What Can I Do For My Toddlers Curly Hair?

Are you looking for the best hair brushes for toddlers and children that have curly hair? As you well know children are known for having very fine, curly and silky hair. Therefore their hair lends itself to tangles and frizzy hair very easily. You want a brush that will slide through their curly hair and detangle with ease. Here is my best pick for a toddler’s curly hair brush.

Toddler’s Curly Hair Options

1. A Wide Tooth Comb

My first option is a wide tooth comb for curly hair. And here is why and the benefits. The wider spaced teeth on a wide tooth detangling comb allows the comb to pass through the toddler’s curly hair and gently detangle without tugging at the tangled sections. The technique used should be to slowly work the comb through the toddler’s hair. The teeth are wider spaced than a regular combs so there is less friction and tension as the comb passes through the curly hair. Since there is less and wider spaced teeth to achieve a combed detangled look, you will need to make more passes through the hair.

My #1 Choice For A Wide Tooth Detangling Comb

Stop losing hair and get the Wetbrush. I love the comb because of the nice big comfortable handle and the wide teeth. Teeth are spaced so that they go through your hair without all the tugging and pulling. The only thing I do not like is the plastic handle due to it may break if you pull too much. If you read my other articles on this site you will know I am not a big fan of plastic handles because of breakage. But for the price and the design this comb works great.

According to Stacey, our Hair Research Analyst, “The main feature you should look for in a wide tooth comb is smooth teeth. You do not want any seams that can cut or snag hair. You will have to look very closely at each tooth due to many manufactures choose to use molds for pouring in plastic. By using this method there is always a seam. The seams need to be polished away otherwise they pose a risk for catching hair.” But many manufactures don’t always do this because it’s an extra step in the process costing more in production.

If the seam catches the toddler’s hair then it can either pull it out by the root or cut the hair. Either way it’s an unpleasant experience for the toddler. Even wooden combs can have a seam so look at each tooth before you buy. Also wood can crack, so look for cracks in each tooth.

According to Meesh, our Product Analyst, “One last thing to look for when purchasing a plastic wide tooth comb. If you purchase a comb and you take it out of the bag or box and it smells like heavy chemicals then throw it away. You don’t want to use it on a toddler’s hair due to it most likely giving off chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

Plastic combs can have chemicals like plasticizers added during the manufacturing process. And sometimes too much is used and thus the comb is still going through a chemical change therefore giving off fumes. Plasticizers are used to promote flexibility and to reduce brittleness in plastic. In many cases plastic is recycled and during the processing a plasticizer is added. Many countries without regulations use this process and the results may vary. So my rule of thumb is not to use the comb if it has a heavy chemical smell.

Toddler Hair Brush For Curly Hair
Toddler Hair Brush For Curly Hair

The biggest con of a wide tooth comb is that the teeth have no give. They are very firm and once it meets resistance the teeth just start to pull on the hair. So you have very good penetration but a higher risk of pulling on the toddler’s hair.

2. A Detangle Brush

My #1 Choice For A Detangle Brush

You just can’t beat the Wetbrush. It takes several passed but with each pass it loosens and detangles hair without pulling our your hair. Everyone should own a Wetbrush, it’s really that good.

My second option is a detangle brush for curly hair. These are brushes specifically designed to detangle hair. What is unique about these brushes is that each bristle is designed to flex as it encounters resistance. With each pass it gently works through the tangles without much pulling and tension. Many passes are needed to work trough really tough tangles.

My favorite detangle brush is the Wet Brush. Read more by clicking here: The Wet brush is great for detangling hair. This may very well be the solution to your tangled mess.

Top Picks Todler’s Detangling Brushes

Toddlers Curly Hair Options Infographic - HairBrushy

My picks for popular detangling combs and brushes that are also great hair brushes for toddlers and babies with curly hair. To read more click on my article here: detangling combs and brushes, you will be glad you did.

