How to Detangle My Little Girls Hair - End Tears Now

by katiem2

Do tangles have your daughter running from you with the brush in hand? There is a simpler way to brush your daughters hair, ease the pain and stress of brushing her hair.

Do you cringe at the thought of combing or brushing your little girls hair? There is an easier more pain free way to detangle your little girls hair getting the tangles out without all those tears.

I have two curly haired girls with thick hair. I can't count the times they took off running when they saw me with brush in hand. Oh those dreaded tangles. I love doing my daughters hair making them look adorable. I was determined to find a way to ease the tension of combing, brushing, styling and getting the tangles out without the tears.

The Best Way to De-Tangle Childrens Hair

Teaching kids how they can get the tangles out of their dolls and animals hair is a great tool.

I got so tired of my daughters crying no matter how gentle I was.  It seemed they cried to keep me in check making certain I wouldn't run to quickly through a tangle. Bottom line is they were scared and that was the problem I knew I must address carefully and with a gentle hand. 

Don't get me wrong curly thick hair is hard to manage and it gets really tangled.  All the more reason it needs brushed and combed on a regular basis.

If you let it go those tangles quickly turn into a matted mess that is impossible to remove without tears or damaging the hair.  

There is no getting around it the tangles must be removed by brushing or combing. Using a detangler spray makes tangles melt away and combing easy.

Painless Hair De-tangling for Kids

The best way to get your child to agree to this process is to make her a part of the process.

Giving your daughter a doll, or stuffed animal with long hair and a brush for them to detangle works as a great deterrent for arguments and tears.  Explain to your daughter how she will fix her baby or stuffies hair while you fix hers.  Let her know she will be showing you the best way to do it and you will follow her lead taking her instructions.

Getting Her Involved Relieves the Stress and Focus on Fear


The Easy Method of Combing a Childs Hair

Let the child take charge and be involved to ease the stress.

Giving your child this power is an amazing tool as kids love taking charge.  The magic is in the distraction. She will be so focused on combing her baby or animals hair plus instructing you that she will forget about what you're doing.  Carefully begin following the combing process as outlined below as your daughter concentrates on what she's doing.

The only comments you should make are encouraging comments as to what a great job she's doing with her detangling.  Keep complimenting her engaging her in the task at hand all the while focusing on combing her hair. The focus on her work on her doll are stuffed animal will distract her from her own hair.

The Tangle Tamer for Kids

Detangler mist and sprays are priceless I have these useful tools on hand all the time, won't be without them.

I learned very quickly the tangle mist, sprays, combs and brushes work. 

How it Works

  1. Start at the ends of the hair by sweeping the hair around to the back with your hands.
  2. If hair is thick use a wide toothed comb or detangling brush.
  3. Mist the ends of the hair, begin combing from the absolute ends working your way up gradually.
  4. Spray more detangler on as you work your way up.  
  5. Take your time and continue this process until you've made your way through the entire head of hair.

Enjoy a beautiful head of hair as you build your child's confidence.

As she realizes the power in this task you may encourage her to fix babies hair, by braiding and or other styles.  

This ritual will grow and evolve as you both build confidence.  Combing your daughters hair will become a enjoyable bonding time you share together.

Much Love and Happiness, Katie

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Updated: 04/01/2013, katiem2
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How to Comb a Childs or Little Girls Hair Without Making Them Cry

katiem2 on 03/07/2013

georgettejohn, It is heart wrenching to pull your little girls hair while brushing or combing.

georgettejohn on 03/05/2013

Oh I remember those days...Now the only one I have at home that cries and screams when hair is me! I dread doing it every morning!

katiem2 on 03/13/2012

Miaden, Thanks for adding that, it is so common and yet I remember growing up having the same difficulty IT REALLY HURTS! I vowed to do all I could to prevent pulling my daughters hair. I hope this does help, busy parents need all the help they can get. :)

Mladen on 03/12/2012

I remember living with my young cousin, and she had curly thick hair which tangled a lot! I remember her crying every evening, when her mother would try to untangle it. It seemed quite painful!
Great advices, you put here, Katie! I am sure some children will stop crying after their mothers read this article!

katiem2 on 03/11/2012

kinworm, It seems a common problem we all have. My girls have curly thick hair that tends to be dry. I fill a spray bottle with water adding about 1/4 conditioner to the water, makes for a great tangle spray. I did this once when I ran out adding the water and conditioner to the empty spray bottle and it worked great. You might find adding a small amount to your water helps.

Marie on 03/11/2012

Great tips, Katie. My daughter has extremely fine and straight hair which tangles incredibly easily. I have to spray it with water to gently brush and comb through.

katiem2 on 03/10/2012

Angel, Its funny you say they want to keep their hair long, mine always did as well, in fact they like it very long. Oh my the struggle of dealing with tangles... Angel I find another good step is combing through their hair while very wet in the shower or bath with the conditioner in it with a wide tooth detangler comb. Give that a go.

Angel on 03/10/2012

I dread doing both of my girl's hair in the morning before school and daycare. Ugghhh.. They throw a fit but demand that their hair stays long. I have one redhead and one blonde that refuses to let me comb through their tangles. I have used everything I can find over the counter and it really does not do any good. I will try some of these items you have posted and see if they help. Thanks for sharing.

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