This is a guest post from the blog Coupon Cravings, headed by Kate Sorensen.
Nothing is more frustrating than tangled hair. For kids, it’s a nightmare they dread after every bath or afternoon at the pool. Drugstore aisles are full of hair detanglers that work pretty well but the prices are often astronomical and out of range for budget-minded people – especially those who them on a regular basis. You can save 50% or more by making your own hair detanglers in your home kitchen.
Bottles and Containers
Too much detangler makes hair limp and gives it a greasy feel. The best way to use minimal amounts is to mix your homemade solution in a spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle that regulates the spray pattern and amount dispensed. You can also pour the solution onto wet hair directly from the bottle but have a towel ready to catch the drips before they invade sensitive eyes and invoke a flood of tears. Clearly mark the bottles with a felt tip marker or tape to identify the contents and avoid mishaps.
The easiest way to make homemade hair detangler is by mixing hair conditioner with water. Mix the water and conditioner in the bottle and shake vigorously to thoroughly mix the ingredients; shake it well before each use as the components may separate. The amount of conditioner needed depends on the thickness and quality of the product, so adjust it from a couple of tablespoons up to 1/3 cup for each 2 cups of water to determine what works best for your needs. You can also make detangler by mixing water with vinegar, lemon juice, grapefruit seed oil, glycerin, essential oils, herbs, lavender, tea leaves or a combination thereof, adjusting the amounts as desired to achieve the desired results.
Whether you choose the easy-mix method or choose a fragrant lavender-infused concoction to rid your hair of tangles, the best results are achieved through proper application. Instead of pouring the detangler over the whole head of hair, start at the ends of the hair strands and work backwards towards the scalp. Starting at the scalp makes the job tougher because the tangles tend to work themselves down the hair strands and make the task more formidable. If you start at the ends, the tangles nearer to the scalp untangle themselves as you work upwards.
Tangle-free hair is easily within your reach without spending a bundle on fancy, branded products. Let kids watch in a mirror as you get rid of their tangles and soon they will be able to handle the treatment all on their own.