DIY Hair Detangler

DIY Hair Detangler

My daughter has LONG, thick yet fine hair.  After a shampoo or before school, combing out her hair always turns into an ordeal.  I realized I had to do something since every time I comb her out, the comb is full of her hair!  So, I started scanning the internet for a simple non toxic spray-in conditioner.  Turns out, a DIY Hair Detangler couldn’t be easier.  Some sites suggested to just dilute conditioner with distilled water and put in a spray bottle!  I should’ve thought of that!  I decided I would try my own recipe all though, diluted conditioner is super easy and very effective!   This recipe took me maybe two minutes to put together and the results are great.  So, enough chit chat-let’s make it!  Your daughter’s hair or your hair will thank you!

DIY Hair Detangler

8 oz. distilled water

1 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel (find it HERE)

2 drops Glycerin (find it HERE)

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (find it HERE)


  • Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and use on wet hair.  It’s that simple!

I used Rosemary essential oil because it’s great for hair and smells wonderful!  It is great for hair growth and adds shine.  Lavender essential oil smells amazing too and is good for dry hair.

For more DIY hair recipes go HERE!


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DIY hair detangler


Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Laura Borgeson
    February 9, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    How long should you leave the detangler on for, before you brush your hair?

      • Laura Borgeson
        February 11, 2014 / 11:03 pm


  2. Tracey
    August 11, 2014 / 7:03 pm

    To add to your detangling spray, teatree oil and lavender both repel head lice so would be a welcome addition in that season!! 🙂

  3. Tracey
    August 11, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    Oh and only brush dry hair!! It’s best to use a wide tooth comb on wet hair as it doesn’t stretch and damage the delicate wet hair! Pure bristle brushes are also great BUT only on dry hair!

  4. Deborah
    August 26, 2014 / 6:16 am

    Hi Jenni, thank you for sharing all of this wonderful information with us! I love your blog:) I was wondering if you can please advise me on shampoo recipes?

    • August 26, 2014 / 6:48 am

      Deborah-Unfortunately I can not! I have experimented with many shampoo recipes and always end up with flat, greasy hair. Shampoo is not something i have been able to DIY. Hopefully someday I’ll figure it out! Thanks so much!!!

  5. June 22, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Just tried this! LOVE it! So simple and it WORKS!! I gave it a review on my blog…hope you don’t mind! 🙂

  6. Kelly
    December 4, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    I’ve been using this for a while and thought it worked pretty well. I have butt length naturally curly hair, as in, spiral curls by itself curly. I usually comb my hair out in the shower with lots of conditioner in it but that has been getting more difficult as my hair grows. This spray got the ultimate test today. I’ve had the flu since monday and my hair has been in wad since then. I sprayed this in and even the scalp level knots came out without a problem. I love this stuff!

    • December 7, 2015 / 9:58 am

      Kelly! That’s awesome! I’m glad to hear it. I hope you feel better!

  7. monique
    December 8, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    how long does it last?

    • December 10, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Monique-Since this is water-based it needs to be used within a couple of weeks. It might last a bit longer if you store it in the fridge.

  8. Michelle
    February 13, 2016 / 6:38 pm


    How does this work for taming and smoothing frizz in addition to the detangling?

    • February 14, 2016 / 3:57 pm

      Michelle-It helps my daughter’s hair greatly but she’s not very frizzy-she’s just stringy and tangled. Check out a readers comment about her super curly hair-she says it helps.

      • Michelle
        February 14, 2016 / 4:30 pm

        Ok, thanks. It’s worth making one batch because I know it will work for my daughter. She has hair just like your daughter’s hair!

  9. Michelle
    February 14, 2016 / 4:32 pm


    Shoot, I just realized I have everything to make this except the aloe Vera gel. :(. Is there anything that I can sub?

    • February 21, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Michelle-Unfortunately, aloe is what really helps detangle-it’s a must!

  10. Angie MaKarrall
    June 4, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    What’s the benefit of the glycerin ?

    • Jenni
      June 6, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      Angie-It helps smooth the hair and detangle. It also is a humecterant and draws water to the hair. I use it in this for it’s smoothing purposes.

  11. Fatima
    November 8, 2016 / 3:06 am

    Hi, I’ve got very straight and silky hair that is difficult to braid because even pins come loose! I hardly get any tangles which is a bonus but I’d love to experiment with braids. Do you have any natural product that would help? Thanks!

    • Jenni
      November 8, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Fatima-I can relate-my hair is straight and doesn’t hold braids. I wish I had a solution. If I find one I will for sure blog about it!

      • Meg
        March 4, 2017 / 10:57 am

        Saltwater! It helps give the hair some texture and less slip. Sugar water can give the hair some hold-like hairspray. Cornstarch can be used to texturize as well. Hope that helps you both 🙂

        • Jenni
          March 5, 2017 / 12:32 pm

          Meg-Nice to know-thanks for sharing!!!

          • Meg
            March 5, 2017 / 3:37 pm

            No prob Jenni! Btw-I’ve been following your blog for a long time-it’s amazing and SO inspirational! Thanks for all of your hard work 🙂

          • Jenni
            March 10, 2017 / 6:42 pm

            Thank you so much Meg!!

  12. Nora
    September 17, 2019 / 8:03 pm

    Is there something to use instead of glycerin?

    • Jenni
      September 23, 2019 / 7:48 pm

      Nora-You can skip it if you’d like! It smooths the hair but doesn’t help with detangling!

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