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10 Best Detangling Products for Kids

Tangled hair complicates matters after bath time for little ones, which is why we’ve put together a list of the top ten detangling products for kids. While hair is made of keratin and technically not a living, sensitive part of the body, the scalp is filled with nerve endings. Pulling through tangled, snarled hair damages both the hair shafts and the follicles located in the scalp, which can actually cause hair to grow incorrectly in the future. That’s why reliable, safe products are essential, whether you select sprays, brushes, or leave-in conditioners. Save the pain and nurture healthy beautiful hair.

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1. Orange Vanilla Detangler from The Honest Co.

 Honest Conditioning Detangler, Sweet Orange Vanilla, 4 Ounce Best Kids' Detangling Products

When it comes to kids’ hair, tangles are almost a foregone conclusion. But many professional detangling products can leave a harsh chemical residue or a heavy fragrance behind. The Honest Co. offers this light, natural leave-in conditioner. Its sweet orange and vanilla fragrance and hydrating properties make it a great kids’ detangler. Simply spray on wet hair and work through with a comb or fingers for easy tangle management.

2. Johnson’s Buddies No More Tangles Spray

Johnson's Buddies No More Tangles Hair Detangler For Kids, 10 Fl. Oz. (Pack of 2) Best Kids' Detangling Products

Parents with small children know that bath time is a fluid process, full of interruptions and impatient bathers. But tangles can lead to tears, and no one wants that. This gentle formula is an ideal detangling spray, which can be applied to wet or dry hair. Following shampooing and conditioning, just spritz and work through tangled tresses with fingers. The hypoallergenic spray can be safely left on hair so that parents can use it with confidence.

3. Bloomin’ Apple 3-Pack Detangler from Aussie

Aussie, Finding Dory, Blloomin' Apple, Kids Detangler (Pack of 3), 8 fl oz Best Kids' Detangling Products

Tangles present a perfect storm for hair damage, especially for kids. This spray, which smells like juicy apples, provides the perfect solution. Simply spray on damp hair after shampooing and comb it through. Whether you’re headed to the beach or preparing for school the next day, Aussi offers an affordable detangling spray for kids helps to prevent tangled tresses.

4. Tot Logic’s Natural Detangling Conditioner Spray

TotLogic Kids Detangler Spray and Leave In Conditioner - Naturally Scented with Essential Oils - Original, 8 oz Best Kids' Detangling Products

If you’re a parent looking for a natural, gentle, and safe detangling spray for your young one, Tot Logic leave-in conditioner ticks all the boxes. Free of sulfates, parabens, and other harsh chemicals, this spray nourishes hair with luxurious essential oils such as bergamot and jojoba and provides essential strengthening vitamins, like B5. It is vegan, cruelty-free and entirely plant-based, with a delicious fragrance that will linger softly long after bath time is done.

5. Kandoo Natural Spray Conditioner

Detangler Spray for Kids, Fresh Scent by Kandoo, Gentle Conditioning and Tear Free, Made with Natural Herbal Extracts, 8 Fluid Ounce Best Kids' Detangling Products

Crafted without harsh parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde donors, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, or silicone this leave-in conditioner is ideal for children of all ages. With ingredients such as lavender, aloe, and geranium, it provides a clean, sweet, and smooth finish to any bath time. Parents can rest assured that it won’t cause a reaction with sensitive skin or irritate young eyes. Dermatologist tested for reactivity, this tear-free formula is salon quality.

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6. Two-Pack Coconut Spray by Dubble Trubble

Dubble Trubble Natural Coconut Kids Detangling Spray, Conditioning Detangler, 5.1 Ounces, 2 pack Best Kids' Detangling Products

While it’s perfectly suited to the wet brush treatment, this natural leave-in conditioner spray is so effective that it can be applied to dry, tangled tresses. It’s formulated to be hypoallergenic on even the most delicate skin, which makes it suitable for all ages. Coconut and other natural ingredients nourish hair shafts and follicles while leaving only a soft, subtle fragrance behind.

7. Combo Pack from Wet Brush

Wet Brush Original Detangler and Squirt Hair Brush Combo, Fantasy and Smiley Pineapple Best Kids' Detangling Products

Most of the damage done to hair comes from harsh brushing or combing. While hair follicles do stretch to accommodate stress, they can easily be snapped, snarled, or split. The original Wet Brush and the smaller Squirt Brush is designed with unique, flexible bristles to move with hair. While it’s crafted with damp hair, it can easily be used with dry hair of all types—curly, thick or fine. It can be used on natural hair of all types and is ideal for gentle use with wigs or extensions.

8. L’ Oreal Pear Tangle Tamer

L'Oreal Kids Pear Tangle Tamer, 9 fl. oz. Best Kids' Detangling Products

Specially tested by ophthalmologists to ensure a truly tear-free formula, this delicately scented tangle taming treatment is ideal for kids of all ages. Crafted without harsh parabens, it won’t irritate delicate skin. Especially during the summer, months when the hair shaft is exposed to salt, sun, dirt, and chlorine, tangles can easily form in the most biddable head of hair. Solve the seasonal issues or smooth year round unruly tresses with just a few spritzes of sweet pear.

9. Fresh Monster Strawberry Detangling Spray

Fresh Monster Kids Detangler Spray Strawberry, 2 count, 8 ounce bottles for FINE to NORMAL hair types Best Kids' Detangling Products

Made in the U.S.A. this affordable kids’ detangling conditioner is all natural. Not only has it been tested by dermatologists to ensure it won’t irritate sensitive skin, it includes only safe, soft natural ingredients. It is made without gluten, soy, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes or BPA. The only fragrances in this clean, safe detangler are listed clearly on the bottle because transparency matters. A few spritzes of this and tangles will disappear.

10. All Natural Detangling Spray by Little Raspberry

Hair Detangler Spray for Kids. Made with Organic Aloe Vera Juice and Natural Vitamins to Hydrate. Organic Detangler and Leave In Conditioner for Children & Adults. No Chemicals or Fragrance. USA Made. Best Kids' Detangling Products

Owned and operated by women who know the difficulties long or curly hair can offer, Little Raspberry provides a product that will unsnarl hair without harsh chemicals or additives. Rosemary extract and white willow bark pair with aloe essence to soothe and smooth unruly hair and offer a pain-free styling experience for individuals of all ages. The formula is naturally infused with folic acid, amino acids, and essential phytonutrients for optimal scalp health.

In the past, detangling sprays often contained a soup of harmful chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, and various sulfates. These ultimately cause the skin of the scalp to sicken, leading to breakouts and follicle damage. However, there was little oversight for these types of products, which were considered safe for external application. However, children require more stringent standards. Not only are their scalps more delicate, but they may also put hair ends in their mouths and make other contact with such toxic additives. While there are still plenty of products available that use these types of ingredients, they are labeled for adults, who may choose. The products and items on the above list were specifically selected for their purity and safety. Natural oils, essences, nutrients, and cruelty-free processes provide the best detangling products for kids with the safest, most reliable results.

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By BCR Staff

April 2019

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