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Best Detangling Tool for Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202122 Comments

Best Detangling Tool for Natural Hair
Renee asks:

Which does a better job of detangling– combs or Denman brushes (or similar)?

CN’s Response: I’m still loving my Ouidad Double Detangler! It’s the best tool I’ve ever used… next to my fingers. I’m not in the position to comment on shed hairs, because my shedding has ceased due to pregnancy hormones, but I can say that it is not snagging or tearing strands.

I was never a fan of wide tooth shower combs because of the ridiculous amount of shed hairs they leave behind (which results in tangling and matting). And although I tried to love my Denman and other off brand paddle brushes, they broke off my ends, tore strands, and pulled out tons of hair. So for now, the Ouidad Detangler it is 🙂


  • Anonymous says:

    I just got my Ouidad comb today and tried it out and I love it! I have fine 4A hair that tangles easily and the comb actually glided through my hair with conditioner and after I rinsed.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the Ouidad comb! Everyone is raving about the tangle teezer…give me the Ouidad any day!

  • Anonymous says:

    I find combs work better for me and my daughter.I have a Denman brush but i found that it increased the rate of knots so im sticking with the wide tooth comb and will purchase a seamless one.

  • Anonymous says:

    picked it up from sephora today. It is a saving grace! worth the 24 buck. i was a lil skeptical but i am glad i was able to detangle my hair w/ no denman.

    btw, i agree. the denman i am afraid is actually harsh on my hair and somewhat damaging it

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a wide tooth comb & a fine comb… with hair full of conditioner I first comb through my hair with the wide tooth comb and then comb smaller sections with the fine tooth comb.

  • Tammy G says:

    Just purchased the Ouidad comb online! Hope it's worth the expense! CN has yet to stir me wrong. Happy Detangling!

    Tammy G

  • Peaceluvsme says:

    I purchased this also, can't wait for it to come!

  • Niqui36 says:

    I just purchased this and can't wait for it to get here so I can give it a try. I had the goody shower comb which did an awesome job, but it was just too wimpy for me and my daughter's hair. Hopefully this will do the trick!

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVVVE the Ouidad comb! It has reduced my detangling time to about 20 minutes so I no longer run out of hot water in the shower. My hair is tightly coiled, so it was usually a nightmare to detangle before. Thanks CN for turning me onto this! I am so happy I am going to give away my Denman brush and Jibere com.

  • Anonymous says:

    i'm sticking with my Diane wide tooth comb. but thanks Nikki for the rec about the Pantene Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask. it is the best detangler/conditioner but i am afraid they are discontinuing it. i can barely find it and you can't order it online 🙁

  • Staisha says:

    I bought the much talked about, beloved Denman brush and was disappointed. The jerk was literally yanking my hair out– Maybe I'll modify it (take out some teeth)and give it another try.

    The Ouidad DOES peak my interest but I'm soooo content with THE JILBERE SHOWER COMB (from

  • momo7 says:

    "Which does a better job of detangling– combs or Denman brushes (or similar)?"

    For me, neither. Paddle brushes work better than both specifically for detangling my hair. On the other hand, my fingers are the quintessential detanglers. They can feel and catch what the inanimate objects cannot.

  • Anonymous says:

    This cheap detangling comb is a life saver! The covered teeth prevents snags. You can't tell from the picture, but the comb also has two sets of teeth which allows for super easy detangling. The Denman splits my delicate 4a hair.

  • heyitsdani says:

    I actually have a comb very simular to this and it works wonderfully. The only difference is the teeth are interlaced. I know it sounds scary but it worked lovely with my tight coils

  • Hair and Beyond says:

    I love the comb also, works both on my hair 20 weeks post and my daughters hair who is natural but her hair is midback length. I reviewed it on my blog as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    neither is better for me. im sticking with my jilibre shower comb

  • Anonymous says:

    i'm one of the few who disliked the ouidad comb. thank goodness for sephora's return policy. i'm alright with my oversized comb. denman gives me horrible, flat results.

  • Unknown says:

    Nikki…is your hair growing alot since you've been pregnant?!

  • Unknown says:

    I agree about the detangler. It's absolutely awesome. I went out and purcahsed it after reading Nikki's review and did a review of it on my own blog, which can be found here:

    @Shones, the weight of the comb didn't bother me, I actually feel that it helps because like Nikki said, I've gone through many combs and brushes before that I have broken, but the thickness of this one withstood the test of my THICK THICK 4a hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I had the same problem with the Denman D4 but then I got the Denman D31 (less rows and more spaced out bristles – recommended for Afro hair) and it's been all good since then. I'm curious about this Ouidad comb though. I'll probably give it a try when 100% natural. I'm transitioning right now and expect to be all natural but the end of the year.

  • Unknown says:

    What about the reviews online about the weight of the comb? Do you find it cumbersome?

  • Unknown says:

    I'm going to try this detangler. I recently modified my Denman (left three rows in) and it produced the same if not worse results. The pulling and snapping was just the same and it didn't make the job easier. I currently use a regular wide tooth comb, that with tons of conditioner does okay, but it still pulls or yanks out hair. I'm going to give this a try and see if it works.

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