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Homemade Hair Detangler Spray (Only 2 Ingredients)

DIY Hair Detangler Spray


  • 1 part conditioner
  • 2 parts hot water



Get a small water bottle/spray bottle, open and set aside to pour mixture inside.


Mix one part conditioner and two parts hot water (not boiling water).

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DIY hair detangler

If you experience tears and battles when brushing/combing your kiddo’s hair, try this easy (and super cheap) DIY hair detangler spray using items you probably already have at home!

Hip Tip: You’ll need a small spray bottle to pour your ingredient mixture into.


DIY Hair Detangler Spray


  • 1 part conditioner
  • 2 parts hot water



Get a small water bottle/spray bottle, open and set aside to pour mixture inside.


Mix one part conditioner and two parts hot water (not boiling water).

Additional Notes

For example, I mixed about 4 oz. conditioner and 8 oz. hot water in the 12 oz. spray bottle pictured in this post.

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homemade hair detangler

My daughter has long hair and a sensitive head (not the easiest combination!), so we have to use detangler spray to avoid tears. I love that I can make my own detangler and customize it with a conditioner that I preferand, it really does work!

Hip Tip: Check out the detangling hairbrush that’s been a lifesaver for my daughter’s sensitive head!

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All in all, I’m really happy with how this detangler works! You can even gift some to a friend you know who’s kiddo has a sensitive scalp. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Comments 49

  1. Heather C

    Is it ok with “regular” conditioner, or do you specifically use “leave in” conditioner?

    • CO Mama

      regular conditioner 🙂

  2. Daphne

    I’m definitely going to give this a try. And we have discovered the Wet Brush and it works great! There are no more cries when brushing the tangles out of my daughter’s hair!

    • M

      I love the that brush. We recently had my niece visit us and she had one. I couldn’t believe how awesome it worked on my 6 year old hair

      • Delaney

        Excuse me .. What wet brush are you guys talking about?

        • justme

          The sell them at Target or you can go to their website but it’s called The Wet Brush

          • Jen

            We love the wet brush too. Our Marshalls carries it for $3.99.

          • Daphne

            Target is where I bought mine. My store had 2 different sizes and I got the smaller one for around $4.

    • Chris

      Oh my goodness the “wet” brush is amazing. A friend got me one for my daughter’s hair after I was telling her about the drama I was having with brushing out her super curly, coily, kinky hair. I make this kind of leave-in for touch-ups, but I also use the Curly kids products. The leave in conditioner is wonderful if you have a child that has curly, dry hair. I find the curly kids products at the dollar general stores in my area. This is just what works for us! 🙂

      • Annette

        Good to know, thanks! I use Mixed Chicks for my girls, but it’s kinda pricey. I’ve seen Curly Kids but was afraid to try it. I’ll have to check it out.

        • Yolie

          Love Mixed Chicks! Especially the leave-in conditioner…totally change my life! I get the huge bottle on Amazon and it lasts me six months. The detangler for kids is great too, but I might have to try homemade now!

      • E

        I’ll have to check the curly kids stuff. I usually get mixed chicks leave in conditioner for my curly haired daughter. But last time I went to order, it was out of stock everywhere I checked! I ended up getting it from some third party seller on rakuten and the date was 2012. Annoying! I’d love if I could find something in a local store.

    • Amanda

      Oh my goodness, just got a Wet Brush and it is amazing!!! No more tears!

    • A

      A totally different issue but I love the wet brush because it doesn’t pull out so much of my fine hair. Am I the only one who seemingly lost all my hair after having kids? 🙂

      • Emilie

        You are not alone!! I am 4 months post partum and my hair is falling out everywhere. I am afraid I might not have much left 🙁

        But I also love the wet brush and can’t wait to try this de tangling spray for myself!

        • JD

          Just in case ask your physician for an iron panel. Pregnancy really depletes your iron stores and it is a long process to get the stores back up. Most people do experience some hair loss after pregnancy but if it doesn’t stabilize or is extensive get an iron panel and a thyroid panel done. Low iron after pregnancy is very common and really does a number on a person.

      • Jennifer

        No you’re not the only one

    • Savermom

      Ok, I’m trying this brush. I just ordered a 2-pack with free brush cleaner for $16.00 on their website. Use code “tanglefreesummer” which takes $2.00 off a 2-pack, plus free shipping over $10.

    • Ali

      Dang…the Wet Brush didn’t work my daughter’s curly hair. Maybe we are doing something wrong?? Just brushing like normal :-/

      • Jo28p

        My daughter has very curly hair and we comb or brush it wet with loads of conditioner. We don’t touch it with a brush once dry. I’ve been following this YouTuber Manes by Mell and she’s got loads of videos that have helped my daughter and I. However she sometimes curses so don’t watch with your kids. I like her because she doesn’t strictly follow the curly girl method. She pulls it the good stuff basically and still uses silicons (which for my hair is a must!) and throws all the non science stuff out. It’s worth a shot to watch some videos. She has a sister that is on the channel a lot too who has curly hair like mine so I benefit from it too.

