This Stinging Nettle Shampoo For Hair Growth recipe primarily uses ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen or pantry.
Urtica dioica L., also known as ‘Stinging nettle’, is a common perennial weed that grows all over the States, South Asia, and Europe. Stinging nettle weed is considered aggressive and invasive, which summarizes this wild herb in a nutshell.
The bottom of the nettle’s toothed leaf is covered with sharp needle-like hairs called trichomes, which deliver a shot of formic acid and histamine when touched.
In other words… nettles sting when you touch them!
It only takes one time of being stung by the Stinging nettle plant to dissuade you from ever going near one again. But this bitey little nettle has many benefits to offer once you get past the rough exterior. For example, Stinging nettle is an excellent hair loss inhibitor.
Nettles for Hair
Stinging nettle contains many vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, and polyphenols, which is probably why it’s been used as food and medicine for a super long time.
Various pharmacological activities, such as its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory effects, make nettle excellent for hair because bacteria and fungus often play a significant role in conditions like SD (seborrheic dermatitis) and eczema, which ultimately lead to hair loss.
Nettle leaf also has cleansing and purifying properties, which is another reason why it’s so great for a DIY shampoo.
When combined with other herbs like Chamomile, Horsetail, and Yarrow, Stinging nettle proved to have antiandrogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, angiogenic, and hair-stimulating features. Furthermore, in a single-blind placebo study, this concoction proved more effective in preventing and reducing hair fallout in subjects with androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium.
When dealing with skin conditions associated with hair loss, it’s imperative not to use soaps and products that aggravate the skin or scalp because it could worsen them.
This homemade hair growth shampoo recipe is pH balanced and free from castile soap or baking soda commonly found in other DIY shampoo recipes.
Importance of pH in Haircare
Your hair’s natural pH is somewhat acidic, around 4.5 to 5.5, and it’s healthiest whenever it is in this state. Maintaining proper pH levels on the scalp also alleviates other symptoms such as flaking, itching, redness, and hair loss.
Castile soap and baking soda can both raise the pH levels of the hair and scalp, which is not what you want, especially if you already have issues with the scalp including hair loss.
Castile soap is also known to strip color from color-treated hair, and just maybe… you’re not entirely ready to display your grey for the whole world to see.
This nettle hair shampoo recipe primarily uses ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen or pantry. Each component in this recipe has fairly low pH levels and adds its own unique gift to the mix.
Let’s look at a few of them closer:
- Coconut Milk for Hair – Coconut milk contains lauric acid, which is highly absorbable and low in molecular weight. Coconut milk can soften and penetrate the hair shaft, promote hair growth, and moisturize the scalp. Coconut is an excellent cleanser because of its potent antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties.
- Castor Oil for Hair – Ricinoleic acid found in Castor oil may boost circulation in the scalp and work cohesively with other nutrients in this hair growth shampoo while promoting healthier and stronger hair from the root to the tip. Additionally, castor oil can help pull moisture into the skin and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which may help improve overall skin, scalp, and hair health.
- Honey for Hair – Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also rich in hair-promoting vitamins and minerals such as nicotinic acid, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. In addition, honey moisturizes both hair and scalp.
- Jojoba Oil for Hair – Jojoba oil isn’t really an oil but rather an oily wax that helps strengthen hair and protect it against breakage, drying, and splitting. Jojoba is nutrient-dense with hair growth-promoting vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C, B, E, copper, and zinc. Jojoba oil can also help alleviate dandruff.
Optional Essential Oils
This recipe includes the option to add additional essential oils, which you may want to do if you don’t like the scent of coconut milk, as it can smell a bit sour. Many herbs are multifaceted, so there are many options here, which is a beautiful… beautiful thing.
Here’s a brief list of some essential oils you may want to consider adding to your shampoo. These oils smell amazing AND improve the vitality and health of your hair and scalp.
- Cedar Wood
- Tea Tree
- Carrot Seed
Coconut Milk Stinging Nettle Shampoo Recipe
Gather together all of your ingredients.
You will need:
- 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tbsp. of liquid raw honey
- 1 tsp. of jojoba oil
- 1 tsp. of castor oil
- 2 tbsp. of organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. of nettle leaf oil (you can use the extract, although it may separate)
- 10 drops of other essential oils of choice (optional)
- 1 – inch cubed candy molds
- A bowl
- A wire whisk
- A squeeze bottle
- A jar to store in the refrigerator
- A container to keep frozen cubes
Step 1. Open up the can of coconut milk and add it to your bowl.Step 2. Add the honey, castor oil, vinegar, jojoba oil, and nettle leaf oil.
Step 3. (optional) Add up to ten drops of additional essential oils.
Step 4. Whisk all ingredients thoroughly.Step 5. Pour the shampoo into a squeeze bottle, then divide it equally into the candy molds.
Step 6. I filled three molds with this recipe. If you don’t want to freeze your Nettle shampoo, you can store it in the squeeze bottle in the refrigerator for up to a week.Step 7. Place the candy molds into the freezer overnight or until frozen solid.
Step 8. Remove the shampoo cubes from the molds and place them in a freezer-safe container.
How to Use Your Nettle Shampoo
It does take some time to adjust to washing your hair with this coconut and Nettle shampoo. There won’t be any suds, but rest assured that this herbal shampoo will completely clean your hair and scalp leaving it healthy and moisturized. You can spritz a bit of vinegar on your hair after you shampoo to soften and detangle it as conditioner does. You won’t smell it much after it has dried, leaving your hair feeling soft, light, and luxurious. Better yet, try using a herbal-infused vinegar-like lavender vinegar.
Remove a couple of shampoo cubes from the freezer the day before or in the morning you plan to shampoo and let them thaw in the fridge. You can add them to a squeeze bottle to make them easier to apply if you want. The number of cubes you use will depend on the hair length, but you should only need 1-3 cubes.
Massage the shampoo directly into the scalp.
Then rub the hair in a downward motion towards the tips.
Let the shampoo sit for 1-3 minutes before rinsing with warm water.