If you’ve ever met my daughters then you may well know they have some wild farm hair. Beautiful, beautifully wild. And instead of taking the easy way out and giving them manageable cuts, like say my mom did for me (by the way thanks for the bowl cut mom…lol), we chose to let our girls grow their hair out.
Taming their lovely blonde locks is easy if done daily, and a full on drama if not. In order to make the task a little easier I opted to make a homemade detangler. I’m sure there will still be days when short hair would be easier, but we’d rather struggle through the snarls than cut one hair of those beautiful yellow mops.
I’ll usually try to make whatever personal/beauty products I can from home to avoid chemical filled products or anything that could be toxic if ingested. I found several recipes which I already had ingredients for (score!) so I mixed and matched until I found a concoction that I was satisfied with. If you or your kids have longer or just hard to manage hair in general, would like something with less ingredients, a product that is actually beneficial to hair growth then give this spray a try.
I used only high quality organic ingredients and all the essential oils used are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Interested in essential oils? Find out more here.
More than likely you’re curious about all these ingredients so I compiled some info on each and where to purchase them.
Argan Oil while being edible in pure form is also a powerful moisturizer and very high in Vitamins A and E. In the past it has been used for rash & wound treatment, as it is extremely nourishing for your skin & hair. Argan oil is high in oleic and linoleic fatty acids which means it is soothing to acne prone skin. I know it sounds counterintuitive to use oil as an acne treatment (..coming from someone who oil washes.. it’s amazing y’all) but Argan oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it does NOT clog pores! Boom. I’ve been using natural oils (jojoba, sweet almond, argan) to wash my face over 3 years and I’ll never go back to retail brand face wash. Seriously google it, buy some oil, slather your face, I promise your pores will thank you. It’s not hard to see why this oil has a place in my beauty cabinet. You can see in the photo below I like the Leven Rose brand which I bought on Amazon.
Vegetable Glycerin is commonly used by cosmetic and body care companies to boost the moisture retention in their products. Being water and alcohol soluble the at home uses are endless. It is widely used by herbalists to extract the botanical properties from plant matters. Glycerin is also edible with a sweet syrup-like flavor. Now Solutions has a great line of natural products of which I’ve bought several and been very pleased. I also buy this on Amazon.
It may seem odd but Apple Cider Vinegar is a great natural hair conditioner… if you can get past the smell that is. You can basically buy ACV anywhere, I always opt for organic or nonGMO brands. A while back I took a break from conventional shampoo & conditioner, washing solely with baking soda and conditioning with apple cider vinegar. My hair loved it, my family did not, so I opted only to deep condition with it every few months.
Rosemary, a protective herb, has cleansing and healing properties. It can reduce hair loss & dandruff, while providing a refreshing & balancing aroma.
Lavender which means “to wash” in Latin, is a healing herb, it can soothe so many things it is commonly referred to as the Swiss Army knife of essential oils. It is known to be antibacterial & regenerative, healing, calming & great for emotional balance.
Grapefruit is an astringent & detoxifier, it reduces stress, is very uplifting and can even be used to make homemade hair tonics and deep conditioners. Additionally grapefruit can be used on oily skin and to help alleviate acne. Plus it smells amazing!
Alternatively you could use any other citrus (lime, lemon, mandarin, etc.) or mint oil, like peppermint or spearmint. If you wanna get extra weird try patchouli, it’s amazing for hair/scalp health making it perfect to kick dandruff’s butt. Mix and match oils until you find a blend you love.
Avoid putting this spray in anything plastic as chemicals from the plastic will leach out contaminating the purity of the essential oils. I purchased amber glass spray bottles off amazon.
Homemade (chemical-free) Hair Detangler Recipe
- 2 Tbs Argan Oil (or Vitamin E oil)
- 2 Tbs Vegetable Glycerin
- 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)
- 15-20 drops essential oil
- Distilled or filtered water
- 4 oz glass spray bottle
- Small metal funnel
Using funnel combine argan oil, glycerin & vinegar in glass spray bottle.
Chose your essential oils, I used grapefruit, rosemary, and lavendar; 5 drops of each for a total of 15 drops. (Don’t know where to buy essential oils? Become a wholesale member here.) Drop them into the glass bottle.
Top off the glass bottle with distilled water. I’ve totally used my tap water before also, we have a well so I trust our water quality (there’s no added chemicals) and this spray gets used up quickly in or house. The water may be a bit hard but our hair is already used to that. We’re lucky to have such great and un-treated water, if you do in fact have treated water be sure to used distilled water for your spray.
Replace spray cap and shake to mix. Shake before every application as ingredients may separate. Apply to wet or dry hair as needed. No need to rinse out and can be used as leave in conditioner.
Tip: Don’t be surprised if it seems different, it won’t smell or resemble store bought kids detangler. This is all natural folks so it won’t be full of fillers or fragrances. If you’re like my husband and you’re sensitive to smells, leave out the apple cider vinegar.