These detangling tools will make detangling your hair a breeze and there’s one tool for every hair type in this detailed guide plus how to choose the best detangling tool for your hair type.
Detangling isn’t always an easy task. The curlier your hair is, the more challenging detangling can be.
Impatience and mishandling can lead to a variety of setback issues such as hair breakage, split ends, mid-shaft splits, and/or fairy knots.
The preferred method for detangling is the fingers, especially in the natural hair community.
I love finger detangling too but sometimes, you want to try something else or do it a different way.
Based on research and my experiences, below are the 5 best detangling tools besides the fingers on the market:-
5 Top Detangling Tools for All Hair Types
Detangling Tools 1 – Bone Combs
Bone combs are not made out of actual bone but organic resins, which mimic the qualities of bone.
They are created via a labor-intensive process where the materials are hand-carved, sawed, and polished.
Best Qualities of Bone Combs
- Bone combs are anti-static and heat-resistant.
- Bone combs can last for an entire lifetime. Seriously! I’ve had mine for years.
- The wide teeth make bone combs one of the perfect tools for detangling.
- Bone combs don’t snag on ends or rip the hair out, thanks to the extra smooth ends, which only get more effective over time.
- Bone combs are seamless and help guard against split ends.
There are some manufacturers who pass off brown plastic combs as bone combs but it’s easy to identify by the price as well as recognizable seams in the comb.
Real bone combs aren’t cheap but if you care about the health of your hair, in the long run, adding a bone comb to your stash is highly recommended.
They come in various sizes but I use two – the giant rake for detangling and the wide-toothed medium rake.
I love the medium rake when setting my hair with Curlformers after detangling with the big one. I also use the smaller rake when I’m braiding my hair.
My bone combs come from Hair Sense. Bone combs work for all hair types. As far as detangling tools go, I give bone combs 5/5.
Detangling Tools 2 – Tangle Wrangler Detangling Brush
Though this brush was created for detangling pet hair, it works wonderfully on human hair as well.
The flexible design of the Tangle Wrangler Detangler Brush allows it to separate and open up as you work the brush through your hair.
The Tangle Wrangler reduces shedding and breakage. It is also excellent for defining waves or curls while styling.
The Tangle Wrangler Brush works best on wet hair in small sections.
The Tangle Wrangler is suitable for all hair types. I rate this brush 5/5.
Detangling Tools 3 – Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb
If you’re not familiar with Ouidad they produce products for curly ladies. I have quite a few of their products in my stash.
The wide-tooth comb is made of black plastic and has a nifty handle that you can hang on your shower rack.
The ends of the teeth are rounded making the comb gentler on the hair.
This comb, however, has very fine seams and should be used on hair dripping with conditioner in the shower.
The Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb works wonders under those circumstances. Ideally, it works best for type 1 – type 3C hair.
If your hair type falls above this, a comb with wider teeth would probably work better. Get Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb here. I rate this comb 4/5.
Detangling Tools 4 – Denman Classic D3 Brush
Denman produces over 20 types of brushes but the one most commonly used for detangling is the D3 Classic Brush.
The D3 is the most popular Denman brush in the natural hair community. It’s a medium-sized styling brush with 7 rows of nylon pins.
The rubber pad provides maximum grip while in use. The great thing about the D3 Classic Brush is it can work out even the tightest knots.
If you find the rows too much for your hair, you can modify them by removing 2 – 3 rows without reducing the effectiveness of the brush.
This brush should be used to detangle only while you have a lot of conditioner in your hair and should be used with patience. If you’re in a hurry, it can rip out your hair.
Personally, I recommend it for type 1 – type 4a hair types only unless you’re using it to create finger coils.
Hair types above this might have issues with it. I rate the D3 Classic 4/5.
Detangling Tools 5 – Tangle Teezer
With an enticing name, the Tangle Teezer was designed to demolish knots and tangles.
It comes in a compact size with bristles of various lengths. They also come in various funky colors.
The Tangle Teezer doesn’t have a handle, which can make it difficult to hold onto while detangling hair.
It flew out of my hand quite a few times while I was using it no matter how gentle I was.
The bristles can also bend slightly over time rendering the Tangle Teezer ineffective and even unhealthy for your hair.
If you have hair in the type 3c – type 4 range, I strongly recommend trying another detangling tool.
From personal experience with my 3c/4a hair, it can cause breakage and split ends.
For type 1 – type 3b range, it should work wonders with minimal to no problems. I rate the Tangle Teezer 3/5.
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Top 10 Hair Detangling Products
Even though the tools above go a long way in helping with detangling hair, optimal hair care products can make the process a much easier experience.
Try the hair detangling products below to make it easier:-
- As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
- Devacurl No-Comb Detangling Spray Lightweight Curl Tamer
- Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
- Living Proof Curl Detangling Rinse
- Not Your Mother’s Knotty To Nice Conditioning Detangler
- Paul Mitchell The Detangler
- Kinky Curly Knot Today
- Tresemme Split Remedy Conditioner
- Tresemme Natural Nourishing Conditioner with Aloe Vera and Avocado
- U R Curly Quinoa Protein Conditioner
You can also create your own detangling oil with the great recipe here – Ultimate Oil Mix for Detangling After Taking Down Extensions.
Have you tried any of the above detangling tools for hair? Or some other type of detangling tool that you think is just as effective? Let us know in the comments section.
Abi is a curly hair expert who delved into the world of natural oils after severe hair loss issues. Through her research, study, and testing, she was able to regrow her bald spots & a healthy head of hair. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Ade Ori Hair Care, and the author of the successful Healthy Hair Care Series. She continues to study hair science, Ayurveda, and natural solutions for healthy hair and skin. Learn more HERE…
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Thursday 11th of December 2014
I had not heard of bone combs before. The price is pretty good, seeing that they last for so long.
Is the Leatherwood Detangler available at beauty supply stores?
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Friday 12th of December 2014
Bone combs last forever. I've had mine for nearly 6 years and they've gotten better over time.
If you're located in the US, you can buy the leatherwood detangler here - http://www.detanglebrush.com/order-the-brush.html. They unfortunately don't ship outside US.