8.29.2012

How-to: DIY Detangling Spray for CURLY Hair 'Recipe'

 
Guess what? Being a SAHM can kinda suck. Being a single income family means our car is older, we never go on vacations, and I have to get really savvy with the coupons and deals sometimes. Last month wasn't a good one for us. Lots of extra expenses going on the charge card and a bunch of stuff being needed for school and my husband's work. I actually haven't seen my financial situation look this scary since before our toddler was born. We always get through it, but if you're anything like us and live nearly paycheck to paycheck you know my frustration.

Lately I've been looking for easy ways to cheaply cut corners in areas that aren't a big deal so we can continue having things that really matter to us. Like buying inexpensive and gentle Ivory bar soap over the pricier stuff we were using before, so that I can spend the extra moolah on JASON Smoothing Sea Kelp Shampoo and Conditioner (which I love for containing natural and organic ingredients and how amazing it is).

One thing I was frustrated with, however, was paying about $2.40 a bottle for the Suave Detangling Spray I needed for my little girl. It smelled nice, like green apples, but it always left her hair very dry. Having been blessed (or cursed depending on how you look at it) with stick straight hair, then having my daughter wind up with the curls that skipped down from the great aunt she was named for has meant learning a whole new type of hair care.

Curls are insane to work with if you're new to it. I always thought the humidity thing was an exageration. I know better now. lol

Anyway, we ran out of the apple stuff, we were a little broke, and I thought 'why can't I make my own?' which prompted a little searching of the web for some recipes. Most of them were generic. 1 part conditioner to 5 parts water seemed to be the concensus. Lightbulb moment! I could make a 'green' one all by myself!

So I rounded up the following:

  • Plastic spray bottle (I reused the Suave one after washing it out)
  • JASON Smoothing Sea Kelp Conditioner
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) Measuring Glass
  • Small funnel
  • Tap Water
 
 
 
This was crazy easy to make.
 
1. Fill the glass with 1 oz. of the conditioner.
 
You can do this with any one but I highly recommend the JASON Smoothing Sea Kelp because I use it on my fine hair to combat static and it has had such a great effect on my girl's curls. It's just a great product for hair that needs smoothing, softening treatment.
 
2. Add water up to the 6 oz. line.
 
I used tap water since we bathe in it but I bet it's better to use purified or distilled.
 
3. Stir until well blended.
 
I use a fine tooth comb to do it 'cause it go tthe job done quickly and it was already right there.
 
 
4. Carefully pour liquid into spray bottle, replace spray nozzle.
 
5. Before use shake bottle, then spray a small amount to tangled areas (or all over) avoiding eyes. Comb gently starting from the ends and working your way up through the tangles. Voila!
 
If you're using my suggested conditioner you'll find it smells like Plumeria and leaves the hair crazy soft. You could probably add more water if you want it a little lighter. I find that I have to wash my daughter's hair a little more often because it gets a little weighted down after a few days but otherwise I loooove my creation. At just 55¢ to make it was a steal and works way better than the apple stuff.
 
I was going to post a picture of my daughter's hair after I used this yesterday but for the life of me I can't find my phone cord to do it. lol If I get it found soon and remember I shall add it. You have to see her hair to believe it.
 
 
 
 Additional notes:
 
I got my Measuring Glass at the Dollar Tree years ago and can't find another one anywhere. Locally only one place carries the conditioner and I usually get it from about $7-$9 a bottle). But here are Amazon links for stuff mentioned here should you want to try it yourself.



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