Wondering which hair detangler you should add to your routine? Keep scrolling for tips on how to keep your mane snarl-free and the 11 tangle-fighting formulas you need to know about.
How do I stop my hair from matting?To stop hair from becoming matted, you need to understand how your strands become matted in the first place. Many factors can contribute to matted hair including not detangling properly (or frequently enough), dryness, or overprocessing due to bleach.
Looking to prevent your hair from matting? First, keep up with daily brushing and be sure that you’re using the right brush for your hair type. When detangling, start with your ends and slowly work your way up to the roots as you brush.
Moisturized strands are the key to maintaining a tangle-free maned, so be sure to keep up with weekly hair masks. We recommend the Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Mask. This two-in-one hair mask is both an intense conditioner and care extender designed specifically for your dry, brittle hair.
What are the best hair detanglers?
Biolage Hydrasource Detangling SolutionIf you prefer to detangle in the shower, follow your shampoo and conditioner with the Biolage Hydrasource Detangling Solution. The detangler for dry hair instantly renews moisture as it detangles and controls static.
Biolage Hydrasource Detangling Solution, $30.00 MSRP
Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In TreatmentWhen it comes to all-in-one hair products, the Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Treatment is our go-to. The formula detangles, adds shine, makes blow drying easier, and helps prevent split ends—just to name a few of the product’s 25 hair-beautifying benefits.
Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Treatment, $30.00 MSRP
Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave-In TreatmentSalon blondes, brunettes, and redheads, you know the deal—keeping your color-treated hair snarl-free is the best way to keep it looking and feeling healthy. If you’re looking for a detangling product formulated for color-treated strands, we love the Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave-In Treatment. The lightweight mist primes, protects and perfects while delivering 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair including instant detangling.
Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave-In Treatment, $27.00 MSRP
Amika The Wizard Detangling PrimerThe Wizard Detangling Primer by Amika works like magic! The weightless priming spray detangles, cuts blow dry time, protects against thermal and environmental damage, and leaves your hair smooth and soft.
Amika The Wizard Detangling Primer, $25.00 MSRP
Wet Brush Time Release DetanglerIf your Wet Brush is already an essential part of your detangling routine, pair it with the brand’s Time Release Detangler spray to help fight frizz, add shine, and keep your strands detangled for up to three days.
Wet Brush Time Release Detangler, $14.99 MSRP
Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep DetanglerThis lightweight mist detangles, protects hair from heat, and is also infused with essential hair vitamins such as biotin, vitamin B, and vitamin C. Not to mention: The product works for all hair types.
Drybar Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler, $23.00 MSRP
DevaCurl No-Comb Detangling SprayCurly hair is more knot-prone than any other hair type but with this conditioning leave-in spray, you won’t even need a comb to detangle your ringlets. Apply a few spritzes and gently finger-comb it through your curls or spritz it onto second-day snarls to refresh your strands between washes.
DevaCurl No-Comb Detangling Spray, $20.00 MSRP
Babo Botanicals Smoothing Detangling SprayDon’t let the inexpensive price point fool you—this plant-based, lightweight leave-in conditioner is essential for removing tangles and smoothing frizzy hair.
Babo Botanicals Smoothing Detangling Spray, $14.00 MSRP
Sexyhair Long Sexy Hair Luxe Nourishing Leave-In DetanglerIf you’re working with naturally super long hair or extensions, knots and tangles are inevitable from time to time. For long hair, we recommend the Long Sexy Hair Luxe Nourishing Leave-In Detangler. Infused with moringa oil and biotin, this detangler provides 82 percent better detangling and adds moisture and smoothness to long hair and extensions.
Sexyhair Long Sexy Hair Luxe Nourishing Leave-In Detangler, $19.95 MSRP
Oribe Run-Through Detangling PrimerWorking with fine hair? You’ll want to avoid heavy detanglers and opt for a lightweight formula like the Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer. This conditioning detangler primes hair to make glide-through combing easier and leaves your strands touchably soft.
Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer, $37.00 MSRP
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray
On the list of hair care necessities, preventing heat damage is right at the top next to ridding your mane of knots. This heat protectant and detangler duo by Ouidad nourishes and detangles curls while shielding against heat, UV, and mechanical damage.
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray, $24.00 MSRP
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