All Natural Hair Detangler 6

DIY hair detanglerIsn’t it funny how having kids can open your eyes to new things? Even the smallest things that you’ve never thought of before. I have straight hair; it’s pretty low maintenance and it doesn’t tangle. My husband has wild and curly hair, and in the days before kids I would dream of a sweet little face framed in curls, just like his. Then the most wonderful thing happened: two sweet little faces, framed in curls! But as those curls have started to grow out I’ve learned a big lesson about different hair types and what a pain curly hair can be! Charlotte’s in particular is a complete nightmare; it’s curly and extremely fine which means constant frizz and tangle. 

Around the time they were 15 months old I realized something had to be done, and the next time I was at Target I picked up some detangler. It smelled like green apple and worked like a dream. In the morning I misted their heads and combed right through, it was like magic. But we’re always looking for ways to keep the chemical exposure down around here and keep things as natural as possible, so when we started using essential oils and I stumbled across a natural detangler recipe, I couldn’t wait to try it. 

It wasn’t good. 

It was greasy and didn’t work well at all. 

But over the last few months I’ve done some experimenting and I’ve found the best formula for us. I love how shiny and soft it makes their hair, and while it’s not quite as unnaturally magical in it’s tangle-eliminating abilities as the store bought kind, it definitely makes things much easier. And don’t think this is just for kids! I use the same thing on my hair to stimulate growth and strength (see the note about essential oils). 

All Natural Hair Detangler

  • kosher salt
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Avocado Oil
  • essential oils (see note) 

 In the bottom of a 4oz spray bottle put a pinch of salt, and then 20 drops of essential oil. Then fill the bottle 1/4 of the way with the apple cider vinegar, add 1/2 teaspoon avocado oil and fill to the top with water. Shake well before use. 

A note about the essential oils:

The oil you use here is totally up to you. We use cedarwood + lavender because they promote hair and scalp health, but again, you could use whatever you’d like. Orange is a big favorite with my girls. 

If you’d like some more information on essential oils I’d love to chat! Shoot me an email to 

If you try this out I’d love to hear how it works for you! I suspect it’ll be slightly different depending on hair type. 

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About Johanna Dean

I am a Jesus loving, cookbook reading, picture taking, blogging mama of 2 year old twin girls. I spend most of my time with my fam, exploring the Bellingham, WA area and preserving those memories as best I can.

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6 thoughts on “All Natural Hair Detangler

  • Andrea Laughery

    I will have to try this! I would have assumed the avocado oil would be too ‘heavy’ and make the hair greasy! Can’t wait to give it a go!

  • carleeh m

    I am so gonna make this! I have all these on hand!
    We adore cedarwood and lavender!
    But my fav in my hair is lime! It is a natural deodorizer so I also use it in my homemade dry shampoo!!!
    Thanks for this recipe, my hair is getting long and tangles pretty much ruin my day!
    I wash my hair with baking soda and rinse with acv it has changed my world and now I have ringlets! I love living natural and kicking products with junk in it to the curb!