This product was originated by Fletcher Sutherland around 1882. He used his seven long-haired daughters to promote the product. Harry Bailey registered a label for the product in 1886. At that time he mentioned that the product was composed of "borax, salt, quinine, cantharides, bay rum, glycerine, rose water, alcohol, and soap." The product was for sale at least as late as 1907.
In 1893, the Pharmaceutical Era examined the Hair Grower and found it to contain about 56% water of witch hazel, 44% bay rum, and small amounts of salt, hydrochloric acid, and magnesia q.s. They determined that the hydrochloric acid was only to get rid of the yellowish color produced by the agitation of the Bay Rum, Witch Hazel, and Magnesia. It was added with the salt after the mixture was filtered.