DIY Hair Detangler Spray (with a printable label)


Got long hair? Or got kids with long hair? Forget those expensive hair detangler sprays from the store. You need this DIY Hair Detangler. You can make it with just a few ingredients you already have in your bathroom. And it helps to get the tangles and knots out, while naturally conditioning and strengthening hair.

Got long hair? Then you know the struggle… tangles! And if you have kids with long hair, you know how hard it can be to get those tangles out. There’s usually tears involved from both you and the kids.

So it’s no wonder most parents resort to store-bought hair detanglers. I used to buy them for myself as my hair started to grow out long. I’d get terrible tangles and needed something to help. But little did I know most hair detanglers are made with toxic chemicals.

Here’s an ingredients list of a popular brand of a hair detangler for babies and kids:

Water, Amodimethicone, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride

I don’t know about you, but I can’t pronounce most of those ingredients. And while most of the ingredients rated 3 on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database (0 = most safe, 10 = highly unsafe), the ingredient I’m most concerned with is the fragrance. Companies don’t need to disclose the recipe for their fragrance because it’s considered to be a trade secret. But that fragrance could actually be comprised of up to 300 different toxic chemicals engineered to smell natural.

No thanks. I wanted something better for me and my family.

So I started to experiment with DIY Hair Detanglers. Most recipes were basically a teeny amount of conditioner mixed with a lot of water and poured into a spray bottle. That might work for some but I wanted to find something that could help to condition my roots too. And I finally found it!

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How to Make This DIY Hair Detangler Spray

Closeup of blue spray bottle with witch hazel and bottles of essential oils

What makes this homemade hair detangler recipe special is the witch hazel. Most of us know that witch hazel is a natural astringent and helps to control oil production on the skin. Well…. it does the same thing for hair. But it’s actually quite moisturizing too. It’s like a natural conditioner that can give hair more volume without the frizz. And it means you can spray the roots AND the ends of your hair.

Witch hazel is great for dry, itchy scalp too. Just massage it into the scalp and let it sit for about 30 minutes. It can help to remove the dry flakes from the scalp. Then, just wash it and use a regular conditioner and then this DIY Hair Detangler to get the tangles out.

About the Ingredients

  • Witch hazel acts as a natural conditioner – giving it more volume and helping with frizz – yet it also helps to curb oily scalp.
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil helps to strengthen hair and helps it to grow in thick and strong. It can also help with dry scalp.
  • Rosemary essential oil helps to stimulate new hair growth and really helps with damaged hair. It can help with dry scalp too.
  • Lavender essential oil helps to soften and condition hair naturally. It also smells fantastic.

Another bonus? Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, and Lavender essential oils can help to protect hair from those unwanted little visitors kids get during the school year.

Who’s ready to make this DIY Hair Detangler?

Step by step tutorial on how to make DIY hair detangler spray

DIY Hair Detangler Spray

DIY Hair Detangler Spray (with a printable label) 1

Got tangled hair? Forget those expensive hair detangler sprays from the store. Make your own DIY Hair Detangler with just a few ingredients you already have in your bathroom. 

  • 2 oz glass spray bottle
  • 1 oz witch hazel
  • 1 oz distilled water
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
  1. Add essential oils to the spray bottle. 

  2. Add 1 oz of witch hazel.

  3. Add 1 oz of distilled water.

  4. Shake well each time before use. Spray onto wet or dry hair and gently comb through.

  • Create a label for this DIY Hair Detangler with this template.
  • Use a shipping label for either a laser or ink-jet printer.

Closeup of lavender, ylang ylang, and rosemary essential oils with a bottle of DIY hair detangler with lavender flowers in the background

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