Posted on September 25 2016
Knots SOS: How to Detangle Kids Hair Painlessly
Does your child run in the other direction when it’s time to brush their hair? If so, you’re not alone. Ask any parent about their most frustrating tasks and detangling kids hair is sure to be at the top of the list. While no parent looks forward to getting the knots out of their children’s hair, it’s a necessary evil that must take place at least a few times a week—or more if your kids are of the “long hair don’t care” variety. Doing a hot yoga session beforehand may help reduce your stress level and give you the patience you need to deal with a cranky kid with knots in their hair, but really the best way to detangle hair on kids is to follow some simple steps.
The Best Way to Detangle Kids Hair
Where there’s hair, there are knots. But when you add a sensitive six year old into the mix, disaster is sure to occur. Those dreaded words “It’s time to brush your hair” sends many kids into a fit of terror. It’s not just kids with thick, long strands that dread hair brushing time either. Kids with fine hair suffer from knots, too. Here, how to detangle kids hair without incurring tears or screaming fits of pain from your little one.
This End Up
Since most of us comb our kids hair from the root down, then it would make sense that we’d follow the same direction when it comes to detangling kids hair, right? Well think again. Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend recent told Us Weekly: “Always start detangling from the ends and work your way up. If you just comb from the root down, you push all the tangles together, creating one huge knot, which can be disastrous.”
Brush, don’t comb
Speaking of combing, it’s actually a special detangling brush you should be using to detangle kids hair. Neither a regular drugstore comb or a boars head bristle brush will work. Those common hair tools are major sources of pain when it comes to detangling kids hair. Find a brush with flexible bristles that is specifically designed for taking out the knots—we like the Knot Genie detangling brush—then use your fingers to section off an area of hair at a time and use the brush following the instructions above, brushing gently from the ends to the roots.
Ready, set, detangle!
Think of conditioner as your new best friend for detangling kids hair. Conditioner acts as a hair lubricant and helps soften the blow a brush takes on it. Rub a soothing conditioner like Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Conditioner on the palms of your hands and rake through your child’s hair before starting to brush it out to help ease the knots prior to brushing. Also, invest in a good hair detangler spray. Look for a gentle, botanical-based hair detangler, such as Babo Botanicals Smoothing Detangling Spray, which contains a yummy-smelling cocktail of antioxidants, calendula, chamomile and watercress to eliminate frizz, increase shine and detangle the hair.
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