Easy DIY Hair Detangler That Doubles As A Lice Repellent

I’m a mom of 4 girls. One of my biggest fears is head lice. It happeneds, and it’s nothing to be ashamed about. But if you have ever had lice in your home you know how much of a pain it is to get rid of. The combing, the washing, the cleaning, the screaming, and the combing again. We fought the head lice battle back in 2014, and I NEVER want to do that again. It was horrible, and I only had 2 kids at that time. Seriously, I still have nightmares about it. And since my kids weren’t buying into the whole shaving your head thing, I started to do research on more natural ways to repel lice. I knew that Tea-Tree oil was a popular oil to add to shampoos and such, but that stuff smells awful. I was looking for a blend that smelled light and something my girls could use on a daily basis. I came across this blend I’m sharing with you today.

The great thing about this super easy DIY is it’s not just a lice repellent, it’s also a hair detangler. Being a mom to 4 girls I’ve had my fair share of hair brushing battles. My girls got my hair type, which tangles very easily. I use to always run out of the store bought detangler because I’d have to use so much. Not to mention, when I was using the store bought dangler my kids’s scalps were dry and flaky. I’m not sure if it’s related to the store bought detangler, but since I’ve started making my own those issues seemed to have disappeared (plus I never run out now).

Just as a quick disclosure before I share my recipe, I am not a doctor – unless you count kissing endless boo-boo’s the equivalent to a PhD in medicine. Even then, I’m not your doctor. Please consult your doctor about using the oils in this recipe. I got the all clear from my family doctor, and have been using this on all my girls (that have hair) for a couple years now with no issues. But my girls are healthy, and not taking any regular antibiotics. 

Now for the super easy recipe! If you try it or already use something similar, let me know. If you have any questions, shoot it below and I’ll answer. And if you love this easy DIY, share it with your friends! Check out more easy DIY’s HERE

What you will need:

  • Spray Bottle (Glass works best)
  • Rosemary Oil (3 drops)
  • Lavender Oil (3 drops)
  • Tea-Tree Oil (3 drops)
  • 3 Tbs Of Your Favourite Conditioner
  • 2 Cups Of Warm Water

How to make it:

  1. Poor your water into your spray bottle.
  2. Add in the conditioner.
  3. Add in the essential oils
  4. Shake well & use.


  1. kristen visser says:

    oh i definitely have this bookmarked! we had a lice scare the second last day of school when someone in my daughters class had lice. Need to be prepared going forward

  2. Sondra Barker says:

    I love all the oils used in this detangler, but I would have never thought to mix them all together to make my own hair detangle. It seems super simple and the fact that it’s lice repellent is a huge plus

  3. Denay DeGuzman says:

    I remember back when my daughters were in elementary school and there was a minor breakout. Parents were worried, kiddos were scared, and everyone headed to the internet to find out how to deal with it should one of our own children be affected. So glad those worrisome days are over!

  4. Jen Walker says:

    My kids have short hair that doesn’t tangle, but anything that keeps the lice away is a good thing! I use a store bought repellant, but making my own sounds much more affordable!

  5. Aditi says:

    You just made it so easy to make it ourselves at home. In fact, it should be incorporated as a part of the weekend routine. Thanks for that. Cheers!!

  6. Dona says:

    Yes! I believe that I will recommend this to others. Tea tree oil is everything to me. I add peppermint or eucalyptus oil to help mask the smell. I never considered using it for lice.

  7. Rose says:

    I managed to get through my whole school days without lice. Kids however bring a new element to the mix. We went through a lice episode too. The nasty time of our lives. I love that this is not only a detailer but also repels lice. Once was enough. This is something everyone should have just in case.

  8. Anosa says:

    Head lice is the worst, I had it as a kid and it took forever to get rid of and most of the products did smell so glad to know there is a home remedy that dont smell and has multiple function

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