Detangling BrushesRecommendations
Revlon Detangle & Smooth Black Cushion Hair BrushGood budget brush.
I like the Wet brush better but I like the price of the Revlon.
Conair Velvet Touch Paddle BrushVery good paddle style brush, works on thicker hair a little better than the Wet brush.
A great choice for a little thicker hair.
Conair Pro Hair Brush with Nylon BristleI like this brush but would not consider it as good as a detangler as the Wet brush.
But I would purchase, and actually did purchase because it’s a great brush.
Conair Anti-static Detangling BrushI really like this brush but I would not really consider this brush as a detangler on par with the Wet brush.
I would purchase this brush just because its a good brush.
Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detangling BrushA great brush with flexible bristles that separates hair without pulling and ripping.
Can be used on wet hair too.
I like the Wet brush better because it has a handle.
Wet Brush ClassicThis is the original Wet brush and comes if a variety of cool colors.
Great brush for thin to medium thick hair.
Wet Brush Pro Paddle Hair Brush Detanlger CombPaddle style brushes through lots of hair faster.
Do not focus hot air from a hair dryer on the bristles, focus on your hair to make your brush last longer.
Tangle Teezer The OriginalGreat detangles brush that comes in a variety of cool colors.
Olivia Garden EcoHair Bamboo Paddle Hair BrushGreat brush with flexible bristles to quickly get out tangles. I love the handcrafted lightweight bamboo handle.
I personally found its works well on thin to medium thick hair.
Wet Brush Pro Flex Dry, OmbreSame bristles as the original Wet brush but the brush head is designed so that it also flexes to contour to your scalp.
Wet Pro Epic Quick Dry BrushUses the Wet brush Intelliflex bristles that can be used on wet or dry hair.
Very good paddle style brush to get trough lots of hair.

The Goal In Choosing A Toddler’s Hair Brush For Curly Hair

The goal is to avoid all the crying and fussing that comes with removing tangles. Toddlers are known to cry when trying to remove tangles and if you can make the job easier you will be rewarded by not having to listen to all the fussing, right? It’s worth it to spend some money on the right brush. Plus you do not want to cause any damage by pulling excessively on their hair. So choosing the right tool for the job is critical and makes for a much better detangling experience.

My Top Solutions For Detangling A Toddler’s Curly Hair

There are several options that comes to mind when choosing a hair brush for curly hair toddlers. The first is a wide tooth detangle comb. The second is a detangle brush. This brush is specifically made for detangling curly hair. And finally the last option is a soft brush. All these options have their pros and cons and can work well depending on the level of tangles.

Top Picks For Toddler’s Wide Tooth Combs For Detangling

Revlon Essentials 2 Piece Tangle Free Comb SetGreat price and good solid combs but missing a handle. One of the combs has a handle, sort of, it’s a very narrow shower hook and allows you to kind of hold on to it. But the end result is really not a handle. If one of the combs had a handle this set would be a 10 out of 10.
Denman Lime Green Precision Rake Comb DPC6GRNHas a nice handle and made of a special plastic material that will not break easily. How many times have you dropped your plastic comb on the hard shower floor and it shattered? Well you can drop this one all day and you’ll have a tough time breaking it. Comes in Lime Green and Black colors.
Ultra Smooth Detangler Comb by CricketThe Detangler Comb (2.75 inches tall x 9.75 inches long) is great for wet or dry hair. Particularly efficient on lengthy, and dense hair. An innovative comb produced with a special blend of Argan and Olive oils and Keratin protein infused with enhanced manageability in the proprietary resin for healthier looking hair. Helps control frizz with a silky finish and a wonderful finish behind it. Lease no oily residue on your hands. Perfect for the shower.
Ultra Smooth Coconut Detangler Comb by CricketEach comb was infused with hydrating Coconut Oil and Keratin Protein to assist with enhanced handling and shine in promoting healthier looking hair.
Ultra Smooth Conditioning Comb by CricketNo handle but smooth and polished. Great for wet hair in the shower. Works very well if you use it to apply conditioner while in the shower. Created with a special blend of Argan and Olive Oils and Keratin Protein infused in proprietary resin with enhanced handling for healthier looking hair. Helps manage frizz with a silky finish and a wonderful finish.
Ultra Smooth Coconut Conditioning Comb by CricketNo handle but like the comb above it’s smooth and polished. Plus this one is infused with coconut oil. A special blend of plastic infused with coconut oil and keratin protein enables the comb glide through your hair smoothly.
Giorgio G49 5 1/2″ Hand Made Tortoise Detangling Comb Wide TeethWish it was a little longer then it would make it better for the shower, but on a positive note this size is easier to carry. For durability and flexibility, it’s made of cellulose acetate. Hand polished for the ultimate glide and without effort. Prevents breakage and pulling of hair. Tips are rounded for sensitive skin.
Giorgio G55 8″ Hand Made Tortoise Detangling CombFeatures a handle, well made and hand polished. Saw-cut by special circular saws and hand polished for an smooth glide through your hair. Eliminate knots and tangles effortlessly from normal, thick, wavy and curly hair.
Wet Brush Detangling CombThe Wet Brush may be used on wet or dry hair, and it is suitable for use with extensions and wigs as well. Wet Brush is a detangling tool designed particularly for detangling knots in wet hair. It is effective on virtually all hair types.
Denman 9 Row D4 BrushIt’s a brush not a comb but works fantastic. This was, and continues to be, one of my favorite brushes for a long time. The Denman 9 row is one of my favorite hair tools since it’s a fantastic tool for applying hair products to the hair and scalp. It’s quite simple to clean and performs an excellent job of evenly dispersing hair care products throughout our hair.

