Are the knots in your hair making your life difficult? Has your hairbrush become your worst nightmare? Are you hesitating to even nod your head for fear of creating yet another knot? It’s time to put an end to all that and make Don’t be Knotty, a homemade hair detangling spray that will leave your hair soft and easy to brush.
Rich in hydrating and nourishing ingredients, this recipe for a no-rinse conditioner is ideal for all hair types. Gone are the days of yelling “ouch!” while brushing. On the contrary, you’ll rediscover the pleasure of styling and running your hands through your soft tresses!
So… Stop tearing out your hair with Don’t be Knotty!
How to make your own detangler
Before you begin
You can replace the aloe vera juice with 35 g of water to which you have added 0.35 g of aloe vera powder (1 g of aloe vera powder yields 100 g of aloe vera juice).
Be careful to add no more than 0.2 g of xanthan gum to the mixture, otherwise your homemade detangler will be less fluid and more difficult to spray evenly.
- 80 g (60%) demineralized water
- 35 g (26.3%) aloe vera juice
- 0.4 g (0.3%) potassium sorbate
- 5 g (3.8%) colloidal oatmeal
- 3 g (2.3%) willow bark extract
- 0.4 g (0.3%) ylang-ylang essential oil
- 0.3 g (0.2%) sweet orange essential oil
- 6 g (4.5%) vegetable glycerin
- 0.2 g (0.1%) xanthan gum
- 3 g (2.3%) coco betaine
- 2 small stainless steel bowls
- Scales, accurate to 1 g and 0.01 g
- 1 mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- A few ramekins and small spoons
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 blue PETE bottle with mister (120 ml)
Good to know!
This hair detangling spray recipe contains several hydrating ingredients (including aloe vera and glycerin). It also contains colloidal oatmeal, which is rich in vitamins and nutrients, to nourish and help detangle hair. Lastly, our detangler recipe includes coco betaine, a conditioner that reduces static and makes hair shine.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- In the first small stainless steel bowl, mix the water and aloe vera juice, hereafter referred to as the “aqueous phase.”
- Weigh the potassium sorbate in a ramekin and dissolve it in the aqueous phase.
- Weigh the colloidal oatmeal in another ramekin and mix into the aqueous phase.
- Weigh the willow bark extract and essential oils in a ramekin (or use one ramekin per ingredient) and add to the aqueous phase. Mix well.
- In the second stainless steel bowl, mix the glycerin with the xanthan gum. Pour the aqueous phase over this mixture and blend with the mini-mixer for one minute. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl while mixing.
- Weigh the coco betaine in a ramekin and add to the aqueous phase. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into a 120 ml blue spray bottle and label it. Voilà! Your DIY detangler is ready for use!
Use and conservation
Spray onto dry or damp hair, then brush, dry, and style.
Made in optimal sanitary conditions, your homemade detangler will keep for at least 3 months.