Tangle Teezer £10.99
My hair is quite limp and fine, but until recently I've never really struggled with knots. When my hair is wet I comb my hair with a bright orange, basic, wide toothed comb that my Nan used to yank my hair out with when I was a child. As silly as it is, its now one of my most precious possessions purely because it still reminds me of our weekend pamper sessions - complete with bubble baths, Avon samples and bronzing balls of course.
Well, recently my hair has begun to feel more knotted than the old orange comb could cope with without tugging harshly on knots, so I decided to seek help from Tangle Teezer. This fancy brush is well known in the hair world, and boasts its ability to effortlessly tease knots free and smooth hair into a more than healthy state.
This is where I beg to differ. I bought my Tangle Teezer in a bright orange colour, to match its orange counterpart, and loved the ergonomic shape. That is until I realised that it is not ergonomic at all, but a gimmick. After a few minutes figuring out which way to hold it for a 'palm-friendly' fit, I came to the conclusion that it really was designed by a man who has much bigger hands than I.
I don't find that this brush effortlessly detangles knots at all. In fact, I find that when brushing through wet hair, the bristles simply glide over the top hairs, leaving the hairs beneath the top layer as knotted as they always were, no matter how many times I go over the area. Unless, of course, I push hard through the hair which then bends the short, flimsy bristles and scratches my scalp completely. Not comfortable. Even on my thin hair, the brush struggles to make its way through knots and instead glides over them and manages to break my hair in the process. The end result is more hairs on the Tangle Teezer than my comb ever managed to pull out, and the remaining problem of knotty hair.
All in all, I've come to realise that I've stupidly paid £11 on a well marketed brush that resembles nothing more than the plastic brushes that we used to use on our Barbie dolls. Loads of people absolutely swear by this brush and I wish I was one of them - I guess this is a true example that what works for some may not work for others - something to bear in mind! I feel cheated, and ready to hand this one over to Amber, my Labrador.
Am I doing something wrong? Is there some sort of trick with the Tangle Teezer or does anyone else find it an overhyped product?