        • J.H.509

          Awesome. I’m going to check out her videos. My daughter has curly hair and autism so it’s ALWAYS a challenge to comb her hair. We used a homemade hair mask made of coconut oil and real aloe vera (straight from the plant). We left it on for 30 minutes. It worked really well. However I suggest adding an essential oil because the scent isn’t ideal. We make homemade detangler all the time as well.

          • Jo28p

            I can imagine that would be a challenge! Glad you found some things that work! I’m very sensitive to smell so I try to go fragrance free but I do like tea tree oil to “ward off” lice 😂.

  3. CO Mama

    Also, works great with Shea Moisture Products (my favs!) & there’s a $2 off coupon on right now. Paired with a future BOGO sale at Wags will make an awesome deal!

  4. Theresa

    Does this have to be used right away or can it be stored and used?

    • ambership

      Hi Theresa! You don’t have to use it right away, if you let it set a while you may want to shake it up a bit as the conditioner may settle 😉

  5. Cait

    I do this with my bottles of conditioner that have product stuck in them. I have a bottle under my bathroom sink that I use to refill an old detangler spritz bottle when it gets empty.

    • Michele

      Good idea!

  6. Kim

    I have a recipe for a detngler that uses distilled water, glycerin, and essential oils.

  7. Kathy

    I use this on my grandaughters dry curly hair. It has been a god send! Now I need to get that wet brush!

  8. Rachel

    I have been doing this for my daughter for a year now, recommended by my stylist, the conditioner will look a little cloudy when first mixed with the water, making it look a tiny bit chunky, but it will completely break down within a couple hours hth.

  9. Mar

    This is old school remedies; Which work great by the way! My mom used to give me that in the shower to relax my curly hair. She would also do a cup of hot water with lemon juice towards the end to make my hair shine. Just left in there and let dry naturally on my hair. I used to get compliments about my shiny hair. Another recommendation us girls used to put homemade mayonnaise on our hair during the weekends let it sit and then rinse worked wonders for split ends and dry hair. If we wanted to dye it my refused for us to do box dye hair. So she used buy the Henna in packets that would lightening up our hair.

  10. Krystin

    “The Wet Brush” can also be purchased at Toys R Us and Sally’s Beauty Supply(located all over the us). I have found that is it the cheapest at Sally’s:)

  11. Ash

    Wet brush is awesome!!! My hairdresser got me one, I have lots of hair, but it’s really fine. It’s awesome and I don’t seem to lose as much hair. Just had baby #2 and it’s coming out like crazy!

  12. Pam

    We do this all of the time! I like to add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and spray my daughters hair each morning. Less tangles and a little added protection against the dreaded lice when school starts back.

    • Steph

      I do this too!

  13. thealiencountry

    Put a tsp or two of apple cider vinegar in a bottle of water. Spray in after washing for a nice detangler. Any vinegar smell disappears once it’s dry.

  14. Jo28p

    I just throw the conditioner and water in a small spray bottle and shake it up. No wisking involved lol.

  15. Rad

    If we use normal conditioner then it says rinse it so after spraying – no rinse – so it’s not dangerous for hair roots ?

    • Jenn

      I have curly hair and I use regular conditioner as leave in all of the time, but I only do it with conditioner that is sulfate, paraben, and silicone free. I use Deva Curl, but it’s expensive. A great much lower cost alternative brand is Cantu; they are free of all of the junk I listed above. The silicone that is in some conditioner provides that slippery, tangle-freeing feeling, however it creates a coating on my hair that messes with my curls and weighs them down, so I avoid it like the plague.

  16. Eva

    What saved me was The Wet brush!!! NO more detangling spray! 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh yes! We love that brush too! Thanks for sharing with us, Eva!

  17. LeeLee

    I cannot do without the wet brush on my granddaughter’s super curly hair. But, first I have to use Infusion leave in conditioner. After trying so many different products, I found Infusion at Sally’s and Walmart. ✅

  18. JD

    If you are a Kohls customer they have clearance $4.99 Wet Brushes, free shipping and whatever your per cent off offer is. I second the person who said the Shea products are wonderful.

    • Liza (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the heads up, JD! Unfortunately it appears the Wet Brushes are excluded from %-off coupons. Still a great deal with the free shipping, though!

      • JD

        Oops!! I’m so sorry for misleading.

  19. Alecia_D

    Without a preservative, this will grow all sorts of icky things!
    Please don’t do it!

  20. Shannon

    I have curly hair and I recently stopped using shampoo. I just wash with water and my hair is so much less dry and frizzy. I think shampoo isn’t good for hair unless your hair is actually dirty like with mud or something.

    • mo

      Do you use conditioner, oil or any other products on your hair? If so please tell (:

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