Best Detangler for Kids Hair 2021 (+Reviews)

Breanna | June 24, 2021 |

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Kids’ hair lines have come a long way since we were little. No more catchy commercials from the LONE hair shampoo made for kids in the 90s. Now, kids’ products (like these kids shampoos) are as luxurious as salon brands with all the best ingredients. 

With that being said, it can sometimes be overwhelming to shop for products when your kiddo has been using baby shampoo for the first few years of their life. All of the sudden, you’re looking at shampoo, conditioner, styling products, and If their hair is long enough, detangling products. 

It’s a lot, we know. That’s why we’ve gone through some of the best detangling products and tools to narrow down the search for you! Have a look at our roundup below for a stress-free shopping experience. 

Best Detangler for Kids – Our Picks

Note: Our individual reviews are below, but you can also click any of the links above to check current prices on Amazon and other retailers

Kids Hair Detangler Reviews

Fairy Tales Tangle Tamer Super Charge

This is a detangling conditioner that can be used alone or with the Fairy Tales detangling spray. It contains soothing ingredients such as aloe, keratin, vitamin B, vitamin E, and jojoba oil. It’s also free of sulfates, toxins, allergens, and gluten. 

This is a solid choice for all hair types and comes from an entire line that works well together. Use this on wet or damp hair to fight knots, frizz, static, and dry ends. With such nourishing ingredients, you can even feel good about using it on your own mane. 

What we liked:

  • Paraben, sulfate, toxin, allergen, and gluten free
  • Contains vitamin E & B, aloe, keratin, and jojoba oil 
  • Compatible with Fairy Tales line 
  • Nourishing enough for adult hair too

What we didn’t:

  • We didn’t find any!

SoCozy, Curl Spray LeaveIn Conditioner

Want a salon-quality leave-in that repairs curls as well as nourishes the cuticle? SoCozy checks all the boxes. Plus, it features a “trigger” spray mechanism which is easier on the hands. 

Hair will be quenched with jojoba oil, olive oil, and vitamin B5 which can detangle, condition, and restore curls back to their natural pattern. It’s compatible with the SoCozy curl line as well. You may not put much stock in using compatible products, but it’s true that some ingredients mix, while others repel. Using the wrong combo can leave a film on hair that looks dirty. 

This product is also free of parabens, sulfates, and dyes. It’s lightly scented with a sweet pea fragrance. 

What we liked:

  • Contains jojoba oil, olive oil, and vitamin B5
  • Handy trigger on bottle 
  • Repairs curls along with nourishing them 
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, and artificial colors 
  • Compatible with SoCozy curl line

What we didn’t:

  • This isn’t a tear-free product so you’ll need to be careful with little ones.
Here’s a review and demo of the entire SoCozy Curl line that’s worth watching from TheBlessedmomof3

Sheamoisture Kids Extra Moisturizing Detangler for Curly Hair

If you want the best of both worlds, leave-in and detangling spray, you might like Sheamoisture’s Detangler for Curly Hair. SheaMoisture is a brand that’s usually on the more moisturizing and inevitably heavier side. It works perfect on coarse hair and curls 

But if you want to try SheaMoisture without too much weight, this detangler spray could be a good happy medium. It contains slippery elm extract, coconut oil, and hibiscus flower extract. So, you’ll get all the moisture with a great scent. 

You can also relax knowing this product is cruelty-free and sustainably made. It’s also free of silicone, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and petrolatum. While designed for kids, this is also a great product for adult hair too. 

What we liked:

  • Moisturizing ingredients such as slippery elm extract, coconut oil, and hibiscus flower extract 
  • Perfect for curly, thick, or coarse hair 
  • Cruelty-free and sustainably made 
  • Free of silicone, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and petrolatum
  • Isn’t as heavy as other SheaMoisture products

What we didn’t:

  • We didn’t find any!
Here’s a review and explanation of its best uses from Ashkins Curls

Johnsons & Johnson No More Tangles Spray

If your little’s hair isn’t extremely high-needs, and you just need a simple detangler that’s great for the budget, Johnsons & Johnsons could be a good choice. It also happens to be tear-free, a great characteristic in toddler hair care. 

What we liked:

  • Tear-free formula 
  • Great for the budget 
  • Provides enough slip to get through tangles in wet or dry hair

What we didn’t:

  • It’s not as moisturizing or natural as some other choices.

Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler

Like budget prices but your child’s hair craves moisture? Cantu is one of the most underrated brands around. Curly-headed women have been using it for years, but honestly the moisture is pretty great for anyone. It’s not as heavy as SheaMoisture, but tames frizz, damage, and static. 

This is a pretty natural formula with shea butter, coconut oil, and honey. It’s free of harsh ingredients such as mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, gluten, paraffin, propylene, PABA, and DEA. Also, you can use this with Cantu’s curling cream for silky and defined waves and curls. 

What we liked:

  • Best curly product on a budget 
  • Versatile and works on any hair type 
  • Free of mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, gluten, paraffin, propylene, PABA, and  DEA
  • Works well with Cantu’s other products 
  • Contains shea butter, coconut oil, and honey 

What we didn’t:

  • None. (This author has curly hair and has sworn by this for years!)
Here’s a fun review and demo of the entire Cantu Kids line from Fun With Jannah

FridaBaby Thick or Curly Hair Detangling Kids Brush

Remember those detangling brushes we spoke of earlier? Well, this is a great choice and it’s designed for kids! With soft, flexible bristles, it’s perfect for delicate heads. 

