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My youngest, now very nearly three, has a bit of a phobia about having her hair done. She likes the 'idea' of having her hair brushed, dried and styled as that is what she sees me doing - and she likes nothing more than being like her Mummy. However, the reality is that within a few seconds of me starting to do her hair, she will either snatch the brush out of my hand and insist on doing it 'all by herself' or start wriggling and squirming away from me. She now has a shoulder-length layered bob with a fringe and, although it is a fairly low maintenance style, it does need a good brush out in the mornings. We have tried a variety of brushes in the hope of reducing the battle over her hair - the soft bristled baby brush (frankly useless), a Hello Kitty brush with added diamante sparkle (she adored the brush but it was a bit too hard on her hair) and, the latest addition to her collection, a bright pink Tangle Tamer.
* Product Information *
Being completely honest, our main reason for purchasing the Tangle Tamer was that we spotted it in Boots and it was a very bright pink. If you've had much exposure to an average two and a half year old girl, you probably know that something being pink instantly makes it desirable - despite the influence of her very boyish big brother who 'hates' anything pink, the power of pink certainly rules where my daughter is concerned. I also liked the fact that it is manufactured by Denman, a company that I think manufactures good quality hairbrushes. The brush itself is simple in its design - a hot pink plastic which is lightweight, yet durable, with a black bristle section. The Tangle-Tamer brand name is written in black on the back of the brush. The bristles are made of long and short lengths of black nylon. These have some flexibility to them and are not as stiff as the bristles on some other brushes I have tried. Beneath the bristles, there is a soft air-cushioned pad which apparently allows the brush to follow the contours of the head when brushing, allowing the brush to glide through the hair smoothly and without pulling.
* Our Experiences *
From first impressions, this seemed like the ideal brush for my daughter's hair. It is a smaller size than adult hairbrushes, but still a 'proper' brush - you can clearly see the quality of the product compared to the 'fashion accessory' type brushes that she is usually drawn to. The hot pink makes it appealing to its young female target market and it promises to glide gently through the hair, removing any tangles in its way. For us, the big question was, would she consent to having her hair brushed with it? The answer to that question is yes, in moderation and on her own terms, anyway. We use a two in one shampoo and conditioner product (the Naked Kids one that I have reviewed previously) and I find that if we run this brush through her hair when it is still damp, she doesn't object to it too much. On days where her hair is clean, dry and a bit messy, I find that this brush does a really good job of removing any little tangles and making her look more presentable. She will usually stay still long enough to have it brushed now, although styling it into bunches is still something of a challenge. The only thing it can't deal with is food (or bogies) that she has mushed into her hair but, to be honest, I wouldn't expect a brush to be able to remove those thoroughly. Overall, it has definitely been a positive purchase and one that I would buy again should we lose / damage the current one.
* Price and Purchasing *
The Denman Tangle Tamer is available in a range of outlets. We bought ours from Boots, although a quick look at their website suggests that they don't currently have them in stock. They are also available from Amazon for £6.00 and from John Lewis, as well as a range of other online retailers. For a good quality brush which does exactly what it is supposed to do I think that this represents good value for money.
* Final Thoughts *
The Denman D90 Tangle Tamer is a brush that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good quality children's hairbrush. It glides really effectively through my nearly three year olds hair whilst still managing to remove any tangles. Because of this, it has made doing her hair a much more pleasurable experience for both of us. In addition to this, as the brush is light and a compact size, it makes it easier for her to attempt to do her own hair should the mood take her. From a personal perspective, I don't find it as effective on my own hair as it is on my little girl's. It is just not quite strong enough for me to use on a regular basis and I prefer my trusty paddle brush, but it does do a good job on my fringe! However, I didn't buy this brush as a hairbrush for me, so this doesn't stop me giving it the full five star rating.
As my little girl has grown older and her hair has grown now to around shoulder length, it is clear she has inherited my husband's curls. He keeps his hair short because he hates them, but that obviously can't be done with our daughter. On the other hand she has inherited my fine, flyaway hair, which makes it a difficult combination to keep under control and look tidy. I have to say I love the little curls that come at the end of my daughter;s hair but at the same time, it means it can get tangled very easy. When she was younger, a baby soft bristle brush or comb was enough, but not as her hair grew and she began to hate me brushing her hair, so I knew it was time to get her a more grown up brush that would also deal with the tangle issue. After looking in Boots, and getting a shock at the prices for tangle free brushes, I looked on amazon and noticed Denman (the make of my own brush) selling this pink Tangle Tamer, for a very reasonable £6.
