The Tangle Teezer
Available online @ Amazon or locally at Sally’s Beauty Supply
The Tangle Teezer (TT) isn’t not a new product nor is it new to the natural hair scene. For years people have raved about this odd looking brush that magically detangles hair without ripping or pulling. I was hesitant to try it as it seemed like just another bandwagon tool and I was getting good results with my shower comb and Denman brush.
However, on a trip to Sally’s with a friend who was transitioning I wanted to show her all the detangling options. We were actually going to scoop up a Denman but they were out so I decided to give the TT a try. I have reserved posting my feelings about this brush because I just didn’t want to believe it worked. I put my brush to the test using it on straight weave, 2B, 3A hair before I would consider putting it to my hair. It performed very well in all these circumstances.
I decided to give it a whirl on my 3-Day Old twist-out that I co-washed with Yes to Tomatoes conditioner. My hair was sopping wet and full of condish which made handling the TT sort of difficult. Because the TT does not have a handle but instead a compact ergonomic design that fits in the palm of your hand.
I separated my hair into 6 sections and began running the brush through the top, then underneath followed by the sides. It felt like it didn’t do anything so I grabbed my Denman and ran it through the section and surprisingly it went right through! When I finished detangling my entire head here is all the shed hair gathered from the TT, I normally loose 3X as much if not more when detangling.
I detangled my hair with the TT two more times since then. Once with damp hair and Yes to Cucumbers Leave-In condish. The results were the same but I found it was much easier to hold the TT because my hair wasn’t as wet. The final test would be dry detangling. I NEVER dry detangle my hair as the snack, crackle, pop and yanking are too much to bear. I started with a small section that I spritz with Oyin Juices & Berries. Again the TT slid through and tamed my snarls. I AM A Tangle Teezer Believer!!!
Wet or dry this brush works like nothing I have ever experienced before. The secret is the short numerous tines that detangle the outer layers of tangles first. I think the downfall or traditional brushes/combs is that the tines are either too long or their rows aren’t placed in the correct pattern to gently catch and unravel the snarls individually.
I let my girlfriend use it on her hair and she fell in love too! It detangles and gives a nice scalp massage which she loved! Her only complaint was that the brush is designed to be held in the right hand and she is left-handed so it took her a while to get over the learning curve of combing with her right hand. I had to make sure she didn’t slip my brush in her purse when she left :)