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Best Hair Detangler for Kids: Mom-Approved Detangle Sprays!

The best hair detanglers for kids are made by Cantu Care, TotLogic, and Honest Company. They’re pure and improve the condition of kids’ hair. We put detangler sprays to the test. Read on to get the full list of mom-approved hair detangler sprays for kids!

Girl happily brushing her hair thanks to detangling spray that helps get the knots out.
The difference between smiles and tears when it comes to kids’ long hair is definitely a good detangling spray! Detangling spray is a non-negotiable in our house.

If your child frequently gets tangled hair, you both know the struggle is real and quite painful.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Finding a good detangler will help remove tangles, knots, and snags, and help prevent them from forming.

We have a list of the 10 best hair detanglers for kids to help you brush your child’s hair and release knots without any pain. We’ll also give you a few tips and tricks to help prevent them from occurring.

Here are a few things to think about before you choose a detangler spray for your child.


Best Detangler Spray by Hair Type

Before you put a detangler in your shopping cart, make sure you choose one that is suitable for your kid’s hair type.

Some detanglers are made specifically for curly hair while others are best for fine hair.  Here’s what you should look for depending on your child’s hair type:

Curly or Coarse Hair– When it comes to thicker, coarse, and curly hair, look for detanglers with extra moisturizer in them. This will soften hair to make it easier to run a comb through it.

Wavy or Straight Hair– Kids with wavy or straight hair won’t need quite as much conditioning as those with curly or coarse hair. As long as their hair is not coarse or fine, wavy or straight hair can use either a detangling spray or conditioner.

Fine Hair– Surprisingly, straight hair, especially fine hair, has a tendency to tangle more than curly hair. However, extra moisture is not the answer. Look for a lightweight detangler spray that conditions but won’t weigh hair down making it look thin and stringy.

Detangler Spray Vs Conditioner

You may be asking, “Should I get a spray or just use conditioner?” As we just mentioned, curly or coarse hair will need a little more moisturizing to get those tangles out.

While a detangling conditioner might seem like a better option, there are plenty of sprays specifically made for that hair type. We do recommend using conditioner on your child’s hair, but you’ll still find a good detangling spray to be indispensable for tear-free brushing.

However, if your child has fine hair, a lightweight spray is better than a heavy conditioner.  Too much moisture can be too much for fine hair, making it hang limply and look stringy.

The nice part about using a detangling spray for kids is that you can control where the spray goes and add a little more to knots rather than applying an overall conditioner. If your child’s hair is whispy, this is important to keep it looking clean and fluffy.

Tips to Make the Most of Detangling Spray

Besides using a detangling spray or conditioner, here are a few extra tips to help kids have knot-free hair.

  • Brush your child’s hair before they get into the bath or shower. Don’t wait until after your child has washed their hair to get the knots out. Do it before to help decrease the number of knots afterward and also get the hair cleaner.

To brush your child’s hair, gently start from the bottom and work your way up to the scalp.

  • Have your child wear their hair in a ponytail or braid when they sleep. The key is to make sure it’s a loose ponytail so the ponytail elastic doesn’t break your child’s hair.

Also, choose a scrunchie over an elastic to help prevent breakage.

  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase. Let them be fancy! Swapping their pillowcase from cotton to silk can help prevent tangles and reduce frizz.
  • Make sure they (or you) are washing their hair right. Instead of scrubbing hair, have them (or you) work the shampoo into their roots gently by using just fingertips.
  • Use a detangling comb. As the name suggests, it helps detangle. A wide-toothed comb will work too.
  • Ponytails, braids, and ballerina buns help. Before your child goes running around to play, be sure to pull their hair back in a ponytail, braid, or a neat bun to prevent tangles.

In a Hurry? Here’s Our Top Detangler Spray Picks!

Top 10 Detangler Sprays for Kids

Time to get those tangles and knots out! We’ve searched for the best of the best when it comes to detangler products for kids. Many of the brands you’ll love and know (and may already use) while there are a few kid-specific brands that will help your kids be tangle-free.

Let’s dive into the list!

1. Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler

Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler, Coconut, 6 Fl Oz
  • 100% pure sheaf butter, coconut oil and…
  • Softens strands for easy-comb curls
  • Gentle care for textured hair

This detangler not only works really well on curly texture hair but it’s super affordable too. It contains shea butter, coconut oil, and honey to reduce breakage and nourish hair.

What does this kid-specific formula not contain? Harsh chemicals.

For our kids with super knotty hair, it did a great job getting the tangles out and moisturizing dry hair, even after a day on the trampoline.

What We Like:

  • Great value
  • Works great on curly, textured, and super tangled hair
  • Contains shea butter, coconut oil, and honey
  • Contains no harsh chemicals

What We Don’t Like

  • Not a tear-free formula. Ouch.

