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Say Bye-Bye to Knots! 6 Tips on How to Detangle Your Kid’s Hair

T is for Tame team / July 2020

Have you ever looked over at your kiddo and all you can seeis a nest of knotted hair? Yikes!

Children often have more sensitive scalps than adults;however, they are much more active, with sports, swimming and restless sleep,so their hair takes a beating. Because of this, many children develop tangles. Betweenthe tangles and sensitive scalp, brushing can be torture for both parents and kids.Pulling, tugging, and trying to free knots and tangles can be a challenge. Luckily,there are some things that you can do to minimize this problem. If you followthese steps, you will be tangle free in no time! 

1.  Conditioner


As your child grows, if you see more and more tangles, youmay opt to use a little natural conditioner. If you are not already using it,now might be a good time to try. You can brush the hair with the conditioner init while your child takes a bath. Longer hair will be more likely to tanglesince it is more likely to catch on another strand. Once several strands dothis, you will have a knot. Combing through it in the tub might be a littleless time consuming since dry, coarse hair tends to become more difficult tobrush when it is tangled. Instead of washing the conditioner out completely,leave it in the hair and pat dry or try a leave-in Conditioner. A leave-inconditioner may also be beneficial. Leave-in conditioners can usually besprayed on following a shower. Do not rinse the conditioner out of the hair. Itwill help bond to the hair to make combing easier. Many parents find thatregular leave-in conditioner works well for their children’s hair. Whether youuse regular conditioner or leave-in, conditioner will almost always reducesnags.

2.  Style Before Bedtime


If your child usually gets knots overnight, he or she maynotice that putting it in a ponytail or braid to sleep minimizes the tangles.Many people find that braiding has the most effect, but others rely on just aponytail. The reason this may be more helpful is that it keeps the hair frommoving as much as your child tosses and turns.  If it is more stable, it is less likely tohang up on surrounding hairs. Stability of the hair naturally prevents tangles.It is a simple experiment to try if your child experiences tangles often. Manystylists recommend a loose braid, as it prevents tangles and creates a nicewave in the hair the next day.  If youare very good at braiding, some parents will tightly braid their child’s hairat night and let them wear the braid through the next day.


3.  Time for a haircut?


Not short, necessarily, but a trim to rid the hair of splitends will help minimize tangles. Since dry hair catches on other hairs andcreates a knot, it is essential to keep the hair as healthy as possible. Splitends and damaged hair are far more likely to become knotted than shorter,healthier hair. If your child has extremely long hair (past mid-back), a quicktrim to rid the dead ends may be beneficial as well. For some children, shorterhair also tangles, so this is not a cure-all, but it can help.

4.  Tools Matter.


We recommend using a wide-toothed comb, damp brush or a hairbrush specifically made for detangling. Start with the hair wet and brush or combyour child’s hair slowly and gently. If you are trying to work with hair thatis already dry, you may want to add a natural product to wet it (see below)before attempting to remove the knots.  


5.  End the Tears.


Have you ever tried to brush and accidentally snagged a knot,leaving your little one in tears?

Often, the problem parents have is the way that they brushtheir child’s hair. Brushing from the roots down can make tangles more challengingto remove. Gradually getting them out by ends up brushing can help remove eventhe nastiest knots. It is a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner or at leastsome water as well, but starting by brushing or combing nearest the ends andworking your way up will often alleviate any tangles. Combining this methodwith other methods is the best way to do this. Wet, conditioned hair with awide-toothed comb or detangling brush  isthe best way to brush the hair, and if you do it from the bottom up, you willrid your little one of the worst knots more quickly.


6. Use Product.


Using hair detangling products is sometimes the bestsolution for your kid’s hair. T is for Tame has some of the best products onthe market. Their line of taming products are specially formulated forchildren’s fine hair. They use “safe, clinically tested ingredients includingcoconut and jojoba oil,” according to their website. Coconut oil is oftenrecommended as a natural detangler. This spray will help manage frizz andflyaways.

Final Thoughts

Whether you use T is for Tame alone or pair it with othermethods, be sure that you are caring for your child’s hair. Healthy, smoothhair has less tendency to tangle and knot. Your child’s scalp is far moresensitive than yours, and you want to use products on their hair that isdesigned for use by children. Even shampoo and conditioner should be formulatedwith your baby in mind.

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