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Friday, August 17, 2012

DIY Detangler Spray: Natural, Frugal, and Super Easy

DIY Detangler Spray 
On our quest to reduce chemical exposure through our personal care products, I've discovered a new detangler solution 

I'd like to call this homemade detangler, but do-it-yourself detangler is probably a better label.  Either way, this is a great way to make a frugal, natural, non-toxic leave-in conditioner spray to tame bed-head.

Like many families, we give baths at nights and our kids' fine hair needs some help come morning.  For a while I was making detangler from aloe vera juice and essential oils, but this one is much easier and cheaper.

Homemade Detangler Spray:

2 oz spray bottle*
1/8 teaspoon Conditioner (your favorite non-toxic, natural brand: I like Earth Science Fragrance Free Conditioner)**

Put 1/8 of a teaspoon (or just a small dollop) of conditioner into the spray bottle. Fill with warm water and shake vigorously to dissolve the conditioner.  

Simple as that you have easy, non-toxic, and super-cheap detangler spray.  This spray works as well on my daughter's hair as the Paul Mitchel spray we used to buy.

Now, for fun, check out your commercial detangler and notice that the first ingredient is probably water.  I realized I'd been spending $9.00 a bottle for a detangler spray that was probably at least 95% water.

No more!

PS  I'd love to give credit to the source of this idea, but I can't remember where I saw it!

*Check the travel section in the personal care section of your store. 
**Check the toxicity rating of your favorite conditioner at the Environmental Working Group's Database:  Skin Deep.  


  1. Perfect! Thank you!! I tried several different "natural" ones and they were just nasty!! So I just gave up and we battle when it's time to brush. So thank you for the tip, now combing time might be a little more peaceful...:$

  2. I hope it works as well for you as it has for us! I wonder if her curly hair might make things more complicated?

  3. I think her curly hair does make it harder. It's a little bit coarser, I don't know if that's the curls, or just the texture. I had to put in more than 1/8 tsp per 2 oz bottle for my daughters crazy curls!! But I love this solution much more than the chemicals - which I hate.

  4. I am going to try this!!! My daughter has crazy bed-head.