family potions: homemade detangler


The definition of a potion (from Wikapedia) is a liquid with healing, magical, or poisonous properties. Tomorrow I"ll cover the "healing" aspect of our homemade potions, but for today I'll share the "magical" side.

Problem: Combing long hair.  Combing four girls' long hair.  (Ok, maybe not Johanna.)  Let's just say this recently discovered and concocted potion is "magic" in a bottle.


I've always struggled with using store-bought hair detanglers for my girls because the chemicals in them always left an odd texture on their hair.  For that reason, I've opted for more frustrating, tear-inducing combing sessions--until now.

Once you see how incredibly easy (and cheap!) it is to make your own detangler, you will never opt for store-bought, toxic hair detangler.

You ready?

What you'll need for Homemade Hair Detangler:

  • distilled water
  • natural, plant based conditioner
  • 4 oz. glass bottle with spray top ( I get mine here)
  • labels


1. Start with a really good conditioner.  I love Young Living's Lavender Mint Daily Conditioner.  It is plant based and infused with therapeutic essential oils that enhance your hair, like lavender, peppermint, and spearmint.  Invest in a great conditioner since that is what will be nurturing yours and your child's hair.


2. Measure 1/2 tsp of conditioner and pour into glass bottle.  (See how little you use per bottle?  Your good quality conditioner you just bought could realistically last for years in making your own detangler.)

3. Fill remaining bottle with distilled water.

4. Screw on the spray top.  Shake vigorously.


5. Make your label.  (I got my labels from Target--I also used them for the aromatherapy play dough.)


Now try spritzing on damp hair and combing.  See, I told you... magic.  Magic because my girls sit beautifully still, enjoying the fragrance, enjoying the extra pampering, and the detangled hair.  Ladies, it works.

Johanna brings me the detangler during the day when she wants me to pamper her shoulder-length curls before she dances to the Nutcracker.  So I spray and scrunch just so.  It is the little simple things that I hope my children remember, like the homemade detangler that they looked forward to while on Mommy's lap.


Hungry for more? I'll be back tomorrow with a handful of others.


the sleepy time gal