Yep it’s Beauty Battle time again folks, today I’m pitting the beauty-blogger revered Tangle Teezer against new kid on the block, the Wet Brush…
A little bit of need-to-know about my hair state-of-affairs: I have horse-mane thick hair, the type that reduces hairdressers into pools of sweat with numb biceps when they blow-dry it (although things have vastly improved from when my hair was waist-length, back then hairdressers would visibly recoil and hide in the corner to avoid having to wrangle with it).
So dealing with big, stubborn tangles is something I am more than familiar with. If I even dare to glance at my hair the wrong way, it’s go-to form of retaliation is to weave itself into intricate, matted knots that only the most heavy-duty conditioner and de-tangling spray could sort out. So when the beauty-blogger world burst into rapturous praise about the Tangle Teezer, boasting about its ability to make mince-meat out of tricky, tangly hair, you bet your best MAC lippie I was snapping one up.
The Tangle Teezer
The Teezer was a bit of a new frontier for me as I hadn’t used a brush without a handle before, and wrangling with it little bit getting used to. In the guff about how the brush works, the Teezer’s bristles are described to flex and glide through wet hair, sorting out tangles with no pulling, tugging, or yanking. Needless to say, with all my knotty problems, I was super excited to give it a whirl.
So there I am with suitably wet and tangled hair, ready to be wowed by this wonder-brush, and I pull it through my hair and…nothing. The brush just seemed to bounce straight off my hair and drag over it, not touching the sides at all. I load up for another sweep and… same thing again, the bristles just weren’t penetrating the hair enough to get all up in my tangles’ grill and show them who was boss. I tried separating my hair into chunks so I could directly apply the brush to the problem areas, but the Teezer wanted nothing to do with them, merely whispering past them without giving them what-for at all. It took me longer to properly sort out my hair with this brush than it did to do with my more traditional method of using a wide tooth comb, and I think even in the end I had to bring in the comb to finish up the Teezer’s job. Distinctly unimpressed. I gave the Teezer a few more chances in the hopes it would redeem itself, but nada. In it went to the bathroom cupboard wasteland of disappointing products, where it was promptly forgotten about.
The Wet Brush
When the Wet Brush came on the scene, I was somewhat less excited than I had been at the introduction of the Teezer. Cue rolling eyes, muttering ‘yes yes, best brush ever, tell me something I haven’t heard‘. It was after reading a post by Lily Pebbles (whose world was also not set on fire by the Teezer) saying she’d found success with the Wet Brush, that my interest in de-tangling brushes was re-piqued. Yep, easily-enabled beauty sucker here.
Now again, as with the Teezer, there are all sorts of fantastical claims about bristles so flexible they should be Olympic gymnasts, gliding through tangles like a hot steak knife through butter and the usual spiel, so this time I went in with low-expectations. Lo and behold though, it worked. It ACTUALLY worked. A few strokes around my head of appropriately wet and knotted hair, and the tangles were tamed. I was as shocked as you. I had to remind myself to stop brushing because there was no tangles left to brush out, my head was a tangle-free zone. In proving itself to be worthy, it had saved itself from the beauty wasteland and now takes pride of place in the bathroom where I sometimes use it for no reason at all, marveling at its abilities.
The Teezer isn’t without merit, and I would see it working on finer, less troublesome hair quite well. The shorter bristles just didn’t stand a chance against my hair, and that’s not its fault, its just not a good match for me.
So there we have it, the Beauty Battle victor by a country mile is the Wet Brush. If you have thick, hairdresser-tormenting hair as well, you need to have this yesterday.
Have you tried either of these brushes? Do you also have so thick you could weave baskets out of it? Let me know in the comments.