Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Homemade Beauty: Hair Detangler

It's summer, and for me, that means a lot of time in the pool and longer hair. Every year, I usually let my hair go after winter and let it grow before chopping it all off at the end of the summer. It's easier to pull my hair back for swimming and on hot days.

But it's not so easy to tame this unruly head of hair of mine. I used to pay about $3 for a bottle of hair detangler, but those days are over! Now, each bottle of detangler I use costs about 5 cents.

Here's the ingredients you need to make hair detangler:


  • Hair conditioner
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
Directions
  • Squirt one dollop of hair conditioner into bottle (about 1 - 2 Tbsp).
  • Fill bottle with water (about 8 - 10 ounces).
  • Shake.
I have tried many different spray bottles for many different uses, and I prefer this specific spray bottle for hair detangler. All spray bottles I've ever purchased were only $1 (dollar stores, Ikea and Target), and this one (Target) has a powerful spray and mechanism, which I've found to work well this homemade solution.

Suave Naturals conditioner works great for this, and this can be found for $1 on sale. I estimate that I will get at least 20 bottles of detangler from one bottle of conditioner. I labeled the bottle - this isn't necessary unless you have a lot of homemade solutions and you're worried the bottles will get mixed up. I worried about this in the beginning, but I keep this bottle on top of the bathroom counter all the time since I use it every day. No other bottle sits on top of the counter in the main bathroom. But still, labeling things is fun!

This solution is eco-friendly - you're not purchasing multiple bottles of detangler every year. Instead, you can purchase one bottle of hair conditioner that will last more than one year. It's also wallet friendly - detangler for pennies instead of dollars. And most importantly, this solution works just as well as store-bought solutions. Also, if you look at in the ingredients for detangler, either only conditioner is listed or conditioner is the first ingredient. Basically, detangler is diluted conditioner. So why pay $3 for that when you can do it yourself for less?

If you try this, please let me know how it worked for you!

-Jess

37 comments:

Linda said...

Thanks for the tip! I have a 5 year old with a lot hair & I'm always buying detangler. I recently have been using Infusiom leave in treatment mixed with water in a spray bottle but I had no idea I could use conditioner mixed with water as well. Always happy when I can save money, so thank u =)

taralynn819 said...

I will be trying this!! I've been buying the Walmart generic version of Johnson & Johnson detangler in the baby section. At about $1.89 or so it's cheaper than the Pantene stuff I used to buy - well over $3. But now it will basically be free! I already use conditioner to shave my legs. Such a versatile product - ha!

Katia said...

I've been making my own detangler for a year. I like to add a little anti-frizz serum to mine. But it is super cheap and super easy and I never run out... very important since I have 3 little girls at home.

Frugal Sally said...

Another thing you can use inexpensive condioner for is to replace shaving cream. It softens the hair and moisturizes the skin. It is cheaper than cans of shaving cream and it is better for the skin too.

Amanda said...

This seems great. I am going to give it a try. So cheap too!

Anonymous said...

Great info. thanks for sharing. So far this is working great for us.

Anonymous said...

ahhh Thank you so much!

azbaby24 said...

I do this too. I actually buy the suave kids detangler and save the container and when it is out refill it using the condition and water mix.

Mary Jo LeBlanc said...

We've been doing this for several years and it works very well. We just reuse an old detangler bottle and refill it every so often. It works wonders! I even used it to get a HUGE wad of gum out of my daughter's hair, which saved us from having to cut her hair!

Vicky said...

Thanks for the tip, Jess!

My daughter has naturally curly hair that gets lots of tangles. I am at the end of a bottle of detangler, so the timing of this is perfect.

Thanks! :)

Xazmin said...

Great idea, I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

mc said...

I'd like to reply to Mary Jo and say that peanut butter gets gum out of hair (unless you're looking for an excuse to cut hair off).

And great idea on the detangler! It really can't get much cheaper.

lovekern said...

I too have been using homemade detangler for years now. And it works wonders on my daughter's pool-ridden hair. She has naturally curly hair and I am going to try putting the anti-frizz solution in it too....thanks for that tip! oh....and I use suave...love that conditioner!!!

Collette said...

