Frugal Tangle Tamer

Ever paid two (or more!) bucks for a small bottle of chemicals, all in the name of taming your child’s tangles?

I was a sucker once.  😉  And then we ran out of de-tangler one morning.  Necessity truly is the mother of frugality invention, and soon enough I had a 2 cent bottle of homemade tangle tamer.

Using whatever squirt bottle is available (I still had the expensive one from the store), simply squirt a tablespoon or so of hair conditioner into the bottle, fill with water, and shake.

For a couple of pennies you can tame the tangles, fight the frizz, even stop the static (spritz your clothing.)

No more tears… for Mommy!

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  1. Awesome idea- I am totally going to try this when my current bottle runs out!

  2. LOVE this!! I am going to try it tomorrow.

  3. This is also a great solution to carry to the pool. If you don’t shower immediately after, spritz this mix into your family’s hair. Trust me, you will be thankful whenever you get around to bathing, and your hair will benefit from having some “nutrients” back. I used to be a swimmer, and this is the only thing that saved my hair from completely bleaching out.

  4. That’s amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!!

  5. Oh, I need to try that! My daughter’s hair is halfway down her back and gets so tangly!! No more expensive detangler for us! Thanks for the idea.

  6. This is a trick that *BIG* name hair color company teaches in every class I have ever taken. It’s for big girls too!

  7. my girls cry and scream like I am beating them when I brush their hair… looking forward to trying this out!!

  8. I stocked up on some name brand detangler last year when my podunk Wal-Mart was discontinuing it. We are close to running out- this will come in mighty handy! Love your idea of spraying it on clothing well.

  9. Really? I wonder if it works on curly hair too…? Curly hair can be vicious to deal with.

  10. I did this too when we ran out. I find that I have to shake it each time to redistribute the conditioner but overall is great. I have not bought a detangler since. Oops turned out great!!!!!!!

  11. pure genius.

  12. Joelle, it works awesome for curly hair. My best friend has a two year old with the most gorgeous ringlets and when she uses this the curls are soft and tangle free and it helps manage the frizz too 🙂

  13. Yay, I had forgotten this tip!! I have 3 girls and my 2 older girls take care of their own hair so by the time the littlest girl arrived, I had totally forgotten this little trick. I recently bought Walmart brand detangler and we HATE it! It’s tears for the little one (she’s 3 and has long blonde hair) and it doesn’t work. The bottle is almost empty, can’t wait to use it up and then make this! I used to do this for my big girls, had just forgotten…thanks for the brain jog!

  14. Hi! I just found your blog from the 30 Day Giving Challenge. We are happy to be participating. Thanks for “giving” this great tip! I will try it when the detangler that we are currently using runs out – but before I recycle the spray bottle! It is a must for working with my daughter’s hair. Have a great day!

  15. Oh my goodness, you are so smart!!!! One of my daughters is very tender headed. This will work great for her! Thank you!!

  16. What a good recipe! I still have to do this for my 12 year old. I don’t know how she still gets such a tangley mess.

  17. Awesome idea (and great timing for me!)! I just ran out of my daughter’s detangler (she has curly hair and definitely needs something to tame it). I had it on my grocery list to pick up some more. I am going to try this instead. Thanks!

  18. I’m so going to try this!

  19. Oh and I was going to say. I bought some detangler at the Dollar Tree for $1. Total waste of money I threw the stuff away it so did not work. Even tried the stuff fron the salon that cost $8. That did not really work either.

  20. Has anyone tried aloe vera for a detangler. I just bought a very expensive bottle of it and it worked beautifully….now I want to learn to make it myself…any hints?!

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