Make Your Own DIY Hair Detangler with Coconut Oil

By: | Last Updated: June 24, 2021

You’re a busy woman with so many things to do and so many people to see.

You simply don’t have time in the morning to battle those stubborn and annoying tangles and knots that seem to pop up whenever you wash or style your hair.

It doesn’t matter whether you have long or short, or fine or curly hair.

You’re not safe from tangles because hair simply has the uncanny ability to get tangled!

As a result, you may find yourself using hair detangling products more frequently, which could lead to damage, and yes, more tangles!

But when you find the right kind of hair detangler, snags and tangles will be a thing of the past.

Before you go and throw out your commercial detangling products and replace them with coconut oil, let’s figure out if this amazing all-natural product really works for detangling.

coconut oil for curly hair – Curling Diva

Is Coconut Oil Good for Detangling Hair?

Natural oils like coconut oil can do wonders for your hair. It will help lock in the moisture in each strand, making hair very smooth and manageable.

Regular use of coconut oil will maintain healthy moisture and help repair damage, working from the inside and out. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that will keep it looking healthy, shiny, and beautiful.

list of coconut oil benefits with jar of coconut oil on the side

It will not only keep the snags and tangles at bay.

Coconut oil will also improve the health of your scalp, improve hair growth, fight off fungal infections, and add shine and volume without all the harmful chemicals.

READ: Scalp Detox with Coconut Oil

Adding coconut oil to your hair care regimen will work perfectly with other natural and organic products.

What’s even better is that coconut oil is safe to use, inexpensive, and a great alternative to chemical-laden personal care products on the market.

See how coconut oil works on dry curly hair with bad tangles in this video tutorial:

CHECK OUT: Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipes To Try

How Do You Make a Homemade Hair Detangler?

This miracle ingredient is readily available in health stores and even right in your own kitchen. It’s a natural moisturizer that will work through tangles and snags, and even dry, unmanageable hair.

If you want to make your own natural hair detangler, you can place some coconut oil in a microwave-safe container and heat it in intervals of 5 seconds. Make sure that it’s warm but not too hot.

You probably heard some people say that microwaving coconut oil will “alter the bonds”. This is just not true at all!

You CAN microwave it but just be careful not to accidentally overheat it and burn yourself.

Depending on the length, thickness, and texture of your hair, you can put 1 to 2 drops of coconut oil in your palm. Add more if you need to, but not too much to make it look too greasy.

Rub the coconut oil between your hands and begin finger combing it through the tangled and dry parts. Don’t put the oil at the roots because it will make your hair look wet and oily. It’s not a good look.

With the help of a wide-toothed comb, you can work on the stubborn tangles down to the tips. When the tangles are out of the way, style as usual and enjoy soft, shiny, and fragrant hair all day!

Matted Hair vs Detangled Hair – Curling Diva
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How Do You Use Coconut Oil to Detangle Matted Hair?

If you have naturally frizzy, curly, dry, or fine hair, you are more prone to tangling and matting. If you like spending a lot of time outdoors under the heat of the sun, this can make your hair even dryer and worsen the tangles and mats.

Luckily for you, you can detangle matted hair with coconut oil without the need to cut it!

  1. Simply massage some coconut oil on the matted hair to gently loosen the tangles and mats. Putting on coconut oil will instantly make your hair softer and smoother, allowing you to remove the mats quickly and painlessly.   
  2. Make sure that the coconut oil is soft and warm, and that you use your fingers to massage and remove the mats.
  3. Coat the matted hair from roots to tips even if you don’t see any mats there.
  4. When you’re done, cover your head with a hot towel, but be careful not to get yourself burned. The steam from the hot towel will soften the hair shaft and smooth it out.
Young woman applying coconut oil onto hair at home

With the use of a rat tail comb, insert it between mats or inside mats and lightly tug or pick.

A Few Reminders Before You Get Started…
  • Detangling hair mats is a long process and you need to be patient.
  • When you take your time detangling those mats, you will do it the right way and you will protect your hair from damage.
  • Detangle one small section at a time and stop when there’s too much resistance. You might end up with breakage if you don’t.
  • Start with the easy mats first and leave the toughest ones for last. Allow the coconut oil to soften them for as long as possible.

READ: When NOT to use Coconut Oil for Hair

DIY Hair Detangler with Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

DIY Hair Detangler with apple cider vinegar – Curling Diva
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You deserve to have smooth and tangle-free hair without spending a lot of money and without subjecting yourself to all kinds of harmful chemicals.

When you combine coconut oil with another powerhouse ingredient like apple cider vinegar, you create a potent combination. Don’t worry about smelling like fish and chips when you use this natural hair detangler. Coconut oil will cover up the vinegar smell.

You will need coconut oil and apple cider vinegar, of course, plus a spray bottle which you can use to put this mixture in.


  1. Mix one part water with one part vinegar in your spray bottle.
  2. Add one tablespoon of coconut oil. You can add a few more drops depending on the amount of hair that you will be detangling.
  3. Shake it well and it’s ready to use!
  4. Generously spritz on your hair and you’re ready to detangle.

Switch to using coconut oil if you want to keep your hair healthy, beautiful, and tangle-free.

You will be so amazed by its incredible properties that will do your hair a lot of good!

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