I loved the fact that it was pink, so my daughter would recognise this as 'her' brush which she now does, and in fact it has been so effective that she actually reaches it to me in the morning when I'm doing her hair. When the brush first arrived however, I was a little sceptical as I thought it looked very hard and very course, and I didn't want to hurt my little girl, but in fact the bristles are meant to be 'super soft nylon' and when you actual use it to brush, it isn't as hard as it looks. THe pad of the brush is designed with an air cushion in order to glide through the hair.
The first time I went to use this on my daughter she wasn't keen, but the next time I got her distracted and started to brush and when she realised that it was actual brushing through her hair, without hurting her or getting caught in the tangles, she let me brush, and has done ever since. The other brilliant thing about the brush, is that I can brush the entire way through my daughters hair, without losing the curl, but at the same time, feeling that after I have brushed it, it is not tangled at all, and looking tidy!
All in all, this is a brilliant brush for a child or adult(!) who struggles with having tangles or tats in their hair and want a smooth, painless and fast way of brushing their hair and leaving it neat and tidy. At the price I paid, I think it is a brilliant brush and my daughter certainly likes it to.
I've got long, thick hair which has a natural tendancy to curl slightly and it knots up incredibly easy. To make things worse, I toss and turn in my sleep so when I wake up my hair is absolutely everywhere and very tangled, so combing it is really painful and I used to often pull strands of hair out by mistake from brushing it so hard, lol. I've had to put up with this for years, but I came across the tangle teezer last year and it was a God send - it's a really good brush and it gets knots and tangles out of my hair without hurting at all, so when I saw the tangle tamer, which is basically a tangle teezer but shaped differently, I decided to get one.
This brush is a little smaller than an average brush which I like as it's small enough to fit in my handbag without taking up too much room. Unlike the tangle teezers this has a handle, so in my opinion it is easier to use. Although the brush is quite small, the handle is big enough to grip properly and a young child would be able to hold it as well, which I think is the main aim of the mini design - to appeal to kids/parents of kids - I know that if these were around when I was younger my mum would of definitely gotten one as I used to hate having my hair brushed!
The brush is shaped like an average brush really, just smaller - although the part where the brissles are is a decent size so it doesn't take long to brush my hair. The brush is available in two colours; pink or black. I opted for black as I have dark hair which would show up on a pink brush, although again, due to the bright pink option, this brush will appeal to children as well as adults.
The brush has 'Tangle Teezer' written on the back of it in gold writing and the bristles are apparently made of nylon. The bristles range in sizes, some are long and some are a little shorter. The bristles are on an air-cushioned pad which makes the bristles more flexible, meaning that using the brush is completely pain free and unlike my normal paddle brush, it doesn't damage my hair at all.
Using the brush is really easy and I am impressed with how thorough and strong it is considering how soft the bristles are. It smoothens out my hair and gets rid of knots and tangles completely and it is not at all painful. When I use it I can hear the bristles against my hair but there's no ripping sounds lol and I don't need to brush my hair hard with this as it glides through my hair.
Because of the soft bristles this can be used on my 5 month old daughter's thick mound of hair as well, so it's suitable for people of all ages. I paid £6 for my brush which I think is a real bargain considering the quality and efficiency of it. I got mine from Amazon but it is widely available both on and offline. The brush comes with a cardboard wrapper around the bristles to keep them protected and this is easy to remove.
When my daughter was born, we bought a pink Tommee Tippee hair brush for her, which was really soft and gentle. She didn't have much hair when she was born, but as she got older, I started putting it in pretty bobbles etc. Just after she turned one, I decided she needed a 'tougher' brush. By that I mean more robust, something to tease out any tangles and brush through her hair properly.
I went to Boots and came across the Denman Tangle Tamer. It caught my eye as it was hot pink and I wanted a pink one. It was priced at £6.99 which I think is really cheap for a hairbrush - mine cost over £20!
The brush is very light, you could easily carry it around in a handbag or nappy bag. As mentioned, it is hot pink with black bristles on a black air cushion. It looks very posh and girly! The bristles are soft and flexible to the touch, yet they are very good at detangling my daughter's hair (even with dried in yoghurt!). I love to put my daughter's hair in pretty bobbles and this was also really good for styling - I can put her hair up quickly and easily with no bumps or stray hairs like you get with harder brushes. It is a pleasure to use, and as it is so good, it takes no time at all to brush through my daughter's hair.
I have used this on my own hair many times and it is a joy to use - it feels soft, yet it is brushing through my hair really well (my daughter's tommee tippee brush was good, but as it was so soft, it couldn't cope with long hair). You can barely tell that there are any tangles as it glides through them effortlessly and painlessly.
I honestly cannot fault this brush!
