DIY Herbal Hair Detangler


Hi there! It's another day in paradise, especially if your hair isn't all tangled and messy, am I right? After reading a few other recipes and checking the ingredients on some of my favorite commercial herbal hair detanglers, I came up with this recipe for my very own wavy-curly hair herbal detangler.

To be honest, the first batch was just awful! It worked, but it had a horrible smell.

It was unbearable, so I scrapped it and tried again. The second batch worked like a charm, smelled fantastic, and I've been using it for several months. Now that I've worked out the kinks, I'm sharing it with you. You're welcome.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-2 cups of water

-1 cup of dried marshmallow root (I purchase mine in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs)

-8-16 drops of a non-citrus essential oil (I use lavender)

-A spray bottle (preferably a cobalt blue glass one to protect the product from damaging UV rays, but any spray bottle will work)

Here’s what you do:

1. Bring the water to a boil and mix in the marshmallow root.

(To make this easier, you can keep the marshmallow root in a muslin tea bag or a tea ball. Otherwise, use a fine mesh strainer in step 4.)

2. Allow the mixture to boil for about 5 minutes. If too much water evaporates you can add more.

3. Remove from heat and allow your tea to cool for at least 10 minutes.

4. Strain the leaves from the liquid and fill the spray bottle with the tea.

It’s going to smell unpleasant, but it gets better I promise. Unless you happen to enjoy the smell of marshmallow root, just trust me. It’s going to be so worth it.

5. Add your essential oils until the smell is pleasant. I add 8 drops of lavender and 2-4 drops of patchouli.

That’s it. You’ve just made your very own herbal detangler. Play around with the scent and share your results in the comments below! If you decide to skip the essential oils, the smell of the marshmallow root does disappear once it dries.


There are no preservatives in this recipe, so I recommend storing it in the fridge and out of the sun, and discarding any remainder at the end of 2 weeks.  I'm working on a longer lasting recipe and when I finally find one I'm happy with I'll be sure to update this post!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!