I now use the Original Sprout Miracle Detangler (thanks Julie for the recommendation!) for the tough tangles. At around $20, it is pricier than what you’d buy at the supermarket, but it really gets the tangles out. When I first got it I was skeptical because of the price, so I tried the cheaper hair detangler on my daughter and when I still couldn’t get out certain hair tangles, I sprayed the Miracle Dentangler on it. The brush slid right through the tangles. Amazing! I’ve been using it daily on my daughter with fine and wavy hair since January 1st, and we haven’t even used 1/4 of the bottle. A little goes a long way so don’t let the price deter you.My daughter’s hair before the Miracle Detangler. No brush is getting through there!
When you spray on the Miracle Detangler, it comes out gloppy. It will look like you sneezed on your kid. This is normal. Rub it into the hair with your fingers.
Brush through with your Goody Ouchless brush and check out the results. Is she ready for a shampoo commercial or what?
Hair Detangler Recipe
Of course, if your child doesn’t have very bad knots in their hair you can always make your own hair detangler which should get the job done. Get a spray bottle (you can find one for $1 at the dollar store or Target) and add 2 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner.
After you have added the conditioner, fill up the rest of the bottle with warm water and shake it up until the conditioner is totally mixed with the water. That’s all it takes. I make sure to shake mine up before each use.
Whether you buy hair detangler or make your own, you will need the right brush and the right brushing technique to effectively remove tangles and make the experience painless for your child. I was using a normal plastic brush on my kids hair for the longest time until someone at the grocery store of all places, recommended I try the Goody Ouchless Cushion Styling Hair Brush. You have to like a brush that has “ouchless” in it’s name. The brush doesn’t pull or snarl hair like others I have tried.
Okay, so you chose you detangler and brush but you still need to brush your child’s hair the right way. My kids never complain or fuss when I brush their hair and I believe it’s because of my pain free brushing technique. You want to grab a section of your child’s hair and hold it tightly in your hand. Make sure to hold the hair close to the scalp. Then you can brush the remainder of the hair without hurting them if you come across a tangle.
My final tip is to brush your child’s hair every night before they go to bed. This is really a must if your child suffers from tangled hair. The hair will tangle a bit while they sleep, but it will be much harder to comb through in the morning if you don’t comb it the night before.
Wishing you less tangles and tears in the mornings.
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