How To Make A Hair Detangler At Home – 4 Easy Detangling Recipes

Smart methods for painlessly unraveling those bothersome hair knots!

Reviewed by Tiffany YoungTiffany Young, Certified Trichology Practitioner
By Anjali SayeeAnjali Sayee  • 

Curly and thick hair types are difficult to detangle. It takes time and effort to remove those tangles and knots. But you can make a hair detangler at home to spare yourself of the struggle.

Making a detangler allows you to choose what goes in it. You can add organic ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and carrier and essential oils. These ingredients detangle knots while replenishing hair with vital nutrients. Read our homemade DIY recipes and learn how to apply them to your hair.

How To Make Your Own Hair Detangler – Simple Hacks 

Here’s how you can detangle your hair at home easily.

You Will Need

  • A spray bottle
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Hot water

1. Add The Leave-in Hair Conditioner To The Spray Bottle 

Fill your spray bottle with 3-4 tablespoons of the leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners help nourish, soften, and detangle the knots. Trapped water molecules in the hair result in swelling and stretching of the hair, making it dry and tangled. A leave-in conditioner helps reduce scalp stress and detangles the hair easily.

2. Mix The Leave-In Conditioner With Hot Water

The leave-in conditioner, when mixed with lukewarm water, penetrates the hair to nourish and hydrate it from within. Spritz this mixture on your locks after a shower and brush with a wide-toothed comb. Using a wide-toothed comb and a paddle brush can help you detangle the knots easily without any pain.

Quick Tip
Ensure that the bristles of the wide-toothed comb are longer than the regular combs you use. This will make hair detangling easy and safe.

3. Massage With Oil 

A good oil massage not only nourishes and strengthens the hair but also helps detangle it quickly. Some oils penetrate the hair easily, reducing hygral fatigue and swelling (1). This property lubricates the hair, prevents damage, and reduces tangles.

Apply a few drops of olive, sweet almond, or coconut oil to your hair and brush with a wide-toothed comb to detangle it and get rid of knots. You can also mix essential oils like lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oils with other carrier oils to soothe and revive dry, limp hair.

The following section lists a few detangler recipes that can be prepared at home easily. Read on to know more!

DIY Homemade Detangler Recipes

1. Marshmallow Root Detangling Spray 

Marshmallow roots for DIY hair detangler

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  • Organic marshmallow root – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Aloe vera gel – 2 tablespoons
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Organic lavender essential oil – 20 drops
  • Organic rosemary essential oil – 10 drops
  • Jojoba or olive oil (carrier oil) – 1 tablespoon

How To Prepare

  1. Add water and the marshmallow root to a small saucepan and simmer for half an hour until the solution is reduced to half.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture come down to room temperature.
  3. Strain the solution with a muslin cloth to remove the suspended solids.
  4. Add the essential and carrier oils to the solution.
  5. Pour the mixture into the spray bottle.
  6. Refrigerate and store for 1-2 weeks.

How To Use

The solution is thick, so shake it well before use. Spritz it on dry or wet hair. Let the detangler solution settle into the hair for 1-2 minutes. Detangle the hair slowly with a wide-toothed comb, starting from the bottom.

Here’s a video to guide you through the process:

2. Flaxseed Hair Detangler 

Flaxseeds and oil for DIY hair detangler

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  • Flaxseeds – ¼ cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Essential oil – 30 drops
  • Carrier oil – 1 tablespoon

How To Prepare

  1. Add flaxseeds and water to a saucepan and allow it to simmer for at least 30 minutes until the solution is reduced to half.
  2. Stir continuously for an even consistency. The longer you heat, the thicker consistency you will get.
  3. Switch off the heat once the solution reaches the desired consistency. Let the solution come to room temperature.
  4. Add the carrier and essential oils.
  5. Transfer the solution to a spray bottle and refrigerate for 1-2 weeks.

Check out this video for more details:

3. Aloe Vera Gel Hair Detangler 

Aloe vera gel for DIY hair detangler

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  • Water – 1 cup
  • Aloe vera gel – 1 teaspoon
  • Glycerin – 1-2 drops
  • Carrier oil – 1-2 drops
  • Grapefruit seed extract – 10-15 drops

How To Prepare

  1. Add all the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake it well.
  2. Use the solution as and when required.

Check out how a blogger used aloe vera gel to detangle her dry hair:

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Detangler 

Apple cider vinegar for DIY hair detangler

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  • Apple cider vinegar – ⅓ cup
  • Water – ⅓ cup
  • Carrier oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Essential oil – 30 drops

How To Prepare

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar and essential oil and keep it aside for some time.
  2. Add the carrier oil and water and shake well.
  3. Adjust the consistency by adding more water.

Watch this video for more details:

How to make a hair detangler at home

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Besides using homemade detanglers, follow these tips for a long-term solution.

Other Tips To Detangle The Hair

  • Release the knots with your fingers before detangling.
  • Start detangling the hair from the bottom. Comb some inches at the bottom and move upward gradually to ensure a painless experience.
  • Brush your hair before taking a shower to ease the detangling process.
  • Tie your hair in a braid while sleeping to avoid tangles.
  • Use a scarf or hat during windy days to prevent knots.
  • Apply a rejuvenating and restoring hair mask every 10 days. This will make your hair soft, smooth, and tangle-free.
Quick Tip
Sleep on a silk pillowcase to prevent friction and hair tangling.

It can be a Herculean task to detangle curly or thick hair, and if you do it wrong, it could lead to serious hair damage. But a homemade detangler can ease the process! Store-bought detanglers may contain ingredients that can be harsh on your hair and scalp. With the steps and recipes mentioned above, you can learn how to make a hair detangler at home the healthy way. There are many pros to using natural ingredients to make a detangler, such as their numerous hair care benefits. Also, follow the additional tips to detangle your hair with ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main ingredient in a hair detangler?

Silicone is one of the main ingredients in hair detanglers. It adds the slip for detangling, smoothens the strands, and reduces frizz.

How do you make a kid’s detangler?

Kid’s hair detanglers are easy to make. You need ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Add the essential oil to the spray bottle first, followed by apple cider vinegar, and water.

Will coconut oil detangle hair?

Coconut oil works great on many hair textures and is used to moisturize the hair. It helps maintain healthy hair and also makes a good detangler.

Does baking soda untangle hair?

Yes. Baking soda, along with conditioner, helps get rid of tangles. Add one tablespoon of baking soda with three tablespoons of conditioner and apply to the hair, especially in the knotted areas. Let it sit for 5 minutes before running a wide-toothed comb.

What is the best detangling oil?

Mineral oil is considered the best detangling oil.

Does mayonnaise detangle hair?

Mayonnaise may act as a deep conditioner and detangle the hair.

Key Takeaways

  • Homemade detanglers can be enriched with organic ingredients to nourish the hair.
  • You can use essential oils, marshmallow roots, flaxseeds, aloe vera, ACV to prepare your detanglers at home easily.
  • Using a wide-toothed comb and detanglers reduces the pain and hair damage effectively.


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