Homemade Hair Detangler
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 am left with a teary eyed toddler every morning. 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 homemade hair detangler for my daughter’s hair was much more appealing.
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. It’s also commonly enjoyed as a medicinal tea.
Wow, that is one useful root! When combined with oil and vinegar, it makes one fantastic homemade hair detangler.
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup dried marshmallow root
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 10 – 15 drops 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. This cooking time will allow the mucilage to release. The longer you let it simmer the thicker the mixture will be. If the mixture gets too thick, you can always dilute it with extra water.
Remove pot from heat and allow mixture to cool. Strain the liquid from the marshmallow root using a fine mesh strainer.
Once the mixture is cooled and the liquid is separated, add in remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Transfer to a small sprayer bottle (you can usually find them at Walmart in the travel section, for around $1) and store for up to 3 months.
Spray onto wet or dry hair, allow to sit for 1 – 2 minutes to soften, and then brush.
Note: If the mixture is too heavy or greasy for the hair, add in more water, 1/8 cup at a time, until it is a good ratio for your hair type.
Want a Natural Hair Detangler without the work?
Here are some commercial brands that use natural ingredients:
- NuStyle Organic Detangler & Shine Booster – $9.28 for a 5 oz. bottle
- John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler – $14.40 for an 8 oz. bottle
- Babo Botanicals Berry Primrose Instantly Smooth Detangler – $10.74 for an 8 oz. bottle
- Shea Moisture Extra-Moisture Detangler – $12.49 for an 8 oz. bottle
This recipe was adapted from: frugallysustainable.com.
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