Product Type: Denman hair care products
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Taming the Tangles, if not the Toddler...
Denman Tangle Tamer Hairbrush
Member Name: KLockwood75
Denman Tangle Tamer Hairbrush
Advantages: Glides smoothly through hair, lightweight, good quality
Disadvantages: Not even a pink brush can make a toddler stand still when they don't want to
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.
Summary: An excellent hairbrush for little girls
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