Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Easy DIY Detangler

Raise your hand if you have a child with tangly hair? My daughter has VERY thick, curly hair. It's beautiful, and I'm totally jealous, but it is a nightmare to comb through. This is how my daughter wakes up in the morning, on a good day:

I have a mommy confession: I got lazy very busy over the summer and neglected to take proper care of her hair on a daily basis (in other words, I let her brush her own hair after her baths), and by mid-summer, no joke, I found the start of a dread lock in the middle of her gorgeous mop. I tried to comb it out, but ended up having to cut it off.

I have tried every type of detangler you can find at the store. I have also tried tricks like rubbing a dab of conditioner through her hair and leaving it in there. But after researching homemade detanglers, I came up with my own recipe that is EASY, CHEAP, and works great, which is the best combination for me. Most likely you already have everything you need to make this.

Here it is:
1. Buy a spray bottle or, use an empty one recycled from something else.
2. Put about 1 Tablespoon each of olive oil and apple cider vinegar into the bottle (I never measure, I just pour in a splash - this is not an exact science here).
3. Add a few drops of good smelling essential oil (Lavender is my fave) - this is optional. It smells better than vinegar.
4. Fill the bottle with water, and give a little shake.

To use: spray hair thoroughly with detangler, and comb through.

~ This works on wet or dry hair, but since it's mostly water, you'll probably want a towel around the shoulders if hair is already wet. Works fantastic on morning bed-hair!
~ This works well as a leave-in conditioner too. I have the straightest, slipperiest hair in the world. I barely even have to comb it. I use it in place of conditioner, and I love it.
~ We have a variety of hair types and ethnicities in our home, and so far it has worked well for everyone. If it makes your hair feel too greasy, then decrease the amount of oil.

 Here she is after being sprayed and combed. As her hair dries the curl bounces back and looks gorgeous!
I would love to know if you try this, and how you like it!



Rasmussen Family said...

Curly hair actually performs better when it isn't combed or brushed! There are special shampoos and conditioners to use, never use the same as straight hair ones. You might read up in the science of curly hair and try it out

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

My daughter's hair is always getting knotty so I will have to give this a try.

Emily Thompson said...

wow, fun! I have curly hair and my mom chopped it all off like a boy when I was young so she didn't have to deal with it :o) Now, I like my curls I comb after washing with a BIG tooth comb and then never touch it dry :o)

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