Let's face it, a head full of tangled hair is never a good look. While brushing out the knots can be painful, it's understandable to feel cautious about using a detangler spray full of ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Luckily, there's a solution! Instead, all you need to do is make your DIY detangler spray with essential oil. As well as being effective at getting out tangles and keeping them at bay, it contains ingredients that are actually good for your hair health.
Want to know more about making your own detangler spray? Keep reading for all the essential oil detangler spray advice you'll ever need!
The Best Essential Oils for Your Hair
Before we get into the exact recipe for your detangler spray, it's important to understand which essential oils will work best for your particular hair concerns. Using essential oils in your hair products can boost your scalp and hair health in many different ways. Here are some key essential oils and their benefits:
This calming essential oil is great for helping you relax and enjoy a good night's sleep. But lavender is also great for your hair thanks to its many specific properties.
Lavender oil can help promote hair growth, making it ideal for those of you with thin or wispy hair that's also prone to tangles. It's also antimicrobial, preventing bacteria from growing and serving to reduce scalp and hair issues such as dandruff and an itchy scalp. And parents will also appreciate that lavender may help kill or prevent head lice, especially if used in conjunction with tea tree oil. So, as well as banishing tangles, a spray made with lavender and tea tree oil will also help combat pesky nits and lice.
As mentioned above, a detangler spray containing tea tree oil will also help to kill and prevent the spread of head lice, making this essential oil a must for all parents.
Like lavender, tea tree oil is also effective at reducing common scalp complaints such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and inflammation - a leading cause of hair loss. And, thanks to the way it helps balance both dryness and a build-up of oil, tea tree oil works for all kinds of different hair types.
Rosemary oil offers the benefits of this healing herb. While the scent of rosemary can help purify your mind and boost your mood, using rosemary in your DIY detangler spray is another way to make the most of this invigorating essential oil. Not least because many studies have found rosemary to be an effective hair loss solution thanks to the way it promotes new hair growth.
Rosemary is also great for clarifying the scalp and hair, making it ideal for optimal hair health, while many people claim that it helps prevent hair from going grey as well as reducing the appearance of existing grey hairs.
Peppermint oil helps soothe itchiness and reduce dryness, as well as helping with other scalp and hair issues. The menthol in peppermint oil also acts as a vasodilator, helping to improve blood flow and stimulating the scalp to prepare for hair regrowth. Its antimicrobial properties also make peppermint oil excellent for cleansing the scalp, removing dead skin cells, and reducing dandruff.
How to Make Your Own DIY Detangler Spray With Essential Oil
To make an effective DIY detangler spray, you will need:
- 100ml empty spray bottle
- 4 drops of lavender essential oil
- 4 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil to act as a base (alternatives include olive oil, argan oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil)
- Alcohol-free witch hazel
Rather than being an exact recipe, the best detangler sprays are more of a formula, where you can use your preferred essential oils in place of those listed. For example, instead of the essential oils listed above, you'll find that many people use lemon, lime, and orange essential oils in their detangler sprays for their fresh scents, while the floral fragrance of ylang-ylang oil is also popular. But, since all essential oils also boast a range of hair-boosting properties, there's never a bad choice when it comes to formulating a detangler spray with essential oils.
What makes this DIY hair detangler recipe so special is the witch hazel. As well as being a natural astringent, it helps to nourish and moisturise the hair. As such, it acts like a natural conditioner, giving your hair a boost of volume without the frizz. And its natural oil-reducing properties mean that you can spray it on your tangled roots as well as the dry and knotty ends of your hair.
Essential Oil Detangler Spray Tips
To get the best results from your detangling formula, spray it all over your hair and leave it to sink in for a few minutes. This will help soothe away any dryness and minimise the chance of frizz once your tangles are out.
You should also be gentle when getting those tangles and knots out. That means forgoing those hard and abrasive brushes and using a detangling brush or wide-tooth comb instead. And while you may be tempted to start from the roots and work your way down, this can increase the amount of breakage and fly-away hairs. Instead, start below the tangle and work your way up.
You can also minimise tangles by drying your hair with a light microfibre towel or an old t-shirt. Drying your hair with a thick and heavy towel puts pressure on your follicles and leads to dryness, frizz, and knots. And never rub your hair with a towel. Instead, squeeze the water out and pat it dry.
The Ultimate Essential Oil Detangler Spray Guide
As this guide shows, it's easy to make a DIY detangler spray with essential oil. All you need are a few drops of your favourite oils, witch hazel, a base oil, and a spray bottle to mix your ingredients in.
And with these essential oil detangler spray tips to guide you, you and your family can look forward to healthier hair with fewer tangles!
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