Making a diy kids detangler spray is really easy to make at home. It’s also so good for smoothing out hair that is full of tangles. This recipe uses a few good quality, natural ingredients that your kiddo is going to love using. I find myself making this detangler spray recipe on repeat so mornings are quick, easy and pain free. It truly makes brushing my daughter’s long hair before school so much easier and without any complaints!
natural ingredients in this detangler spray
My favorite part of all the recipes that I share is the natural ingredients in them. And yes, that includes this kids detangler spray diy! Simple, good quality ingredients are so important these days. I tend to find that making these homemade recipes makes them more affordable while knowing exactly what ingredients are in them.
For this recipe, using the conditioner you already have for your kid will work just fine. There is no need to buy a conditioner that is leave in only, since we are only using a small amount in the recipe and an even smaller amount when spraying it in your child’s hair. If you don’t have a conditioner for your child, I recommend looking for one that has clean ingredients. Avoid any conditioners with fragrance, parabens, chloride and propylene glycol in the ingredient list.
Here are a few clean, natural conditioners : Attitude Conditioner for Kids, Klee Kids Conditioner and YL Lavender Mint Conditioner (which is technically not for kids, but it works really well for my kiddos).
distilled or boiled tap water
It is best to use distilled water, which has all impurities removed including microorganisms and mineral salts. This water goes through a distillation process that usually takes hours, so I would suggest you buy this from the store. The next best option is using boiled tap water that has been cooled. The boiled tap water no longer has microorganisms in it, but still contains mineral salts. Personally, I use the boiled tap water most of the time since it’s pretty easy to make and doesn’t require a trip the store!
Essential oils really enhance this kids detangler spray diy. They add a beautiful scent to the spray, and several health benefits for hair. There are certain essential oils that are better for different hair types and different conditions. This recipe uses lavender and peppermint essential oils. You may substitute other essential oils that you enjoy or pair nicely with the conditioner you are using.
If you are looking for a more complete list of essential oils you can use, then I have you covered. Find my list of essential oils for healthy hair towards the end of this blog post.
all the supplies you will need
Making a diy kids detangler spray at home comes together quickly when you gather all of your ingredients and supplies right away. Here is the list of items you will need before you get started :
- 2 teaspoons of conditioner
- 2 ounces distilled or boiled water
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 oz. glass spray bottle
- Small funnel
- Glass measuring cup
- Glass bowl
how to make a diy kids detangler spray
If you are using boiled water, then you will want to do that first so it can start to cool right away. You can boil your 2 ounces water on the stovetop or microwave the water in a glass measuring cup. I typically boil about twice as much water as I need, just in case something happens or I decide to make an extra bottle later! To help the boiled water cool faster, you can place it in the fridge or freezer while you measure out the other ingredients.
Measure out 2 teaspoons of conditioner to the glass bowl. Add 1 1/2 oz. of distilled water or boiled & cooled water to the glass bowl and whisk.
Pour 3 drops of lavender essential oil and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to the mixture. Whisk.
You are looking for a mixture that is not too thick and not too thin, kind of like the perfect batch of pancakes. Go ahead and add a little more conditioner if it’s too thin. If it’s too thick, then add a little more water.
Put the small funnel on the glass spray bottle. Pour the detangler spray into the funnel, pausing if the mixture needs a few seconds to go into the spray bottle. You may also need to slightly lift the funnel, depending on the neck of your glass bottle.
Lastly, tighten the nozzle of the glass spray bottle and you are ready to use the kids detangler spray!
kids detangler spray diy
- 2 oz glass spray bottle
- glass bowl
- glass measuring cup
- small funnel
- 2 tsp conditioner
- 2 oz. distilled water or boiled (& cooled) tap water
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- If you are using boiled water, then you will want to do that first so it can start to cool right away. You can boil your 2 ounces water on the stovetop or microwave the water in a glass measuring cup.
- Measure out 2 teaspoons of conditioner to the glass bowl. Add 1 1/2 oz. of distilled water or boiled & cooled water to the glass bowl and whisk.
- Pour 3 drops of lavender essential oil and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to the mixture. Whisk.
- Put the small funnel on the glass spray bottle. Pour the detangler spray into the funnel, pausing if the mixture needs a few seconds to go into the spray bottle. You may also need to slightly lift the funnel, depending on the neck of your glass bottle.
- Lastly, tighten the nozzle of the glass spray bottle and you are ready to use the kids detangler spray!
basic items for making a natural detangler spray
conditioner : this does not need to be anything different than what you use at home already. here are some of my favorite ones you can buy online that avoid any harsh ingredients.
Attitude Conditioner for Kids, Klee Kids Conditioner and YL Lavender Mint Conditioner
essential oils : while they are optional in this recipe, essential oils really do add so much to the recipe while leaving a terrific scent to the hair. lavender and peppermint are amazing essential oils to use for the overall health, shininess and growth of the hair.
You can shop any essential oils here.
glass spray bottles : these are a must have for this recipe. while i like using the smaller 2 oz. size glass spray bottles, you can also double the recipe and use a 4 oz. glass spray bottle. the amber and clear bottles that i use are from amazon and typically come with a small funnel and/or dropper. the woodland decorated bottle is from wellness & whimsey and are sold individually or in sets.
shop 2 oz. glass amber spray bottle, 2 oz. clear glass spray bottle, or 4 oz. glass amber spray bottle from amazon.
shop Wellness & Whimsey decorated spray bottles (styles will vary by season & current offerings).
Make sure to check out my other DIY Hair Detangler Spray Recipe too! The recipe uses sweet almond oil and a few other ingredients instead of hair conditioner for a slightly different twist.
how to use a detangler spray
Each time you use your homemade detangler spray, make sure to give it a good shake to re-mix all the ingredients. Spray over all the kid’s hair, making sure to go over any especially tangling hair twice. Let the spray sit on the hair for a 2-5 minutes before brushing through. My personal tip is to spray the detangler on your kid’s hair, then have them brush their teeth. By the time they are done, their hair can be brushed through easily!
Depending on the length and how many tangles are in the child’s hair, you may want to start brushing from the bottom and holding onto top section of hair like you are making a ponytail. This allows the tangles to loosen gently, work on a small portion of the hair at a time and reduce pulling on the child’s hair. Continue to brush towards the middle and top of the child’s hair using the same technique until smooth all the way through.
As for the brush you use, you are going to want a sturdy but gentle detangle brush for kids. This detangle brush has worked really well for us for years, and as a HUGE bonus the bristles are really easy to clean out!
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does a detangler spray work?
Absolutely! A detangler spray can be so helpful in smoothing out knots and tangles in hair, making it easier to comb or brush through. This homemade detangler spray recipe works to apply a small amount of conditioner along with other natural ingredients to make it easier to brush the hair without causing any breakage to the hair. Make sure to follow the guided instructions in this blog post on how to use the detangler spray, including allowing time to sit on the hair, using the brushing technique described and a good quality hair brush.
what essential oils are good for healthy hair?
There is a long list of essential oils that are good for healthy hair. These are some the top essential oils and how they can help your kid’s hair. When using essential oils with kids, I always recommend using a smaller amount than I would for an adult.
- Lavender : frizzy hair, overall hair health, growth & scalp
- Rosemary : growth and thickness, frizzy hair
- Peppermint : hair growth and shininess
- Geranium : frizzy hair, reduce oil production
- Roman Chamomile : moisturizing, overall hair health
- Cedarwood : scalp and hair growth
- Ylang ylang : scalp, hair texture and breakage
- Copaiba : dandruff relief and greasy hair
- Tea Tree : hair growth and dandruff
- Lemongrass : dandruff
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