Sometimes tangles need an extra boost and more than water to get the tangles out. Using a good, condtioning detangler not only helps the tears but condtions the hair while helping to remove these knots. If you see that hair is getting tangled on a consistant basis, it may be time for a trim to get the ends fresh. In the meantime, Circle of Friends detangler is great for little ones. We recommend up to about 4-5 years old, then it is time to move on to a stronger product.