Have knotty hair? Have a kid with long hair that constantly seems to have huge knots?
I hear you. While I have vague memories of pain and tears as my mom tried to brush my hair as a kid, as an adult my hair just seems to stay straight so I hadn’t thought about detangling spray in a long time.
Then, enter my daughter. With long, wavy, somewhat crazy hair, her hair is in constant massive knots. It’s actually getting even worse as she gets older as she’ll not brush it for days as she hates the pain and then it all becomes one huge knot.
Really. Not. Pretty.
After many tears, much frustration and a few threats that I was going to shave it all off, a friend suggested we make our own hair detangler spray recipe. So we did!
While there are store bought options (like this), we try to go all natural and chemical free for everything we can so I jumped straight into finding the perfect answer to how to make detangling spray at home. We tried a few different options until I got the ingredients just right to stop the tears, get out the knots and have a more pleasant life!
I also made it smell nice and easy to apply so now she does it every morning, even if there aren’t many knots yet, as a way to prevent the big disasters from happening.
- 1 Why Make DIY Detangler Spray
- 2 How To Make Homemade Detangler Spray
- 3 Option 1: All Natural Hair Detangler Spray Recipe
- 4 Option 2: Super Quick And Easy Detangling Spray Recipe
- 5 More About The Ingredients
- 6 How To Use DIY Detangling Spray
- 7 Conclusion
Why Make DIY Detangler Spray
While you can buy detangling spray, it’s likely to contain many chemicals which won’t be good for your hair. When it’s so easy to make your own detangler spray so it’s all natural and perfect for your hair, why wouldn’t you?!
The great thing about this recipe is the ingredients are easy and you may already have them at home. If not, you can get it from the supermarket so there’s nothing specialty and it’ll cost you basically nothing.
I highly recommend if you have kids with long hair (or you have problem with knots yourself) that you always have some detangler spray on hand and use it daily to keep all knots at bay.
Give this DIY natural hair detangler spray a go!
How To Make Homemade Detangler Spray
First of all, pick which recipe you prefer from the two options below. The first one is my top pick for being both better at being a homemade detangling spray for curly hair and straight hair as well as being all natural.
The second is a good pick if you want something quick and easy with items you are sure to have.
Once you decide, get all the ingredients ready and a spray bottle so you can easily apply the spray then keep reading to learn how to make detangler spray at home.
If you don’t have any spray bottles, you can buy this reusable spray bottle from Amazon. Either option will make you about a cup of spray.
Both recipes include water. It is best to use distilled water as it is possible bacteria can grow in tap water. However, I have not had any problems using tap water. As long as you use the spray straight away, it is unlikely it’ll be an issue.
- 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup of Water
- 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil
- Optional: 20 drops of your choice of Essential Oils
- Pour vinegar and essential oils directly into an open spray bottle using a funnel
- Allow it to sit for ten minutes
- Add oil and water
- Put lid back on spray bottle and shake well until combined
- 1-2 tablespoons of Conditioner (whatever you have lying around)
- 1 cup of Hot Water
- Optional: 20 drops of your choice of Essential Oils
- Pour the conditioner into the spray bottle
- Optionally add essential oils. The conditioner will have its own smell so make sure they work together
- Add hot water
- Shake until well combined
You could also use cold water – the heat just helps it combine with the conditioner more easily.
More About The Ingredients
Wondering what exactly the purpose is of each item in this DIY detangler spray for curly hair and knotty hair? Want some tips in case this solution isn’t quite right for your hair? Keep reading.
If you don’t care, keep scrolling to the next section on how to use your new spray.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This ingredient is great for flattening the hair so it’s much easier to brush. It’s also great at reducing frizzy hair and is a natural conditioner so you won’t want to skip this ingredient!
If you have thick, curly hair and are finding the recipe above works but doesn’t get rid of all knots easily, add a bit more apple cider vinegar to the mixture and this should help.
Olive oil helps add strength and shine to hair and is especially good for dry and damaged hair. When it comes to knots, olive oil is great at helping detangle hair while softening it.
Conditioner is great for working out knots when you are in the shower and it’ll do the same in your detangling spray. Exactly how much conditioner to add really depends on how knotty your hair is and your hair type. Thick, curly hair may need more conditioner than stated above.
Any brand of conditioner is fine.
While you can pick any essential oils that you love, I especially recommend lavender. Lavender not only smells great but also helps to soften and condition hair.
We also add some lemon oil as we like the fresh smell, and it’s also good for oily hair.
I also personally like peppermint oil which is good for balancing oils on the scalp and helping hair growth. However, my kids aren’t fans as they think it smells like toothpaste 🙂
How To Use DIY Detangling Spray
Now you have made your detangling spray, it’s time to use it!
This part is simple.
Give the bottle a shake and then spray it on wet or dry hair before brushing or combing. Spray right into any knots.
Start working the knots out at the bottom, slowly working your way to the roots of the hair.
For big knots, spray directly on the knot and massage it into your hair with your fingers. Then use your fingers to start detangling before using your comb or brush.
If you need to dry your hair using a dryer, it can be good to spray it before drying and then a little more once dry before styling.
It will leave your hair feeling soft and smooth and, most importantly, tangle free! It will also leave a great smell depending on essential oils you pick.
If you’ve ever dealt with knotty hair you know what a nightmare it can be. It really doesn’t have to be! Just follow the directions above for how to make your own hair detangler spray – it’s only a matter of placing a few ingredients into a spray bottle and shaking it.
You can then spray this into your hair or your kids’ hair before brushing for a much more pleasant hair styling experience which won’t just stop painful knots but also will leave you with healthy, great smelling, soft hair. A win all around!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to how to make detangling hair spray. Click here for more DIY hair and skin beauty recipes that are quick and easy and all natural. You can also read my great bath bomb recipe for kids here and lip balm recipe here (I promise it’s easy and awesome!)As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.