Hair Detangler Styling Products

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The selection of the BEST detanglers (aka the SAFEST, in my opinion) is based on a survey of 34 hair detangler styling products requested by my large social media audience. Specifically, I organized all the products and their ingredients in a spreadsheet, analyzed them, and grouped them into categories.

Below are the tables with ten BEST products, six BETTER ones, fifteen BAD detanglers, and three WORST ones.  In addition, I have included a table with the explanation of concerning ingredients at the bottom of this post.

 

BEST Hair Detangler Styling Products

 

California Baby Calming Hair Detangler
Evolvh SmartCurl Leave-In Conditioner Use the IREAD15 code for 15% off (read my review on Evolvh products here)
Evolvh SmartStart Leave-In Conditioner Use the IREAD15 code for 15% off
Evolvh SmartVolume Leave-In Conditioner Use the IREAD15 code for 15% off
Honest Co. Conditioning Detangler, Everyday Gentle – Sweet Orange Vanilla
Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner Read my review on Innersense hair care products here
John Master’s Organics Leave-in Conditioning Mist with Green Tea & Calendula
Pipette Leave-In Detangler

 

Limonene is part of the orange essential oil

(By the way, the ingredients for this product in the EWG Skin Deep database differ from the ones on the website.)

Pure Haven Supergreens Detangler Read my review on Pure Haven products here
T is for Tame Hair Taming & Detangling Spray

 

BETTER Detanglers

 

Product Concern
Alba Botanica More Moisture Leave-In Conditioning Mist ⚠️Limonene

⚠️Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil

⚠️Phenoxyethanol

⚠️Retinyl Palmitate

Attitude Little Leaves™ Kids Hair Detangler ⚠️Dimethyl Heptena
Briogeo Aloe + Oat Milk Fragrance-Free Hypoallergenic Detangling Spray ⚠️Too many different preservatives
Honest Co. Conditioning Detangler, Gently Nourishing – Sweet Almond ⚠️Phenoxyethanol

⚠️Limonene

Olyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler ⚠️Phenoxyethanol
Poofy Organics Citrus Coconut Leave-In Conditioner ⚠️Natural flavors (ingredients are not disclosed)

 

BAD Hair Detangler Styling Products

 

Product Concern
Amika The Wizard Detangling Hair Primer ❌Cyclopentasiloxane

❌Fragrance

Aveda Nutriplenish™ Leave-in Conditioner ❌Ethoxylated (Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil)

❌Fragrance

Babo Botanicals Smoothing Berry Primrose Leave-In Conditioning Spray ❌Fragrance
Child’s Farm Hair Detangler Grapefruit & Tea Tree

 

⚠️Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool

❌Fragrance

⚠️Phenoxyethanol

Davines OI All in One Leave-In Hydrating Hair Milk Spray to Reduce Frizz

 

❌Cyclopentasiloxane

❌Ethoxylated (e.g., Trideceth-5, Trideceth-12)

❌Fragrance

Fairy Tales Tangle Tamer® Static Free Kids Detangling Spray ❌Fragrance
Kevin Murphy UNTANGLED

 

⚠️Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool

⚠️Chlorphenesin

❌Cyclopentasiloxane

❌Ethoxylated (e.g., Sodium Laneth-40 Maleate/Styrene Sulfonate Copolymer)

❌Fragrance

⚠️Phenoxyethanol

Monat UNKNOT DETANGLER Infused with REJUVENIQE S™

 

❌Fragrance

⚠️Limonene, Linalool

Not Your Mother’s Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Detangler Curl Definition

 

❌Ethoxylated (PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Ethylhexanoate)

❌Fragrance

⚠️Phenoxyethanol

Original Sprouts Miracle Detangler ❌Fragrance
Pacifica Coconut Milk Detangle Elixir ❌Parfum
Raw Sugar Kids Kids Detangler Banana + Coconut Milk

 

❌Fragrance

⚠️Phenoxyethanol

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangler ❌Fragrance
Tubby Todd Hair Detangler

 

❌Ethoxylated Ingredient (Polysorbate 80)

❌Fragrance

⚠️Phenoxyethanol

Unite 7 Seconds Detangler

 

⚠️Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool

❌Butylphenyl Methylpropional

❌Ethoxylated Ingredient (Trideceth-12)

❌Fragrance

⚠️Phenoxyethanol

 

WORST Detanglers

 

Product Concern
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In ❌Cyclopentasiloxane

❌Fragrance

❌Parabens

Paul Mitchell The Detangler ❌Ethoxylated (Bisamino PEG/ PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone)

❌Fragrance

❌Methylisothiazolinone

❌Synthetic Dyes (Orange 4, Yellow 5)

Revlon UniquOne Uniqone™ Hair Treatment ❌Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane

❌Cyclopentasiloxane

❌Parfum

❌Parabens

⚠️Propylene Glycol

 

CONCERNING INGREDIENTS

 

Ingredient

❌- high to medium concern

⚠️- low concern

Cause for Concern
⚠️Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Dimethyl Heptena, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool Fragrance components, potential allergens (more here)
❌Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane Under assessment as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (ECHA)
❌Butylphenyl Methylpropional Potential allergen and toxic to reproduction (ECHA)
⚠️Chlorphenesin Suspected of being persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (ECHA) (more here)
❌Cyclopentasiloxane Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic to the environment; may be contaminated with cyclotetrasiloxane (more here)
❌Ethoxylated Ingredients (-eth, Polysorbates, PEGs) Potential contamination with carcinogenic substances (more here)
❌Fragrance (Parfum) and Natural Fragrance Undisclosed ingredients; may interfere with the endocrine system, cause allergies, and increase the risk of cancer (more here)
❌Methylisothiazolinone Potential allergen/sensitizer (more here)
⚠️Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil Potential allergen (source)
❌Parabens (e.g., Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben) Linked to endocrine disruption (source)
⚠️Phenoxyethanol Potential allergen (more here)
⚠️Propylene Glycol May cause allergic and irritant contact dermatitis (source)
⚠️Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) May have photo-carcinogenic effects (more here)
❌Synthetic Dyes (Orange 4, Yellow 5) Unnecessary, potentially allergenic, potentially made with petroleum and potential heavy metal contaminants (more here)

 

 

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