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My daughter has very tangly/knotty hair

(28 Posts)
NAB3lovelychildren Sun 04-Jan-09 10:46:28

We have the tangle teaser which is great.

What products could I use on her to make it easier to brush and style? She is 5.

The hair dresser told me not to have it cut hmm but when she has her hair too long she just looks all hair with her small face. She doesn't like having her hair cut as she was shouted at and this time the hairdresser kept complaining about how thick her hair was and that she moved. Er, she is 5 and you took 50 minutes to cut her hair. She is going to move a bit but she didn't when told she really had to stay still.

Any tips please and also how often should I condition her hair?

pointydog Sun 04-Jan-09 10:47:23

Change hairdresser and have it cut!

ramonaquimby Sun 04-Jan-09 10:47:49

I would def get it cut, what an odd thing for the hairdresser to say! find a new one while you're at it, she sounds horrid

BonsoirAnna Sun 04-Jan-09 10:48:58

What an odd hairdresser. Blunt cutting the ends of hair works wonders for tangles. I think you should try a new hairdresser.

NAB3lovelychildren Sun 04-Jan-09 10:52:09

I definitely will. It doesn't look too bad atm but ideally we would have someone come to the house.

oldcrock Sun 04-Jan-09 10:54:07

Some hair seems to be just more prone to tangles. Dd1 is 9 and is tangly every morning, even if conditioned and combed the night before. She refuses point blank to have it cut, so we just have to endure detangling on a daily basis.

Your hairdresser sounds like she doesn't like children, definitely change!

MrsSeanBean Sun 04-Jan-09 10:56:07

If it's long enough you could keep one length and trim the ends yourself? That style looks great on small girls I think. I had ling hair and used to have to endure painfiul comb detangling. Then conditioner was invented. Lots of conditioner left on about 5 mins should help.

hercules1 Sun 04-Jan-09 10:58:12

DD (5) has really knotty, tangly hair too. I use (as recommended here) boots own almond an coconut shampoo and the conditioner too. Lots of conditioner on. THen comb (for hours) whilst wet. I find childrens shampoos make it worse and detanger sprays useless.

RupertTheBear Sun 04-Jan-09 10:58:57

This might be a bit of a stupid suggestion as your dd is 5 but my dd's hair stopped being so knotty when I switched from baby shampoo to normal shampoo - the hairdresser suggested it and it really worked.

SecretSlattern Sun 04-Jan-09 10:59:33

We have a tangle teezer and I don't think it is all that tbh. I still end up doing DD's hair with my brush even if it has been done with the TT first.

I don't really know what else to suggest, except that when we have DD's hair trimmed, it is sooooo much easier to detangle, so I would probably second the advice to find someone else to cut it for you.

purepurple Sun 04-Jan-09 11:01:16

my DD has really thick hair and it used to be quite long, I used to use Avons childrens detanging spray, works brilliantly, then she had it all cut off, works even better!

MrsSeanBean Sun 04-Jan-09 11:01:49

Try a wide tooth comb 'afro comb' (?) first too, it gets the worst of the tangles out relatively easily.

hercules1 Sun 04-Jan-09 11:02:50

I section her hair when I comb it too. I hold her hair in my hand carefully so her scalp doesnt get the full brunt as I attempt to get knots out.

SecretSlattern Sun 04-Jan-09 11:04:39

Purepurple, have tried that Avon stuff and it was great to start with...

I've tried leave in conditioner, normal conditioner, detangling sprays, you name it and nothing seems to work.

Sorry NAB, I seem to have taken over your thread blush

mellyonion Sun 04-Jan-09 11:08:13

my dd is the same..my sil is a hairdresser, and said that the hair ends (half way down her back) are a few years old and are dehydrayted and old, and therefore get knotty... she said that a good cut or at least a trim will help, but most of all chopping the whole lot off should do the trick!

i'm waiting for her to cut it into a really short bob.....eeeek! grin

in the mean time, i use loads of conditioner and rinse her hair downwards so it is stright iykwim? then i twist it to get the water out and then comb with a wide tooth comb while its wet.....i generally keep it tied back too, in plaits or a bun.

janx Sun 04-Jan-09 11:18:00

Is her hair curly - my dd is 4 and has beautiful blonde clurly hair and man is it a nightmare - I put some olive oil in it prior to washing and use an afro comb with lots of conditioner in the bath....I have to wash it every 4 days as it becomes matted otherwise - its the type of hair that just goes fizzy if you brush it. Still have not found the best shampoo/conditioner though

hercules1 Sun 04-Jan-09 11:19:20

Dd's hair is curly.

NAB3lovelychildren Sun 04-Jan-09 17:03:30

I know we have Johnson's condition but the shampoo is an easy comb one I think. Can anyone recommend what I could use? She has a small amount of cradle cap too.

LilRedWG Sun 04-Jan-09 17:06:08

Change hairdresser!

We use shampoo, conditioner and Supersoft Detangling Spray on DD with her tangle teaser - it's works a treat.

RubyRioja Sun 04-Jan-09 17:10:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StepfordKnife Sun 04-Jan-09 17:28:54

I use body shop shampoo and conditioner on my 6 year old's tangly hair. Seems to work well enough if I apply enough of it and comb in through when wet prior to rinsing

Dottoressa Sun 04-Jan-09 17:31:16

Simply Blonde detangler/glosser works wonders on my DD's hair. (She isn't blonde, but she does have very knotty hair). I had hers cut into a short bob, and changed hairdressers as our former one shouted at her for touching a brush hmm!

irishyouamerrychristmas Sun 04-Jan-09 17:35:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NAB3lovelychildren Sun 04-Jan-09 18:11:13

Have washed with easy comb shampoo and Johnsons condition. Brushed with tangle teaser and have plaited. I think I will keep trimming the back myself. the fringe is tricky though.

LilRedWG Mon 05-Jan-09 21:15:26

Try the detaingling spray - it really does work wonders.

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