Back in December of 2010 when I did my monster swap with A Beauty Junkie in London, I had asked Jen if she could pick up a Tangle Teezer for me (at that time, they were only available in the UK). Well I'm delighted to tell you that the Tangle Teezer is now available in the US and you can even get one at your local Sally Beauty for $9.99.
So now that I've been using my Tangle Teezer religiously for over a year, I figured I should share my thoughts with you on this little wonder tool. Better late than never, right?
(retail: $9.99 at Sally Beauty)
Let me tell you right off the bat that I have battled severe tangles my entire life. I have fine hair but I have a lot of it. My hair is long, wavy and prone to tangles. I mean, someone can blow on my hair and it will tangle. And not just minor tangles--by the end of the day the hair at the nape of my neck is pretty much a rat's nest of tangles, even if I have never left the house. My hair has always been like this since I was a little girl, no matter what I use for conditioning. I might go so far as to say that I have never met anyone who has more issues with tangles, so a product named Tangle Teezer that's designed to effortlessly and painlessly remove tangles is a DREAM for me.
The Tangle Teezer is small (it fits in the palm of your hand) but don't let its size fool you. The bristles are short and come in varying lengths, which is the magic key to how this whole miracle occurs.
(Note: my Tangle Teezer has been used pretty much every day for over a year, so that's why some of the bristles are now a little bit bent. A brand new Tangle Teezer does NOT look like this.)
So here's the deal: if you're looking for a tool that is going to cut through tangles like a hot knife through butter, this is NOT going to work for you. HOWEVER, this is hands-down the most effective tool I have ever used when it comes to painlessly working through tangles. For my entire life, I have had to hold my hair in sections at top of my scalp before even attempting to work a comb or brush through it. If you have long hair, you know this drill. If you don't hold your hair at the top of your scalp, you risk yanking your hair and causing major pain while trying to comb out your tangles.
Well, all that changed when I used the Tangle Teezer. No longer do I have to grip my hair in preparation to work out my tangles. I can run this tool through my hair WITH ONE HAND and never, ever has it pulled or yanked my hair or caused me any pain whatsoever. A MIRACLE! And, it works just as easily on wet hair as it does on dry hair.
For stubborn tangles (the ones that usually occur at the nape of my neck), I do require several brushes with the Tangle Teezer, but when compared to a traditional brush or comb, it's about 1/4 of the brush strokes and 10% of the effort. And in terms of breakage, I have never noticed an increase since I've been using this product. In fact, I feel like my hair is even a bit healthier now because the short plastic bristles really seem to stimulate my scalp (it really feels amazing on the scalp--it's like a mini massage every time you use it).
My one complaint about the Tangle Teezer is that, since the bristles are short, it's difficult to get to the underside of my hair sometimes. I find that I have to work through the tangles on the top layer of my hair first, and then tackle the underside. And because of the shape of the tool, it's sometimes a challenge to maneuver the tool to get to the hair at the nape of my neck. It's just an odd angle for a tool that's a little flat and wide, if that makes sense. But honestly, that's a SMALL price to pay for how wonderfully this product works for me. I will gladly accept maneuverability issues in exchange for alleviating all of the pain that I incur from working out tangles via traditional methods.
PS: To make it even more effortless, try using a detangling spray on your wet hair before using the Tangle Teezer. It's a winning combo--trust me!
FINAL VERDICT: The Tangle Teezer is worth every single penny. At just $9.99 at Sally Beauty, I literally cannot recommend this tool enough if you suffer from tangles. Of all the beauty tools I own, THIS product has been the number one life-changer for me and I would never, ever want to be without it. It has dramatically reduced the time I spend working through tangles, and it has pretty much alleviated all of the pain, which makes this product priceless in my book.
Do you own a Tangle Teezer? If so, was it a game-changer for YOU? I'd love to hear your thoughts!