DIY Mane & Tail Growth Serum Recipe for Horses
There are many factor that affect hair growth, such as genetics, nutrition, care, turnout etc. but the main purpose of this serum is to improve the health of your horse's scalp to maximize your efforts and strengthen the existing hair. It takes a bit of work, but really, is there anything more spectacular than a long, flowing, Friesian-inspired tail?
The key ingredient in this recipe is Castor Oil, which is loaded with hair boasting benefits. It's naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fugal which helps the fight against dandruff, and contains ricinoleic acid, which helps to stimulate the hair follicles, improve circulation and balance pH levels. It's also loaded with antioxidants that work to strengthen hair and reduce frizz. Another bonus is the price! It's super affordable for long term use.
DIY Mane/Tail Growth Serum Recipe
3 parts Castor Oil
1 part oil(s) of your choice*
Essential Oils (optional, but Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint are all known for supporting hair growth, and smell great!)
*I'd recommend one (or a combination) of the following oils:
Jojoba - great all-round oil for skin and hair, fast absorbing.
Neem - strong smell, but worth it! Anti-inflammatory and soothing.
Olive - very moisturizing and you probably have some on hand already.
Argan- adds shine and reduces frizziness.
Coconut - Anti-bacterial, anti-fugal, anti-inflammatory, too many benefits to list! The down side is in cold climates it's solid and would need to be melted before adding to the castor oil, making a much thicker serum. For more coconut oil info check out Coconut Oil for Horses - Top 10 Uses.
My personal favorite is a mix of castor/jojoba/neem oil with lavender and rosemary essential oils.
How to Use the Serum
For best results, apply 1-2 times a week at the base of the mane and/or tail. Depending on how dry (or dirty) the hair is, you may want to lightly moisten it with water first. I like to massage it in for a few minutes, helping to open the hair follicles and promote circulation. Castor oil is quite thick, so a little goes a long ways. Start with just a few drops and leave it in for several hours, or overnight if possible. I've found it's usually absorbed within 12-24 hours, but if your horse is looking greasy it can be washed out (try this recipe for DIY Natural Horse Shampoo) or for a quick fix you can sprinkle corn starch over top and brush it out.
Disclaimer: You should always use cation around horses, and massaging the tail area is no exception, so please be safe!