DIY Hair Detangler

It’s amazing all the stuff they put into beauty and hair care products. Unless you’re a scientist, you probably don’t even know what half of the ingredients are, let alone be able pronounce them. But a few of these products are a necessity and we can’t do without them. For me, one of those products is a spray hair detangler. Combing out my thick, wavy, wet hair is a chore unless I use a detangler. Some of them can be pricey, but even the reasonably priced one I use can add up using it every day. I was intrigued when I saw this post about how to make your own for a lot less.


  • You’ll save a bunch of money.
  • You are being green by reusing the same spray bottle rather than buying a new one all the time!
  • Because you only need water and your conditioner to make it, you’ll never run out.
    (Unless you run out of conditioner, of course)


  • You have to spend less than 5 minutes to make it rather than go to the store, pay for it, come home, and put it away. Wait, that should be with the other “pros” too, huh?

I’m kind of embarrassed to tell you how easy it is, but I wanted to pass along this money saving idea. All you do is get a spray bottle and your conditioner. For the spray bottle, I just use the one that my purchased detangler came in, but you can get one for $1-$2 almost anywhere. As for the conditioner, it doesn’t have to be an expensive conditioner, but you should be happy with the results. I use Pantene Conditioner. Open the spray bottle and squeeze a big dollop down in there — about 1 tablespoon. The amount will depend on the size spray bottle you use. (See photo for reference on how much I use but keep in mind my bottle is larger than most generic spray bottles).

Now add regular tap water to the spray bottle, but don’t fill it all the way to the top. You need a little room to be able to shake it up and mix it well. Replace trigger and shake, shake, shake…shake, shake, shake…shake your bottle…shake your bottle! (Channeling a little K.C. and the Sunshine Band there.) And now it’s ready to use!

If you find that it’s too thick for your type of spray bottle and trigger, just use less conditioner for the next time. To remedy this the first time you make it, just pour a little out and add more water, shake again, and test it. Some spray bottles can easily clog up, so find one that has a good quality trigger. I also use a big detangling comb as well which you can see in the photo. Maybe I should just cut my hair?!? 🙂

Happy Combing!


6 thoughts on “DIY Hair Detangler

  1. Wow, is this a timely post! My daughter hates having her hair combed out so this might be just the ticket. It’s either that or I’m going to have to cut her hair short (yeah, drastic, I know, but she sure does get tangles!).

    • My daughter has the same problem…I have to use a smaller paddle type brush rather than a comb because her hair is fine. But this detangler should help you both out! 🙂

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  3. Oh, nice! I was looking all over pinterest for a Diy detangler that only needed stuff that I already have here at home—my hair is very curly and I always comb it out right before I shower, it takes about 30 min just to do it and it hurts so bad! I will definitely try making this right now! Yay! Thank you 😉

    • It’s so cheap and easy! You might have to adjust the conditioner/water ratio depending on your hair type and spray bottle. If your hair is very thick and full of tangles, you’ll need more conditioner obviously, but too much will clog the trigger. Play around with it. At least you won’t waste much if you do!

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