To spend a lot on something that lasts years instead of similar on lots of cheaper items that don't last?

(84 Posts)
babysaurus Thu 09-May-13 21:12:20

This is a light hearted AIBU, please be gentle!

A friends daughter, 9, hates brushing her hair as its thick and brushing hurts it. She also fights having it washed for the same reason. Her mum has bought detangling sprays and lots of different brushes, "the last one cost me £8", but none have helped enough. I have a Mason Pearson brush which she used (I took it over for her to try) and the difference was amazing. Unfortunately these brushes cost £35+. My friend said she would (not could) pay that much for a brush as its ridiculous, but has prob spent at least that already on cheaper brands.

This prompted a lighthearted discussion with her over buying one off expensive products that last forever (my last Mason Pearson was a 12th birthday present and it lasted till I was 36) and her preference of buying cheaper things but on a regular basis (she has pans that look like Le Creuset but aren't, for example) because paying huge amounts for things when you can get an equivalent for less is apparently the way to go. (Not a purely financial decision.)

So, if you were there too, would you be agreeing with me or my friend...?!

It surely depends on whether you can afford the expensive item at the time.

Yamyoid Thu 09-May-13 21:15:15

A bit of both. Tbh I'm probably more like your friend and would think £8 is enough to spend on a brush.

Boomba Thu 09-May-13 21:15:19

its a toss up isnt it...because you dont always get the quality you pay for. And if you are skint, its a tough decision to make

That said, Id spend double that if it improved the hair brushing experience in our house! grin

orangeandemons Thu 09-May-13 21:18:28

But it's about upfront money. I wouldn't spend that much on a hairbrush ever. And dd has hair like Medusa, but I battle on with the good old tangle teaser, AND I resented the cost of that too

SprinkleLiberally Thu 09-May-13 21:18:38

It depends. My pans were 9.50 for three and have done 10 years so far. Clothes I'd pull and spill anyway so wouldn't be an investment. Tbh I think it is easy to get sucked into doing one or the other religiously, when a combo of cheap and expensive is probably best.

I wouldn't spend £35 on a hairbrush because it old get lost in this house. You have to factor this sort of thing in.

babysaurus Thu 09-May-13 21:20:06

I asked if it was purely due to not able to stretch to a larger one off payment as it did cross my mind, but she said it was because she 'didn't agree' with paying lots for something, esp like a hairbrush or pan.

invicta Thu 09-May-13 21:24:09

I don't think I would spend £35 on a brush, but definitely would pay more for some items, but not others. Sometimes, paying more for a better item is cheaper then buying lots of cheaper products.

MogTheForgetfulCat Thu 09-May-13 22:47:59

Generally I would prefer to buy something decent and likely to be long-lasting over something more flimsy and likely to conk out after not that much use. But you can't always tell from the cost alone - it's not simply the case that more expensive = better and longer-lasting. Also, I can't always justify the cost at the time.

noisytoys Thu 09-May-13 22:53:00

I spend £1 on a hairbrush from wilkinsons and generally buy one every couple of years. A £35 brush would have to last 70 years to be value for money

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Thu 09-May-13 22:55:26

My comb came free with a 1991 copy of Mizz magazine. Is that bad?

PoppyWearer Thu 09-May-13 22:58:59

A bit of both here too.

For example, I bought a "cheap" steam generator iron a couple of years ago to test whether it was worth it. With the plan to get a more expensive one in due course. And it's still going strong, longer than any other iron I've owned...and the one I had before that was the expensive Which? Best Buy.

But then we have Miele appliances and they are worth it, 100%.

Wouldn't a Tangle Teezer brush, £5 or £10 IIRC, do the job for your friend's DD?

Or you could buy her one for her next birthday, but say it counts as next five birthday presents?

fengirl1 Thu 09-May-13 23:01:24

Dd1 has a waist-length mane of hair which is very thick (ponytail two to three times the thickness of other people's). A good brush is the only way - so that's what it has to be.... (She went to a festival last summer and didn't brush her hair for three days - it was matted and practically dreads when she came back!)

Iwantmybed Thu 09-May-13 23:03:31

Funnily DH and I have this issue all the time. He believes in investments and you get what you pay for. I despise spending more than necessary, like a good bargain and hate feeling ripped off by brand power. This results in our spending being quite polar opposite. For example DH bought a laptop for £1k but I splashed out on an mp3 player for £2.60. It works well generally he gets good quality items that last well and I get items that do the job and can replace easily if they break.

Xmasbaby11 Thu 09-May-13 23:06:28

I spend loads on kitchen stuff because I cook a lot and can feel the difference - good knives, for example, make slicing much easier.

I think with the things that are important to you, you notice the difference and are more willing to pay more for quality - if you can afford it.

pippibluestocking Thu 09-May-13 23:07:08

What brush do you use Fen (DD similar though hair not waist length)

yaimee Thu 09-May-13 23:08:46

One of my mum's teachers told her to 'always buy the best that you can afford' and my mum has carried this with her for life.
The teacher was talking about pans at the time I think but looking for the best quality product within your price range (not brands, just good quality materials and workmanship) is good life advice.
Me and my mum by almost everything second hand, but still look for good quality.

yaimee Thu 09-May-13 23:12:01

Don't those hairbrushes come with a lifetime guarantee?

Littlehousesomewhere Thu 09-May-13 23:39:33

Yanbu

But it depends if you actually can afford the paying for the more expensive item. But for moderately priced items like this brush I would most certainly.

