I remember well the days of my youth when my mother would force the hair brush through my knotted hair from scalp to tip, never flinching at my protests and screams. It just seemed….cruel. And unnecessary. Punishment? When I began brushing my own hair I was always careful to start at the ends in short strokes, working my way UP towards the scalp until no knots remained. Oh, and I had the bottle of Johnson and Johnson Detangler handy enough to douse my hair to almost total saturation. (I have thick hair. And it got knotty a lot).
Now that I’m a mom, I plan to spare my child the pain and distress of brutally brushing her hair. However, I didn’t think the problem would present itself in toddlerhood. My daughter is almost 18 months and her hair is very fine compared to mine. But every time she gets out of the car seat she has created a rat’s nest at the back of her head from the friction. I didn’t know how to handle it until I looked into it further and it turns out there are SEVERAL DIY solutions to this knotty mess!
The first comes from hip2save.com and is basically a dilution of hair condition. So pick your favorite conditioner and mix it with two parts water in a spray bottle. Doesn’t get much cheaper and easier than that!
And finally, mommypotamus.com throws a wild card recipe in the mix that involves flax seeds (didn’t see that one coming) and….you guessed it! Apple Cider Vinegar! Read more about what is in the commercial detanglers out there and how to make your own here:
I hope these recipes will come in handy for you as I hope they will come in handy for me and Marcella! Enjoy!