Homemade Leave-in Detangler

Hair care products are one of the worst offenders when it comes to nasty ingredients that are absorbed into our skin. I want to keep all 5 heads in this house as safe as possible so I need safe and clean ingredients. There are certainly options out there, but they are NOT within my budget.

The boys don’t necessarily need a detangler since their hair is short, but my daughter and I definitely do. She has super thick hair down to her cheeks and my baby fine hair tangles if you look at it the wrong way. I am not a “roll the windows down” kind of girl unless I am wearing a hat. That would be disastrous.

I have tried many different kinds but the ones that make my hair super soft are always the ones that I don’t want to put on my hair and I definitely don’t want those chemicals on my daughter’s head either. I have come to grips with the fact that I may have to be patient or forgiving when it comes to moving to a more natural hair detangler and that’s OK. We shall see!

When looking at the varying recipes, I noticed that most of them used some sort of carrier oil (like jojoba or argan) or glycerin as the main ingredient and basically, the most active ingredient for detangling. Sure, that makes sense. But, with my baby fine hair, any amount of oil sitting on my hair can make it look greasy or wet. So, I need to be very light-handed with my spraying. There were also a bunch of recipes that use coconut milk, but I do not want to have to refrigerate my detangler….that’s just odd.

I found 3 recipes that seemed simple enough, so I am starting simple first:


Grab a 4 oz spray bottle and mix in a measuring cup 1 Tbsp of either Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil or Almond oil. I used Argan. Add 10-15 drops each of 2 different oils of your choice. Lemon + Rosemary or Lavender + Lemon or Peppermint + Rosemary or whatever you like. I just used 20 drops of Rosemary since I also use a Rosemary Homemade Shampoo. An extra optional ingredient is 1/2 tsp of Aloe Vera Gel. Pour that into your spray bottle and fill the rest up with distilled water. This is from a recipe at Natural Living Family.

Shake and use before combing!


Such a simple recipe that can be made in minutes – no joke.

Let’s see if it works…. YES!

This was not a full test run, since my hair was already washed, but I wet my head and sprayed and combed my hair with complete ease. Tomorrow I will do a full test after showering – stay tuned!



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