No—it is definitely not fun to struggle getting knots and tangles out of our hair and our children’s beautiful long luscious and tangled hair.

But have you seen the ingredients in detanglers?

Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Trisiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Ceteth-10, Laureth-4, Parfum

Yikes! Can you say headaches? Allergies? And other health problems? You and your family deserve better!

How Detanglers Work

Regardless which of the many possible ingredients are in your particular brand of hair detangler, they all work by altering the surface of your hair. Some hair detanglers smooth your hair by coating it with an oil or polymer. Otherd acidify it to tighten the hair’s outer surface or cuticle and impart a positive electrical charge presumably to prevent the static that can worsen tangles.

Not Miracles in a Bottle

This recipe works. But you still have to have patience and show the love for your hair.

But at least you’ll avoid the chemicals and other “quick fix” ideas that lead to dry unhealthy locks and problems down the road.


  • 1½ cups water
  • 3 tablespoons (less than 0.5 ounce) marshmallow root
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons jojoba oil or olive oil
  • up to 30 drops essential oil (optional, see suggestions below)

Equipment and Storage

  • Large spray bottle—glass is best
  • Fine strainer or cheesecloth


  1. Add marshmallow root and water to a small pot and bring to boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and steep another 15-20 minutes, then strain through cheesecloth.
  3. Put vinegar, olive oil or jojoba oil, and your choice of essential oils in the spray bottle. Swirl to mix well.
  4. Add the marshmallow root tea to the vinegar mixture and cap the spray bottle.
Normal Hair
  • 5 drops of Geranium flower (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil
  • 5 drops of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum) essential oil
Oily Hair
  • 5 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil
  • 5 drops of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil
 Dry Hair
  • 5 drops of Ylang Ylang flower (Cananga odorata) essential oil
  • 5 drops of Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil
Thinning Hair
  • 5 drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) essential oil
  • 5 drops of Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil
Dandruff I
  • 5 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil
  • 5 drops of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil
Dandruff II
  • 2 drops of Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil
  • 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
  • 3 drops Rosemary leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil
  • 2 drop Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil
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