The Best Shampoo for Tangled Hair

Silicone shampoos are best for tangles.

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Curl girls and straight sisters know what a drag tangled hair can be, with snarls that take forever to comb out to snags that form out of nowhere. Split ends and broken hairs cause more snarls, so trim hair on a regular basis to reduce tangles and maintain hair health with moisturizing products. The best shampoo for tangled hair wreaks havoc with everyday use, so make it an occasional part of your beauty regimen.

Silicone Shampoo

When hair is super matted, silicone shampoo coats strands one by one. The sealed follicles become slippery and shiny, allowing tangles to naturally loosen. However, too much silicone damages your hair by blocking needed moisture and natural oils, so this is definitely not a daily shampoo. Overuse leaves locks brittle and dry and indicates a need to cut back. Use when your mane gets really tangled. Some shampoos camouflage silicone under its scientific name, dimethicone. Check the bottle to get the facts.

Moisturizing Shampoo

Dry hair naturally tangles more than hydrated hair, so relieving the dryness can reduce the mess. A hydrating or moisturizing shampoo works well to hydrate tangled locks on a regular basis, making it second best. Use whenever you wash your mane, unless you need the silicone help.


The right conditioner really plays a part in removing tangles from your hair. Go with a moisturizing conditioner, and let it sit in your hair for several minutes before rinsing out. Time helps the product penetrate your locks. For extra help, comb the conditioner through the hair in the shower, using a wide-toothed comb. On days you don't shower, spritz your hair with leave-in conditioner to get the same de-tangling boost.

Combing out Tangles

Even the best shampoo and conditioner won't prevent every tangle. When tangles arise, be calm. Gently comb wet hair with a wide-toothed comb, working from the ends up. Comb out a section, then move up, combing through until tangles release. Work up the hair shaft until you're combing free the roots. Pick 1-inch wide sections of hair, or smaller if your tresses are really matted.

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