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05-28-16 | Posted by

So you love the feeling of freshly washed hair, but what about those nasty knots? You feel like pulling your hair out until you realize that all that tugging and combing may actually be pulling your hair out.

According to Teresa Probst, Master Colorist at Varin Salon on New York’s Madison Avenue, “Always comb hair gently without pulling or tugging that can lead to damage. Start from the bottom and work your way to the top of your head, using a wide toothed comb, especially when combing wet hair. Conditioners that contain silicone are also good because they make it easier to slide a comb through your stands.”

It’s not only what you use, but how you use it. Sam Villa, founder of Sam Villa and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue NYC, explains how to detangle with a paddle brush, “When held horizontally, the pins do not align, they’re more like a forest of trees, yet when held vertically, the pins are perfectly aligned in rows so they grab hair more uniformly allowing it to glide through removing tangles with ease.”

5 Fabulous Detanglers:

Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly Detangling Hairbrush ($15) – The newest entry in this line of cool modern brushes that are perfect to throw in your bag or suitcase, specially designed for thick manes that need help.


Drybar Lemon Drop Daily Detangler ($16)- This portable cushiony Big Bird yellow brush is great after a workout and  helps with brushing out extensions.


Ouidad Double Detangler Comb ($26) – Double rows designed for super coarse hair work wonders at detangling and getting out the knots.


Sam Villa Signature Series Paddle Brush ($30) – The ultimate paddle brush for long and thick hair tangles and drying and styling hair (almost) effortlessly.


Conair Hookup Detangling Brush ($6) – Soft, flexible bristles evenly distribute conditioner throughout hair, and help to gently detangle knots without tugging or pulling, and the handle is perfect for hanging in the shower.


Conair brush was provided for review. All other products were purchased or sampled in store. Opinions are my own.

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