If you let too much time go by between detangling sessions, it can really turn into an hours-long, potentially painful chore. In case this happens to you, it’s a good idea to have some good detanglers for natural hair on hand.
1 cup of water
1 tsp. aloe vera gel
1-2 drops glycerin
Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and there you go.
Here is a flax seed recipe:
1/4 cup flax seed
2 cups water
10 drops grapefruit seed extract
Place the flax seeds in a pot with the water and heat it on low until it becomes a gel. Watch the pot and stir the mixture constantly. The longer it heats, the thicker it will be. When it is as thick as you desire, let the mixture cool. Strain the gel and add the grapefruit seed extract. Store your detangler in a spray bottle and use it within three weeks. Be sure to shake it well before you use it.
Marshmallow root make a very popular detangler because of its mucin oceanic properties which soften the hair, giving it slip.
1 1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup dried marshmallow root
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Grapefruit seed extract
Place the marshmallow root in a pot with the water and heat it for 15 to 30 minutes on low heat until it forms a gel. The longer it heats, the thicker it will be. Stay with the pot and stir constantly. Strain the gel, add vinegar, oil and the extract. Store this in a spray bottle and use it within three weeks.
These recipes are all great, but you can also try some plain cocoa butter, shea butter, mayonaisse, coconut oil, vinegar or diluted conditioner as detanglers for natural hair. It’s best to detangle your hair when it’s damp, but not very wet. When your hair is sopping wet, it is actually weaker than when it is dry, so detangling in this state may lead to breakage.