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Essential Oil Beach Hair Detangler DIY

DIY essential oil detangler

Beautifully textured, wavy, sun-kissed seaside hair – isn’t that what we all imagine ourselves having after spending the day at the beach?

Unfortunately, the reality doesn’t usually match up to our photoshoot-ready fantasies. With salty ocean water leaving locks thirsty for moisture and that coarse sand finding its way from your scalp to your ends, it’s practically a miracle to walk off the beach without a chaotic, tangly mess.

Next comes the dreaded and very frustrating process of detangling. But before you begin ripping through those knots and snags — wait! Put that comb down!

Try this all natural DIY hair detangler to gently bring your hair back to a manageable state. Enriched with essential oils to nourish and moisturize your hair and scalp, this detangler will help protect your hair and prevent breakage after a day at the beach!

DIY Hair Detangler

DIY essential oil hair detangler

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

First, mix the essential oils with the Aloe Vera Jelly; this will help dilute and disperse the essential oils throughout the hydrosol. Then add in the additional ingredients. The Apricot Oil will sit on top of the water.

We highly recommend the addition of ½ tsp of polysorbate 80 to encourage the carrier oil to disperse. However, if you choose not to add an emulsifier, please shake well before each use. To use, spray the detangler into your hair and gently comb through your hair.

**To extend the shelf life of this product refrigeration is necessary.

Watch one of our Certified Aromatherapists, Retha Nesmith, make this DIY and answer your questions during a live show, posted on June 16th:

115 thoughts on “Essential Oil Beach Hair Detangler DIY”

  1. My hair is very long and very fine, although I do have a lot of hair. It seems to tangle very easy – even with just an open car window. Most days, I put it in a tight bun to avoid tangling. Thank you for the recipe. I am going to try this.

  2. I’m going to have to try this in my six year olds hair. Brushing his hair is a task with lots of tears. Maybe this will help! Thanks PT.

  3. I’m so going to give this a try!!! I’m going to sub the apricot for avocado….hoping it won’t Be a problem!!

  4. I made this and for me with extremely fine, color treated hair it’s wonderful! I have found it works better in my hair when it’s mostly dry rather than wet right out of the shower. I love it! Mixing up another batch for vacay in a few days! Thanks PT!

  5. I can’t wait to try this. I have everything to use for it but only have hemp carrier. I am afraid it won’t work quite right but I’m going to try it!

  6. This is my favorite detangle spray for my curls! Last time I made it, I was out of regular aloe so I used Plant Therapy Lavender Aloe Vera Gel – smelled absolutely heavenly!! This recipe gives me 5 more reasons to ADORE Plant Therapy!

    1. Amber, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the preservative you choose to help you with that question 🙂

  7. I made a version of this for my 3 year old daughter who has long hair. She loves the smell and I love that I know the ingredients that go on her body. I used coconut oil instead of the apricot. It still worked well.

  8. So excited to try this! My daughter’s hair tangles so bad it hurts my mommy heart everytime we brush it. Thank you Plant Therapy for giving us some relief.

  9. I’ve just ordered Get Em Gone as a preventative for school/day care and this recipe would work great with that.

  10. i really have to try this recipe soon. My daughter her hair is a drama after taking a shower or swimming. Thanks for sharing this recipe

  11. This sounds like a great idea! I’ve been using rose hydrosol for several years in my hair. This sounds like a great recipe!

  12. I finally got around to making this yesterday and we used it for the first time this morning. It is awesome and smells wonderful! Another keeper recipe, thank you Plant Therapy!

  13. Ok little rats nests – watch out! Super thick long hair that tangles if I look at it the wrong way, or sleep. I really want to try this, but I do not have the rose hydrosol. Is there a substitution you could recommend? Actually I have no hydrosols at the moment except cypress which I like to save for my cellulite, which is improving FYI. Any advice is welcomed and appreciated!

    1. Katsza, I can definitely relate! I have crazy curly hair that seriously has a mind of it’s own. This detangler is my holy grail of DIY hair products and I highly recommend using Rose hydrosol. I’ve tried different alternatives and just haven’t had as much luck.

      1. Thanks Emilee! I think I will start off using the rose hydrosol on its own and keep this recipe on the back burner for future use if the hydrosol (and patience) is not enough. I do like the idea of adding a carrier, lavender and cedarwood though. I am not a fan of polysorbates as an emulsifier, but all I have on hand are Millard’s pellets. Is there a substitution you can recommend?

  14. I’m making this for our beach day next week! Is there a specific reason to use Himalayan as opposed to other Cedarwoods? I think I only have Atlas.

    1. If you choose not to add a preservative, it should be stored in the fridge and should be used within a week or so.

  15. tried this and LOVE it. works great in my hair (curly) and all 3 of my daughters’ hair- all of whom have very different hair types.

  16. Can’t wait to try this. Just need to get polysorbate and bottles. Will this work with the bottles in the bargain bin?

  17. Ooh this is perfect! I’m in the process of growing my hair out and it gets so tangled sometimes. I’m going to whip this up and see how it works! Thank you!!

  18. I’m will be trying this for my curly hair. Tangles are the worst. Thanks for a natural detangler. OT your the best

  19. This is exactly what I am looking for!!! And I have all the ingredients. Now I know what I am doing after kids bedtime!!

  20. Interesting! So far rose hydrosol has been enough for our daily tangles but I’m definitely saving this in case we need the next step up!

  21. In a house full of curly haired adults and kids, detangler is a must! Can’t wait to try, thanks PT!

  22. What other carriers would you recommend aside from Apricot kernel? Would like to try this but I don’t have any. Would sweet almond be an appropriate substitute?

  23. What about Polysorbate 60….I only have 20 & 60. I bought them before I knew about the 80?
    Thanks!

  24. Excited to try on my daughter! Should I leave in the fridge because of the hydrosol? Also have poly 20 and not 80.

    1. Yes, it would be okay to sub out. Just make sure you look into the directions for each to make sure it translates properly.

  25. Can’t wait to try this! My daughter and I have curly hair and it easily tangles. I wonder if switching out the carrier oil would affect the mix?
    Also would a preservative be needed? There is no water, so I’m thinking it wouldnt be necessary just only make enough to use up in a few days, right?

    1. A preservative would be recommended for long term storage, otherwise it’d need to be stored in the fridge for not longer than a couple weeks. You could switch out the carrier if you wanted.

    2. Just a heads up, the hydrosol is water based and so is the aloe vera jelly. This is why a preservative would be needed if keeping long term. I just wanted to let you know so if you came across other recipes containing them you would know. For non single ingredient products like the aloe vera jelly you can look at their ingredients. Hydro in hydrosols means water. Also, if you are unsure of about an ingredient, you can Google it or just make smaller batches. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  26. Yes!! I have been waiting on a DIY for a detangler. We go through so many bottles of detangler spray in this house with my 6 year old that has hair to her waist that I have been wanting to just make my own.

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