I always feel like it's a win when I figure out how to make something at home from ingredients I already have and can cross one more thing off my shopping list. There are just 3 essential ingredients (and a few optional ones) in this recipe. Add to a spray bottle, shake, and you're good to go.
What I Used
This recipe does require the addition of a healthy store-bought conditioner with mostly natural, safe ingredients. (I've listed a few that have worked for me below.) Thankfully, there are a lot of reputable companies now that avoid the parabens, preservatives, and heavy fragrances commonly found in store-bought beauty products.
To make this detangling spray, I use distilled water, marshmallow root, conditioner and optional essential oils. Any conditioner will work, but I prefer a natural one, especially for kids. Natural conditioner are more expensive, but with as little as you need for this recipe, one bottle lasts over a year for all three of my daughters.
The top natural brands that I've tried that smell good, work well, and don't have harmful ingredients are:Shea Moisture Organic Restorative Conditioner (I love all of their products)Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Conditioner (more earthy/tea tree scent but organic and works really well)Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner (light and fresh scent)
I used a glass spray bottle I got during a Zulily sale, but I've also used this spray bottle from Amazon and the sprayer actually works better for this.
How It Worked
This detangling spray leaves hair shiny, clean, and smelling fresh. It doesn't leave hair (even fine kids' hair) weighed down or oily. In the picture above, I sprayed my daughter's damp hair with the detangling spray after a shower and let it air dry.
Hair Detangling Spray Recipe
Ingredients3 TBSP marshmallow root1 1/2 cups distilled water2 TBSP natural conditioner of choice (see above)10+ drops of essential oil of choice (optional, see note below; adds scent and some benefits)12 oz (or larger) spray bottle
InstructionsBoil water and marshmallow root in a small pan.Reduce heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes.Let cool slightly and strain through a cheesecloth or very thin wire strainer.While still warm, pour into bottle and add conditioner and essential oils (if using).Shake until mixed.Store for up to 2 months (this is as long as I've tested).
Note: I really like these kid-safe essential oil blends when creating products for children, as it takes the guesswork out of safe essential oil use.