Detangling tips and tools

Detangling tips and tools
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Being left with knotted, tangled damp hair after bath time is sure to be up there with many people’s most hated childhood memories. Luckily things have come a long way from battling against the knots and tangles with a comb though. Read on to see our pick of the best.

Shampoo and conditioner

The root of the knots could lie in your shampoo and conditioner choice. Keracare’s Hydrating Detangling Shampoo is a reasonably priced option that has received cult status thanks to reviews from fans. Tangles can also be caused by having naturally curly hair, so a shampoo and conditioner that separates the ringlets and reduces the risk of damaged hair would be a good option.

Redken has its Curvaceous range for this purpose, with shampoo, conditioner and serums on offer. While the Curvaceous conditioner can be used in the regular way, it can also be left in for “extra control” or used as a finishing lotion – making it the perfect multitasker.

Detangling sprays

Gone are the days of detangling sprays just being used for children or post-swimming session. Now hair bosses seem to be more aware that it’s not just kids that suffer from knots. Lee Stafford’s Fix It Detangler is a popular choice, while KMS California AddVolume Body Build Detangler does exactly what it says on the tin by ensuring the hair is sleek but not flat.

If you don’t want to splash out on a detangling spray then many people on the Internet have raved about a homemade option, consisting of one part conditioner to two parts hot water in a spray bottle. Add a dash of essential oil to make your hair smell fresh and fabulous.


The Tangle Teezer is perhaps the most well known detangling brush out there right now. Created by celebrity colourist Shaun P, the brush has a unique and innovative design with teeth that enable you to glide through locks and get rid of any knots quickly and pain free. For this reason they are popular with children, but if you suffer from naturally curly hair with lots of knots, then why not give it a go?

The only downside is the brushes are all palm sized and designed without a handle, so it can be tricky to style your hair with them. Michel Mercier’s have similar brushes called Ultimate Detangling Brushes, and come in three different colours to aid you if you have fine, normal or thick hair. Both the Tangle Teezer and Michel Mercier brushes can be used on wet or dry hair so can reduce the amount of time you need to spend on your hair care regime significantly.

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