Also, there’s a design for straight hair and curly hair. It comes with a handy stand and cover for the bristles as well, which makes for fast styling and easy traveling. These types of detangling brushes are awesome for tangles, but if you’re just getting started learning how to style curly hair, you’ll soon find out they’re essential for defined coils! 

What we liked:

  • Soft and flexible bristles 
  • Comes with stand for easy styling
  • Comes with cover to keep bristles safe in the diaper bag 
  • Helps define curls

What we didn’t:

  • None. This seems like a good detangling brush, especially with the two models for straight and curly hair.

Crave Naturals

Does your little have a LOT of hair? Like a whole LOT? You might need a detangling brush with a little more oomph behind it. The Crave Naturals brush covers more ground and can tackle even the thickest mane. 

It features a unique shape that contours to your hand and has soft flexible bristles that can comb through wet or dry hair. It’s a great tool for smoothing frizz or defining ringlets. This tool can be used on any texture and eliminates the need for a bunch of different tools. 

What we liked:

  • Easily detangles
  • Unique shape fits into hand and detangles without pulling 
  • Kid-friendly 
  • Can handle any hair texture

What we didn’t:

  • None! This is an innovative hair tool.
Here’s a review and demo of the Crave Naturals brush from Cali Curls

Tangle Teezer

You might think this brush is a copycat of the Crave Naturals Brush, in fact it’s the other way around. Tangle Teezer was the first iteration of detangling brushes of this style that sparked a raft of copycats. The shape is similar, though a bit smaller. It could be a great brush to toss in the tote or diaper bag if you’re cramped for space. It also features the same flexible bristles that detangle and massage the scalp as you brush.

What we liked:

  • Nice contoured shape
  • Soft and flexible bristles 
  • Smaller size makes it perfect for the bag 
  • Great for detangling and smoothing hair

What we didn’t:

  • None that we could find.

Type of Hair Detanglers

Detangling Brushes 

Hair brushes have come a long way since the beauty industry started putting more of an emphasis on hair health. Gone are the days where we zap hair with heat tools relentlessly. Now, we embrace hair textures and use tools to preserve it. Detangling brushes made to use in wet or damp hair are lifesavers and can help work out even the nastiest knots. Hair picks and wide-tooth combs are also worth the investment. 

leave-in conditioner

As an extra layer of moisture and “slip”, which is what the hair world calls the way a brush or fingers glide through wet hair, leave-in conditioner allows you to detangle without inflicting pain or damage. It helps seal the cuticle while adding strength and shine. 

Spray

If your little one has hair that’s thinner, finer, and tends to look greasy with too much product, then detangling spray might be a better option. Generally, spray and leave-in have similar ingredients, but detangling spray is lighter and will help tools glide through hair without the extra weight of a cream. 

girl combing tangled hair
There are more ways than brushing to de-tangle your childs hair

Can you make your own detangler?

Because detangler is basically just a nourishing oil or conditioner and water, it’s easy to make your own. An easy formula involves your favorite conditioner and essential oil for a fresh scent. You can also try a bit of vitamin E in the formula. 

Should you detangle hair wet or dry?

This is an “it depends” question. We’re often taught that dry hair is stronger than wet and brushing while wet can stretch and damage the stands. However, curly hair should absolutely be tangled wet (sopping wet with conditioner can be even better). So, it depends largely on the texture of hair. With conditioner, your hair is somewhat protected and falls easily into its natural shape. Thinner, fine hair, however, it might be best to let it dry before tackling it with a comb or brush. 

How do I stop my child’s hair from tangling in the first place?

Perhaps the biggest defense against tangles is getting it completely detangled in the first place. Then, if your child has straight hair, brush periodically throughout the day. If your child has curly hair, DROP THE BRUSH. Curly hair can be finger combed, but don’t brush it again until the next wash day. 

You can also put your child’s hair in protective hairstyles. Braids, ponytails, and buns are great for keeping hair free of unruly knots and tangles. There’s a lot to be said for regular trims too as dead hair with split ends can make tangles worse. 

Things to look for in kids hair detangler

Eco-friendly, natural, organic and safe ingredients

Of course you don’t want to spray a bunch of chemicals on your or your child’s hair. You can look for eco-friendly products without carcinogens, phthalates, allergens, and harmful packaging. Most eco-friendly brands also have recyclable bottles. 

Paraben & Synthetic Fragrance Free

Everyone always talks about parabens, but do you need a reminder of what they are? In short, they’re preservative chemicals in products that can disrupt the body’s natural hormones. You definitely don’t want those in anyone’s hair products. Additionally, synthetic fragrance can be irritating to both the nose and skin. 

Fragrance

Natural fragrance can absolutely be a good thing. They add fragrance to hair which can sometimes be appreciated between wash days. Plus, is there anything better than brushing through hair that smells fresh and clean like a spring meadow? 

Tear free

Like kids shampoo and conditioner, detangler for kids is generally milder than grown up products and we can understand why. Kids aren’t always still as stone when getting their hair fixed, so having something that’s tear-free is always appreciated. 

Sensitive skin

While detanglers are usually mild compared to soap and shampoo, it’s a good idea to spot test any product with kids because reactions can sometimes be unpredictable. Aim for getting gentle products and always watch for signs of irritation such as redness, bumps, or flaking. 

Breanna

Breanna is a former therapist turned writer. She earned a master’s in psychology in 2015 but ultimately decided she would like to be more present for her family. Currently flexing her writing skills as a stay-at-home mother of two toddlers (with another baby on the way), she enjoys writing in the parenting and home/DIY niches. She also writes fiction and has been published in a handful of literary magazines and a fiction anthology. In her spare time, Breanna enjoys blogging, painting, running, and drinking an absurd amount of coffee.

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