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You don’t have to have a head full of tight curls to know that tangles SUCK. Growing up with super fine, straight long hair, I’d run screaming from the room any time my mother picked up a hair brush. We tried all kinds of things, from conditioners to satin pillowcases to make hair brushing hurt less, but nothing ever fully solved the problem. Once I was old enough I chopped my hair into a cute little bob, and solved the problem.

LittleMissSunshine unfortunately inherited my super-fine long, tangly hair. I’ve offered to cut it short for her, but she has chosen to keep it long. Every morning is a battle with the hairbrush–how many tangles can we get worked out before she starts crying in pain. This was our daily routine for a couple of years–until we ditched shampoo and went down the all-natural haircare road.

What we discovered was quite surprising–that with a couple of natural products, her hair doesn’t tangle like it used to. Eliminating shampoo keeps her hair shiny and healthy, which eliminated a good bit of the tangles. For those that are left, we have created an all-natural spray detangler that works like magic every time we use it! Even better, it is made with only two ingredients–three if you want it to smell good.


  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • rosemary and lavender essential oils (optional) Buy them here


  • In a clean spray bottle mix the lemon juice and water together. If you want to add scent, add 6-8 drops of rosemary essential oil to the mixture.
  • Seal and shake well.
  • Spray on hair and wait 30 seconds, then run a wide-toothed comb through the hair.


I learned during the no-poo process that lemon juice works to smooth the shaft of the hair and remove tangles, so this forms the base of the detangler. The lemon juice changes the ph of the hair, which instantly smooths and detangles the hair. A friend of mine has really curly hair and uses this on her hair. She LOVES it–says it is the first time in her life she hasn’t had to fight with her hair every morning. Don’t worry about lemon juice lightening your hair–this isn’t enough lemon juice to do any lightening.

You can use any essential oil you want–I picked rosemary and lavender because they are a good compliment to the mild lemon scent. It leaves just a touch of scent in my hair–I get compliments on it all the time!

If you have curly hair that tends to frizz, you can add a one teaspoon of jojoba oil to the mix. This will give your curls just a touch of extra shine and weight to help them lay better. Jojoba oil is very good for the hair and skin, and won’t leave your hair looking oily in this small of an amount.


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