3 Ingredient Natural Hair Detangler

I have very long hair, and I suffer from tangled locks a lot more than not. But no matter what length your hair is, chances are you often encounter annoying tangles. Taking a brush to them sometimes won’t even do the trick, so that’s when you bring in a reinforcement– hair detangler.

Using only 3 ingredients, you can easily make your own detangler that is all natural, safe for your hair, and the best way to get rid of those nasty knots.

hair detangler ingredients

What you need:

Aloe Vera Gel

Vegetable Glycerin

Essential Oil


Spray Bottle

aloe vera gel

I know what you’re probably thinking, because I thought the same thing…”What in the world is vegetable glycerin?”

Vegetable glycerin is a liquid that is produced from plant oils, like palm or coconut. It’s all natural, safe, odorless, and used in a lot of different cosmetics since the glycerin acts as a humectant that produces moisture. Combining the glycerin with another moisture producer, like aloe vera gel, will alter the surface of your hair to make it extremely smooth and easy to release any knots and tangles. You can find vegetable glycerin at your local health food store or most pharmacies.

Combine one part vegetable glycerin and one part aloe vera gel with 4 parts water. You can also add in a drop or two of your favorite essential oil if you’d like. I added a little lavender to mine.

Stir the mixture until everything is well combined then transfer to a spray bottle. You can spray this on your hair after the shower to help comb through it, or apply as needed when you find any knots or tangles that you can’t work through. It’s easy as that!

homemade hair detangler spray

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9 years ago

Nice tips!! Gonna to try this

9 years ago

Check out the Tangle Teaser hairbrush and also the Wetbrush, both are very gentle and effective brushes on long, wet, tangled hair. Look on amazon.com

9 years ago

PINNED. I also have very long hair and it gets ratty easily due to tangles.

9 years ago

I always manage to have one secret rat tail dread in my hair, this seems like the solution to its demise (I like dreads, but not for me). I really like where this beauty blog has been going for awhile now. I have been a reader for a long time, and feel like there is more and more support and interest for natural and home made products by you ladies at fp, keep the remedies coming, I love love love them.

9 years ago

I agree about the tangle teaser brush, it’s the best brush ever and really takes care of the problem. I also have long hair and my solution was to stop using conditioner. I know what you’re thinking WHAT that would make it worse and for a week my hair was weird, but after that it went back to normal, less hair falls out and I have no tangles. It’s just something else to make companies money and it’s very bad for our hair.

9 years ago

Looking forward to experimenting! My hair is a perpetual knot.

Warm Regards,

Hypnotica Vintage
9 years ago

I think our hair is pretty similar- straight, long and thick, and I’ve used a wide toothed comb (not a hairbrush, ever) since I was a kid, and it works pretty well. Sometimes I use a little argan oil if my hair is dry or tangly, and i sleep in braids. It keeps things managable.

9 years ago

I hope this works i have curly hair to my hips and this would be great

9 years ago

adore the slip/nighty in the first photo…been searching for a similar one. Is it an old FP?

9 years ago

I have long hair and I shed all over until I tried the baking soda, spoo vinegar rinse, my hair is clean and tangles a lot less but this sounds great as in between shampoos I am a frizzy tangled wild haired banshee. Will go great with my other homemade spoo and rinse, just an idea I use green or herbal tea in place of water for

9 years ago

Great useful info and tips in the comments too! Since I bought Mason Pearson brush, I almost forgot about the tangles, but your recipe is still great and will be useful as an after wind remedy. We have crazy winds out here and if leave home without tying it in the knot or something, I come back with a nest on top of my head :)

9 years ago

My hair tangles so bad that I usually wear it in a braid. I am going to make this and try it, if it works I will be able to wear my hair down


8 years ago

I am definitely trying this…but did you use the aloe vera gel for skin, or did you use the aloe vera hair gel??

8 years ago

I was wondering the same thing! What kind of Aloe Vera gel? Also has anyone eles tried this yet? What do you think?

Alexandria SB
8 years ago

Hii! This sounds so good but where I am we dont get vegetable glycerin. Can I try use normal glycerin? Thank you, love your blog! :) x

8 years ago

Thank you, I am going to try this with my daughters hair it is very fine and tangles a lot!

8 years ago

Don’t normally post, but this made me a little angry. Tried it, spent $ on good ingredients, didn’t work at all! Maybe too much water in your recipe? I may try it straight, without water; perhaps my hair is just very dry :(. Truly felt just as dry and tangly after applying, If not more!

8 years ago

And make sure its sustainable Palm oil! For more info check out the Oranguran Project.

All good being natural.. But look where you are getting your ingredients. :) thanks

7 years ago

Thank you for such a wonderful article dear. and from my side I want to say that i am using raw shea butter extra-moisture detangler from long for my skin and its really effective.

julia marie
7 years ago

Hii! This sounds so good but where I am we dont get vegetable glycerin. Can I try use normal glycerin? Thank you, love your blog! :) x nowadays i am using natural hair styles care from long for my hairs.

Tiana Moore
6 years ago

Thank you for such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using extra moisture detangler from long and its really effective. It is an excellent moisturizer, helping you style your hair in different ways every day. It also works as a great leave-in hair treatment product for dry hair that needs extra moisture.

Aaliyah Johnson
6 years ago

Thank you for such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using best leave in detangler for curly hair for my hair Because this proprietary antioxidant-rich Superfruit Complex combines with certified organic Shea Butter, Marula Oil and Biotin in a multi-vitamin formula to nourish and enrich dull, lackluster waves and curls.

Nevaeh Thompson
6 years ago

It was such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using best detangler for hair from long and its really effective. Restore your curls back to their crowning glory health with SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler that assures smooth, soft hair with lots of body, shine and manageability.