Click to read more details on my picks by clicking here: Best wide tooth detangling combs. You will learn even more.

My Favorite Detanglers And Anti Static For Toddler’s Hair

To be even more informed read my article on: Is the wet brush good for your hair. You will know even more about choosing the right detangle tool. I love these products because they really work. Using these products in combination with the hair brushes I recommend will get you off to a get start on untangling your toddler’s hair.

Anti Static And Conditioning SpritzRecommendation
1. John Frieda Frizz EaseWorks very well and add a little gloss to your hair. The anti-frizz formula is great and lasts a long time.
2. Snip-its Tangle Tamer Hair Detangler Spray for KidsSays it’s for kids but don’t let that stop you from purchasing because it works good. I like it because it contains no harsh chemicals, made in the USA and is cruelty-free.
3. Joico Blonde Life Brilliant GlowSmells nice and makes hair look shiny. Overall a very good product, not oily, nice and lightweight.
4. xStatyk – Anti Static Hypoallergenic SprayI like it because it has no heavy odor and is not tested on animals. It works by calming statically charged hair by evenly distributing ionic charges.
5. Coconut Heat Protection Spray and Anti-FrizzI can’t resist the coconut scent, but it’s a little on the heavy side so go lightly.
6. Biolage All-in-one Coconut InfusionI recommend because it does a lot for the price. It enhances shine, fights frizz, detangles, protects hair from heat, prevents split ends.
7. Loma Hair Care Nourishing OilHonestly the vanilla bean and orange scent is great. You get thermal protection and humidity resistance in a nourishing oil based spray.
8. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny SerumI recommend because it give your hair a smooth, frizz,free finish that resists humidity. Plus it’s vegan, paraben and gluten free. Excellent!!!
9. Paul Mitchell Foaming PommadeOne of my all time favorites. Works excellent but the down side you have to work it in using your hands so it’s not as easy as a spray on to apply. It is very good at providing light control for your hair.
10. PURA D’OR Professional Moroccan Argan OilI like the Moroccan oil plus protects against UV rays and adds a bit of shine to your hair.
11. Redken One United All-In-OneI love this product because it’s a leave in conditioner and heat protectant detangles, hydrates, fights frizz all with one easy to use spray.
12. Leave-In ConditionerI love it. An excellent product!!!! It has a lavender scent but honestly it’s so light you can’t really smell anything. If you have thin hair this product t will help improve texture. Does a great job at reducing static. I highly recommend.
13. Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-static Oil MistIt’s an oil but it’s lightweight. Works good at anti frizz for taming flyaways. Contains Babassu Oil which come form the seeds of the babassu palm which mainly grows in the Amazon region of South America. It’s very similar to coconut oil.
14. Color Wow Dream CoatI like it because it encapsulates and transforms the texture of strands so they fall in smooth, silky alignment. It’s like water proof for your hair. Works better for some than others. Might be too light for some, but my preference is I would rather it be lighter than really heavy and oily.
15. Moroccanoil All In One Leave in ConditionerAn excellent lightweight leave-in conditioner that hydrates, detangles, and provides long-lasting softness. Plus it has my personal favorite, argan oil.
16. R+Co Foil Frizz Plus Static Control SprayGood for getting rid of static, taming flyaway hair, eliminating frizz plus it’s a vegan and cruelty-free product. However, it works better for some folks than others. It might be too light for some with heavy static conditions.
17. Redken Oil for AllIt’s a lightweight oil that adds shine and smoothness to you hair.
18. Redken Oil for AllI like because its a weightless, anti frizz formula works. Has a nice mandarin orange scent. Great at taming flyaways.
19. Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair OilI recommend because it gets rid of frizzy hair and also give you a nice healthy shine. Use on damp hair before you blow-dry or you can spritz on to control frizz on dry hair. Has a really good sandalwood scent.
20. Oribe Gold Lust All Over OilI like because it’s color and keratin treatment safe. Plus it’s vegan and gluten-free. The down side is it’s not as easy to apply as a spray. You will need work it in with your hands and fingers. A few drops goes a long way. Very good at hydrating.

