The BEST Homemade Hair Detangler Spray for Curly Hair
I Will Never Buy Hair Detangler Again
I have a couple of curly headed kiddos, especially my little girl. Ever since her hair started growing, I knew it was going to be a hassle brushing it because it gets so tangled while she sleeps and throughout the day.
I can't tell you how many bottles of hair detangling spray I bought. The thing was however, that even though many of them did detangle her hair, they left her hair feeling dry or crisp. I just didn't like it.
She is very young and I really wasn't crazy about spraying things into her hair anyway, with it being so new and baby fine.
My son is in junior high, and ever since he was little he has tried to find ways to smooth his hair. He has very thick and coarse curly hair.
He started using his sister's detangling sprays that I had bought and he even made the comment that they didn't work very well and made his hair feel more like straw.
One day it finally just clicked when I was bathing my daughter. I always leave some conditioner in her hair after I wash it just to keep it moisturized and easier to manage.
So I had the idea to just get a spray bottle and add some conditioner to some water and use that instead of store-bought. Let me say this . . . I wish that lightbulb would have gone off sooner.
Ingredients and Application
Although I have found in the last several months of using this method that many conditioners work, I now have my favorite things to use. Here is what goes into my kids' hair detangler:
- 4 parts water
- 1 part conditioner (read below for my preference)
- 1 Tbsp Moroccan Oil
How to Make and Apply
It's very easy to make this, I simply squeeze in the amount of conditioner I want to use, squeeze in the oil, and then fill the rest of the bottle up with water. I give a good shaking up, and that's it.
In the morning when my daughter wakes up, I spray this all through her hair (not dripping wet, but enough to cover her hair entirely).
Once I spray it in, I just run my fingers through her hair to get it all in there. As my fingers are going through her hair, it's detangling it. You don't even have to work at it, the spray just works that good.
While the spray is on, it may feel a little oily, but it doesn't stay that way. As the hair soaks in the moisture, it dries and leaves her hair so soft and shiny.
These amounts work great for my daughter because her hair is so curly that it just soaks it up. My son uses this as well, and he loves it. His hair is easier to manage and it doesn't feel so rough.
The Products I Like
The conditioner that I have started using is Sleek & Shine Fortifying Conditioner from Garnier Fructis. It contains argan oil from Morocco and apricot and is great for frizzy hair.
For the Moroccan oil, I use the Garnier Fructis also. It's the Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment. I can't tell you how much I love this stuff.
My Theory on Why This Works
I'm no scientist, but I do have a theory behind using the conditioner and the oil. First of all, I use the conditioner to make my kids' hair easy to comb as it detangles their hair beautifully, all the while keeping it moisturized.
The reason I started putting the oil in my concoction was because I wanted the moisture to get locked into the hair.
Also, after I had used this particular Moroccan oil treatment just one time, I could not believe how soft and shiny my daughter's hair was.
I have three bottles at all times: at home, in my car, and another in her diaper bag.