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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: The Wet Brush

I rarely get excited about hair brushes. I'm actually one of those people who uses the same brush forEVER (I think I've reviewed a total of two hair brushes in the four years I've been blogging).

But here's the deal: I have a few friends who work in fancy salons, and they all keep talking about this brush. The Wet Brush. Apparently this brush is all the rage with stylists right now because it's created specifically to detangle wet hair. I can only image how it feels to be a stylist and have to comb out rat's nest tangles with a comb all day. I mean, I hate to comb out my own my tangles, let alone someone else's. My hair is long, wavy and fine (but I have a lot of it) and it's extremely prone to tangles (literally, I can blow on my hair and it will tangle) and I've been using the Tangle Teaser for quite some time now, which helps immensely.

But when my friends started raving about The Wet Brush, I. HAD. TO. GET. MY. HANDS. ON. ONE. And then, as luck would have it, one was sent to me for review. I almost cried when I opened the package and I'm not being dramatic--I really wanted this brush. So let's see if it kicked my beloved Tangle Teezer to the curb, shall we?

 The Wet Brush in Classic Yellow
(retail: $14 on The Wet Brush website)

The "Classic" size is actually a pretty standard size for a hair brush (I realize it probably looks small in my photo but I assure you, it's standard size as far as hair brushes go):


The bristles are thin and there's a plastic coating on each bristle tip. The backing is cushioned and the handle is completely coated in rubber to prevent it from slipping out of your hands (because, duh, you'll be using this when your hair is wet!).


Some details:


In a word? This brush ROCKS. I don't know if it's the combination of the design of the brush, the bristles or the padding, but I'm telling you, it works through tangles like a champ. I have been using The Wet Brush on my wet hair every day for almost three weeks now, and I haven't once looked at my Tangle Teezer.

The issue I always had with the Tangle Teezer was that, because of the way that brush is designed, it's a bit challenging to reach the tangles on the underside of your hair and the tangles near the nape of your neck. Unfortunately, this is the same area where the majority of my tangles form, so having a traditionally-shaped brush that can get into that area with ease is pretty incredible.

Granted, you won't be cutting through difficult tangles like a hot knife through butter, but this brush makes even stubborn tangles a cinch to brush out, and there's no pain. I have long hair and I've had long hair almost all my life. So my pain tolerance may be different than yours but, for me personally, this brush is painless to use. I don't even have to grab my hair near the root before I start to work out my tangles. I can literally just use one hand and work my tangles out that way, and I'm done in about a minute.

I have also used this brush on dry hair (see above--you can use it on wet or dry hair) and I've had fantastic results on dry hair as well. The only thing I haven't done is use this brush during heat styling, but it's not designed for that so I think it's probably best reserved for detangling.

FINAL VERDICT: The Wet Brush has officially replaced my ol' Tangle Teezer due its design and ease of use. I can now easily get to the underside of my hair and the area near the nape of my neck and work out my tangles so quickly it's almost unbelievable. For me personally, this brush is painless to use, and I haven't noticed any extra hair loss or breakage since I've been using this brush. If you suffer from tangles and you're looking for a new tool to help get rid of them quickly and easily, I highly recommend The Wet Brush. I now completely understand why stylists are raving about this one. It's a game-changer.

You can purchase The Wet Brush on the official website here for $14. I checked the shipping rate to my region and it's a bit high ($10) but I honestly love this brush so much that I would gladly pay $24 for it. I just wanted to put that out there in case you were debating if it was worth the price + shipping.

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46 COMMENTS:

  1. Wow---I love my tangle teezer and can't imagine something better, but now I'm intrigued! Thanks for the revie!

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    1. Allison, I swear to you, it takes half the time of the Tangle Teezer for me to work out my tangles with this brush! With the TT, I used to have to brush the top layer of my hair first, and then work through the underside in sections. With this one, because the bristles are so much longer, I don't have to do it in sections anymore. I'm telling you, it's awesome! :)

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  2. It looks just like a regular plastic brush! Huh. I wonder what it is that makes it work differently. I am definitely intrigued.

