Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray

I have been using the no ‘poo method on Ava’s hair and it is working wonderfully.  Her hair is very easy to brush after a bath.  However, some mornings the tangles prevail and I find myself in a battle to brush her hair.  I have wanted to throw in the brush and cut all of Ava’s hair off due to the recent battles of the brush.

I have used store-bought detangler in the past but quit using it once I looked at the ingredients.  Here is a list of ingredients in a children’s detangler spray:

  • water
  • propylene glycol
  • polysorbate 20
  • amodimethicone
  • fragrance
  • DMDH Hydantoin
  • Detrimonium Chloride
  • PEG 2
  • Oleammonium Chloirde
  • Tetrasodium EDTA
  • Polysquaternum-10
  • Trideceth-12
  • Citric Acid
  • Iodopropymyl Butylcarbamate

There is not a battle big enough that makes me want to spray that stuff  on my kid’s hair.

I began to research ingredients that would work well in a homemade detangler spray.  I learned about marshmallow root.  Marshmallow root has a slippery texture when you make it into an infusion..perfect for a detangler spray, right?  It softens hair, promotes hair growth, and it soothes itchy dry scalps.  This herb seemed perfect for the job and way better than all of those ingredients listed above!

Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray


On the way home from the zoo the other day we picked up some marshmallow root.  The kids were somewhat bummed that it did not smell like the marshmallows they use in their smores!

We got home and headed for the kitchen to make homemade herbal detangler spray.  The kids are really enjoying making our natural hygiene and cleaning products.  They feel like scientists!

Here is what you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 1/2 cup dried marshmallow root
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil  (you could add a drop or two of essential oils if you desire, we did not)

Here is what you do:

Combine the marshmallow root and water in a small pot.  Simmer over medium low heat for 30 minutes.  Remove pot from the heat and allow to cool.

Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray


Strain the herb through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.   Squeeze the strainer in order to extract all the liquid from the herb.  Add the vinegar and oil.

Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray


Pour into a spray bottle, shake well, and use as you would any store-bought detangler.

Here is Ava’s hair when I removed her pony tail after a day at the zoo and after when I used the spray and brushed it.  Her hair is very fine and tangly, this detangler spray eliminates the tears she used to shed during brushing.

Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray

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30 thoughts on “Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray

    • Angela says:

      I found it at a local heral store. You can probably find it online at Mountain Rose or Vitacost. It really works well, I have been using it in my curly/frizzy hair too!

  1. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Found u thru pinterest, glad ur sharing these natural products with us! Will check out more, thanks so much!

    • Angela says:

      Thank you for stopping by Rebecca! This week I will be making some homemade bug spray & sunscreen….I will test them then post the recipes 🙂

  2. I was wondering if it would work as an anti-frizz agent. I’m sure it will take me a lot of hunting to find marshmallow root over here!!

    Anxiously awaiting the homemade sunscreen recipe!

    • Angela says:

      Jessica, I have frizzy/curly hair. I find that a little coconut or macadamia nut oil as a leave in after you shampoo works well for frizz. BUT a little goes a long way..too much and you have greasy limp hair. I use the marshmallow root leave in too hoping my hair will get back to it’s thick pre-babies self!

  3. Stephanie C says:

    Excited to make this. My marshmallow root comes in tomorrow. Ordered it from bulkherbstore.com. Good timing for my store bought product is out! Thank you.

  4. Tonya W. says:

    Just made this and was so anxious to try it, I didn’t even let it cool completely! I have two little girls with hair to their butts that they refuse to keep put up so I called them in for a test run. Worked great….but oh the smell!! I tried without the essential oils and even I couldn’t stand it. I put 10 drops of essential oil (lavender) and then added 10 more! I’m still not fond of the smell, but plan to tweak my scents a bit on the next batch. I like the immediate results, going to give it a few days and see what it does before I decide if I like it enough to continue smelling the apple cider vinegar (I HATE vinegary smells so it’s a personal dislike, not everyone will feel the same). I will look around again, but every recipe I have found has apple cider vinegar in it so I’ll have to find a way to cover it up…or suck it up and deal with it! As for the product itself, it works great!

    • Angela says:

      You know I know several people that cannot stand the smell of vinegar. For my household cleaners I infuse the vinegar with citrus so that it smells fruity instead of vinegary. Not sure how that would affect the detangler, but that may work 🙂

    • Madi says:

      I found a recipe for detangler that doesn’t have apple cider vinegar…here goes: 8 oz. distilled water, 1 tsp. aloe vera gel, 1-2 drops glycerin, 1-2 drops essential oil (like lavender), 10 drops grapefruit seed extract….Add all ingredients into a spray bottle & shake well. Spray hair, then brush. But I am not sure if glycerin is a natural ingredient..? And I suppose you could use any essential oil that you like…

      • Angela says:

        Oh, please let me know how it works! My daughter does not like the ACV smell and I have a hard time covering it. Good luck and keep me posted. 🙂

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  6. Morgan says:

    Does this smell like Apple Cider Vinegar? I know how pungent it is! I used it to clear my sinuses during a cold 🙂

    • Angela says:

      Morgan, it does smell a bit like ACV. I have a new recipe that I make as well but haven’t posted that you may like better. It uses essential oils so it smells goooood! To make it, mix 4 ounces of aloe juice, 25 drops of lavender essential oil, 20 drops of orange essential oil and 10 drops of rosemary essential oil. Shake bottle and use. If you don’t want to try a whole new recipe just add a bit of lavender oil to the original recipe, it should help with the vinegar smell. Hope this helps!

  7. Kathy says:

    With the new hair detangler that uses 4 ounces of aloe juice and all the essential oils,,do you still need to use the dried marshmellow root? If so where is the cheapest place to buy it?

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