Being gentle is the key when it comes to wielding your comb, as kids' hair tends to be very fine and yanking and pulling sure doesn't go down too well. Sydney hairdresser Stevie Corthine of Stevie English Hair (www.stevieenglish.com.au) recommends using a detangling spray to make the job easier. "Then the big secret is to separate the hair into small sections and work through them one by one, starting from the bottom up, "he says. Don't start from the scalp down, as this will just make tangles worse. Stevie recommends using a wide-toothed comb or a special detangling brush, such as the Tangle Teezer (which you can buy in some hair salons, http://goo.gl/aWOx8 or www.tangle-teezer.com.au). When you encounter a knot, try pulling it apart with your fingers first, before getting the comb or brush in there. To distract your littlie, you might let her hold her favourite doll and brush her hair at the same time, or sit her in front of the TV. If this job is a particular struggle in your household, "try detangling your child's hair in the bathtub or shower, using loads of conditioner," Stevie suggests.