One of the biggest struggles I have with my daughter is getting her to let me brush her hair. She has beautiful curly hair that gets awfully tangled no matter what I do. I remember having this same experience as a child and hated having my hair brushed and giving my Mother a hard time about it. To make this a little easier I've been trying some recipes for a hair detanlging spray.
When I was growing up we used to use Johnson & Johnson's No More Tangles – which I would NEVER use now. The ingredients are far from natural, here is what is listed on the label – Water , Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Sodium Benzoate , Dimethicone , Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride , Polysorbate 20 , Cetearyl Alcohol , Trisiloxane , Ceteth 10 , Laureth 4 – none of that sounds like anything I would like to spray on my daughter's head. All of these ingredients are listed in EWG's Skin Deep database and range from scores of 0-3, some possible concerns with these ingredients are skin and eye irritation and organ toxicity. Based on that I decided to make my own (as usual).
This is the first recipe I tried and it seems to work quite well. It is also quick and easy to put together – since I had all the ingredients already on hand.
Hair Detangler Recipe
- 8 oz distilled water
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1-2 drops glycerin
- 1-2 drops essential oil (e.g., lavender) – my favorite essential oils are from Young Living
- 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Generously spray hair with this recipe and brush. Here is how my daughter's hair looks after using this spray…
It really helps get out the knots and make the process A LOT easier. To her it's like magic, she says when I use the spray it doesn't hurt as much.
Want more personal care recipes like this one? You might like my eBook, The Holistic Mama's Guide to Homemade Skin Care
Do you use a hair detangling spray? What is your recipe?