I was helping my daughter comb some stubborn tangles out of her hair the other night and realized that there’s a real method to it. I thought I’d share it. She’s seven years old, and likes to take ownership of her routine (which I strongly encourage!) but I still need to get involved myself by helping her with a thorough comb-out a few times per week. When I skip this detangling step, she ends up with frizz, knots and stringy hair. When it comes to detangling a child’s hair, parents know the deal—you need to work quickly and effectively. Kids have a hard time sitting still and won’t tolerate much tugging and yanking. Follow these easy steps to banish tangles for good! Start with just washed and conditioned hair...
After bathing, quickly and gently towel-dry hair by blotting it or wrapping in an absorbent hair towel. Never rub the hair with a terry cloth bath towel—it creates more tangles and can cause damage. We love Aquis hair towels. They’re made of a special material that won’t snag or stress hair. The turban shape looks pretty cute on a little one, too!
If hair is especially tangled, the fingers can be a helpful tool. Start by running your fingers gently through the hair to break up large but loose knots and discover tangles that will need some extra attention. If you find a knot you can’t work through, don’t force it. Leave it alone until you can work some product into it.
Spritz damp hair with a leave-in product like our Shiny Happy Combing and Detangling Milk, focusing on the lower half to third of hair and especially tangled areas. Don’t overload the hair with detangler—you can always add more if necessary. A light, even layer is all you need to start. If hair is fine or thin, avoid spraying detangler on the roots.
Comb or Wet Brush
The wide-tooth comb has been the detangling tool of choice for years, but recently a new crop of brushes have popped up that are suitable for use on damp hair. We find that the wet brushes work well on hair that is only moderately tangled. For severe tangles, stick to the wide-tooth comb. Remember to always start combing from the ends down, working your way up to the roots in sections. If you start combing at the roots, you will end up tugging the hair, causing damage and pain.
Follow these steps every time your child washes his or her hair to maintain smooth, tangle-free tresses. For older children who have their own self-care routines, we still recommend a parent combing out damp hair at least once a week to prevent tangles from forming.
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