2. TotLogic Detangler and Leave-in Conditioner Spray

TotLogic Kids Detangler Hair Spray and Toddler Leave In...
  • FOR ALL HAIR TYPES: Helps to ease...
  • WET OR DRY HAIR: Can be sprayed on wet...
  • NATURALLY SCENTED: Scented with natural...
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS: Safe for girls hair,...

TotLogic Detangler and Leave-in Conditioner is a non-toxic spray that works on both wet and dry hair. It’s hypoallergenic and has no harsh chemicals which means it’s gentle on kids’ hair and scalps.

It contains jojoba and essential oils to detangle and also gets rid of frizz and static.  This all-natural spray is vegan and works on all different types of hair.

We love that this one helps to keep static away from fine hair so it’s not flying everywhere.

What We Like:

  • All natural – no harsh chemicals
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Prevents static and frizz too
  • Works on all types of hair

What We Don’t Like:

  • Some kids don’t like the smell of lavender, chamomile, and bergamot

3. Honest Company Conditioning Detangler

The Honest Company Conditioning Hair Detangler | Leave-in...
  • Tame your mane! Leave-in lightweight...
  • Gentle for babe but great for the whole...
  • Made without parabens, dyes, synthetic...
  • Tear-Free; Hypoallergenic;...
  • Made in the USA; Not tested on animals;...

This lightweight leave-in conditioner/detangler is best on normal and fine hair. It contains argan oil, shea butter, jojoba, and quinoa extract, leaving kids’ hair super soft and tangle-free.

The natural plant-derived formula contains no harsh chemicals and is gentle on kids’ hair. Kids also really liked the sweet orange vanilla scent.

What We Like:

  • The lightweight formula works great on normal to fine hair
  • The orange vanilla scent smells good
  • No harsh chemicals. Ingredients are plant-derived
  • Great for everyday use

What We Don’t Like:

  • Won’t work as well on really tangled hair or coarse and curly hair

4. Fairy Tales Tangle Tamers Static Free Detangling Spray

Fairy Tales Tangle Tamer Detangling Spray for Kids - Ultra...
  • The Detangler Spray: the ultimate...
  • Kids Spray for Tangles: also safe for...
  • Detangling spray for kids: that calms,...
  • No Yucky stuff only Clean: Sulfate free,...
  • Fairy Tales Hair Care: We have been...

This one’s for princesses (and princes) with long tangled tresses that need some love without any nasty chemicals.

This detangling spray has no parabens, phthalates, and sulfates and is even dairy-, soy-, nut- and gluten-free. It contains keratin, jojoba, aloe vera, and vitamins to strengthen and repair hair.

It also does a great job taming frizz and preventing static – one of our favorite benefits of this detangler spray. This spray works on all hair types and works so well, you might even want to use it on yourself.

What We Like:

  • No harsh chemicals
  • Strengthens and conditions hair
  • Prevents static and frizz
  • Gluten-, soy-, nut- and dairy-free

What We Don’t Like:

  • Some may not like the pineapple scent, but our crew enjoyed it

5. Johnson’s Buddies No More Tangles Hair

Johnson's No More Tangles Spray Detangler, 10 Ounce (Pack of...
  • Works to instantly unlock knots and...
  • For use on wet and dry hair
  • Gentle No More Tears formula
  • Use on wet or dry hair
  • Our No More Tears formula is as gentle...

Whether your kid’s hair is wet or dry, this detangler will help loosen those pesky knots so you can slide a brush or comb through their hair with ease.

This no-rinse spray features Johnson’s classic no-tear formula just in case it does get in your little one’s eyes.  It also has no parabens, phthalates, sulfates or dyes.

This particular spray works best on normal to fine hair. We didn’t have as much success using it on course and curly hair.

We like that you can pick it up in most big-box stores.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Works on both wet and dry hair
  • No-tears formula has no harmful chemicals like parabens or sulfates

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Doesn’t work as well on coarse hair because the formula is thinner

6. Suave Kids Apple Detangler Spray

Suave Kids Apple Detangler Spray, 10.5 fluid. ounce, 2 Count
  • Suave Kids Detangler Spray tames the…
  • It makes combing through a cinch.
  • Hair will be soft with no more tangles.
  • Ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested…
  • Contains two (2) 10.5 Fl. Oz. Suave Kids…

This super affordable detangling spray comes in scents your kids will love – Silly Apple and Berry Awesome. This is another detangler spray that can be used on both wet and dry hair.

The spray also is hypoallergenic and suitable for kids with sensitive scalps. It’s effective on normal and fine hair as well as thicker, coarse, and curly hair.

What We Like:

  • Kids will love the berry or apple scent
  • Very affordable
  • Tear-free & hypoallergenic
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair

What We Don’t Like:

  • Can leave some buildup on hair and doesn’t work for everyone

7. Dark and Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Detangler

Dark and Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Detangler, 8.5 Fluid...
  • Makes combing hair stress-free
  • Infused with coconut oil and shea butter
  • For natural and relaxed hair
  • Gentle formula for children

The Beautiful Beginnings detangler contains both coconut oil and shea butter, leaving hair strong, shiny, and tangle-free.  The formula also does a great job preventing split ends – a benefit for every age.

