Does your kiddo freak completely out every time they see you coming with a hairbrush? There’s nothing like telling a pint-sized human, “it’s time to brush your hair,” to make them hide under the dining table, the bed, or otherwise just split, especially if they’ve got the kind of mane that knots and tangles easily. Making matters worse is that kids are messy in general, and throughout those early years at least (if not longer), very few of them care enough about what they look like to spend any time grooming. That’s, of course, where you come in — and where the eardrum-blasting squealing begins.
Whether you wait until bath time to take on detangling your child’s locks or you tackle their hair jungle every day, twice a day, or anytime they let you at it, having the right detangling brush for kids can make the entire experience much smoother for everyone, including you! A recent survey found that getting kids out the door in the morning is like an extra day of work each week for parents ([email protected]), so shaving precious time with one of these detangling brushes is the very definition of #winning. Especially these days, when we have to balance work, kids’ schooling, and life in general, remotely. Even though we’re all home, nobody has time for tangles! Nobody!
Before you start detangling, use a deep conditioner in the bath or shower to loosen any knots. Some experts suggest combing their hair while the conditioner is still in it, before rinsing it out. This gives tangles an extra nudge, so they split apart more easily. It’s also a good idea to check out the best-selling hair products for any that might seem tailor-made for your child’s locks.
Before you know it, they may even start brushing themselves — instead of running for the hills every time they see the brush. Taming your child’s unruly hair with fewer tears is totally doable. Here’s a look at some of the best detangling brushes for kids so you never have to hear them whine again.
The same great detangling Wet Brush that you swear by as an adult is now kid-approved, too. We don’t care what age you are, nobody likes to play tug of war when brushing hair. If your hairdresser always gets on your case about brushing your hair while wet (hello, split ends), then this is what you and your LO need. Gliding through tangles with less breakage and pain, this bad boy will combat even the most gnarly knots while leaving hair extra shiny—especially when used alongside your favorite smoothing cream. The ultra-soft intelliflex bristles are like no other. Says this mom, “These brushes are the absolute best! In our house, with 3 girls all we use are these brushes. It’s so great with wet or dry hair. I’m so grateful for these amazing brushes. The quality is good. They last a long time and do what they say they will. One person in our family has really thick hair, one person medium thick hair, one has thin hair and all of us have hair to the middle of our backs. The wet brush works for all of us.”
This detangling brush (which you can use for your own hair, mama!) is super beloved on Amazon, with nearly 1,500 ratings and 4.8 out of 5 stars. Its soft bristles makes detangling a breeze, and you can use it for both wet *and* dry hair. “I swear this brush is MAGIC I never realized how long it took me to brush my hair before (I have thick curly hair down to my hips) and now it takes less that a minute. Brushes right through no snags or pulls and even my 4 y/o noticed a difference and doesn’t fight getting their hair brushed anymore,” an Amazon reviewer wrote.
I’ve you’ve been searching high and low for a detangling brush that works on all hair types (wet and dry), then you’ve come to the right place. The BESTOOL detangler brush has flexible moving arms and smooth long bristles that leave hair smooth, shiny, and well-defined. Just think of the results when you use it with a dollop of your go-to conditioner. According to reviews on Amazon, fellow moms couldn’t be more pleased. “This product is amazing! After one use, I’m convinced it may be the most transformational element in the detangling process for my and my daughters’ hair. After adding a conditioner and gently finger detangling, I used this product on my two-year old who had fallen asleep during the washing process— she didn’t even budge, this comb literally slid through her hair with minimal breakage (very scant); she slept unbothered.” Another customer exclaims, “GET. IT. NOW! My 4-year-old has 4a type hair. She ALWAYS cried when I brushed it, even though I would only do it in the shower with loads of conditioner. Since using this brush she hasn’t cried ONCE. Best. Purchase. OF THE YEAR?” Adds to cart without hesitation… we recommend that you do the same.
This detangling brush is designed for textured hair (3a to 4c) with nylon bristles that glide through knots and tangles without damaging or tuggling on hair. The bristles also massage the scalp, which feels amazing and also supposedly stimulates hair growth. “My son is a four year old with the most thickest and natural hair known to man. The detangling process was my nightmare. Took over 30 minutes and still couldn’t get it as good as I wanted because he would fuss. I tried everything possible. This detangler brush as been amazing. I hope I never lose. Will order a spare one,” one mom reviewed on Amazon.
