Homemade Detangler or Leave-in Conditioner

DIY Hair Detangler and Leave-In Conditioner


As a toddler, my daughter’s fine hair was always tangled and in need of brushing. I sought for ways to get the knots out as easily as possible and found detangling sprays and leave-in conditioner worked the best.

But I didn’t want to spray chemical-laden products on my child!

I also didn’t want to pay crazy prices for a natural product.

After a little internet research, I found an easy and inexpensive way to make my own detangler/leave in conditioner. We’ve been using this for almost nine years now!

To make your own detangler or leave-in conditioner:


(The conditioner pictured is this one from BeautyCounter. I love it!)

You will need:

  • 1 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 3 Tablespoons conditioner
  • Spray bottle


detangler ingredients

Warm the water slightly on the stove top in the microwave to aid in mixing.

Add the conditioner.  Stir. (If conditioner is not dissolving, use a whisk.)

Pour into bottle and shake.

homemade detangler

That’s it!

Spritz on hair and comb through.

You could also add the water and conditioner directly to the bottle and shake to combine (which is what I usually do). Just be sure to shake well.

If you find this is not enough, or is too much for the size of spray bottle you have, the extra can be stored in a conditioner with a tight fitting lid, or adjust the recipe to make the correct amount for you. The ratio is close to one part conditioner: 5 parts water.

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DIY Hair Detangler

This is Day 20 in the 31 Days of Natural Beauty Series

Originally published on Sept. 12, 2011. Has been updated.

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  1. Love this! We go through quite a bit of this stuff with my daughter’s long hair. And this will be WAY cheaper! Thanks, Stacy!

  2. That is such a great idea Stacy! Thanks for sharing! My daughter gets really bad tangles in her hair and this will make it so much easier to brush out!

  3. I wish I’d had this when my girls were little! It looks so easy – and they had soooo many tangles!

  4. This is a great idea! I’m going to try it on my daughter’s hair. I use conditioner when she’s in the bathtub, but I always feel like I get too much in there and that’s just wasteful since I just have to rinse it all out again. I’m going to make this this week!

  5. This is the best since I have two little girls who always seem to have knotty hair when they wake up….I also add a Tbl Spn of ACV and the knots just come right out!! They no longer scream when I try and comb thier hair in the morning!!

  6. Great idea! Thanks for the post!

  7. What kind of conditioner do you use for this?

    • I use whatever I have on hand. I jump around between brands. There have been times when I had Dove conditioner (which is not may favorite as a natural choice), other times I have Giovanni (which is a much better natural choice).

      Any conditioner will work.

      • Do you know a NATURAL conditioner to use. I won’t use that mess of chemicals found most places. A leave in conditioner was great for my hair but I want one sans chemicals. Thanks. Love natural hair treatments. have made shampoo bars for years. Really like them.

  8. Oh, this is great. I have a lot of hair, but it’s very fine texture. So anything to nmake it easier to comb out is wonderful :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 😉

  9. maybe I’ve missed something here, but I am in search of a DIY natural detangler and this doesn’t seem very.. natural.
    any suggestions on something that works but is made in my own home?

  10. First of all I would like to say excellent blog!
    I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Many thanks!

  11. It’s great that you are getting thoughts from this piece of writing as well as
    from our discussion made at thyis place.

  12. Thanks!I have fine tangled hair. The recipe is only natural if you use natural conditioner though. It’s way over priced so I’m just going to use my chemical conditioner since I’m broke.


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