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 vitacost.com 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!