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    1. Like I mentioned in my review, I don't know exactly what it is that makes this brush cut through my tangles so much easier than brushes that LOOK similar. Maybe it's a combination of the thin bristles (they're quite thin), the SPACING of the bristles and the cushioned baking (and maybe how the bristles are set into the backing). Sorry I can't give you a concrete answer, but all I know is that it totally works on my tangle-prone hair. Hope that helps (a little!).

      PS: I just used this brush on my hair tonight after skipping conditioner (I'm testing the new Pantene BB Cream for hair right now and wanted to see how it would work if I skipped my regular conditioner). Well, my hair is ridiculously tangly and dry if I skip conditioner, and once again this brush worked like a charm. No pain, and I only had to use one hand to brush out my tangles.

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  3. I just looked and amazon has it for$9! However, only as an add-on item. But I guess I would rather spend the money on actual things than pay $10 for shipping.

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  4. I found this brush on drugstore.com and shipping is free if you have a shoprunner account and you get a better deal if you go through ebates!

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    1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!! :D

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  5. I got this for my daughter (13) and it helps but she still struggles with tangles. Did you spray anything on your hair to help with the tangles?

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    1. I use it in the shower and rinsing out conditioner.

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    2. pilar: Sometimes I use the Suave Kids, L'Oreal kids or J&J Kids detangling sprays...those products are super inexpensive and work great to help cut through extra-difficult tangles.

      Kate, I like your idea of using this IN the shower. Thanks!!

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    3. I started using this after a local hair stylist gave me one to use on my wet hair after a coloring.

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  6. Ooh, I am so excited to hear about this. I hate untangling my long hair with a brush. This doesn't *look* special, but if it does what you say it does, that would be a miracle!

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    1. I know, it totally doesn't look special, but I just mentioned to other readers (above) that there must be something about the bristles and/or sponge backing that make this work differently than the brushes I've tried that LOOK like this one. I don't know how it works, but it works! lol! :)

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  7. Huh, I've had a hairbrush that fits that description for years because I have tangle prone baby hair. I wonder if there's any difference.

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    1. I wish I could tell you if there's a difference, but if the one you have now works well for you, I say stick with it! :)

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    1. I'm fully aware of what I said on March 14, however, with the new blog redesign, I was able to implement buttons at the VERY beginning of each post that indicate when a product was purchased with my own funds our given you me as a press sample. If you click on that button, it takes you to my full disclosure policy.,

      In ADDITION to the button, I have ALWAYS put a disclosure at the end of my reviews, and I also ALWAYS tell you in the review itself if I got it for free or paid for it. Some say this is overkill but apparently not, if you're trying to imply that i'm not being forthcoming with this information.

      Hopefully, if you look at this review again, you'll see my disclosure in all three places. Hope that helps!

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  9. Are the bristles plastic? Plastic bristles break the hair. I use a wooden-bristle brush. I stopped having a problem with tangles when I began using WEN cleansing conditioner.

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    1. Yes, they are plastic. But I have never had any issues with plsatic bristles breaking my hair? I know that sometimes inexpensive plastic brushes have rough plastic edges and that can cause breakage for sure, but the bristles on this brush are extremely smooth and very thin. I think that's why it goes so smoothly through hair. Hope that helps!

      PS: I wish WEN (or its many dupes) worked for me! Lucky you! :)

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  10. I was sent one as well, I have really curly hair & this def passed my test.. Ill be reviewing soon! Thanks for yours!

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    1. Yay! Soooo glad to hear from someone else who had great luck with this! Thank you! :)

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  11. Hmm intriguing! I love my tangle teezer so maybe I'll have to give this a try :)

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    1. Please let me know if you do, Lillian! :)

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  12. I have had one of these for a few years. Highly recommend. It goes thru my wet hair like nothing at all.
    When I bought mine they were about $3 on Amazon, I think they have just become popular so they price is going up.

