DIY: Marshmallow Root Detangling Spray, It’s A Winner

I finally got around to mixing up a detangler with marshmallow root and this week was the perfect week to try it. I had some serious tangles and matting going on in my new growth this week. So much so that I couldn’t work my hair into a bun towards the end of the week because my new growth formed a little pillow of hair that just refused to lose any volume. Claw clip, a headband, and aloe vera gel to smooth edges helped keep my hair presentable.

What you’ll need:

  • Marshmallow root (can also use powdered form)
  • Distilled water
  • Coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
  • Essential oil (optional)

For this homemade detangling spray I used marshmallow root, coconut oil, distilled water and a few drops of lavender essential oil to mask the scent of the marshmallow root (because it’s not that pleasant). I started by boiling 2 cups of distilled water with 4 tablespoons of marshmallow root for 15 minutes to release marshmallow root’s mucilage. It’s this mucilage that provides slip. After taking the pot off the stove, I let the herbs steep for 30 minutes.

After steeping I used a strainer to catch the herbs and used the back of a spoon to extract as much mucilage as possible. I poured 1 cup of the marshmallow root tea into a spray bottle, added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. *I saved the remaining cup of marshmallow root tea for my tea rinse.


Once all ingredients were combined and the mixture cool, I sprayed my hair and detangling using just my fingers. This spray worked. like. a. dream. This mix helped loosen my tangled hair all while softening it.

Here’s a quick video (seriously, it’s only like 2 minutes long) of me applying and working the spray through my hair.

I purchased that 1 pound bag of marshmallow root from for $13.18. Once I make a dent in that bag I think I’m going to try marshmallow root powder and maybe add some aloe vera juice as well.


Try it! And lemme know how it goes!


  1. Hi My Sister,
    I give all Praise to the Most High!
    I have long thick hair. I got very sick unto the point of death and I was unable to comb my hair. One day ,I decided to pour olive oil all over my hair with water and went to bed. The next day my hair was rolled up in a bun,knotted and matted. I could not part the hair because it was so tight.Please, help me!

  2. Hi Jen, I love your post! I made some of this for my neices- we all have really fine, light, long hair. It works great for me (the kids haven’t had a chance to try it yet), although I think it darkens the strands a little bit. Does the mmr powder really dissolve well in the water? I was hesitant to use it because I’ve had powdered forms not dissolve and end up clumping.

  3. Is the essential oil to cover up the marshmallow root’s smell? I take it that it doesn’t have anything to do with detangling.

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