At last, a hairbrush that does all the work for you. We don’t know about you but when it comes to everyday beauty contraptions with a modern spin, you can go ahead and count us in. Behold, the ~new~ PAKBrush. It strives to style hair and detangle hair while keeping static electricity at bay. But perhaps the most wow-worthy feature is that it holds accessories right inside… yup, that’s right, there’s a li’l hidden storage area right behind the bristles to keep your ish (butterfly hair clips, spare hair ties, etc.) always within reach. This beautiful hairbrush comes with 6 hair ties, 2 hair clips, 2 coiled hair ties, and 20 bobby pins for one less worry on a hectic morning.
This traveling dance coach says, “I travel all the time for work and as a dancer, I am constantly in need of hair clips, hair ties for my self and my students. This brush… Seriously… Is not only an amazing brush but it has this little drawer you can use to store all your hair essentials. I love it for travel and dance competition days! Highly recommend!”
Whether your little one’s hair is smooth and straight, wild and curly, or something in between, the Tangle Teezer is one of the highest rated detangling brushes for kids out there. It smoothes hair gently with no snags or pulls, whether strands are sloppy wet or bone dry. This means you don’t have to wait until your kiddo washes their hair next to get the kinks out. You can detangle their mane anytime, without the whining that comes with too many tugs. This detangling brush combs through smoothly, even through hair extensions AND clip-ons. It comes in snazzy pink and classy black and fits right into most purses and pocketbooks, so you can detangle on the go if you need to. One Amazon mom said, “I use this one on my two-year-old (with a gentle hand), she hates getting her hair done no matter what, but I see how her breakage is minimal with this brush versus the regular paddle I was using earlier.” Forget the paddle mama, the Tangle Teezer seems to do the trick!
This brush works completely different from other detangling brushes: Instead of separating hair from top to bottom, the cone-shaped plastic bristles of this Crave detangling brush separates hair sideways, gently removing even the toughest, most stubborn tangles. It fits right in your palm, too, and it’s totally fine to use it when hair is wet or dry. It even has soft bristles that massage the scalp and increase circulation, a major bonus if you’ve got a kiddo whose hair growth needs a boost. Since this one doesn’t dig into their scalp, it makes getting ready to go to school or just about anywhere infinitely easier. (No more crying fits!) In fact your kiddo may come to like having their hair brushed once they see what it’s like with the Crave. And given its scalp massage potential, you might, too!
Shaped like a little cloud, you sort of hold the Knot Genie with your whole hand, as if you’re holding a sponge. It’s so beloved by parents whose kids used to scream bloody murder every time their hair was combed, it prompted one Amazon dad reviewer to say, “This is the best thing since slice bread. With few strokes, I can untangle my kids hair without any screams of pain.” It works on wet and dry manes, too. One mom of a multiracial daughter with “extremely tight curly hair” said it glides through her hair, removing knots like “magic.” In fact the Knot Genie has earned so many rave reviews online, we’re tempted to give it the title of MVP!
If you’ve ever used a boar bristle hairbrush you know how gently it works through tangles. This particular paddle brush is ergonomic, so if your kiddo has long locks, you can probably go a few extra strokes before your hands start to feel strained. It’s also got these little nylon bristles on the tips of the bristles that have a soothing massage effect, so you barely notice the moment when the tangles start to come loose. After trying out a few different kinds of hairbrushes, one Amazon mom of two young daughters and two teenage sons said, “This is the only one that my entire family loves.” Parents also love it because it works on all hair types, so if you have one short, curly-haired kid and one with smooth, long locks, it’ll still do the trick. It comes with a black comb that’s perfect for keeping the hairbrush clean, too.
Specially made for small hands (because eventually kids need to learn how to brush their own hair, people), the Michael Mercier detangler has soft bristles in varying heights, which translates to less pressure on your child’s head, making it a thousand times easier to undo even the most stubborn knots. It comes in several bright, happy colors and it’s got a soft curve to the design that’s perfect for even a preschooler’s hands. One reviewer said, “I’ve started using this brush on my two little girls, and they don’t complain or cry anymore. Seems good for different hair types because one daughter has fine wavy hair and the other has thick curly hair. Tangles come out more quickly too!”
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