Like filing your taxes or going to the dentist, detangling your hair is one of those painful but necessary processes in life that can’t be avoided. No one likes seeing a wig’s worth of dead hair in the sink or on the shower floor… especially when you’ve spent a decent amount of time slathering your hair with a nourishing mask that ended up doing nada.
Don’t be discouraged — successful detangling is simply a matter of finding the right product for your unique tangles. “If you have a knot in your hair, it can always be worked out with product,” Kim Etheredge, one of the founders of Mixed Chicks, says. The key is looking for the formula and ingredients best suited for your hair type. And, no matter what you do — no yanking or tugging. Ahead, we rounded up expert-approved detanglers for every hair type.
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The Wet Brush Time Release Detangler
Hair Type: Heat-Damaged Hair
Wet Brush’s formula promises tangle-free hair for up to three days. Unlike other detanglers, the keratin in the formula helps strengthen fried strands and wards off future heat damage. Think of it as an intense leave-in conditioner that does the heavy-lifting as you go throughout your day.
The Wet Brush The Wet Brush The Works Adult Formula Detangler-4 oz., $11.24, available at JCPenney
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave In Conditioner
Hair Type: Coils
“My favorite detangler is Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In. Besides smelling amazing, it has moisturizers to help soften natural hair. It lubricates it so that the comb just glides through,” Derick Monroe, who works with Tyra Banks and Justine Skye, says.
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave In Conditioner , $11.59, available at Amazon
Oribe Conditioner for Moisture & Control
Hair Type: Loose Curls
“The entire Oribe line is great, and this detangler is especially effective for coarse to curly hair — I just mix it with water,” Shirley Gordon, a Clairol color expert, says. The finer your hair, the less conditioner you should use in your DIY cocktail.
Oribe Intense Conditioner for Moisture & Control, $49, available at DermStore
Wella Brilliance Leave-In Balm
Hair Type: Color-Treated Hair
“This is great for all textures, very …read more