We go through detangling spray at our house at a rapid clip, since we have 2 little girls with long hair and a habit of getting who-knows-what in their hair on the regular. So we have lots of little knots and tangles to deal with each and every morning.
By this point in my parenting life, I have probably purchased a dozen bottles of Conditioning Mist from The Honest Company (read my review here), and I do highly recommend this product. But I’ve also learned that spray-in conditioners, which also serve as detanglers, are really nothing more than a 2:1 mixture of water and conditioner.
That’s pretty much it!
So, yeah…this is definitely something you can make on your own for mere pennies, especially if you don’t mind having to give your spray bottle a good shake before each use.
To make your own DIY detangler spray, you’ll need the following items:
- 8 oz glass bottles with spray nozzles (colored glass better protects your essential oils)
- aluminum funnel
- conditioner of choice
- distilled water (your final product will last longer, I promise!)
- essential oils of choice (options include tea tree oil, palo santo, Idaho tansy, lavender, peppermint, thyme, geranium, nutmeg, rosemary, cinnamon).
In a small mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup of conditioner with 2/3 cup distilled water. Stir well to combine. Now add 10 drops of the oil or oils of your choosing from the list above. Why these oils? Because lice absolutely hate them, that’s why! These serve as a natural lice repellent, and friends, if you think lice won’t come after your kid in school or that your family won’t fall victim because you have good hygiene, you are sorely mistaken. It’s actually a common misconception that getting lice is a sign of being dirty. Lice actually much prefer clean hair to dirty hair! They are quite sensitive to smell, and these are the essential oils that they want absolutely NOTHING to do with, friends. I add drops into my girls’ detangler and I’m pleased to say that even though lice just had a very good run through their school, my girls did not bring those bugs home. 🙂
Since I actually own all of the oils listed above except for Idaho tansy, what I do is make a dropper bottle with 8 drops each of all the oils in it, and label the bottle as lice repellent. When it’s time to make a new bottle of detangler, I just use 10 drops from that pre-mixed bottle, which makes things that much easier for me.
As for essential oils, I use and trust Young Living Essential Oils. You can learn more about how I started out my essential oil journey as a total skeptic here. Young Living is a membership-based business, so if you do not already have a connection with someone who regularly orders essential oils, please feel free to reach out to me as I’d be happy to pick up something for you when I place my monthly order (stuffparentsneed (at) gmail (dot) com).