DIY Hair Detangler

Last Updated on May 13, 2016

THIS IS AWESOME! You can make DIY detangler spray that works better than the expensive detanglers you are purchasing! It takes only a few ingredients and 2 minutes to make! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Hello friends!  Today's post is for all of you who have kids, particularly girls.  My sweet girls both have long-ish hair that gets tangled when we wash it during bath time and would cringe as we brushed their hair after bath.  And don't even get me started on the crazy bed head they wake up with–talk about knots.  So, we started using detangler.  But I quickly became sick and tired of buying expensive detangler spray that did not work well and that smelled bad.  So I finally decided to make some of my own and it is absolutely AMAZING. Best of all, it is so, so easy to make.

Read on to learn how to make your own!  This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

DIY Hair Detangler Tutorial

Materials needed:

THIS IS AWESOME! You can make DIY detangler spray that works better than the expensive detanglers you are purchasing! It takes only a few ingredients and 2 minutes to make! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

 

Steps:

1) Put 2–3 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner in your spray bottle.

THIS IS AWESOME! You can make DIY hair detangler spray that works better than the expensive detanglers you are purchasing! It takes only a few ingredients and 2 minutes to make! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

2) Fill up the spray bottle the rest of the way with warm water.

3) Add 2–3 drops of essential oil for scent if you like.  I used Lavender essential oil in the one we use after their bath so that it also helps calm my girls into a peaceful sleep at night!  They LOVE how it smells.

THIS IS AWESOME! You can make DIY hair detangler spray that works better than the expensive detanglers you are purchasing! It takes only a few ingredients and 2 minutes to make! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

4) Shake.

5) Spritz on wet or dry hair.  It works equally well on both!  That means it's perfect for after bath time AND in the morning, to tame that crazy bed head.

THIS IS AWESOME! You can make DIY hair detangler spray that works better than the expensive detanglers you are purchasing! It takes only a few ingredients and 2 minutes to make! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS AWESOME! You can make DIY hair detangler spray that works better than the expensive detanglers you are purchasing! It takes only a few ingredients and 2 minutes to make! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

That's it!  Like I said, it's so easy!  It works fabulously and never leave my girls' hair feeling heavy or greasy.  And it certainly makes brushing their hair a more pleasant experience for all of us :)  No more, “ouch Mom, your hurting my hair!”  Now it's just, “that smells good!  Spray me again!”  Happy kids, happy mom.

THIS IS AWESOME! You can make DIY hair detangler spray that works better than the expensive detanglers you are purchasing! It takes only a few ingredients and 2 minutes to make! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

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33 Comments

  1. Just another idea here! You could also use tea tree oil and that would be some added protection against lice as they don’t like tea tree oil. Maybe a mixture of that and lavender or another scent that will pair well with tea tree oil.

  2. This is a great idea! But, have you tried “Suave Kids” green apple detangler spray? I, as an adult, use it often, even on dry hair that has that fried look. ☺

  3. I found it very easy and effective way. Me and my daughter are very happy that this problem have been solved. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. My hair gets really bad knots in it so I can’t wait to try this out – thanks for sharing!

  5. I just bought two bottles of detangler at the store tonight (my daughter has beautiful curly hair and loves to tangle). Perhaps I’ll return them and try this instead! Thank you so much!

  6. your daughters are soo cute n also I cant wait to try this detangler myself. But the conditioner do you need leave-in conditioner or the regular one

    1. Hi Diya! Thank you. Just regular conditioner is what we use! Hope that helps!

  7. Thank you so much for the recipe, my daughter loves having long hair “like Rapunzel” but every “brush time” is a battle! I’m going to try this! How long can you keep it?

    1. Hi Amel! It shouldn’t expire. One bottle lasted us about 3 months. I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Pinkie! The essential oils are just for aromatherapy benefits and to help my girls sleep peacefully at night. The detangler will still work perfectly well without them. I hope that helps!

  8. This is excellent ,I buy a detangling spray with peppermint and tea tree oil in it to deter headlice. (DD has lovely long hair and is still at that age where headlice are common in school). I love the idea of this.

  9. I AM GOING TO TRY IT TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOUNDS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. You are so welcome, Rachel! Not all plants make essential oils. Coconut oil is not an essential oil, but I often use it as a carrier oil WITH essential oils to make them easier to spread or to dilute the essential oils with. I hope that helps!

  10. In this small of a quantity it probably wouldn’t matter, but a good citrus essential oil will eat plastic so if you have issues you might want to switch to something that isn’t citrus based.

  11. Great idea Tasha! I’ll be sure to share that with my friends and the rest of our family!!

  12. My hairdresser told me when my twins were just toddlers to stop buying expensive detangling spray and make my own. We’ve been doing it for about four years now, and it works great with their long hair. I don’t put essential oil in mine though, just water and conditioner, so I’m definitely going to do that next time! Our spray bottle even looks exactly like yours but pink!! Great mom hack, thanks for sharing!

  13. This is awesome! I’m currently taking care of my two granddaughters and the oldest, 7, has lovely, thick, curly, long hair that really gets tangled! I do comb the conditioner through her hair in the shower and that really makes it much easier to brush after the shower and the next morning as well (don’t you just LOVE bedhead??). Since I know my SIL will not do this, I will make sure she has some in her bathroom before I leave for home.

  14. I needed this! I love the smell of lavender and this would be perfect for right before bed. Thanks so much for a great idea!

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