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Tangled curly hair? Knot a problem! These detangling products have got you this summer

The best sprays, serums and butters for rocking natural styles.

The best sprays, serums and butters for rocking natural styles.

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Summer is vacay time for flat irons and blow dryers! Warmer temps means us wavy, curly and kinky haired girls can rock natural styles more easily. But as much as we'd love to just wake, shake and go, there are still a few kinks to deal with when it comes to working with your natural mane. Detangling is a major part of the process and it can be very painful.

Here are some popular products that provide the 'slip' and manageability that will help to melt your tangles away… whatever you get up to this summer!

This product tops the list for many curly hair girls. After a dime-sized squeeze of this creamy conditioner, tangles will lay down as your comb glides through. It works best on super clean, conditioned wet hair. Feel free to use this as a regular rinse-out conditioner for wavy hair or as a leave-in conditioner for more coarse, tightly curled hair.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler, $32.99, Amazon.ca 

Perfect if you're looking for something gentle enough for an everyday wash, this is a pre-cleanse product. Use it on wet hair before your shampoo and conditioner. It's ideal for curly, mixed textures and tight coils. Proof that wash day doesn't have to take all day.

DEVACURL Wash Day Wonder Pre-Cleanse Slip Detangler, $38, Sephora.com

Cantu is a perennial fave in the natural hair community. The coconut smell will get you every time! Armed with a wide tooth comb, this spray detangler softens while clearing tangles; also very effective as a leave-in conditioner. It's an ideal product to get rid of knots when you remove protective styles like braids.

Cantu Detangler Shea Butter Coil Calm Spray, $15.09, Amazon.ca

So you spent the long weekend at a cottage and your hair hasn't seen a comb or brush in 4 days. You can bring your curls back to life quickly and pain-free with this creamy serum. Just call it the mat master! A great detangler for all curly hair types, that doesn't leave residue on your pillow!

Aunt Jackie's Knot on My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy, $18.10, Amazon.ca

Whether it's from salt, chlorine or lake water, a few pumps of this will help loosen those inevitable post-swim knots. This detangler moisturizes as it smooths and helps battle dryness brought on by the summer rays. Good one to keep in the beach bag.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Detangler Spray, $7.96, Walmart.ca

Clap back at crunchy, tangled tresses with this silicone-free leave-in conditioner. Coloured hair? It has an added bonus of locking in the hue, leaving your hair smooth and shiny. Also it's suitable for your little's hair.

Curl Keeper SLIP 30 Second Detangler, $17.50, Tradesecrets.ca

This cream detangler does major double duty as a supreme moisturizer and tangle fighter. Reap the best results when you use it sparingly and let it sit before finger combing. As with all Shea Moisture products, it has no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, dea, petroleum, formaldehyde or propylene.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler, $12.96, Walmart.ca

If you're not a fan of standing in the shower tugging at knots, then give Motions pre-wash detangling butter a try. This is not a leave-in detangler; use it before you shampoo or co-wash. It loosens tangley bits and helps prevent breakage. Your shower drain will thank you.

Motions Enhance & Define Pre-Wash Detangling Butter, $9.99, Clorebeauty.com


Nneka Elliott (@nnekaelliott) is a lifestyle blogger, host and actor. She shares her adventures with fashion and beauty in her pursuit of a gutsy life. nnekaelliott.com

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