Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tangle Teezer // Review // Worth the hype?

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                                                                                                                                  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? 

S xx

22 comments:

  1. Awww that's a shame, considering it's a highly most raved about product. I haven't got one (although I was considering getting one), but I may now reconsider.

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  2. I have the same issue with mine, except I have super thick wavy hair. I thought it was my thick that made it a useless brush, but I guess not. I find the same problem, with the brush just gliding over the top most layer of my hair rather than actually doing anything! x
    Island Girl Insights ♥

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  3. I've never used a tangle teaser (althought I've thought about it) so it was great to read this review.

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  4. I have very very thin hair from bleaching so this works well for me although I have heard others with the same complaint as you - it's a shame this doesn't work for you as I now have 3!

    Size wise I usually buy the travel sized one as I do agree that it's quite large for an average females hand x

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  5. I was thinking about getting one of these for my daughter as she has the worst hair in the history of hair, but after reading your review I think I shall leave it and just stick to the good old brush we already use! xx

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  6. I've got one and thought it was ok, but nothing special really :( such a shame because they are expensive. I think normal brushes and some detangling spray might be better! x

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  7. I won a Tangle Teezer in a Twitter competition and didn't think it was anything special either! Glided over the knots and yes, too big for my hand x

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  8. I recently bought the Primark knock off version of this, and had exactly the same problem. My hair is medium- not really fine or thick, but gets really badly tangled, and the 'teaser' just ended up caked in my hair and leaving the rest still tangled, and all the bristles are bent... At least I only wasted £1.50, but I empathise on the let down of the concept!

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  9. Wow! I have never read a bad review of this before, though honestly I couldn't see how it would've worked well - I don't think it would get through my hair at all (though I have really thick, curly hair).I personally like to just use a wide-tooth comb.


    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

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  10. I have huge hands for a woman so I have no problem with it. I have fine hair but there is lots of it. Tbh I don't find it good on just wet hair, a few sprays of a leave in conditioner or detangler and then I find it really does it's job well, the point of it more than anything is to glide on the bottom half of your hair and not split the ends when your hair is wet. I've never used mine near the roots of my hair, probably because I don't put leave in conditioner up there, I use the tangleteezer on the bottom half and then blow dry with a paddle brush, which is the best brush for my long, thick hair.

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  11. Hannah Bavington21 August 2012 at 18:14

    I have had one for well over a year and still swear by it! I've got stupidly thick hair, so anything that promises to sort knots easier I'm a sucker for. When you've got wet hair it is better to try and brush out your knots in sections!

    I've also got a version of it with a handle (so looks like a normal brush!) and this is amazing. They are brilliant for when you've been caught in the wind and your hairs gone all knotty!

    Couldn't reccommend it enough! I had to buy another one becuase my cat loves it and keeps rubbing himself up against mine lol

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  12. mescaleraswelt.blogspot.de21 August 2012 at 20:55

    Ich hab mich auch geärgert, dass ich so viel Geld dafür ausgegeben habe. Funktioniert bei mir wenn dann nur bei nassem Haar. Überlege, ob ich ihn an meinen Kaninchen testen soll.

    I feel stupid, spent so much money in a brush. It only works a little bit on wet hair. Perhaps i will try to use it on my rabbits.

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  14. As a child my hair was very baby thin, to many tangles, greasy, and didn't really want to grow. I found the Shielo Volumizing Shampoo and within a week my hair wasn't near as greasy and the tangles started to get better. Within a few months the best part about the shampoo was noticed. My hair started at my shoulders and when I went to get a trim (not even a year later) it was over halfway down my back. Sol, I got 2 inches cut off and within the next year it grew to my butt. I got it cut till about halfway down my back again and within 4 months it's getting to my butt again. My hair is also thicker and stronger than ever before. It also seems to have more body and volume to it as well.

    My daughter turned 7 and instead of the no tear shampoo I started using Shielo Volume on her as well. Her hair was starting to be just like mine used to be so I caught this early and just within a few months her hair is already improving especially in the tangles department as well as how greasy it was.

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  15. Your actually supposed to section your hair before you comb.. especially if your hair is thick:)

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    1. MY hair is really thin, but even with sectioning this just doesn't work for me!

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  16. I found an alternative that believe it or not only costs £1! By all means it doesn't look as attractive as the actual Tangle Teezer but it's great for us who are on a tight beauty budget! :) xx
    http://thetricktolife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/1-tangle-teezer-alternative.html

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    1. Oh awesome! I've seen them in poundland, tesco, and all over the shop too!

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  17. thanks for sending me over your review hun, has made me wonder whether it is worth the money! although i know £11 isn't too expensive it is if it doesn't work like it is designed to!
    I loved the reference to your old comb from when you were younger, i have a wooden round brush which we have had since i was little, its bristles are almost all gone now but i always remember my hair being brushed through with it as a child so cant bear to part with it haha!

    :) xxx

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  18. Great review!!! It's great if you have super long long hair, but if you have short-medium hair I think a standard brush will do :-) http://williamspromakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/tangle-teezer-hair-brush-review-worth.html

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  19. Not quite sure why you paid 11 quid for one when they are on amazon for 8 quid. They come in varying sizes to choose from. Bit of research would of saved you the extra 3 quid and negativity on size. Doesnt take long to look on google :)

    Have a few friends who have the product and haven't heard a complaint yet, all have different hair types. The brush description states that its for de-tangling but really i think its more for making the hair healthier due to the massage like effect it has on the scalp. It stimulates the follicles.

    Shame this brush didn't work for you. Just remember to research more before hand. It saves a lot of trouble :)

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    1. I'm not sure you noticed that this review is over a year old - There weren't many different sizes around then, just a tiny one that looked like a flowerpot, and that, I wasn't interested in at all.

      I paid £11 for it because I bought it from Boots. I did do my research thank you very much, which led to me buying this in the first place, as its pretty raved about - But I'd prefer to buy things in store even if its a couple of pounds more, to have it there and then. Also, I live in the middle of nowhere and have no letterbox or door number, so getting things delivered isn't the easiest - But of course, I shouldn't have to justify my purchases to you, no?

      It doesn't massage my follicles, it just rips my hair. My hair is quite thin really, but I much prefer a paddle brush or natural bristle brush! Each to their own.

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