Thursday, May 23, 2013

DIY detangling spray/leave in conditioner

DIY hair detangler and leave in conditioner

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**
2. Water
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.

Done!

** 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:

DIY hair detangler and leave in conditioner

She calls this her "magic pink spray" that makes brushing her hair not hurt. She gets to keep her long hair, and I get to keep her from looking like a crazy bush girl. We're both happy!

I hope this saves some people some money, and makes some other long haired princesses happy and owie free. As always, please let us know if you use this recipe and how it works!

~Jessica

23 comments:

  1. I'm your newest blog member and your newest facebook like! I hope you'll return the Facebook love and follow. Thanks for linking up with me at I Dig Pinterest!

    Christine @ http://idigpinterest.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm so doing this. What would I do without Internet, & awesome blogs?!

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  3. I have tried this with many conditioners and, and it works well!

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  4. I use tons of the store bought detangler on my daughter's hair. Pinning this and hoping to try soon! Would you mind to link this up to my blog hop? Our readers would love this! Thanks and have a great weekend!
    http://carriethishome.com/2013/05/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop-25/

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  5. Fabulous idea. PINNED!!! Thanks so much. linda

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  6. Fabulous Idea! I am going to give it a try with some of my organic conditioner. ;o)

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  7. This is perfect. My daughter and I were just talking yesterday about how we needed to get something for all her tangles. Can't wait to try this.  I'd  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 

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  8. Great idea! We are just about to run out so this will definitely save some money! My daughter was going for the Rapunzel look for the longest time! haha! {I found you from A Bowl Full of Lemons}

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  9. Thanks for sharing this idea. I used to think that making detangler this way would leave my hair greasy, but I'll take your word for it. My little girl is just beginning to grow out her hair (she's only 19 months) but I'd love to let it get long, if she's up for it. Thanks for the tip. Visiting from the DIY Dreamer.

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  10. What a great idea! Yes, it is really expensive to buy--I will have to try this for my daughters' hair. Thanks for sharing!

    Planting Daffodils

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  11. My bottle of detangler is getting low and I was just looking for a new product to try. Saw this just in the nick of time. :)
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  12. Congratulations...this was featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks for linking up such a fabulous post! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-4-plus-features.html

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  13. Great idea and one less product to have to remember to buy since I now know how to make my own detangler (thank you). I'd love if you came and shared on my first ever link party http://organized31.blogspot.com/2013/05/inspire-us-thursday-link-party-1.html

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  14. Great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  15. Great idea ! {pinned from the Pin Me party}

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  16. Thanks for this tip! Pinned! Have a great weekend!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  17. Great idea! My daughter just turned 3 and has hated having her hair brushed forever, and lucky me she was born with more hair than most toddlers :) I'm going to have to give this a try, because the current detangler I'm buying is WAY too expensive!!

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  18. Oh my goodness..I am so excited to try this! My daughter has short hair but somehow it still manages to be a messy knot in the morning!! I always have to buy detanglers (that more than often don't work) and now I can make my very own!! Pinned! Thanks a bunch for sharing this awesome idea!
    Restoration Beauty

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  19. I don't have a daughter but I would imagine this will be very popular with those who do!

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  20. Great idea! I might just have to feature this some day soon! Thanks for linking it up with us at our linky party. A new party just opened. Come share your great ideas again. Love m.

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  21. Love this idea! My daughter give me the hardest time about brushing her hair, but if I tell her I have a magic potion that will help get the knots out she'll definitely give me less of a hassle!

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  22. How long would you leave the leave-in conditioner on? how long after should I wash it off?

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