp seed oil is fairly dark green. I am wondering if that is going to stain or darken natural light blonde or silver hair like Castor and Argan oil do???

You use so little (just a few sprays), and it’s only 1 teaspoon hemp oil in that entire 4 oz bottle, that it doesn’t show up even on very light hair.

Hemp seed oil is best, but you certainly could substitute with another oil. Castor and argan oils are both excellent for hair and would be good choices.

Hi Sarah! I LOVE your recipes! In fact, I made 5 of your recipes today 🙂
I would love to see a recipe for beard oil. I would love to make some for my husband. Is that something you’re considering? Thank you so much for your recipes; I can’t wait to make the eyebrow growth serum tonight, and try it out!

Wow, that’s wonderful! Five in one day is awesome. How fun!

I do want to make a beard oil. I’ve made my husband a beard balm that he loves and I need to share that. Hopefully, I’ll get to both of those soon.

I was so excited to make this and give it a try. Unfortunately, it didn’t do anything for my hair and I used it after every hair wash. I’m wondering if this happened to anyone else and if they found a modification that worked.

Hi Sarah,

As always, thanks for the recipes.

I don’t want to put wet solutions on my hair unless it’s getting washed. My hairdresser washes my hair, every two weeks. Can I just use the carrot oil and essential oils?

Yes, the hemp oil with essential oils (without the witch hazel) would work great. Ideally, you’ll want to apply a little to your scalp and massage it in to help stimulate new hair growth. And if it doesn’t make your hair too greasy, it would also be great to apply the hemp oil and essential oil blend to your ends to help strengthen them and prevent breakage.

What if you are alerge to With Hazel? Can I substitute, with some other oil?

You can make this into a serum by leaving out the witch hazel.

Without the witch hazel, apply a little serum to scalp and massage in. This will help increase blood circulation and stimulate hair growth.

Then also apply a few drops of serum to hair. If your hair tends to get oily, don’t apply much. If your hair is dry, apply a little more.

I lost my hair due to chemotherapy, does this help with regrowth? What do you recommend?

I haven’t researched that, so I’m not sure. I would research and talk with your doctor before using to make sure that it’s okay.

When you apply this daily, doesn’t it make your scalp look oily? Would you spray each area of your scalp daily then rub in? Or just on top then try and move it around as you rub it in?

It will depend on the person. My hair (and scalp) tend to be dry, so I’d be fine with daily use. But for Other folks who have a very oily scalp, applying an oil to their scalp every day without washing would be too oily and could cause a build up.

Two options for applying it to scalp: (1) hold spray bottle about 6 inches away from head and give scalp a light spritz, move bottle to another part of head and repeat. DO this 2-3 times and massage into head. (2) spray tonic into hand/palm. Touch your fingertips to the tonic in your hand. Then use fingertips to apply tonic to your scalp. Massage in.

What kind of essential oils do you use?

I use several brands of essential oils, mostly doTERRA, Young Living, and Plant Therapy.

Can you used carrier oil like olive oil, canola, sunflower or coconut oil?

It’s not ideal, but yes, you can substitute another liquid carrier oil for the hemp seed oil. You’ll lose some of the benefits that hemp seed oil has (strengthen hair, help prevent breakage, and increase elasticity).

Carrot seed oil, argan oil, and jojoba would be your best substitutes, but if you don’t have any of those, you could use another liquid carrier oil and still get some of the benefits of the hair tonic from the essential oils.

What do you recommend for hair loss due to chemotherapy?

I have been using this for over a month now and I LOVE IT!

My friend wants to know if it is safe to use on color treated hair – can you advise?

Yes, most natural lavender, cedarwood, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils should be perfectly fine to use on color-treated hair.

Great to hear that you’re loving it! Hopes it works well for your friend, too!

Thank you

I have witch hazel alcohol free with rose water will that work instead of the one with any scent

Do you have a recipe to control or reverse gray hai?

I’m sorry I don’t.
Maybe someone else has tried something that’s worked for them and they can comment here?

I have looked everywhere and can’t get witch hazel without alcohol apparently its status changed and health shops pharmacies here in nz only have alcohol.. As last resort will it be ok to use?

Yes, that’s definitely okay. Alcohol can dry out hair a little bit, so alcohol-free is preferred for those who can find it. But the recipe will still be fine with regular witch hazel because the hemp seed oil will help counteract any dryness that you’d get from the alcohol.

I can’t wait to start this I have most of the ingredients. I will give a review once I’ve tried it. Thank you for sharing

I have an update for anyone interested. I’ve been using this product recipe everyday since my last post here on August 26th, 2019. Today is September 4th and I just washed my hair. I am seeing a significant difference in the diminishing of hair loss, especially during and after hair washing. I could stand over the trash for a long time and continually run my hand through my hair releasing numerous amounts of strands around my fingers. It was awful! I’ve been washing my hair about every 2-3 days and I clean away very few hairs when I’m done. And during the after-wash comb-through, I hardly see but about 5 more strands being released, where before this experiment, I’d have dozens. I don’t know if it is helping more hair to grow in (my hair is very thin at this point), but I will be posting my continued finds on Pinterest, where this recipe is located. Thank you, again, and God bless you for this.

After you apply it to wet hair, do you wash it out?

You could wash it out, but it’s best to not. Just use a little bit. Too much will leave your hair oily and greasy looking. A spray or two is usually plenty for daily styling.

If you want a more intense treatment, you can spray a larger amount (like 8-10 squirts) on your scalp. Massage in. Cover your hair. And sleep with the treatment on scalp/hair. Then wash it out in the morning. Do this intense treatment once a week.

I found your recipe on Pinterest and I just made up a batch. I experienced the same as you, Sarah, with my hair when my hormones began to change. Plus, I was at a job for 11 years that caused extreme stress and distress, which added to the problem.I’m looking forward to new hair growth. Thank you for sharing this.

Blessings,

Marianne

Does this work on African American hair

Sheila, I saw your question and noticed no one has answered you. I recently left another comment here, as I’ve been using the recipe for 9 days. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on your hair, as long as you’re not allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients. They’re simply essential oils and God gave them for all of his children :)for our health and well-being. I’ll been posting my future updates on Pinterest. God bless you, Marianne

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