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At Christmas last year, one of my good friends decided to put together a "hair care" kit for me - knowing that I love hair care products and messing about with my hair in general. One of the items in my hair care kit box was the Denman Tangle Tamer Hairbrush - a product which she said she had used on her children with great results - and as I have very long (waist length) hair, she thought it was something that I might appreciate. Believe me, when you have long fine hair, and not enough time to look after it, tangles, knots, dreadlocks, snags and clumps are one of the dreaded facts of life! On more than one occasion, I have had to take the scissors to my hair to remove an unwanted tangle that no amount of brushing, without extreme pain at least, seems to get rid of. Enter the Denman Tangle Tamer.....my new best friend.
The brush itself looks like a regular hairbrush - with a very girlie hot pink plastic handle and frame and black plastic bristles which are located on a black air cushion. The handle is long enough and chunky enough to get a good grip on it, although the brush is fairly lightweight and so its not an imposition for me to carry around in my handbag.
Using the brush is a lovely experience because it really is pain free. The bristles are really soft and flexible, and yet they are still rigid enough to pull through the hair no matter how knotty it is. The air cushion that the bristles are based on means that there is flexibility there also - and so the brush glides over my head without any opposition. It really does glide through the tangles and knots I get in my hair without having to launch a mission style attack on my head! It leaves my hair in really good condition and two or three quick brushes a day is enough to leave my hair tangle free.
I didn't buy this brush myself, but I've had a look online and it seems that this retails for between £6 to £8. This seems about the price I would pay for a hairbrush anyway, and so I would be more than happy to spend up to £8 on this product.
I really can't think of anything negative to say about this product. I've found it positive in every respect.
I have far too many hairbrushes but when I spot a bargain, I can never resist buying yet another one. It was no difference when I spotted this one on the clearance rack in my local Boots store for just £1. The bright pink just called me over and I just had to buy it because not only was it a bargain, but also a perfect handbag sized brush, and you can never have too many of those right?! I had a little look online and found that the brush usually sells for around £6 each, so getting it for just £1 was a complete bargain and made me feel better about buying yet another hairbrush.
Denman is a very well known hair brush makers, and they are known for making very good quality brushes. I didn't know that they also make the famous 'Nitty Gritty' nit comb which is purchased up and down the country by mums, a little fact for you there I had no idea about! I had a Denman brush for years when I was little until I broke the handle having a tantrum, but my mum's is still going strong so they are really good quality and long lasting brushes. They publicise themselves as 'The Hairdressers Hairbrush' so that's a pretty strong statement for a company to come out with, therefore the brushes must be pretty good!
My brush didn't actually come with any packaging on it as shown on the picture on here, perhaps why it was such a bargain, but I wasn't too bothered by this as I would only have thrown it away anyway. I had a little look on the website about this brush. Apparently, it has super soft nylon bristles to make it glide through tangles and knots in the hair with ease and without pulling, and has an air-cushioned pad so it follows the lumps and bumps of your head to make brushing a more pleasant experience. If I had a little girl with long, knotty hair, something like this sounds like a great idea and I'd be buying one.
As it is, I'm a grown up who doesn't mind too much tugging the knots out of my hair with my normal paddle brush but I have to say when it's especially windy outside, my hair can get quite knotted and it can be painful to get rid of them. Therefore after a particularly blustery school run, I decided to put the brush to the test. I found it worked it's way through the knots relatively easily, it did require a good bit of arm action from me and of course it did still pull on the knots a bit but because the bristles are so thin compared to the ones on my paddle brush, it was much more pain free and easier to do. The 2 levels of bristles on the hairbrush means hair at all levels is brushed too which is great.
I was really impressed after using it on my knotty hair because it certainly was a good test for the brush. I also keep this brush in my handbag because it's a great size for this, and keeps my hair looking sleek and smooth after a quick brush with it on the go which is all you need sometimes. The bright pink is fresh and funky, yes I know it's aimed at children 20 years younger than me but I love it and think it brightens up my otherwise boring handbag, so why not?! Nothing about this brush screams it's for children, it doesn't say it on the brush so no one would know if you didn't tell them!
If you need a good quality hairbrush that helps remove your tangles fairly pain free and quickly, then definitely invest in a Denman Tangle Tamer. For the RRP which is around £6, it's good value for money considering it carries a well known brand name, and I expect for it to last a good long time as well. I think it'd also be a great brush for children to use, it's definitely a great little girly item and one any girl would be proud to own on their dressing table! It's a very good quality brush, it works well and does the job it claims to do, recommended!
RRP: £6.07 from the Denman website.
Thank you for reading.