What's the best tip for removing knots out of long hair

Chantel - posted on 08/28/2011 ( 70 moms have responded )

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I would like some tips on how to remove knots out of my little one's hair...

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AMOUNA - posted on 05/17/2012

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Actually my problem is a bit bigger,as my daughter's hair is very curly,frizzy and dry and i have these days some knots that are nearly impossible to remove,and brushing her hair became a real torture for me and her.I'll be gratefull if you give me solutions for my problem.Thans in advance

Debra - posted on 08/30/2011

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Believe it or not, try a glob of smooth peanut butter rubbed gently into the tangle, and then combed through....you'll be VERY surprised at how easily the hair straightens itself right out...of course, then you'll need to wash your child's hair, but they'll have a nicely enriched treatment and they'll enjoy the fresh fragrance of the peanuts, too! LOL! I have two grown young adults in their 20s now, and that trick worked for me every single time, especially when they got gum stuck in it!

Jenni - posted on 08/29/2011

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My SD gets the 'ouchies' when her hair is brushed. I wish I could show you my technique but I'll try my best to explain it. (Also, the products suggested by other posters would probably be useful)



I hold sections of hair in my fist. Then I brush the tips. The closer you get to the area you're brushing the better. Brushing with a quick, short sweep while turning the brush slightly. Or gently turning the brush to work them out if it's really knotty. (See, wish I could show you!) But the basic idea is to hold the hair just above where you're brushing, start at the tips and work your way up. Move your fist up the strand of hair as you finish each section of the strand.



I find this is the best way to prevent the ouchies in little girls with long hair. Holding the base and working from bottom of the strands to the top prevents individuals hairs from being tugged or pulled out from the scelp.

Isobel - posted on 08/28/2011

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use a good conditioner and then brush from the bottom to the top in small two-ish inch sections while it's still wet...good luck

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Shannintipton - posted on 09/26/2011

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Wow this post popped up today. I just spent 20 minutes getting a huge knot out of Tarahs hair. I just started at the bottom and worked my way up carefully. And used detangler spray. Thank God for Seasame Street. She didnt even notice I was doing it. whew.

Jyothi - posted on 09/26/2011

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keep the hair clean by washing with a baby shampoo. While removing knots always start brushing from the tip of the hair and then move towards the scalp. It works.

Amanda - posted on 09/07/2011

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I use my wide tooth comb on both of my kids hair, its helps alot. Also extra conditioner or leave in conditioner works as well. Just take it easy when combing your kids hair b/c it hurts when you try to pull to get the knots out. take it slow and try to get the knot out with out pulling, it will come out with a little finesse.

Amanda - posted on 09/07/2011

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I use my wide tooth comb on both of my kids hair, its helps alot. Also extra conditioner or leave in conditioner works as well. Just take it easy when combing your kids hair b/c it hurts when you try to pull to get the knots out. take it slow and try to get the knot out with out pulling, it will come out with a little finesse.

Erica - posted on 09/06/2011

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We use leave in conditioner and a wide tooth comb. There is also a "brush" called the knot genie I believe and my daughter likes it. We bought it at a kids salon called Shear Madness here in Kansas City. Google it.

Lydia - posted on 09/06/2011

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My daughter sleeps on a satin pillow case. That has helped immensely. I also use Suave's kids' shampoo with the detangler in it AND the conditioner. Also had to break down and cut her hair to a more manageable length -

Cortney - posted on 09/06/2011

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use a detangler. or you can even just leave conditioner in for a while then brush

Leslie - posted on 09/06/2011

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Johnson's and Johnson's makes a leave in spray conditioner/detaingler. It works great! Find it with shampoo's not in baby section.

Leslie - posted on 09/06/2011

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Johnson's and Johnson's makes a leave in spray conditioner/detaingler. It works great! Find it with shampoo's not in baby section.

Amanda - posted on 09/05/2011

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Get a good brush! The ones from steffans are great. I usually use bribery (personally I think bribery is great - how else do they get people to go to work every day?), and failing that, I tell her what colour each of her knots is - I get her involved by getting her to guess and keep describing the colours :) I act really excited when I get each one out, and I "show" her the knot when I get it out :)

Monica - posted on 09/05/2011

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We used detangler on my son's curly hair. Also agree, that for long hair, do not start combing from the roots, but as Jenni and Laura posted, hold the hair and detangle in about two inch lengths starting near the tips and work your way up. Holding the hair just above where you are combing keeps you from pulling it. Thinking about it, combing from above just tightens the tangles, clearing the tangle a bit at a time from below helps free it up.

