The struggle is real in the morning—especially when you're trying to get a comb through tangles of hair, pre-caffeine. Here, 7 InStyle editors (with drastically different hair types and textures) reveal their go-to snag-smoothing formulas:
The Editor: Ali Pew, Senior Style Editor, InStyle
The Hair: Thick, damaged and bleached.
The Strand Saver: "Sachajuan Hair Repair ($33; nordstrom.com) is a conditioner, but I use it as a leave-in. My hair is unruly—it's thick and damaged form the double-process platinum color I get at the salon every six weeks. This helps my damaged ends look and feel not so damaged. But it doesn't weigh down my waves, which means I can go 3 to 4 days without washing my hair!"
The Editor: Lizzy Oppenheimer, Senior Photo Editor, InStyle
The Hair: Wavy, thick.
The Strand Saver: "I use Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry ($30; bumbleandbumble.com), which isn't actually a detangler, technically-speaking, but it does the job. Plus, it's frizz fighting, heat protecting, and an all-around badass hair product. I don't have much time in the morning, so I really need products that accomplish more than one thing! I love it because it doesn't feel heavy or make my hair oily like some detanglers. It really makes my thick, wavy hair smooth, healthy and more manageable."
The Editor: Sheryl George, Beauty Editor, InStyle
The Hair: Fine
The Strand Saver: "I use It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In ($18; ulta.com), which detangles and offers heat protection. I only spray it on my ends; I don't want my roots to be weighed down. It helps loosen any knots, and my comb glides right through my hair after without snagging. I have really fine hair—and I'm not trying to lose any strands by wrestling with a brush!"
The Editor: Danielle Prescod, Accessories Editor, InStyle
The Hair: Curly
The Strand Saver: "I have curly black hair and I use Hair Rules products exclusively. I only co-wash—that means that when I wash my hair, I only use their Quench Conditioner ($30; hairrules.com)."
The Editor: Marianne Mychaskiw, Assistant Beauty Editor, InStyle.com
The Hair: Wavy, thick.
The Strand Saver: "My hair is thick and wavy, and although keratin treatments make it more manageable, the Bumble and Bumble Tonic ($22; bumbleandbumble.com) makes my hair easier to style, and I don’t feel like I’m fighting with the brush as much when I’m blow-drying my hair or combing through it after I take a shower."
The Editor: Dianna Mazzone, Beauty Assistant, InStyle
The Hair: Fine, over-processed.
The Strand Saver: “For my thin and slightly-damaged hair, I love Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($24; barneys.com). The super-light formula adjusts the basic pH of tap water to the slightly more acidic range that's ideal for your hair by way of a healthy dose of apple cider vinegar. It seals the hair cuticle, which makes each strand look and feel super shiny and smooth."