Tangled hair? These are the best products for smoothing it out

Quick Version: Today we're gonna dish all our BEST SECRETS for taming tangled hair! Best products, tips, etc.

Hairs the thing, maintaining your mane can be hard work! The blow drying, the curling, the dry shampoo. Sometimes it requires a lot of time and a lot of product to have a good hair day-especially if you also have super fine hair that is prone to tangles! This is one of the most common hair problems I used to hear girlfriends complain about and then I ended up with a daughter with this hair!

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In a hurry? Shop my picks below!

I don't know where Ani came from with her tangly hair, but it's next level! She has such beautiful hair, but it's so prone to tangles and we've had some legit battles involving real tears (hers and mine. HA!) over it. After lots and lots and LOTS of trial and error we've found a few tried and true detangling products that have dramatically helped and are totally worth your pennies!

Good conditioner is KEY

Our newest fave (that's also insanely affordable) is this L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths conditioner! I can tell a HUGE difference when Ani conditions her tangled hair with this; it brushes out about 10x faster. And it's ONLY $5.17 here!!


Don't skip detangler

2023 update: this all-in-one detangler and heat protectant actually gives you 25 total benefits, but I'm BLOWN AWAY at the detangling power of this magical spray. It fights tangles more powerfully than I think any of the other products below and it's by FAR my current top choice. It's not the cheapest, but also not the most expensive either, so I love that!

A detangler is an absolute MUST. Nothing happens for tangled hair without detangler and a Wet brush (the BEST detangling brush in existence!)

There are a few detanglers that we've tried and love. The Kristin Ess Weightless leave-in conditioner smells great, works great, and it's super affordable at just $10!

It's a 10 is another amazing option and a cult favorite with thousands and thousands of perfect reviews.

UNITE Hair 7 Seconds is the most expensive of the three, but it truly works the best out of these and I find I don't have to use as much product to get the desired result.

detangling brush

TIP: Pulling the hair and spraying detangler on the underside of the hair and dividing the hair in half and spraying detangler on the middle layer makes a MASSIVE difference!


TIP: Don't wash fine, tangle-prone hair everyday. Part of the reason for this is to AVOID lice. Did you know lice love super clean hair? Gross! We haven't gotten it in our house yet …KNOCK ON WOOD. Literally. Knocking on all the wood around me right now. Anyway…

Dry Conditioner

On our off days we use dry conditioner. Did you know dry conditioner was a thing? Because it totally is and it's the bomb! We have three favorites.

2023 update: The Kristin Ess Reviving dry conditioner is one of our favorites, although I haven't been able to find it in stock close by so you might have to order online! It smells great and works really well. Instantly softens and smooths like magic and is just $15.

The spendiest option is Living Proof No-Frizz Instant De-Frizzer and it's worth the splurge! It was even an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner last year. It tames frizz and tangles and makes hair soft, smooth, and shiny! If Anabelle has suuuuuper tangled hair, this is the most powerful stuff.

detangling spray
how to get tangles out

TIP: Don't use dry conditioner or detangler above the ear line. Just use product from the ears down to keep the top from getting greasy.

how to get rid of knots
UNITE Leave In Conditioner
L'Oreal Paris Elvie Dream Lengths Conditioner
Wet Brush
It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In
All-in-One Treatment
Leave-In Conditioner
Instant De-Frizzer
Robe sold out, another cute option
Photos by Arielle Levy

Tried, true, and tearless hair faves

All these products have made hair time with Ani manageable and not a miserable fight and that's a major mom WIN! These are our tried and true favorites for tangled hair. Do you have any we missed?

Don't forget to check out our shampoo and conditioner guide here!

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 5 kids, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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  1. Thanks for this post! I feel like hair time can be so hard with my girls, especially my second oldest. Can’t wait to try these products!

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