by Mary Wolff
Tangles are a pain. They are annoying to get out, tug at your roots, and can even lead to breakage if not dealt with properly. Have you run out of your usual detangling solution and don’t have time to run to the store? No problem! There are a ton of DIY detangling sprays you can whip up in minutes in your own kitchen. Best of all, you will know exactly what’s in them without worrying about deciphering ingredient labels. Here are a few of my favorite DIY detangling sprays to help you work through tangles in minutes.
Lavender and Rosemary DIY Detangler
This is one of my favorites because it smells great and gets the job done. The lavender scent is really good for relaxation and can even help promote restful sleep. Apple cider vinegar is also a great natural way to detangle and smooth hair.
- 6–8 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1–1½ ounces purified or distilled water
- 2-ounce spray bottle
- A small funnel
For this recipe, begin by combining the essential oils in the bottle. Replace the lid and make sure it’s tightly fastened to avoid a mess. Shake the bottle to evenly mix the oils. Add your apple cider vinegar and water to the bottle. Replace the lid and shake vigorously to thoroughly mix ingredients. Use daily or as needed.
While you may already know coconut oil is a great conditioning mask, coconut milk is great for detangling. It is a lot lighter than the oil so it won’t give your hair any heaviness leaving you to untangle without worry. This is one of my favorites because it uses both coconut oil and coconut milk so you get the benefits of both without weighing down hair.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon argan oil
- 10 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
- Full fat coconut milk
- Spray bottle
- Small funnel
To get started with this recipe, melt your coconut oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil until it is a smooth liquid. Add your desired essential oil for fragrance as needed. Fill the spray bottle using the funnel. Fill the remainder of the bottle with the coconut milk. Replace cap and shake until combined. You can use this daily. If it settles too much and takes on a more solid form, you can melt it by placing the bottle in warm water.
This one is for when you are in hurry and maybe you don’t have a lot available in your pantry. If you have a conditioner of pretty much any sort on hand, you can dilute it to make it an easy and effective spray on detangler. If you were to simply run the conditioner undiluted through your strands to detangle, you would probably end up with something that is too heavy and will weigh down your strands all day.
- Spray bottle
For this easy fix, all you need to do is measure out how much conditioner you want to use and then add water with a 2 parts water to 1 part conditioner ratio. This will depend greatly on the size of your spray bottle obviously. You want to use warm water. It shouldn’t be boiling, but it should be warm to the touch. This will allow the conditioner to melt into the water for a thinner consistency. Add warm water and conditioner in a bowl. Stir until mixed and conditioner is diluted. Using the funnel, pour it into the bottle. Spray onto damp or dry hair as needed.
There are a ton of detangler recipes out there, but these are my go-to’s for a quick fix. They are easy and effective so you can work through those pesky tangles without worry!
Let us know if these tips work for you.