Is it good to use nettle for hair growth?
Is it good to use nettle for hair growth?

All of us want to have beautiful, thick, and shiny hair. To achieve hair goals many of us buy expensive products which don’t give fulfilling results. Did you ever think about nature’s remedies for hair growth? One of them is nettle.

Did you know that nettle prevents hair loss, regulates sebum production, strengthens hair, and gives shine? What if we told you that you can make your own nettle shampoo and nettle tonic drops and all your hair problems will disappear? Sounds too good to be true, right?

If you have already tried everything from shelves of markets and you are not satisfied, we warmly recommend you to try nettle for hair growth. No matter what way you choose to use this plant in your hair care routine, you will not go wrong.

If you’re a bit older, you probably remember green shampoos in 1l bottles or small plastic bags filled with green liquid? First shampoos were made out of plant extracts, such as nettle, birch, or chamomile. They were the best. Just remember ‘80 years! Everyone had amazing hair back then.

Nettle is a plant that grows almost everywhere and you can get so many benefits if you use nettle for hair growth. It’ll cost you almost nothing, you’ll only need to make a small effort.

Why is nettle good for hair growth?

Although we hate to see nettle in our backyards, as it’s an unpleasant weed, this plant is very healthy and useful in various ways. It contains numerous ingredients such as serotonin, histamine, vitamins A, C, D, B, and K, and minerals. It is rich in antioxidants, removes free radicals, transferring its benefits to the skin, hair, lungs, and digestive system. It is excellent as a blood purifier and a unique source of iron.

It has long been known as an extremely beneficial plant for hair care. Its active substances have a beneficial effect on hair growth and strengthening. It is also great in stopping hair loss and preventing dandruff.

The easiest way to use nettle is to make a nettle shampoo (freepik.com)

The easiest way to use nettle for hair growth is nettle shampoo.

In the sea of ​​different shampoos in tempting packages that promise to work wonders for your hair, it seems unfair that the nettle shampoo has been almost forgotten. It’s interesting that these shampoos are usually in a large package and much cheaper than the shampoos in shiny fancy packages. Nettle shampoo doesn’t promise miracles, just increased growth of new hair, prevention of hair loss, stronger and shinier hair without dandruff – and that’s not really a big deal, right? 🙂 

Does nettle really prevent hair loss?

Nettle is a gift from God in terms of hair. It is full of minerals, iron, silicon, and vitamins that were already mentioned at the beginning. So nettle has everything we need for the proper functioning of the whole organism, and thus the scalp cells that are responsible for hair production.

Nettle has been known for long as a natural remedy that fights hair loss. It prevents the hormone testosterone from being converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which is believed to cause hair follicles to minimize causing baldness. Silicon and iron from the nettle also prevent the appearance of gray hair and promote hair growth.

Spring is a particularly risky period when the organism is tired, after a long winter period. Then you should turn to wild plants that are a real treasure full of vitamins and minerals, and nettle is especially good for your hair. 

New mothers are especially at risk of losing vitamins and minerals because their supply is significantly reduced by breastfeeding. Massaging the scalp with nettle tincture for hair in combination with drinking nettle tea will surely give your hair everything she needs and your hair will stop falling out.

Hair never falls out for no reason, if it is not a consequence of a disease, then it is an indicator of the condition of your organism.

What hair problems does nettle resolve?

Nettle is used for the following hair problems:

For faster growth

The active substances of nettle in your shampoo accelerate peripheral circulation, which means better blood circulation to the scalp. In this way, the metabolic processes of the epidermis are stimulated. The better the skin is nourished, the faster the hair grows.

Shiny and lush hair

While we are young, our hair is shiny, lush, and lustrous. Over time, it begins to look lifeless, becoming dull and difficult to style. 

Hair nettle is salvation here too, here’s why:

Nettle leaves are rich in silicon, which makes hair healthier and shinier. Silicon is necessary for the human body, which cannot produce it on its own. At the same time, with aging, the organism reduces the ability to store this mineral. This is the reason that the hair becomes lifeless and without shine, the skin is dry, the nails are cracking. In other words, due to the lack of silicon, typical signs of aging appear. Nettle shampoos or leave-in conditioners are a reservoir of silicon and they will return your hair to its youthful appearance.

