Does your hair need a mid-week detan­gling pick-me-up, but you don’t want it to get weighed down with prod­uct?

Some­times, nav­i­gat­ing through the hair with detan­gling con­di­tion­ers and prod­ucts like Kinky Curly Knot Today are less than opti­mal. They can be a lit­tle too heavy, and some­times too time con­sum­ing. Plus, sum­mer­time is all about light, fluffy, and touch­able hair, right? A prod­uct that’s a lit­tle lighter and more ver­sa­tile is def­i­nite­ly in order. The options below har­ness enough detan­gling pow­er to nav­i­gate through knots, while being mois­tur­iz­ing and con­di­tion­ing to the hair and also serv­ing as refresh­er sprays. These prod­ucts are also ide­al for tran­si­tion­ing. They help soft­en and man­age the line of demar­ca­tion and tan­gle-prone nat­ur­al hair, while not weigh­ing down relaxed or heat dam­aged ends.

Try these 5 prod­ucts to pump mois­ture and detan­gleabil­i­ty into your hair, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing style:

1. Lawrence Ray Con­cepts Shake & Go

Shake & Go is the TRUTH! The first time I tried it, I was in love. One spray had a sec­tion of my hair frizz-free, shiny- defined, detan­gled, and whipped into shape. It is a detan­gling dream, I kid you not. Of all the detan­glers on the list, this one is my hands-down favorite. It will work through your tough­est tan­gles in no time. Although it does con­tain cones, it is also packed with aloe, jojo­ba, silk pro­tein, and ker­atin amino acids that will help con­di­tion, soft­en, strength­en, and patch up dam­aged cuti­cles.

2. Soul­tan­i­cals Knot So Fast Detan­gling Kink Drink

Talk about slip in a spray bot­tle! This botan­i­cal blend of slip­pery elm, marsh­mal­low root, aloe, and more is the per­fect detan­gler for ladies who fol­low the “Curly Girl Method”, because it con­tains no sil­i­cones. True to Soul­tan­i­cals style, this prod­uct is all nat­ur­al and made with only the best ingre­di­ents that will mois­tur­ize, detan­gle, and improve the health of your hair. Spray a lit­tle or spray a lot, and watch this prod­uct work its mag­ic. Or, you can see me test it out here:

3.  Infu­sium 23 Pro-Vit­a­min B5 Leave-In Treat­ment

Although this prod­uct is designed to be a leave-in, I’ve found many ways to make this liter of liq­uid gold (it’s actu­al­ly more milky-look­ing) work for me. Sim­ply pour it into a spray bot­tle, and gen­tly mist your hair and begin detan­gling. Even if you acci­den­tal­ly use too much, the worst you end up with is wet hair. The prod­uct is watery and light enough to not cause the greasies, mak­ing it per­fect to detan­gle or refresh. Bonus: it’s packed with vit­a­mins and aminos to nour­ish, repair, and revi­tal­ize the hair.  [See also: using Infu­sium 23 to restore hydra­tion to dry, frizzy hair]

4. Shea Mois­ture Kids Coconut & Hibis­cus Extra Mois­tur­iz­ing Detan­gler Spray

Not just for kids! This Shea Mois­ture spray detan­gler gets rave reviews all around the inter­webs — for kid­dos, nat­u­rals, and tran­si­tion­ers alike. This water-based spray is made with coconut oil, shea but­ter, glyc­erin, slip­pery elm, and more to not only hydrate and detan­gle strands, but to con­di­tion them and help pre­vent break­age. Anoth­er curly girl-friend­ly option, this detan­gling spray is sil­i­cone-free, and con­tains some organ­ic ingre­di­ents.

5. DIY Detan­gling Spray Recipe

If you’re into DIY recipes and home mix­tress-ing, here’s a super slip­py con­di­tion­ing con­coc­tion that will hydrate, con­di­tion, and send tan­gles pack­ing. In a spray bot­tle, add:

1.5 cups of water

3 table­spoons of marsh­mal­low root (boiled on low heat for 15 — 20 min­utes and strained)

3 table­spoons of con­di­tion­er (I rec­om­mend Aussie Moist, tgin Triple Mois­ture Replen­ish­ing Con­di­tion­er, or Shea Mois­ture African Black Soap Bal­anc­ing Con­di­tion­er)

1 table­spoon of oil (I rec­om­mend jojo­ba, rose­hip, sea buck­thorn, or apri­cot)

5 — 7 drops of essen­tial oil (laven­der, rose­mary, pep­per­mint, orange, or your favorite fra­grance)

You can also play with the ratios to make the spray thick­er or thin­ner.


What are some of your favorite light­weight detan­glers to get you through the week?

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and prod­uct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­ur­al hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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4 Comments on "5 Lightweight Detangling Sprays for Natural and Transitioning Hair"

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Karen’s Body Beau­ti­ful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in Con­di­tion­er. It’s light­weight which I found out when I squeezed the bot­tle & it came gush­ing out. No need to squeeze. So some fell on the show­er floor oh well most I got on my hair and it’s a great detan­gler with a lot of slip. Oh look at that lit­tle pud­dle of condish on the show­er floor. I’ll just take the water from my hair buck­et (you know you have one to) and wash it down the drain. I’ll stand up now (I have a show­er stool) cause i’m almost done. Bad Idea!… Read more »

This whole thing had me crack­ing up! I thought I was the only one with a hair buck­et aka the “save my drain” bowl.


shea moisture’s african black soap purifi­ca­tion masque is the ulti­mate detan­gler. it’s every­thing.


ummm, I didn’t like it