The Best Detangler for Curly Hair

Banish painful tangles and enjoy your curls instead of cursing them.

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Whether your curly hair is natural or permed, you probably dread stepping out of the shower after a shampoo, knowing the dirty secret those lovely curls hide: they're a literal pain in the neck. If the frustration of de-knotting your tangled curls is part of your morning routine, help is on the way. With these detanglers to the rescue, your hair will behave instead of being hateful.

John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Detangler

The creamy white conditioner in John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Detangler contains a mix of the oils of jojoba, coconut, sunflower, borage seed and flaxseed, as well as arnica extract, calendula extract, wheat amino acids and hyaluronic acid. All of those ingredients work together to moisturize and detangle, whether your curly hair is fine, dry or color-treated. "Allure" magazine gave it one of its "Best of Beauty Awards" for 2011, noting that it's even light enough to use as a leave-in conditioner.

KMS California AddVolume Body Build Detangler

Curly hair isn't necessarily thick hair, and if you happen to have locks that are also fine, you may need a detangler that boosts volume to your curls. KMS California AddVolume Body Build Detangler is a leave-in conditioner said to provide up to 40 percent more volume, one reason "Good Housekeeping" named it one of the best products for fine hair. The eucalyptus and cinnamon it contains will also leave your hair smelling good, too.

Living Proof Full Conditioner

Another effective detangler that also boosts curly hair that's a little on the limp side is Living Proof Full Conditioner. Its oil-free, silicone-free formula boasts the proprietary ingredient PolyfluoroEster, developed by scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "In Style" named it one of its "Fall Beauty Trends" of 2010 for the product's ability to detangle and condition hair weightlessly so that it isn't stringy. Instead, you'll have tangle-free curls that are thicker, fuller and healthier with even more bounce.

Rainforest Radiance Detangling Spray

Detangle your hair while doing something good for the environment with Rainforest Radiance Detangling Spray. It's part of the Body Shop's line of eco-conscious hair care products that contain no silicones, parabens or colorants. What it won't do is harm water systems or contribute to rainforest destruction. What it will do is use pracaxi oil, bilberry extract, linseed oil and aloe vera extracts to prevent snarls and add sheen to your hair, which is why it received a "Healthy Beauty Award" in 2011 from "Self" magazine.

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