This detangler works on both natural and relaxed hair. It is made specifically for kids and is super gentle on their hair. This detangler can also be used on dry or wet hair.

What We Like:

  • Protects against split ends
  • Strengthens hair with coconut oil and shea butter
  • Works on both natural and relaxed hair
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Great value

What We Don’t Like:

  • Some didn’t find it moisturized quite enough, so additional conditioner may still be needed.

8. Shea Moisture Kids Extra-Moisturizer Detangler

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus KIDS Extra Moisturizing...
  • SPRAY IN & LEAVE ON: Spray directly on...
  • MARSHAMALLOW EXTRACTS: Marshmallow root...
  • ABOUT US: We do not test on animals. Our...

If you love the Shea Moisture brand, then why not try it on your kids? (The Shea Moisture Kids version that is.)

With natural ingredients like coconut, hibiscus, slippery elm, and marshmallow extract, kids will have moisturized, tangle-free hair without the use of any harsh chemicals.

This particular detangler works great on thick, curly, or extra tangly hair, but go easy on it. It can feel a little sticky on hair if too much is applied.

We don’t recommend it for fine or whispy hair because it’s too heavy.

What We Like:

  • Natural ingredients provide great moisture
  • Works great on coarse, curly, or extra tangled hair
  • Also a great anti-frizz spray
  • Smells good

What We Don’t Like

  • Feels a little sticky on hair and can be too heavy, especially for thin or whispy hair.

9. Paul Mitchell Taming Spray

Paul Mitchell Taming Spray, Kids Detangler, Ouch-Free, For...
  • This lightweight, leave-in conditioner...
  • This product is firm hold and natural...
  • Item Package Weight: 0.294 kg
  • Item Package Dimensions: 4.394cm L x...

Paul Mitchel has a line just for kids, including this taming spray. This spray detangles knotty morning lion’s mane or those fairy knots in tough-to-untangle curls.

It works well on all hair types but works especially well on thick, curly hair. Besides detangling, it also tames frizz and reduces static.

The downside is the higher Paul Mitchell price tag. It really is a fantastic product though. If you’re finding that cheaper options aren’t giving you the results you need, you should definitely give this Paul Mitchell spray a try.

What We Like:

  • Great on thick, curly hair
  • Gets out tough knots
  • Works on damp or dry hair
  • Tames static and frizz

What We Don’t Like:

  • Expensive

10. L’Oreal Kids Extra Gentle Conditioner

It isn’t a detangling spray, but using a conditioner like this one will help soften hair so that knots don’t form as easily or stay in so stubbornly.

Kids love the juicy grape smell. You’ll love their knot-free hair, especially when you pair it with a light detangler spray.

The L’Oreal Kids Extra Gentle Conditioner is paraben-free and tear-free. 

A little goes a long way to help detangle hair too. This conditioner is best for kids with normal to fine hair and probably won’t provide quite enough moisture for thicker or coarse hair.

What We Like:

  • Kids like the smell
  • Tear-free formula
  • Works great on fine hair – conditioning without weighing hair down
  • Helps prevent static

What We Don’t Like:

  • Might not moisturize enough for super dry or extra tangly hair

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What causes knots and tangles in hair?

A: Some hair is more prone to knots than others.  But what causes knots in the first place?

Knots form when the cuticle of hair gets damaged and opens up.  When this happens, hair catches with other hair (think Velcro) and causes those dreaded knotty messes.

So how do you stop the knots? There are many ways, but a good detangler will moisturize hair to prevent hair from becoming damaged and the cuticles from opening up.

Of course, like with most things, prevention is key. Using a detangler regularly and some of the tips we provided above, will prevent any tears from a dreaded brushing/detangling session.

Q: Help! My child’s hair is really tangled! What do I do?

A: Resist the urge to wash your child’s hair when it’s full of knots. It’ll only make things worse.

If your child’s hair is full of knots and tangles, you are going to have to do some brushing before your child goes in the shower for good conditioning.

Check out this video for tips on getting through a detangling.

Bottom Line

From curly hair to fine hair, there’s a detangler for every hair type on this list of best detanglers for kids.  For textured curly hair, check out Cantu Detangler for Kids. It gets knots out of super knotty hair and moisturizes even the most damaged hair.

Children brushing hair that is tangle-free due to the use of detangling spray for kids.
When you find the right detangler spray for kids it will make brushing their hair a pleasure instead of a nightmare!

For a lightweight spray for kids with normal to fine hair, check out the Honest Company Conditioning Detangling Spray. You and your kid will like the vanilla orange scent, but more importantly, the tangle-free hair.