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    1. Thanks SO much for the feedback, Kate! And wow, $3!?!?! Lucky!

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    2. I checked the price but that was 2 years ago
      but I did pay shipping (wonders why)

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  13. Might have to try this! I use the TT on my daughter, but you're right about it not being able to get the "undertangles" very well.

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    1. Oh please do let me know if you prefer this (if you try it)! I haven't wanted to use my tangle teezer once since I got this. I really hope you (and your daughter) like it! :)

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  14. Normally I'd say no way I'd spend that much on a brush. However, I spent an hour today combing out the tangles out of my little girl's thick hair. It's a daily battle that we both hate. I found a few options on Amazon that aren't add-on only products. I think I'm going to bite the bullet and try it out.

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    1. M., pleeease keep me posted, ok? Good luck to you (and your daughter!). :)

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  15. I have one of these and it is the greatest brush ever, IMO. Nothing gets through my wet hair tangles better...long or short!

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    1. Yay! I'm SO glad to hear that! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  16. Do you know why, specifically, it works so well? It looks like a million other brushes to me, so I'm a bit confused. :/

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    1. Hey Lindsay--please scroll up a bit. I just tried my best to answer this question for two other readers. Thanks!

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  17. This is perfect timing! I was researching detangling brushes this morning because my daughter and I both have extremely thick, fine hair that tangles in a instant. We're also both tender-headed, so it's a nightmare to have this much hair. Your review decides it for me! Thanks for all the hard work you do for all of us -- you're an invaluable resource in my life for sure!

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    1. Aaaaw, Carrie, thank you SO much for that!! *hugs*

      And did you see my post about this brush now being sold at Sally Beauty? Hope you can get one soon, and please do let me know how it works for both you and your daughter! :)

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  18. I was at buy buy baby buying a babyshower gift and as i was going to check out i saw this brush, it was only 8.99 and after reading your review i had to give it a go. i only bought it today but it brushed my hair it so easily and painless and my favorite part is it didnt make my hair go poof ! i hope it continues to be this awesome thanks for the review !

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    1. YAY!!! Oh Cindy, I am SO happy to hear this worked for you! And you are so very welcome! :)

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  19. This brush is amazing! I have very long hair and I'm always sooo careful when brushing my wet hair it takes forever to brush. I used this brush for the first time and I was amazed. Thank you for the review!

    btw I bought mine at sallys.

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  20. I just purchased mine from Sally Beauty! They only had purple and black. Reg price is 8.99 but w/ my beauty club card it was 7.99!!! It's soooo amazing! Thank you for reviewing this product!

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  21. I just bought one of these yesterday at Bed Bath and Beyond for like 9 dollars. It came in yellow, blue, pink, purple and maybe red I think. I bought the purple one. I used it this morning after wearing a messy top knot to bed and it brushed my hair out great! I also used it after my shower and it was fantastic too! If you're interested in one of these, I would check out your local Bed Bath and Beyond. Thanks so much for the review of this product!

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  22. Ours worked great for about 6 weeks, then it just seems to make more of a mess than a regular brush...very disappointed!

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  23. Hy I want to tell you I am struggling with frizzy hair and of course big knots..since I grew my hair long..approximately 4 years I got this problem. Once I visited my grandma and I sww my little cousin brushing her hair and I was intrigued..a girl brushing her hair willingly while I hate this process..so I took the brush and started brushing my tangled hair..it was such a pleasure I even let her brush my hair... the brush was looking like this except it was probably a cheap unknown brand from Hungary. I tried TT but the compact version and it's useless for big knots..if this wet brush doesn't work next time I am going to travel to my
    grandma and ask for her brush..which sounds silly because she has it for more than ten years..I am starting to think people make weak brushes nowadays so we buy more often. Anyhow hope you enjoyed my rant and thank you for the review I am waiting for this brush as I ordered it today. I have big hopes..hope I don't need to tie my hair everyday anymore..hugs

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