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

Written by Anjali Sayee

Curly or long, thick hair looks gorgeous. But it is frustrating to detangle it. Detangling pesky locks is not only time-consuming but also painful. Worry not! We have the perfect solution for you – use a DIY hair detangler.

Homemade detanglers use natural ingredients and essential oils to restore and rejuvenate the locks. This article lists 4 DIY recipes and hacks to detangle your tresses easily. Scroll down for more information! 

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.

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 


  • 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 – 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 


  • 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 – 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:

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.

Detangling curly or thick hair is painful and can cause hair damage. Using a wide-toothed comb or applying a conditioner might not be sufficient to release those knots smoothly. A homemade detangler not only ensures a painless experience but also nourishes your locks and restores shine. Follow the steps mentioned above and prepare your detangler solution at home easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I detangle my hair wet or dry?

Wet detangling damages the hair more than dry detangling. First, try to detangle the hair with your fingers, followed by DIY recipes for a painless experience.

Should I detangle my curly hair every day?

Detangling curly hair is painful and can cause hair damage. Hence, apply homemade detanglers on your curly locks once a week.

Should you detangle hair before washing?

Yes, you should detangle the hair before washing.


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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.