Tame Your Mane: DIY Detanglers for Your Hair Type

44 October 30, 2015 - At Home, DIY, Essential Oils, Hair care, How to Use Essential Oils, Personal Care, Young Living Lifestyle

Every now and then, we all get a visit from the Bedhead Fairy. If you have children, you know that bedhead can strike any time, night or day, without even having to see a bed. The next time you’re trying to tame some wild tresses, reach for this DIY detangler!

To make things simple, each of these recipes starts with the same conditioning base. All you need to do is add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to this base to transform it into a custom detangling solution that will perfectly fit your needs.

DIY Hair Detangler | Young LivingDIY Detangler Base



Bring the distilled water to a simmer without boiling. Combine the warm water and conditioner in the bottle, shaking to combine. Add the recommended essential oils to the detangling base, shaking once again to distribute.

Apply the detangler to hair as needed, using the bottle’s spray attachment and focusing on the ends rather than the scalp, gently combing to dispense evenly throughout your hair. You can either rinse out the detangler or leave it in for extra conditioning. Style your hair as usual and enjoy the pleasant aroma of essential oils throughout the day!

Here are five recipes of essential oils that you can add to the detangling base to perfectly complement your hair type:

GeraniumNormal Hair

Oily Hair

Myrrh Essential OilDry Hair

Morning Detangler


What are some of the essential oils you use for hair care? Share your favorite combination below in the comments!

  • Carolina

    Can I add argan oil
    To this ?

    • Hey Caroline. We have not added argan oil, but feel free to try it out and let us know how it turns out. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amy Alford

    Does this need to be in a glass bottle?

    • Young Living

      Hello Amy, Many essential oils are not compatible with plastic material. We do recommend using a glass spray bottle. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Corri

    I add lavender oil and tea tree oil to our homemade detangler.

  • lita

    Thank you for such a wonderful article dear. and from my side I want to say that i am using best detangler for dry hair from long for my hairs and its really effective.

  • Rachael Larson

    This is great Blog post! I was just looking for something like this.

  • This is really a nice blog with great post. Thanks for this nice article, valuable information for all and of course I will recommend my friends to read this for sure.

  • I love you post, definitely going do make one for my dry hair.

  • I’ve used apple cider vinegar as conditioner with aloe vera gel. Also a few drops of Cedarwood Oil.

  • Tricia Adams

    Has anyone used this on curly hair? My daughter has curly ringlets but in the morning its a rats nest. I use tons of detangler to comb through it.
    Would love an oily option.

    • Keri

      My little guy has super curls. I make my own with Vitamin e oil and add rosemary, lavender, copiaba, and melaleuca. I use it on my daughter and myself too!

    • Matthew

      Hi Tricia, I have really long ringlets too and although I haven’t used this exact blend I use a mix of 1/4 to 1/2 of whatever container you’re using filled with apple cider vinegar and topped off with water for my regular conditioner – it balances ph levels and it’s an awesome detangler! Then for a leave in I’ll use a mix of 1 tsp-2 tbsp of warmed coconut oil(depending on how dry/brittle my hair is), choice of essential oils, water, and Aloe Vera gel(add last and shake until desired consistency). Mix in a 20oz spray bottle and shake before each use, apply as needed. Oh, I also keep my hair in a high, yet loose bun while sleeping to help keep the rats nest at bay and my curls in check 😉

  • Laura

    My 8 year old daughter has used Gentle Baby (princess perfume) pretty much since birth. One drop of that and she was a happy. Now she still just loves the scent.

    • Sally Chalmers

      Was this for her hair? And how did you use it and how much? Please and thank you!

  • Margaret Andree

    Interesting and I will definitely try this! My hair is so fine that gets tangled so easily.

  • wanda

    Can i use orange oil in my homemade hair products & homemade laundry soap?

    • Hi Wanda, Yes, you can use Orange oil your homemade hair products and laundry soap if you’d like. Thanks for stopping by!

  • MAK

    I am going to buy this one, This article helped me for better understanding. Thank you.

  • Marti Meratla

    How about for Curly Hair? I like a detangler – that helps keep my dry hair Curly!

  • Angela

    I can’t stop using Young Living essential oils. Thanks Gary Young for giving all of us such quality products to enjoy.

  • Felicita

    I need this as well as my daughter. Thank you for posting this.

  • Lydia Kunzler

    Love this and it isn’t just for people! I tried this recipe on my Standard Poodle, using the suggested oils for dry hair. I added 5 drops of Lavender as well and used it as my grooming mist while I brushed her out. She turned out very soft and fluffy, her coat looked amazing, and as an added bonus she smells amazing thanks to the oils! Love this!

  • I’m going to try this one. Thanks for sharing. Hope it works.

  • Joan

    I love this post! I have long, fine hair and it’s always getting tangled so this isn’t just for kids. I’m definitely trying this for myself and my girls, who also have long hair. No more nasty, chemical hair products for us!

  • Melissa Blaske

    What a GREAT blog post! I am going to use one of those recipes for my next team meeting, live demo make and take!

    Thank you!

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