Nobody wants to deal with knots – whether it be your own or your children’s unruly hair! The process of washing your hair can seem like a bit of a chore for many, but especially so if you have to spend lots of time taming your hair afterward. Tangles aren’t just annoying – they can be a real cause for concern to those suffering with thinner hair who want to preserve the hair they have as much as possible!

A hair detangler sounds like perfect solution and there seems to be so many to choose from – cosmetic items like conditioners and sprays to using a physical detangler brush – but not all detanglers are created equal, and some may be more damaging to your hair than you think.

Conventional Detanglers

When it comes to conventional conditioners (and when we say ‘conventional’ we are referring to products with ingredients that aren’t natural – usually what you’d mostly find on the high street!) they tend to contain specific ingredients that that make the hair more manageable to work with and prevent knots from forming.

Traditionally, detanglers use at least one of the following ingredients to either smooth the hair’s surface or to impart a positive electrical charge to stop tangle-causing static:

Silicone – silicones act as a plastic coating to the hair, making it more pliable.
Oils – work especially well with damaged hair by filling in the ‘pores’ of the hair making it easier to work with/less likely to tangle.
Protein – smooths the broken edges of the hair to stop it catching on other strands.
Acids– used to smooth and tighten strands by strengthening the bonds between keratin molecules in the hair.  

Although all of these ingredients can be effective at smoothing the hair and preventing tangles from forming, many of them have other effects that aren’t as desirable.
Silicone, for example, can give the appearance of healthy, glossy hair, but isn’t actually doing anything for the condition of your hair (which you’d certainly want, especially with a conditioning detangler!). It essentially coats the hair in plastic, which can weigh it down, causing it to look limp and lifeless over time and can also prevent genuine conditioning ingredients (and even the hair’s own natural oils) from penetrating or lubricating the hair shaft…so in reality the hidden dryness and damage gets worse, which is why we’d always recommend a silicone free shampoo and conditioner.

It’s not just the detangling agents that can cause issues for the hair, but the majority of conventional conditioners and detanglers are made from harsh, synthetic ingredients entirely, including:

– Sulphates
– Parabens
– Artificial fragrance
– Artificial preservatives

Not only do ingredients like sulphates act as scalp irritants and can end up damaging hair, many of these commonly-used ingredients are linked to deeper, more serious health issues after prolonged use and build-up within the body.

But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to sit brushing out knotty hair for the rest of your life – there are alternatives!

What’s the best natural hair conditioner/detangler? 

You’re going to want something that is actually going to condition your hair! Because of the harsh nature of some of the chemicals used in conventional conditioners and detanglers and the fact they only promise to give the appearance of healthy hair, you’ll want to use something with ingredients that actually nourish and condition your hair.

We would always recommend using an organic conditioner / detangler, with therapeutic ingredients.

But there are so many “so-called” organic/natural products out there, how can you tell which ones are genuine?

Look for independent organic certification! Whilst any company can give the appearance that their product is natural, there are independent bodies who assess which products really are the real deal. Odylique products, for example, are independently certified organic by The Soil Association, who have some of the strictest standards in the world to adhere to. Usually these products will have the association’s logo on the packaging, making it easier to spot.

If you’re looking for all natural, organic conditioner, we recommend our multi-tasking conditioner & detangler that strengthens and smoothens hair, giving a soft luxurious feel, while soothing the most sensitive scalp.

A revolutionary all-natural, quat-free, silicone-free, sulphate-free, system of amino acids and prebiotics provides both natural conditioning to the hair and contributes toward a healthy-looking scalp by balancing the skin microbiota.

Our wonderfully pure conditioner comes in two varieties: Lavender Conditioner / Detangler and a super-gentle unscented conditioner.

It’s also an excellent choice for those with ultra-sensitive scalps (who may suffer with psoriasis or eczema) and children too.

Detangler Brush

There are of course other options to a conditioner/spray – detangler brushes! These brushes can be used on wet or dry hair and tend to pull a lot less than traditional hairbrushes because of their densely-packed, friction-free bristles.
There are lots of detangler brushes on the market, but if you’re looking for something a little more eco-friendly, we recommend any brush that is made from sustainably sourced materials, such as the ‘So Eco Biodegradable Gentle Detangling Brush’. This special brush is made from eco pond, a fully compostable material that is ethically sourced, compostable, recyclable and biodegradable.

Top Natural Detangling Tips:

  1. Gently brush hair before you wash it, to reduce the amount of knots you comb out when it’s wet. 
  2. Whilst your washing your hair – instead of vigorously rubbing shampoo in – smooth any product through it with your fingers.
  3. When shampooing, don’t be tempted to pile hair on top of your head whilst you wait for the shampoo to do its magic – keep your hair down!
  4. Use a natural conditioner / hair detangler on your hair afterward.
  5. Instead of towel drying your hair by rubbing it, gently squeeze excess water out.
  6. Allow your hair to air-dry somewhat before attempting to comb it through – hair is at it’s weakest when it’s soaking!
  7. Finally, gently brush through your hair with a detangling brush.

More Advice?

If you’d like any more advice on organic conditioner or any of our products, please do email us –, add your question as a comment below, or call 01638 491022 – we’re here to help!

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