Product Type: Tangle Teezer hair care products
Newest Review: ... my purchases - more than a year apart - the only colour available to order was hot pink. ==In Use== The Tangle Teezer is simple to u... more
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 13/07/12, updated on 16/12/13 (74 review reads)
Advantages: Soft and gentle on fine or wet hair
Disadvantages: Very over priced, looks cheap, not suitable for styling, does not leave hair shiny as claimed
I first heard about the Tangle Teezer brush when it was featured on an episode of the BBC's Dragon's Den a few years ago. This was definitely one of the products that got away as I was surprised at the time that none of the Dragons chose to invest in the brush. I remember being intrigued by the sound of a simple plastic brush designed to tackle tangles and knots without any pain or tears. The brush has since gone on to be incredibly popular, particularly amongst parents of young children, so Theo Paphitis and the like must be kicking themselves now!
The brush itself doesn't appear particularly amazing. It's a rather cheap looking affair made from neon coloured moulded plastic with a selection of flexible plastic teeth designed to comb through wet or knotted hair easily. The brush doesn't have a handle but the kidney shaped design means that it is relatively easy to grasp and use. The Tangle Teezer is now available in a range of different colours, as well as a few other variations including a flower pot design which surely appeal to little girls. The bright pink version is by far the most widely available colour and the only colour available in my local Boots store where I picked this up for a pretty extortionate price. This currently retails at £10.99 which I think is vastly overpriced for what is essentially a basic plastic brush.
Given the high purchase price and the fact that this is such a popular item, I had high hopes for this little brush's performance. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work quite so well on my own hair which is naturally curly (despite my attempts to convince it otherwise), very coarse and prone to frizz. As well as tackling tangled hair in a painless way, this brush claims to add gloss and shine to hair. Sadly, although the brush does manage to work its way through my masses of long thick hair easily, it certainly doesn't add any noticeable shine to it. If anything, it tends to make the frizz seem more noticeable. The brush works well at combing through my hair without pulling, particularly when it is wet after washing or swimming, but isn't really suitable for styling in any way. I tend to just tie my hair back in a bobble for everyday wear, but the Tangle Teezer doesn't seem to like brushing hair backwards, making it pretty limited and ineffective with regards to my hair.
The brush does have some benefits however. I have found the soft flexible teeth to be ideal for my youngest son's very fine baby hair. He hates having his hair washed so it does tend to get a little matted and knotty between washes, particularly now that it is getting really long and thickening out. I'm able to use the Tangle Teezer on his hair without any tears or protests and it doesn't irritate his scalp or pull his hair at all. I have also seen many other parents using these after swimming lessons, particularly on girl's long hair and I do think this is ideal for those purchases.
I have been disappointed with the Tangle Teezer's performance on my thick curly hair and don't think it is particularly suitable for my hair type or needs. It is, however, ideal for very fine knotted baby hair or for use after swimming so it is well worth considering for those particular uses. I would, however, express strong reservations about the price. This is not a brush worth £10.99, even for the uses that it excells at. I'd certainly recommend shopping around if this is being purchased for a youngster but would look for alternatives altogether if being bought with thick adult hair in mind.
Summary: An overpriced plastic brush suitable for young children