DIY Hair Serum with Castor Oil

I have very long hair and I need to take care of it so I am able to maintain the length. One of the ways that I do this is using hair serums. A lot of the hair serums available for purchase are expensive, full of questionable ingredients or filler ingredients that may not really benefit your scalp or hair, and/or packaged in plastic. So, I am excited to share my DIY hair serum that I use on my hair!

I save all my glass containers that originally had facial products in them, remove the labels, wash and sanitize them so I can reuse them for my DIY projects. These two amber glass containers are reused. I am a fan of amber glass containers because the amber glass protects against UV light radiation, ensuring that your DIY serum will last for longer.

What you need:

  • amber glass dropper bottle
  • amber glass container with lid
  • cold-pressed organic castor oil
  • organic raw virgin coconut oil
  • pure lavender essential oil
  • pure peppermint essential oil

First, melt down your coconut oil and slowly add it to your glass container until 1/4 of the glass container is filled with coconut oil. I use a double boiler method to melt the coconut oil. Then fill the container to the top with castor oil. Then add your choice of essential oils. I chose lavender and peppermint essential oils. Less is always better with essential oils, so I only added 9 drops of lavender and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil.

You can also fill a little container up with only castor oil and use it to apply on your eyebrows and eyelashes.

Castor oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, so it helps to manage scalp issues like dryness, flaking, itchiness or hair loss. Castor oil also helps to improve the circulation in your scalp, which can improve hair growth. Coconut oil will not only help the application of the serum go more smoothly, but it will also nourish your scalp and hair as well. There are several other oils that you can mix with castor oil to make your own hair serum, this is just what I had on hand.

How to Apply Serum

Put on your pjs or older clothing, as the oil could drip onto your clothes. Dampen your hair before applying this DIY hair serum as it will help spread the oils and help your scalp and hair to actually absorb the serum. If you used coconut oil, it may solidify at room temperature – all you have to do is put the bottle into a bowl of hot water and let it sit for a minute or two. Shake the bottle well to mix the different oils. Use the dropper to add a few drops to your hands or to drop the oil directly onto your scalp. Part your hair at regular intervals across your head to apply the oil onto your scalp. Use your finger tips to massage the oil into your scalp and down your hair. The best way to care for your scalp and improve hair growth is to massage it regularly with oil. If you have long hair, you can add some serum into your palms and apply it onto the ends of your hair. Leave the serum in your hair for a couple of hours or overnight (make sure you sleep on a towel so you don’t ruin your pillowcase with oil). I usually apply the hair serum to my whole head once a week and use one drop on my ends as needed.

How to Remove Serum

Depending on how much time I have, I will apply this serum a few hours before my shower or at night and shower in the morning. You want to make sure you aren’t shampooing more than twice as this will dry your scalp and strip your hair. What I do is put a generous amount of shampoo in my palms and rub it together really well. Then I massage the shampoo all over my scalp and hair and let it sit for about 2-3 minutes. Then I massage it in really well again and rinse. I use conditioner as usual and rinse my hair really well. The odd time my hair might look a little more oily than usual, so I will just wear my hair up for the next few days until I wash my hair again.

Make sure you always do a patch test on the inside of your wrist when trying a new product! Invest in products (that you might not be able to make yourself) that are packaged in high-quality glass containers so you can continue to reuse them for other projects! If you eventually save too many glass containers, ask your friends or family if they want them or make DIY projects in them and give them away as gifts! Reusing containers and avoiding products packaged in plastic is so important!

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