No it is not a detangler, however it moisturizes the hair well. We also use the conditioner, sometimes we leave it in and don't rinse it out. It works really well for both my kids with very different curl patterns. As far as one person's suggestion of using the denman brush to detangle is concerned, if she's referring to the original denman brush it may not work well to detangle. It depends on the hair, my daughter's hair is less coarse than my son's. On hers I can use the denman brush to detangle. On my son's I can't but once detangled it defines his curls beautifully.