Elle’s hair is growing fast and getting long, and she is not too concerned about keeping it clean.  Combine that with the fact that she is severely tender headed and HATES getting her hair brushed… and I knew I had to find a solution. I was recently contemplating whether or not I should use conditioner on my 2-year-old’s hair, but and the thought of a chemical-free natural detangler for my daughter’s head was much more appealing.

One of my friends was kind enough to share a link to frugallysustainable.com where there is a fabulous recipe on how to make your own hair detangler.

The main ingredient in this infusion is Marshmallow Root. After a little research, I discovered marshmallow root has been referenced as a healing herb since the Egyptian period.1  It is commonly used to cure a sore throat, but that is not all this delightful root does.  When it is infused, it may soften hair, soothe an itchy scalp and promote hair growth.  Wow, that is one useful root! When combined with oil and vinegar, it makes one fantastic hair detangler.

Hair Detangler


  • 1 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup dried marshmallow root
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive or jojoba oil
  • essential oils, optional
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine marshmallow root and water in a small pot and simmer over medium low heat for 15-30 minutes to allow the mucilage to release. The longer you let it simmer the thicker the mixture will be.

marshmallow root

Remove pot from heat and allow mixture to cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.  

marshmallow root strain

To the Marshmallow root infused water, add vinegar, oil, essential oils if using, and remaining water.   Mix together and pour into a small spray bottle! 

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The detangler is really wonderful. 

It removes tangles and smooths hair in a few seconds, making my life a lot easier.  No more torturing my screaming child while I brush her hair after bath time.  

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshmallow_root


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6 Responses to Detangler

  1. Rachel says:

    How is the scent?

  2. tarrah says:

    I have the dropper/liquid form of marshmallow root, do tippy know how I should alter this recipe?? I’m so excited to give this a try, I too have a little tender headed princess who hates brushing! Thanks!!

    • avaughan says:

      Hi Tarrah, thanks for stopping by!

      I haven’t worked with liquid marshmallow root before, but if I were experimenting, I would mix 2 drops liquid marshmallow root with 3/4 cups distilled water, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 tbsp olive or jojoba oil (and any essential oils you want to add). Try that out, and add a drop more at a time until you’ve found the right amount that softens, without making the hair greasy. Hope that helps!

  3. Teresa says:

    Does it have a shelf life? Does it need to be refrigerated!

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