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At the kids' salon where we take my four year old daughter, they use a brush called the Knot Genie. I was skeptical, but it really does work. I bought a few as gifts for my niece and friends with little ones who have the same issue. We all are amazed that it really works. I bet you could find it online. My daughter has very curly hair, too.

Stacy - posted on 09/05/2011

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I don't know anything about curly hair, but if her hair is straight, this is what works on both my hair and my daughter's hair. ALWAYS brush dry hair before washing it, to get the little daily knots out. Then wash with a detangling shampoo. Conditioner is good, but we usually skip it. Then, while hair is wet, spray with detangler. COMB it, starting at the ends, and respraying if necessary. Then braid it for bed. We also always braid it before getting in the pool or lake, that helps keep the knots down. Once you find a system that works for you, it will be quick and easy. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 09/05/2011

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We use detangler and my daughter swears by a comb instead of a brush! Good luck. I also hold the hair in a tight fist being careful not to pull and brushing out the snarls below the fist so it doesn't pull as hard

Bonita - posted on 09/05/2011

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we've taken to putting in a braid at bedtime and it's been great. When there are tangles it always helps to have the hair wet and use a leave-in conditioner or a spry on detangler and comb from the bottom up adding a little more hair each brush stroke.

Michele - posted on 09/05/2011

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My daughter's hair is down to her knees and we hardly have problems with knots due to this technique. After the pool or a "rough" hair day, I condition her hair first, shampoo and then condition again. I think Pantene is the best- because it leaves a residue on the hair to prevent knots. Also, when she goes in the pool- I do one long ponytail with many rubberbands all the way down- prevent knots!

Chantel - posted on 09/04/2011

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Thank you very much to all the moms giving me advice on the knots in my little one's hair. Have a good week.

Jamie - posted on 09/02/2011

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For extreme knots or even matting I use the "tangle teaser" brush. Otherwise do it often and keep it moisturized if you are not washing it. Even doing just a wet down and some spray leave in conditioner is great. Always do something with it for bed, never go to bed with hair just down, put it up somehow, either braid or ponytail.

Sarita - posted on 09/02/2011

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i alway brush from the ends of the hair up to the sclap. this way instead of pulling more hair down into the knot, you are removing the knot from the bottom up.

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2011

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Johnson's hair detangler and a brush. And comb it out right after washing her hair while it's still wet. My daughter gets a lot of tangles and thats what works the best. Work from the bottom up. Hope that helps you!

Jana - posted on 09/01/2011

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My 3 1/2 yr old has long curly hair. We use conditioner in the bath, then when she's dressed we turn on Dora and I comb her hair in small sections from the bottom up, adding detangler spray when needed. I don't comb it when it's dry, though I sometimes spray with water and smooth it down to calm the frizz.

Lisa - posted on 09/01/2011

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you can buy chidrens detangling spray from boots pharmacy its perfectly fine to use in chidrens hair you can even get special spray for babies too,i use this on my 20 month old daughter who has very curly hair

Lucy - posted on 09/01/2011

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I found a tangleteaser brush from Boots worked on my boys but they are £12 each ish ..

Christina - posted on 09/01/2011

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Instead of detangler I take an empty spray bottle fill with water and a squirt of conditioner and shake. Home made detangler better than the stuff in shops and way cheaper!!

Marie - posted on 09/01/2011

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I just got this brush called the "knot guine" and my kids now don't run away when I say "time brush your hair"... Truly it really works on all types of hairtoo!

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Knot genie!!! It's amazing. knotgenie.com or they also have a fb page. I got mine at Cookie Cutters for $12.95. Both my 3 yr old and I have long, thick, curly hair and it brushes it without it hurting and no frizz. It even works well for doll hair! :)

Liz - posted on 08/31/2011

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In addition to all the above suggestions, I would like to recommend a product that has saved me alot of screaming from my 4 yr old daughter....it's called The Tangle Teezer. You can purchase it at Sally's Beauty Supply or google it. It's about $10 for a plastic brush, but it works wonders on tangles. "7 Second" leave-in conditioner by "Unite" is the only detangler spray that works on my daughter's fine hair. Sadly, I wish I had these products before her hair became a matted-tangled mess and turned into a bird's nest. We had to have her butt-length gorgeous curls cut a few months ago and she has chunks missing from having the tangle cut-out. If I had taken her to have a really good trim on her ends, this would have never happened, so I recommend keeping the dry ends trimmed off as well. Good luck!

