Hair detanglers have come a long way from the no-tears formula your mom brushed through your strands as a kid. By the time you reach adulthood, your strands have been through the wringer—which means you need formulas that not only untangle your mane but also help keep it healthy and strong. The good news? Whether you’re dealing with fine hair, frizz, or dryness, there’s a detangler formula out there for every hair type and concern.
Wondering which hair detangler you should add to your routine? Keep scrolling for tips on how to keep your mane snarl-free and the 19 detangling shampoos, conditioners, and treatment formulas you need to know about.
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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.
Our Best Detangling Shampoos
Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo
Working with fine hair? Swap out your shampoo for a lightweight, detangling shampoo like Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo. This shampoo quenches and cleanses fine strands with a lightweight, sulfate, and silicone-free formula.
Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo, $29.50 MSRP
Kérastase Discipline Bain Oleo-Relax Shampoo
If detangling your frizzy hair is a constant battle with your hair brush, opt for a shampoo formulated to make your locks more manageable like Kérastase Discipline Bain Oleo-Relax Shampoo. This moisturizing shampoo formulated with coconut oil makes unruly, frizzy strands easier to style, moisturizes, and reduces tangling.
Kérastase Discipline Bain Oleo-Relax Shampoo, $33.00 MSRP
Our Best Detangling Conditioners
Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner
Along with helping to relieve your strands of knots, this product conditions dry hair while leaving it softer and shinier. For the best results, use with the Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo.
Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner, $18.00 MSRP
Pureology Hydrate Sheer Conditioner
If you’re already using Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo, complete your shower routine with the matching Hydrate Sheer Conditioner to help detangle while adding moisture and shine.
Pureology Hydrate Sheer Conditioner, $31.50 MSRP
Biolage ColorLast Moisturizing Conditioner
Salon 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. Follow the Biolage Colorlast Shampoo with the ColorLast Moisturizing Conditioner to leave hair soft and detangled with extra shine and depth of color.
Biolage Colorlast Moisturizing Conditioner, $19.00 MSRP
Redken Extreme Strengthening Conditioner
Having damaged hair can make detangling a struggle, which is why we love Redken Extreme Strengthening Conditioner. When used with the Extreme Strengthening Shampoo, this conditioner detangles, smoothes, and strengthens hair while helping to fortify weakened hair areas.
Redken Extreme Strengthening Conditioner, $20.00 MSRP
Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Cleansing Oil Conditioner
This oil conditioner not only removes tangles like a dream, but also helps to leave your strands softer and shinier. Start your routine with the Cleansing Oil Shampoo to achieve the best results.
Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Cleansing Oil Conditioner, $58.00 MSRP
Our Best Detangling Leave-In Products
Redken One United Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment Spray
If you’re searching for a leave-in treatment that does more than remove tangles, meet Redken One United Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment Spray. This leave-in treatment delivers 25 benefits for improved manageability including detangling, preventing split ends, controlling frizz, and priming hair for styling.
Redken One United Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment Spray, $24.00 MSRP
Biolage Hydrasource Detangling Solution
Dealing with dry, brittle hair? We have a solution! 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 Treatment
When 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 Treatment
Whether you have ash blonde hair or strawberry blonde, a leave-in treatment formulated for color-treated strands is essential. We love the Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave-In Spray. The lightweight mist primes, protects and perfects while delivering 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair including instant detangling.
Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier Spray, $27.00 MSRP
Amika The Wizard Detangling Primer
The 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 Detangler
If 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 Detangler
This 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 Spray
Curly 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 Spray
Don’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 Detangler
If 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 Primer
Working 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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