I thought today I'd share a simple, quick and super effective DIY hair detangler and leave in conditioner with you all! This is my "recipe" for how I make my own DIY hair detangler/leave in conditioner, and it's so, so easy and cheap. We've been using it for over a year now, and it works great!
I started looking at how to make your own detangler when my daughter got old enough to start insisting on growing out her own hair. She wanted "long princess hair" but would scream and cry and gnash her teeth every time I went to brush her hair. I bought detangler at first, but man that stuff is expensive! Even if you only pay about $2-3 a bottle that adds up quick, and you go through detangler super fast if you have two long haired people using it.
I started using it as well when I saw how soft and shiny it makes her hair! I spritz mine on in the morning after I shower while my hair is still damp as a leave in conditioner. My hair is soft and silky all day! This is really important in the dry heat of Idaho, let me tell you. If I don't use it in the morning my hair is like straw all day long.
So here is my little recipe. You can make it yourself, probably with stuff you already have. You only need three things:
1. Hair conditioner**
3. Squirt bottle (mine is a tiny 10oz bottle from the dollar store)
1. Put your conditioner into your bottle. If you have a big, regular sized squirt bottle you are going to want more conditioner. Roughly it's about 2 Tbsp to 1 Cup of water. In my tiny 10oz squirt bottle I use 2 Tbsp. If I were using a regular sized squirt bottle I would use about 8 Tbsp of conditioner.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, as hot as you can get it from the tap. Shake it up until it's mixed together.
** A note about the conditioner. You can use any old conditioner, I've used the Suave coconut for a long time because it smells so good and it's so cheap. But occasionally I'll get a really fancy sample of Aveda conditioner in the mail and I will use that. Basically 1 sample packet of expensive fancy conditioner = 1 bottle of expensive fancy detangler. Score!
To show you all how well it works, I thought I'd show you what our morning routine looks like with my daughter's crazy tangled bed head. Here's a before and after shot of her hair: