This DIY natural detangler contains none of the weird ingredients that are found in traditional detanglers. Use it after washing hair to help reduce tugging at tangles and frizz! Whether you’re dealing with a head of curls on your kids or your own mane that’s prone to knots, you’ll love this natural beauty product.
Now that I’m a parent myself, I’ve hit many moments in my life where I’ve felt the deep need to apologize to my parents.
Not for being a bad kid. In fact, I actually was a pretty mild teen with little to no rebellion. But, instead for things like being a terrible sleeper or being so incredibly stubborn about my hair.
As any mom to a kid with curls galore will tell you, those adorable little tufts of super soft hair can make life miserable for all involved.
They tangle, they knot, they collect heaps of who even knows. It can be nearly impossible to make them look presentable.
Oh, and getting all of those knots out? It hurts! So, more often than not, we turn to some form of hair product to make life a bit easier.
As a kid, those Loreal Kids detanglers were a fave. Do you remember those fish-shaped shampoo bottles?
Chemical-filled options for kids…
They always had the craziest smells (in a good way)! For a while, I was just using my own leave-in conditioner on my boys, but I recently looked into getting him my childhood favorites.
I was shocked by what was in them.
“Water, PEG 14 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citronellol, Amino Methyl Propanol” WHAT?!? I don’t even know what any of that is.
So I looked into making my own with natural ingredients. I wanted something that I wouldn’t feel like I needed to cover Ryan’s face before spraying it.
Man, was I so happy with what I came up with – I knew I needed to share it with all of you!
This natural detangler is perfect for curls of all ages. In fact, I’ve been using it myself and LOVE how it’s been making brushing out my hair easier and keeping frizzies at bay! It works great with my Cowashing routine as well!
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DIY Natural Detangler
Here’s the super simple recipe to make this yourself. I made a small amount and it truly lasts a long time.
- 3 TBS apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1/2 tsp argan oil (olive oil or avocado oil would also work)
- Optional: essential oils*
Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake.
Spritz over wet hair before combing to help release knots.
Tips for making natural detangler:
- I used 12 drops of sweet orange oil. I think lavender would be great if your kiddo takes a nighttime tub to help soothe them to sleep. Personally, I’m not a fan of the smell so I stuck with orange.
- If you plan on using essential oils, use a dark glass spray bottle to protect the oil.
- I do suggest using some sort of oil because while the AC vinegar smell evaporates, it does smell a bit before then.
- Most sources agree that a glass bottle is best to reduce ickies getting into your natural detangler. I used one, but only because I was on a hunt to find the cheapest spray bottle that wasn’t huge – a glass once came out on top.
Using the detangler
I’ve been using it on my boys after bathtime. Spray it all over damp hair and use a wide tooth comb to get any knots out.
If your kiddo has fine curly hair, like Owen, I would use a finer tooth comb. Just make sure it’s wide enough that it doesn’t snag and tug.
When encountering a particularly tough knot, spray the knot and allow to sit for a bit. Rub the detangeler into the knot, and then gently try to comb it out. Repeat as necessary.
Does your kiddo have crazy curls? Do you use a detangler? Let me know in the comments!
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