Posted: May 01, 2014 9:00 AM
Tangled never focused on how exactly Rapunzel dealt with knots in all that hair. Many girls love the thought of longer hair but don't want the hassle of detangling. Try these six products to help make hair brushing time tear-free for your kids.
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detangling brushes

Find the right brush

The right tools can make hair brushing a lot less painful for everyone involved. Using the closest brush at hand isn't always the best option. Picking up a couple of different brushes will make detangling at different times a breeze. The Michael Mercier Detangling Brushes are perfect for mornings when sleepy heads have twisted hair into knots (Bed Bath and Beyond, $15). The brushes come in three different versions — for thick, medium and fine hair — so you can choose the perfect brush for your little one's head. After baths or showers can be another time detangling is an issue, and The Wet Brush™ will change your post-bath battles (The Wet Brush, $14). The thin, strong Intelliflex™ bristles are designed to work through wet hair without snagging or breaking the fragile strands.

Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Spray and Shield

Use a spray detangler

A spray detangler is a little bottle of reassurance. Not only does it help with stubborn snarls, but it can help calm an agitated child during hair brushing time. Since you're likely going to use this product daily, choose one that's as close to natural as possible. Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Spray and Shield is all natural and organic (Rakuten, $10). An added bonus to the Fairy Tales spray is that it may work to repel lice — something that can give moms of school-aged children a little peace of mind.

Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner

Choose "adult" conditioner

Kids' conditioners may seem ineffective as your little Rapunzel's hair gets longer. Try an adult conditioner to really soften the strands and keep hair healthy and strong. If you're concerned with the chemicals — like sulfates and parabens — that are often in adult hair products, try a conditioner like GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner from Aubrey Organics (Aubrey-Organics, $11).

Sleep in braids

Girls' Sleep CapIf bedtime brushing is enough of a battle for you, suggest your little one sleep in braids. If you braid wet hair, there will be some serious waves by morning. Braids in dry hair, especially if they aren't pulled too tightly, will result in a bit of volume without the kinky curls. To keep things even less likely to be tangled, tuck braids into a sweet sleeping cap for the night, like the silk Girls' Sleep Cap from Pretty AnntoiNet's (Pretty AnntoiNet's, $20).

Doll Hairbrush

Make brushing a team sport

If brushing is consistently an issue with your daughter, suggest she do some of it herself. You might be surprised at how patient she is with her own hair. Many girls will have a difficult time reaching all the way to the back of their heads, so Mom should stay nearby to finish that part of the detangling. Keep her mind off the last few minutes of brushing by suggesting she brush her favorite doll's hair or smooth out a favorite stuffed animal's fur. Use a wig brush like this Doll Hairbrush so you don't break the doll's hair during brushing (Amazon, $6).

The Detangling Comb

Try a wide-tooth comb

A wide-tooth detangling comb might be the answer to your tangles. Using a comb can take longer than a wet brush, but the wide-set teeth mean less snarls are being pulled at once. Remember to be gentle on wet hair — combs don't have as much give as the thin bristles in detangling brushes and can break hair if you're not careful. The Detangling Comb is a popular, wooden version (The Body Shop, $7).

The bottom line

Long hair isn't for every little girl, but remember that occasional complaints about detangling don't necessarily mean you have to go short. Try different products and ideas, talking with your daughter about which she prefers. Sometimes, just having a little input into the process makes all the difference.

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