Against dandruff

There are various claims related to the causes of dandruff. According to some, the cause of dandruff is unknown. Others believe that dandruff occurs as a consequence of a fungal infection. Reasons for dandruff phenomena are important, but it’s certainly more important how to get rid of it in a natural way.

If you have a dandruff problem, nettle will solve it as well. Among other things, it has an antiseptic effect. It is not far from the truth that the scalp could produce dandruff precisely because of the lack of vitamins and minerals. When there is a deficit, the metabolism in the cells is difficult and the cells of the scalp die faster, the skin rejects them, and dandruff occurs. 

Nettle oil is also powerful remedy against hair loss (freepik.com)

Nettle in your anti-dandruff shampoo, tonic, or oil promotes blood circulation and especially tones the hair root. Silicon warms the scalp and speeds up metabolism. To treat dandruff after washing, rinse your hair thoroughly with an infusion of nettle leaves and roots.

How to make homemade nettle shampoo?

First, make the so-called nettle infusion

  • You will need fresh or dried nettle leaves. It is best to pick the nettle by yourself (wear gloves) in a clean place and dry it in the sun. Pour 30g of dried nettle leaves (increase the amount if the nettle is fresh, because fresh nettle is heavier) with 300ml of boiling water, leave it to soak for 4-10 hours. Strain through gauze or a frequent strainer into a clean container.
  • Now add a cup of liquid homemade soap. You can buy homemade soap in small soap shops if you don’t want to make your own (or take on another challenge). 
  • Then add 3 teaspoons of aloe juice and ¼ teaspoons of almond or jojoba oil. 
  • Add 25-35 drops of mint or rosemary essential oil. 
  • Shake well to combine the ingredients. 
  • Don’t forget to put a sticker on your product on which you will write the date, name and ingredients.

Tip: This shampoo has a very short shelf life of 1-2 weeks because it is made from an herbal infusion. Therefore, it would be good to make smaller quantities so that you always have a fresh product. To extend its shelf life, store it in the refrigerator.

Active ingredients in homemade nettle for hair growth shampoo:

  • Nettle leaves: vitamins, minerals which will give you stronger and shinier hair;
  • Aloe juice: antioxidant, vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, E, calcium, folic acid and amino acids which are great for dry and damaged hair
  • Homemade soap: detergent that is gentle enough for the hair and doesn’t cause any hair damage, but yet washes;
  • Jojoba or almond oil: rich in B complex vitamins and vitamin E which are very similar to the natural sebum that the skin produces, non-greasy and very quickly absorbed;
  • Peppermint or rosemary essential oil: Mint revives hair, has a pleasant cooling effect, is good for oily hair. Rosemary stimulates hair follicles to produce new hair, has antiseptic, antimicrobial properties.

In addition to all these benefits, you have not added any sulfate, parabens or anything else to the natural nettle for hair growth shampoo.

How to make homemade nettle hair tonic?

If you use fresh nettle, put it in a pot and pour two cups of water. Boil it. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes, cool, and strain the liquid. Then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. 

Use fresh nettle leaves to make nettle shampoo, nettle tonic or nettle tincture (freepik.com)

You can store the tonic prepared in this way in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. The hair tonic is used by applying it to washed hair, taking care to soak the scalp, massage it well into the scalp, and comb it along with the hair. Let stand and then rinse with lukewarm and then cold water, for better circulation.

How to make nettle for hair growth tincture?

Not only are the leaves and seeds of this plant healthy, but also the root. Cut the cleaned nettle root into small pieces and put it in a bowl or in a jar. Pieces of nettle should take up ⅔  of the jar. Pour medical alcohol over the nettle to the top of the jar. Close the jar and let it stand for about two weeks. The nettle root you use for this tincture can be fresh or dried. If you use dried root to prepare the tincture, let it stand twice as long. Occasionally shake the content of the jar. Massage the hair root with this tonic once a week. 

This autumn is warm and sunny. Take a walk in nature and bring a bag full of nettle leaves with you, when you come back. Make natural remedies for your hair and look how it becomes lustrous and soft and easy to style. Thank us later!