I have been making my own "leave in conditioner" for years. This is how I make it too. I have to use special shampoo, for fine and thinning hair. I just use the conditioner that I use normally on my hair, and then use it when I need to wet my hair down or something. It helps.

Anonymous said...

I really look forward to trying this with my girls. I've started using organic/chemical-free hair and body products for my kids as I've read a lot about the effects certain chemicals (even in baby/kids products) can do over time. As you can imagine it's expensive stuff! So this gets me excited to try this kind of thing and save a lot of money!

The Santos Family said...

YAY!!!! I was just debating how I could keep from having to use conditioner after each shampoo on my 4yr old's super thin, tangle-prone head. It's just twice as much time to rinse. Definitely trying this out for both of us! Thanks!

Annie Van Goor said...

That sounds great. I was just trying to get through some tangles in my daughter's hair tonight and considered looking for hair detangler. I live in Clarkston, we're not far away! I blog at avangoor.blogspot.com if you care to take a look.

Jess and Jason said...

Thanks for checking out my blog and this post everyone. We post Homemade posts every Wednesday, so check back for more :)

Annie - we are close!!! I will definitely check out your blog. Thanks for sending the link over!

Anonymous said...

I love this also! I can't wait to try it on my three girls -- now what did I do with all my spray bottles???

SaraCh said...

I found this on moneysavingmom,thank you so much for posting this! i have looooong and curly hair and it gets sooooo tangled! my 20 month old also has curly hair and we both go through a lot of this! great post

Kelli@MoreBangforYourBucks said...

What a wonderful idea! My daughter also has long, easily-tangled hair. Will be trying this soon!

Jacqueline said...

Since I assume you don't wash it out, what about residue?

Jess and Jason said...

There's no residue. Store-bought detangler is basically conditioner diluted. Plus, it's "washed out" the next day you wash. So there's no real build up. Hope you give this a try!

SharonMarie said...

Thanks for a great tip. I'm always on the lookout for ways to make my own stuff and save money. With 6 daughters I could have used this for years!! But I'm glad to hear about it now (I still have 3 girls at home) so I want to try it. Thanks!

Erika said...

Thanks for the awesome tip! I linked back to you from my blog!

Kari said...

Thank you for the tip. I just cut my long hair because the detangler i bought wasnt doing the trick anymore. I wish I had read this and tried if before I cut it.

Britni @ Our Eventual Homestead said...

This is great! I was just getting ready to go by a bottle of leave-in conditioner but this will work just as well. Thanks!

Riss said...

I have a 3 year old daughter with semi-curly hair. I can't wait to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I have had long, tangle-prone hair my whole ife (30yrs!) and a trick I learned is to put conditioner in your hair, braid it, then go in the water. It comes out tangle free and your hair isn't so dried out from the chlorine/salt water/etc.

Jodi said...

I make my own detangler too. An even more inexpensive way to make it than buying a bottle of conditioner just for the detangler spray is to not throw away your conditioner when "it is gone". Instead, fill your "empty" bottle of conditioner with water (don't fill to top - leave enough room to be able to shake). Shake, fill up old detangler spray bottles, and store refill bottle. I peel off label and write "detangler refill" on bottle. This works great for me! :)

Hairstyles By Mommy said...

Great idea for so many reasons!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

I have been doing this for some time. I too saved the bottle from store bought detangler, and use Suave conditioner and water. it actually works better for my daughter's fine hair than the store bought kind.

Care Palm said...

So glad I found this blog! Between myself and my two girls, this will be huge money saver, I figure I can use the bottle left over from my last detangler purchase and use up my stock of hotel conditioners and get this done completely for free!

lisa said...

Great now I just have to get my daughters bottle &u make concoction. She wants only name brand ...I don't think she'll notice :).. thx

Anonymous said...

Would this make your hair appear greasy though? I have to use conditioner ever 3 washes because my hair gets oily very fast.

Anonymous said...

Thank you ! This works great ! I have long hair & this ia a great idea :)

Margo said...

oh yes, been doing this for a few years now for my girl. I forget how I figured out that detangler was only diluted conditioner! I routinely have conditioner left over from a matching shampoo, so it's a perfect cycle!