Forgetting this Basic Product Makes Styling Your Hair So Much Harder

We all have our haircare product preferences. Some of us have a huge inventory of hair sprays, dry shampoos, masks, serums, and oils. And others might just have the basics, like a hair spray. But, out of all the products out there, I think there's one that truly makes styling so much easier—and that's a detangler. Yes, I know it's not exactly a new, cutting-edge product, but dang do these formulas work so well when you're dealing with unruly hair.

Not only do they make the act of brushing your hair a breeze, but they also prevent breakage and damage, and are great at softening and smoothing hair. Some formulas might even often heat protection and infuse some extra shine and hydration.

Sounds great, right? Take a look at some highly rated detanglers below, plus other haircare products we love.

1. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler

You can use this product before or after you wash your hair to get rid of any tangles and knots. One reviewer wrote, "When I tell you my hair gets so dry after washing it... This product really made it very moisturized! It works amazing also getting tangles out of your hair after washing it! Love this product it's what I truly needed for my hair."

2. Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Aloe + Oat Milk Ultra Soothing Fragrance-Free Detangler

This leave-in detangler is formulated with aloe vera (which has anti-microbial properties), oat milk (which is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and vitamin B), and green tea extract (which has antioxidant benefits). It will both detangle our hair and leave it looking extra shiny.

3. Not Your Mother's Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Detangler

This product was especially formulated for all curly hair types, working to soothe, soften, and detangle your strands. It will also enhance the shape of your natural curl. The mango butter in this formula reduces frizz, too.

4. Honest Conditioning Detangler

With a sweet orange vanilla scent, this detangler smells just heavenly. Not only does it detangle, but it also conditions the hair thanks to ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, jojoba protein, and quinoa extract.

5. Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer

Use Oribe's product before drying or styling your hair. It has a cuticle-sealing formula (with amino acids and coconut oil) to protect your strands from heat and breakage. 

6. Pattern Leave-In Conditioner

Here's another product for curly hair—it's great for sealing in moisture, detangling, and defining curls. One reviewer wrote, "The moisture retention is amazing. I have even better results now that I am pairing it with the jojoba serum. My hair is the healthiest it has been in a very long time, with breakage being at an absolute minimum. I love it!"

7. Amika The Wizard Detangling Hair Primer

In addition to detangling, Amika's lightweight priming spray provides heat protection up to 450°F. The formula also reduces blow-drying time, which is always a plus in our book.

8. Rahua Hydrating Detangler + UV Barrier

Infused with rahua oil (rich in fatty acids), morete oil, and sacha inchi seeds (rich in antioxidants), this detangler is ultra-nourishing and moisturizing. It also protects color-treated hair from environmental damage, preserving it. Plus, its scent is a delicious passionfruit and mango.

9. Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 in 1 Leave-In

Honestly, who doesn't love a multitasking product? This spray does it all—conditions, detangles, and protects. The vegan formula restores moisture, repairs damage, smooths tangles, and slows color fading.

10. Ouai Detangling and Frizz Fighting Leave In Conditioner

If you're worried about dryness in addition to tangles, you might be interested in this leave-in conditioner. It hydrates that hair, leaving it silky-smooth and soft. And it also comes with heat protection benefits. One reviewer wrote, "I am honestly so surprised by how well this detangler works! I have used many before and none have worked like this one does. I have very fine thin hair (and a lot of it) that's wavy and is always tangly and painful to brush through after washing it. When I spray this on my hair I run my brush through and there's hardly any resistance, it's almost like butter."

11. Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase Detangling Milk Styling Spray

This lightweight spray conditions and hydrates the hair, making it shiny, soft, and frizz-free. A reviewer said, "I use this on my ends and mid hair after shampooing. It protects it from the heat and also detangles nicely. It has a beautiful floral smell which I love. Great product."

12. Pantene

Protect your hair against any damage and breakage with this leave-in lightweight mist. You can use it on wet or dry hair. A reviewer wrote, "I have extremely long hair and the Pantene sprays are the only ones out of several I’ve tried that allow me to brush through my hair with no tangles! After I get out of the shower, I spritz the spray all over my hair then wrap my hair in a towel while I finish with lotion and drying myself off. Afterwards, I remove the towel and my hair is tangle-free and easy to brush through. The spray also adds shine, softness and does not weigh my hair down or make it look oily."

13. Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray

Living Proof's spray is infused with the brand's "Patented Healthy Hair Molecule," which smooths, softens, and protects the hair from damage when detangling wet hair. It also provides heat and UV protection.

14. It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

Enriched with silk amino acids, aloe vera, green tea leaf extract, and sunflower seed extract, this spray detangles, conditions, controls frizz, prevents breakage and split ends, and adds shine. It's no wonder it's a classic!

15. Unite 7 Seconds Detangler Leave-In Conditioner

Use this spray on towel-dried hair to detangle, condition, and protect it. It works to prep all hair types. Ingredients incldue panthenol, shea butter, and argania spinosa kernel oil.

16. Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray

Another option for curls, Ouidad's detangling spray has anti-frizz nano technology, which closes the cuticle to lock in moisture. Other ingredients like grapeseed, sweet almond, coconut, and argan oils leave the hair looking shiny.

Hair Brushes and Combs to Check Out

It doesn't get more classic than the Wet Brush. This thing seriously works so well at removing knots and smoothing hair.

Designed for use in the shower, this brush will clump and detangle your curls.

With wide teeth, this comb makes it easy to detangle without causing any damage. it has a hook at the end to hang in the shower.

You might balk at the price tag, but consider it an investment. This brush is made with 100% natural boar bristles, which have a similar structure to human hair and the same keratin compound.

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