Does your daughter have the most tangled hair you have ever seen? Do her hair tangles make for stressful mornings every single day? Would you love to find a more gentle and simple way to deal with those tangle monsters that seem to creep up over night?
I’m going to show you how we do it, and maybe it will work for you and your little one too! (I also use the same things on myself, and I NEVER deal with tangles anymore either!)
I’ve always been slightly tenderheaded, but I might as well have concrete for a scalp in comparison to my VERY tender headed daughter.
She is NOT a fan of the ol’ hairbrush and even though she has mainly straight/slightly wavy hair she still wakes up every single morning with a giant birds nest of tangled hair in the back of her head.
(If your daughter has curly hair, or if you have curly hair, I HIGHLY recommend checking out THIS! Even with my wavy hair, it has been life changing!)
First lets go over a bit of background:
Have we tried braids? Yes. She sleeps like a wild animal though and NO braids have ever made it through to the morning.
Can you give her a bath in the morning. NO. I like my sleep. So does she.
Why is her hair long? Why not just cut it? Oddly, her hair gets even WORSE the shorter it is. The knot starts up closer to her head. Which makes for an even more tearful endeavor. The longer her hair is, the lower on her hair the knot begins and I can hold the hair above so it doesn’t pull on her scalp as much.
So it’s dramatic and crazy and some days I just give up and make posts like this:
It might not look THAT bad…but sadly…this was AFTER trying to comb through it.
Thankfully, we aren’t having horrible bad hair days much anymore now that I have stumbled on to a system that seems to work very well for detangling my daughter’s hair.
Your results might vary, but this is what works well for us.
Shampoo AND Conditioner
We use both shampoo AND conditioner on my daughter’s hair. The shampoo is used on her scalp and the conditioner goes on her ends. If I put conditioner up any higher than shoulder length, her hair tends to get a bit too greasy too quickly.
We used to just use shampoo. However, the conditioner is really essential because it makes her hair much softer and more manageable.
We love this shampoo because it also takes care of flakes/itchy scalp and Tea Tree Oil has the added benefit of repelling lice! A must have for elementary school students. We use the conditioner too and it’s lovely.
Comb Out Her Hair after Bath
We ALWAYS either comb her hair with a Wide Tooth Comb (her and I both use this: Cricket Ultra Smooth Hair Conditioning Rake Comb infused with Argan Oil) or we use my new favorite brush in the whole wide world…the Wet Brush (more on this in a bit).
I find that combing through her hair while wet helps at least a little bit. It doesn’t prevent the back of the head birds nest, but it does prevent some of the tangles that occur on the sides of her head.
Use a Leave In Conditioner to Detangle in the Morning
I don’t use detangler spray anymore. I mean, I have it in the house, but I find a leave in conditioner works better and helps me to work out the back of the head knot a lot better.
I spray It’s a 10 miracle leave -in on the big knot and let it sit for a minute or two every morning.
I’m not going to lie…this stuff is pricey. However, I’ve had the same bottle since March and I’ve barely made a dent in it. I was going through detangler (which weighed down her hair and made it look greasy) by the gallon before finding this stuff. It’s awesome and I use it on my own hair too.
Recently, we found the Wet Brush. It was actually an FFF reader (my other site) who mentioned it to me and I looked it up. Because it’s an Add On item on Amazon, I had to wait until I had $25+ worth of purchases to order it. Because I’m cheap…it took me awhile to make a purchase over $25 😉 .
When we got it though, it was like MAGIC!
Finally our hair care routine is (almost) tear free! I’m convinced some of the tears nowadays are just the product of having to hold still (I mean she is only 4*!).
*UPDATE: She is now 7 and this is STILL the routine we use! She can do a lot of it herself nowadays!
Otherwise, we have really turned a corner on hair care with my daughter.
Do you have tearful hair brushing in the morning? Would you consider trying the way we do it or do you have any suggestions for us? Comment below!