I always put conditioner on Ruby's (curly!) hair when I wash it, and a decent amount of it too. I spritz a little bit of detangling spray on it before I brush it. The baby brushes have no impact at all on her hair, I find my own round blow drying brush is the best to get the tangles out without hurting her. I don't let it get too long either, I get it cut regularly.
Amy has straight hair with a wave at the ends rather than curly or frizzy, but when we were using top to toe wash as a shampoo as well as a body wash her hair was getting knotty and tangled. We switched to Sainsbury's own brand kid's shampoo with added conditioner and it is so much better since. We also found kid's brushes pretty much useless so use a tangle tamer - cut through the tangles a treat.
If tangles are being particularly bothersome I spritz a bit of Aussie leave in conditioner on it before brushing them out.
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