These Are the Best Hair Detanglers for Pain-Free Combing


Tangles happen to the best of us, and sometimes, all the conditioner in the world can't take on a particularly stubborn snarl. Believe me, I know. In the midst of my adolescence, my wavy and unruly hair would knot up so severely that I would take scissors and cut out the knot… much to my mother's chagrin. (Now I cringe just writing that.)

It took some time to learn, but now I know that with a comb, some patience, and a great detangling product, no twist, snarl, or tangle stands a chance. Take it from Yoshico Alexis, colorist and stylist from Pierre Michel Salon in NYC. “It's essential to detangle your hair right! Make sure to stay away from hair breakage by not using rough brushes or pulling or yanking your hair.” Keep reading to see the best detangling products on the market, no matter what type of hair you have!

Milbon Luminous Bodifying Oil $36Shop

Alexis recommends this salon-favorite detangling product for natural and colored hair because “the oil enhances shine and smoothness for body and fullness at the same time as it blocks humidity and conditions your hair.”

Oribe Run Through Detangling Primer $37Shop

“This product works especially well for highly damaged blond hair. It will detangle and makes your hair silky, smooth, and shiny,” says Alexis. This is all thanks to some seriously stellar ingredients. Watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss extracts stop oxidative stress, photoaging, and keratin deterioration from affecting hair while pomegranate, apricot, and coconut oil smoothes and detangles.

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product $19Shop

Aside from just detangling, this product does a little bit of everything-think repairing damage, adding shine, smoothing frizz, protecting hair from color fading and heat, and creating body. You can use it on dry hair as you would a styling spray or on wet hair to add shine. Whichever way you choose, the sunflower seed extract, green tea leaf extract, and silk amino acids will nourish and protect your strands.

Leonor Grey Detangling Hair Serum $46Shop

One of our favorite French brands, Leonor Greyl, creates this leave-in detangling serum with rich plant oils and the softening properties of actual silk. It's luxurious, effective, and all-around amazing. Run it through damp hair for detangling and dry hair for conditioning.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle $24Shop

This is one of those detangling products that does more than detangle (are you sensing a theme here?). It seals the hair cuticle to diminish frizz and add shine. It also protects against UV damage and protects hair color. Somehow, don't ask us how-it does all of this while being 100% vegan.

Davines Oi All in One Milk $32Shop

Davines is a sustainable Italian beauty brand that makes some seriously amazing products. This hair milk detangles, battles frizz, smoothes, and hydrates. If you aren't sold on it yet, all you have to do is take a peek at its glowing Amazon reviews.

DevaCurl No-Comb Detangling Spray Lightweight Curl Tamer $20Shop

Just like all other DevaCurl products, this detangling spray is designed to work wonders in natural, wavy, and curly hair. It's formulated without parabens, silicone, and sulfates, so you won't have to worry about damage. Spritz throughout your hair for shiny, frizz-free (and lemongrass-scented!) curls.

Not Your Mother's Knotty To Nice Conditioning Detangler $6Shop

Brazilian keratin protein is infused in this budget-friendly formula. Spray throughout wet or dry hair and comb through for moisturized and tangle-less tresses.

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