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August 1, 2012

Homemade Detangler Recipes for Natural Hair


 by NaturallyChelsea via NaturallyCurly

As curly girls, we all have those days when no detangling tool can make it through our hair. After lots of tugging and pulling you may want to give up, but have no fear. Just take a deep breath, relax and grab your favorite detangler. If you don’t have one or if you are just looking to save a buck or two, here are four easy homemade detangler recipes you can try yourself.

Aloe Vera Gel Detangler

Our first homemade detangler is a very simple one to make and will help to get out the easy tangles. All you will need to do is combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:
  • 8 oz distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 drops glycerin
  • 1-2 drops essential oil (e.g., lavender, jojoba)
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
To use this detangler, spray it on sections of your hair and detangle as usual.


Diluted Conditioner Detangler

This is also another easy homemade detangler to make. Combine your favorite conditioner with a few drops of oil in a spray bottle. Then add water until it is thinned enough to be sprayed. 


Marshmallow Root Detangler

Marshmallow root is known for its detangling abilities because of its mucinogenic properties which soften the hair naturally and give good slip. The prep work for this detangler is a little more involved, but it’s still super easy to make. To get started grab:
  • 1 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup dried marshmallow root
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive or jojoba oil
  • Grapefruit seed extract or any essential oils
To Make It: 
  1. Place the marshmallow root in a pot with the water and heat it for 15 to 30 minutes on low heat until it begins to thicken and form a gel. The longer it heats the thicker it will be. Make sure that you stir the mixture throughout to ensure that you have an even consistency.
  2. When your mixture is as thick as you want it to be, turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
  3. To strain it, place a knee high panty hose over a cup and pour the mixture over the pantyhose. Remove the pantyhose from the cup and squeeze it in a downward motion to strain the gel and separate it from the dried marshmallow root.
  4. Add vinegar, oil and the grapefruit seed extract to the marshmallow root gel.
  5. You can use the gel as is to detangle provided that it is not too thick, or you can pour the gel into a spray bottle and add water until it is thin enough to spray. Remember to shake well before each use.
Please note that this mixture must be stored in the fridge and will last for about 3 weeks.


Flax Seed Detangler
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 2 cups water
  • Grapefruit seed extract or any essential oils
To Make It: 
  1. Place the flax seeds in a pot with the water and heat it on low heat until it begins to thicken and form a gel. Make sure that you stir the mixture throughout to ensure that you have an even consistency. The longer it heats the thicker it will be.
  2. When your mixture is as thick as you want it to be turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
  3. To strain the mixture place a knee high panty hose over a cup and pour it over the pantyhose. Remove the pantyhose from the cup and squeeze it in a downward motion to strain the gel and separate it from the seeds.
  4. Add the grapefruit seed extract to the gel, stir it and store in an airtight container.
  5. You can use the gel as is to detangle provided that it is not too thick or you can add the gel to a spray bottle and add water until it is thin enough to spray. Remember to shake well before each use.
Remember that this mixture must be stored in the fridge and will last for about 3 weeks.
Enjoy these detangler recipes and as always remember to have love, peace and curly haired bliss.



Do you have your own homemade detangler that works well for you?

13 Chime in!:

Brooke B. said...

I will typically just dilute conditioner with water in a spray bottle when I those pesky tangles, it works very well, I always have these ingredients & it's cheap, lol!

CurvyCurly said...

I just use ingredients I have around the house. I'll mix either evoo and safflower oil OR add evoo to a light conditioner, apply in sections and detangle with ease. Also, sometimes I wait until I'm rinsing the conditioner out in the shower and simply use the stream of water to aide with the detangling process. Works like a charm.

Carla said...

I've recently started using only coconut oil to detangle my hair the night before I wash and then I do the baggy method overnight with a mixture of EVOO, Coconut oil, Castor and jojoba . It's worked wonders :)

Bernadette Kennedy said...

Detangling my hair can be a beast! I just did a recent video about my detangling process: bit.ly/N2N0Cz

I think I will try the flax seed recipe -- since I have all of the ingredients! Ha. This is the most time consuming of my regimen. Because of this, I prefer to keep my hair in stretched styles to minimize tangles. I usually wear my hair in 2strand twists.

When I do wear my hair out, I am careful to not let it get matted.

Davina said...

I will be trying these!

Taylor said...

There's always that one ingredient I don't have! Plain aloe juice works fine for me anyway ;)

SimplyWholistic said...

Marshmallow Root Detangler - I use AVJ instead of ACV and use it as a leave in.

Natasha said...

I use a cheapie conditioner, water, and olive oil before I wash. It does the trick everytime. It also provides a great pre-poo treatment for my 4b/c hair.

CurvyCurly said...

+1

Megan Montgomery said...

I just use leave in sprays I make or Jane Carter's revitalizing leave in conditioner but now I going to try this thanks Nikki I need more homemade solutions to use in my hair. Can you do homemade protein conditioners or someone please?

keisha billups said...

I use the diluted conditioner detangler. I use whatever conditioner I have, water, and an oil mix. Mix them all together in a spray bottle. Easy Breezy.

Alwina Oyewoleturner said...

Just as an FYI, grapefruit seed extract which is used in a number of these mixtures, is a natural anti-microbial. Please see the attached link for more information. http://grapefruitseedextract.org/

Derika said...

I may try the diluted conditioner idea. I have a conditioner that I bought as a cowash that I hate and I've been thinking of a way to get rid of it fast. This may be my solution.

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