Prices are at the time of this article and may have changed. This kind of gives you an idea of the price for comparative purposes.

The biggest problem with these types of brushes it that the bristle may be too flexible therefore you will not be able to penetrate really curly hair. It’s a balancing act. You need to fine the right amount of flex for your toddler’s hair type. A really thick curly hair type will needs a stiffer bristle for more penetration. On the flip side a toddle with thin curly hair will need a flexible bristle and less penetration. You may have to try out several for different manufactures to find the perfect one.

The biggest con of this type of brush is the bristles may not have enough stiffness to get the penetration you need to work through really thick curly hair. The bristles will just bend too much to be effective.

Toddler’s Curly Hair Option Number Three A Soft Bristle Brush

And lastly I’ll talk about toddler brushes. These are brushes that have very smooth and soft bristles. The bristles are going to be very soft as not to scratch the toddler’s head. They can be made of several materials, like nylon, boar’s hair or even goat’s hair. Most if not all these brushes are going to be good for a toddler’s hair that is not thick and curly. If your toddler’s hair is thick and curly you are going to have to look for a brush with stiff bristles. By using a brush with stiff bristles you will get better penetration but run the risk of scratching your toddler’s head.

The biggest con with brushes is that many are not quality and as a result they loose their bristles. With low quality brushes the wooden handles have rough edges where the bristle holes in the wood are cut. Some may even have small wood splinters at the spot where the bristle plug hole was cut into the handle. And as you may very well know brushes can also cause a lot of frizzy hair.

The bottom line with brushes is if you want a quality brush you are going to have to pay for it. Now, you could get lucky and a quality brush at a cheap price. But I say you most likely just got lucky.

When purchasing from many top quality manufactures you can get a high quality brush today and in 5 years or so purchase another brush and receive the same high quality. What you are paying for is consistent high quality built in the manufacturing process. With lower prices brushes you generally do not get this kind of consistency in quality. For more on boar brushes I have written en entire section I’m sure you will gain knowledge by reading: Boar Brushes.


Toddler Curly Hair Brush Conclusion

So as you can see it’s a trade off between the stiffness of the bristles and hair type. You will have to find the right balance of stiffness for your toddler’s hair type. If you choose too stiff a bristle then you run a higher risk of pulling the hair and will hear crying and screams. If you choose a brush with too much flex in the bristles then you run the risk of not being able to detangle your toddler’s hair. To get it right you may have to choose several brushes trying them out. In the long run you may have to pay more to get a high quality tool but when you find the right comb or brush you will be rewarded by a more enjoyable detangling experience.




Photo by Thgusstavo Santana from Pexels

Photo by Min An from Pexels

Photo by Bess Hamiti from Pexels

Westgate, G. E., Ginger, R. S., & Green, M. R. (2017). The biology and genetics of curly hair. Experimental dermatology, 26(6), 483-490.


Bernard, B. A. (2003). Hair shape of curly hair. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 48(6), S120-S126.


Cloete, E., Khumalo, N. P., & Ngoepe, M. N. (2019). The what, why and how of curly hair: a review. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 475(2231), 20190516. royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rspa.2019.0516

Camacho‐Bragado, G. A., Balooch, G., Dixon‐Parks, F., Porter, C., & Bryant, H. (2015). Understanding breakage in curly hair. British Journal of Dermatology, 173, 10-16.


Leite, M. G. A., & Maia Campos, P. M. B. G. (2017). Mechanical characterization of curly hair: Influence of the use of nonconventional hair straightening treatments. Skin Research and Technology, 23(4), 539-544.