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The words every little kid dreads: “It’s time to brush your hair.” Since chasing down kids and listening to a whole lot of whining is nobody’s idea of a good time, this task isn’t a lot of fun for moms either. Young kids tend to have fine hair and fine hair tangles easily. Brushing through the knots can be pretty time consuming and uncomfortable for little ones. Luckily, there are a lot of great tools on the market aimed at making detangling easier and less painful.
The key to a great detangling brush is soft flexible bristles that won’t snag or pull hair. Many also have a cushioned base and/or a unique bristle construction designed to glide through hair and painlessly remove knots.
As a hairstylist, I know that children are not the only people with sensitive scalps. Adults that suffer from fine, tangled hair will appreciate these tools as well. Anyone with highlighted hair, which is more prone to snarls, or breakage would also benefit from these gentle brushes.
Here are the 7 best detangling brushes based on my research of professional and consumer reviews.
1. The Knot Genie
The Knot Genie offers a unique configuration of flexible bristles to gently detangle hair. My friend who has a daughter says this brush is life changing. It is is available with or without a handle to accommodate either preference.
2. The Wet Brush
This hairdresser favorite is gentle enough to use on wet hair. The cushioned base and flexible bristles make detangling less painful. Additionally, they are available in many colors, patterns, and varieties.
3. The Tangle Teezer
Tangle Teezer is a company based in the UK. Their ergonomic hand-held brushes promise to glide through wet hair with no pulling, tugging, or yanking.
4. Conair Wet or Dry Hair Detangling Brush
The cushioned base and flexible bristles make this drugstore find a steal! Check out the glowing review at The Beauty Department.
5. Michel Mercier Ultimate Detangling Brush
This “As Seen On TV” line of brushes has a loyal following. It’s 428 points of contact help disperse pressure to make brushing through knots easier and more comfortable.
6. Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Brush
The unique flexible bristles on this plastic brush gently remove knots and minimize split ends and breakage.
7. Cricket Ultra Smooth Detangling Brush
This unique brush from Cricket, a well-known professional line, has an ergonomic design and the bristles are infused with Argan oil, olive oil, and keratin protein.