When I was in London a couple of years ago, I can remember seeing these odd hair brushes, called the Tangle Teezer. They had no handle, fit in your palm and allegedly didn't pull hair. I thought they were pretty cool looking, but they were £12-£14 each. That's like roughly $18-$20!! And what was really funny was that the smaller, compact size was more expensive, of course! I just couldn't justify spending that kind of money on a hair brush.
But since the last time we were in England, my daughter Tate's hair has gotten insanely long. It went from being right at her shoulders to falling towards her lower back. It's the thickest hair I've ever seen! She hates tending to it. Washing it is most definitely a chore, but the torture comes in when it's time to detangle it and comb it or brush it in the mornings before school. There were many mornings last year when Tate headed off to school looking like a ragamuffin.
I was quite surprised on this year's trip to London, when we went to Hamby's toy store and someone was demonstrating this brush. Of course, I did everything I could to launch Tate in the path of the woman doing the demonstrations. I was quite skeptical that even this magical brush could keep her from wincing and whining. And once the woman started brushing Tate's hair, I found I was completely wrong! Tate didn't make a peep. So, my first thought was that she was keeping it in because she didn't want to whine in front of this woman, so in my state of disbelief, I was given the opportunity to see for myself. And as I brushed through Tate's hair...there was no sound. I was stunned. I know this sounds melodramatic, but it was life changing. I was on the verge of having Tate's hair chopped off, it had become so unbearable to deal with. Blinded with amazement, I took a brush, headed to the counter and shelled out £12 for it.
The Tangle Teezer has pretty much eliminated the need for detangler after bath time too. It does really well on wet or dry hair. The only thing I could possibly think of to complain about is that it only gets the outer layers of Tate's hair. BUT her hair is so thick that we pin up the top half, brush the bottom half, then unpin the top to brush it. I don't think many brushed could get through her hair in one stroke. So that is really more of a thick hair problem than a brush problem.
Here's where it gets really good, my fellow beauty lovers! The Tangle Teezer is now being sold in the US! I just picked a second one up at Sally's Beauty Supply today for $9.99!! That's like £6!! You cannot beat that! Same brush, almost half the price! Look for yourself, here's the *LINK*!
I promise you, this is a product you didn't even know you needed. It's much gentler on my thinning hair than a regular brush. I no longer need the huge detangling comb after I wash my hair. It really is great. And the US price is right, whether you get one for your kids or yourself, you will be glad you got one!
On one last note...if you are an Angliophile and are familiar with the show "Dragon's Den", the creator of the Tangle Teezer, Shaun Pulfrey, was on that show in 2007 and turned down by The Dragons! Imagine that! They seriously misjudged that product! That, and I still want the two-toned compact one!! Wonder when they'll be Stateside?