Kristy - posted on 08/31/2011

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Johnson & Johnson makes an excellent detangler spray. I use it myself sometimes.:D

Rose - posted on 08/31/2011

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No more tangles by Johnson & Johnson. I use the cream gel for my 5 year old from fructise. I wet her hair first.

Ingrid - posted on 08/31/2011

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I have tow girls with long hair - one curly, one straight. I use water in a "skittie" (like you would use on plants) & Avon's "Kids Detangling Spray when needed. Start at the bottom, work your way up & don't pull too much. Good luck!

Pat - posted on 08/31/2011

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There are quite a few "detanglers" on the market. I have to use one on my granddaughter's hair. It is very thick and long and is impossible to comb through. Also, try using some conditioner on your child's hair after shampoo. It works wonders. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Tania - posted on 08/30/2011

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I have thick curly hair that knots easily and as a child, my mum never combed it. We just used lots of conditioner and would run fingers through it. I'm now 45 and still do my hair this way today... it works really well. And I only shampoo it once a week, but will condition it twice a week if its got extra tangly.

Terri - posted on 08/30/2011

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I used to use the spray detangler for my daughter's long hair, but I now use WEN hair cleansing conditioner and I can get the brush thru her hair without any resistance or tears (and no tears is the more important of the two). Even the next day, I don't have a problem brushing her hair like I used to. Love it!!!

Christine - posted on 08/30/2011

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For my 5 year old, we condition in the bath, use the spray on stuff, and then use a brush with very soft bristles (I had been using a plastic brush with hard bristles for a long time instead). It doesn't hurt her, takes no more time, and really works.

Jenny - posted on 08/30/2011

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My little one's hair is just above her knees, we use a little conditioner with water in a spray bottle. Never fails for us. Spray it on and start brushing from the bottom up.

Debbi - posted on 08/30/2011

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If it's really really tangled in knots, wd40 will take them out then wash and condition with a good conditioner. Start to comb from the bottom up to top and the wd40 should take the knots right out. I know it sounds crazy but my three grils always have had long hair and once in a while they'd get some pretty tough knots and I learned this trick a long time ago from a grandmother.

Kim - posted on 08/30/2011

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I used baby oil on bad ones. Just a drop or two and johnson and johnson detangler for the everyday use.On her hair not the scalp or it will look greasy.

Cindy - posted on 08/30/2011

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use conditioner in the shower then detangling spray after. My daughter has super curly super thick hair and this works great :)

Amy - posted on 08/30/2011

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Detangler shampoo plus conditioner then when its still wet spray the detangler leave in spray on the knot and work with a pick or wider part of a comb. Good Luck I also try to do when my DD is playing still in the tub or watching Mickey Mouse :) good luck

Eliska - posted on 08/30/2011

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I use dytengling spray but my daughter still cries. She has very curly hair at the front of her head and verythick hair. Sometimes she won't let me do her hair at all.

Lindzie Beachy - posted on 08/30/2011

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try some detangleing shampo and conditioner first, i use the leave in treatment you use in your hair after a shower, and your hair is still damp

Lindzie Beachy - posted on 08/30/2011

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i got a brush stuck in my hair once when i was little they had to cut my pretty blonde hair off :/

Amber - posted on 08/30/2011

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I would definitely advise against using a brush on wet hair because it can cause more breakage since wet hair is more fragile and stretchy. I always use conditioner and leave it on her hair for a few minutes before rinsing. I use a wide tooth comb on wet hair with detangler spray and work from the ends up to the roots. I do this for my own long thick curly hair and it really works to get the tangles out, and I do it with my daughters too. We also try not to go to bed with really wet hair because it always seems to get more tangled that way. And sometimes I turn on a cartoon or something to get my 2 year old to hold still to make it a little easier even if it is for just 5 minutes while I brush her hair.

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