Homemade Serum

Thick hair comes with its own set of challenges. Make your hair manageable, soft and shiny with this hair serum for coarse and thick hair at home

Oil-based hair serum can help tame flyaways, soothe frizz, helps with detangling, nourishes and nurtures your hair. There are many different ways to do a hair serum for thick hair but this one is really simple. Let’s take a look at the recipe and then move on to other topics.


  • Jojoba Oil – 1 Tbsp.
  • Argan Oil – 1 Tbsp.
  • Avocado Oil – 1 Tbsp.
  • Castor Oil – 1 Tsp.
  • Lavender Essential Oil – 25 drops


Nothing special; add all the ingredients in a glass amber bottle.

Shake gently and let it sit for two days before use.

Done! Your homemade hair serum for coarse hair is ready and can also be used as a leave-in hair treatment.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

You can also add a teaspoon of pomegranate seed oil to this recipe. It is a very nourishing and nurturing oil that’s especially good for dry or damaged hair.

You can swap avocado oil with sweet almond oil, or add it along with these ingredients. If you’re allergic to Avocado don’t use Avocado oil in your recipe. Rich in Vitamin E, and antioxidants and used for centuries in hair care, sweet almond oil is a great addition to this recipe.

You can use coconut oil if your hair is prone to dryness and dehydration, as it can retain moisture like nobody’s business. For some, coconut oil seems to worsen dryness, especially for those with coarse and thick hair. So, do a patch test and see if it works for you.

You can add any essential oil of your choice. Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils are often used to combat frizz, and dryness and to boost hair growth. There are other hair-beneficial essential oils that you can try, too.


How to Use the Serum?

How to Use the Serum

After air drying your hair, take a few drops of the serum and use your fingertips to warm up and apply the oil from the middle till the strand tips.

If you apply on damp hair, start from mid-way and continue till your tips are coated. Many suggest applying it slightly damp for better moisturization and hydration.

As I always say, a little goes a long way – so take a few drops each and go from there. Lightly coating your strands is more than enough. Unless you scalp is dry, you don’t have to apply this on your scalp.

**As a note of caution – castor oil is quite thick and can’t be used alone, especially in your hair or scalp. Also, using too much can be counterproductive. Combine it with other carrier oils and use it on your hair and scalp – you can use it on your scalp unless you have any concerns regarding the same.

Who Can Use the Serum?

The ingredients for this serum are chosen for thick, coarse or dry and dehydrated hair types. However, anyone can use it if they’re not allergic to the ingredients.

Do a patch test before applying the serum all over and most importantly, if the ingredients are not suitable, swap for suitable alternatives.

This is a conditioner and nourishing leave-in hair treatment.


You can apply this after a hair shower. though you can apply between showers whenever needed.

Individually most of the ingredients can be used a few times a week, or as needed. So feel free to apply this between showers, or when you feel your hair or scalp is dry.

Shelf Life

Made of oils and waxes this coarse or dry hair serum will last well for months – check the expiry date for the oils you add and calculate accordingly. The one with the lease shelf life will be your scale.

I like to prepare smaller batches with different ingredients and switch up the recipe every now and then.

However, preparing smaller batches every 3 – 4 months is better if you have the time for it. The ingredients are fresh and you can always play around with the aroma and ingredients and see what works for you best. Once you figure out the best combination for you, prepare a large batch and use it as needed.

Why These Ingredients?

Jojoba Oil

jojoba oil

Jojoba oil resembles our skin’s sebum and is readily absorbed by our body. Though it’s wax it’s light and works wonders for dry hair and skin. It is suitable for all skin and hair types, and nurtures nourishes and softens hair and skin. It combats dry hair, and frizz and moisturizes your hair strands.

Rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants it nourishes and strengthens hair and also fights inflammation, itching, redness and even flaking. When used regularly it also combats dandruff and reduces split ends. It makes hair soft, shiny and tangle-free. Specialists recommend applying Jojoba to damp hair for faster absorption and better moisturization.

Applying it twice or even thrice a week can help combat the common problems of thick or coarse hair – dryness, frizz, tangles, dull or lifeless hair, etc. It is said to be a boon for curly, wavy or thick hair though it suits all types of hair. It helps clear clogged pores, makes hair and scalps healthier and is an excellent moisturizer.


Argan Oil

Argan Oil

This exotic oil is the rage these days with many resorting to argan oil for hair and skin care. Suits all hair types but great for medium – thick coarse hair. For this very reason, it’s used in a lot of curly hair products. It is used as a hair mask for thin or thick hair, pre-shampoo treatment, hot oil treatment and whatnot.

It makes hair more manageable by combating frizz and helps with detangling. It repairs and rejuvenates hair, especially chemical or heat damaged hair. Rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E it can prevent moisture loss and prevent hair from becoming dry, brittle and frizzy. Many use it as a heat protectant for hair due to the presence of oleic and linoleic acids.

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil

This oil gives a nice sheen to your hair while also nourishing and moisturizing it. Avocado oil is used as a hair repair ingredient in numerous hair care products for women and men.

It helps combat split ends and soothes damaged hair. It curbs breakage and makes your hair and scalp healthier with regular use. Rich in antioxidants, minerals, biotin, essential fatty acids, and Vitamins A, B-5, and E, it strengthens hair. In addition, it is non-greasy and promotes hair growth.

It can be used as a leave-in conditioner after air-drying hair or as a detangler. It works for most hair types and penetrates deep into the scalp and shaft, making it an excellent option for repairing hair.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil

Castor oil has been used widely for various reasons, including boosting hair growth and strength. But do you also know it’s a sealant and prevents moisture loss? Yes, if you love your hair, castor oil is your best friend.

For a head full of strong and thick hair, smoothing your hair cuticles, sealing in moisture, and boosting hair growth and regrowth, your best bet is castor oil. For these reasons, it’s great for thick and coarse hair that can lose moisture quickly is dull or frizzy, and gets tangled easily.

It’s highly viscous and should be combined with other oils to make it easier to apply. It’s a great deep conditioner for curly hair and coarse or thick hair.


Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

A staple in many products for numerous benefits, lavender essential oil is one of the few essential oils that can be applied to your skin directly. Lavender has a floral and soothing aroma and is one of the most sought-after aromas.

Lavender essential oil’s anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic and antibacterial properties offer loads of benefits for your hair. It soothes the irritated and inflamed scalp and boosts the scalp’s circulation, thus promoting hair growth. In addition, it’s antimicrobial, combats scalp issues, and gives you a good night’s sleep by relaxing you.

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