Even if you needed to wait a month by saving £8 a week i would say most people would be able to do that.

missuswife Fri 10-May-13 00:19:07

I buy the best I can afford. Buy cheap, buy twice. Oh and I mean best as in quality and value, not labels, IYSWIM.

molly199 Fri 10-May-13 00:29:21

Why doesnt she got to the poundshop and buy thinning scissors, could help ease the problem

I have a hairbrush I got when I was about 12, it's still like new a pure bristle on my grandmother got me for Christmas. I used it for many years and Dd used it too, you get whet you pay for. I spend a bit more on quality clothes too, for Dd they fit better and last longer. Occasionally I'll think something cheaper looks good and will try it, and find it doesn't wash as well or last as long.

LittleFeileFooFoo Fri 10-May-13 01:58:14

i like to spend the money and only buy the damn thing once! I detest shopping. DH would rather buy cheapo and do it over and over.

He buys shoes every 6 months while I have been wearing one pair of mine regularly since 1995.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Fri 10-May-13 02:13:30

Has she tried a tangle teezer?

cory Fri 10-May-13 06:27:15

If she buys the £35 hairbrush she will have to watch it like a hawk for years to make sure her dd doesn't lose it, tread on it and break it, lend it to her best friend who loses it... It will take a lot longer for her dd to become independent in the matter of brushing her hair. If I had a 9yo I would be looking at equipment that I was happy for her to be in charge of.

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 06:59:16

I have a Mason Pearson brush from TKMaxx.
Mason Pearson are one of the many companies cashing in on an old reputation. I would never spend £60 on a brush. I don't care what it's made of.

MrsLouisTheroux2 Fri 10-May-13 07:01:23

£60?! £35 even! smile

LifeofPo Fri 10-May-13 07:07:25

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loofet Fri 10-May-13 07:07:27

Completely with you, yanbu. I don't understand the logic of buying something cheap and having to replace it every few weeks rather than just buying the more expensive and better quality item that lasts. Mind boggles.

I do it with shoes especially. I'd much rather buy a pair of Converse (for example) for £40 that will last for YEARS than a cheap version for a tenner that you end up having to replace a few weeks later. Electrical items as well, always better to invest in a better brand that you can rely on.

ScienceReallyRocks Fri 10-May-13 07:22:12

I understand the principle involved, buying better quality is usually better in the long run but if you are faced with shoes that are £17 or shoes that are £45 then if you don't have the £45 then the decision is already made.

I was made to feel very inferior last weekend because I had cheap shoes on (family member) because she always buys good quality shoes and went to great lengths to make me see my folly.
Well , you know what? I'd prefer to buy better shoes rather than buy cheap ones that need replacing, but if you don't have the money you don't have the choice.

chanie44 Fri 10-May-13 07:22:35

I focus on quality in the first instance. I think the quality of many products have gone downhill over the years and it is becoming more difficult to find items that last. I'm happy to give things a try.

Tailtwister Fri 10-May-13 07:30:19

I agree with you to some extent. More expensive items do last longer and I'll spend more on kitchen equipment for example. I would buy one expensive knife rather than have a block of 6 cheaper ones. It all depends on having the spare cash at the time though. If you can't afford the higher outlay you have to buy cheaper but more often.

tomatoplantproject Fri 10-May-13 07:44:34

For the last few years I have consciously started spending more on quality items rather than cheap. My work clothes I have now had for some time and they look good as new, I don't have to replace stuff that falls apart. I have been given tons of stuff for dd (6mo) so the few purchases I have made I have been able to buy the quality item (eg stokke high chair). I then buy in bulk the disposable stuff - Costco for washing powder, nappies, wipes, shampoo etc.

We are now in the lucky position that we don't need a lot of new stuff, but if we do we tend to wait for birthdays or Christmas - eg I buy dh a good knife each Christmas and we are building our range that way.

I'm not sure how we will approach stuff for dd as she gets older - cross that bridge when we get there.

I am sure we are fortunate to be in this position that we have the basics and don't need to worry too much about replacing them regularly.

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 10-May-13 07:46:12

It totally depends though doesn't it. I have la crueset and other brands of pans, they all still break if you drop them.

I get la crueset at tk maxx BTW, ever more than £20 an item. I have no idea why anyone not seriously loaded pays full price.

StuntGirl Fri 10-May-13 07:48:18

So she has a nightmare with her daughters hair, finally found a product that makes a difference with it, yet isn't interested in buying it? Are you sure there's not some money issue hidden here because logically it doesn't make sense.

Personally I'd get her hair cut and avoid the issue, but there you go.

sarahtigh Fri 10-May-13 07:57:42

unfortunately buying cheap for a lot of things involves more money in the end, it has been fairly well documented for over 100 years that the poor pay more for most things in the end because they can't afford the initial outlay for the quality product,

around 1890- 1900 these was done in New York looking at men's boots the SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE WAGE MAN could spend 2 weeks wages on a pair which on average lasted 5-10 + years, ( it appears most things were better made then) working men spent just less than 1 weeks wages just but replaced more often so on average spent 40% more on boots, this still applies to most things

there was a thread about 2 months ago arguing similar about school shoes if you can't afford the initial 35 pounds for decent pair you end up buying 3 pairs at £15+ so again spending about 20% more on shoes

I generally agree with OP

Bananasinfadedpjs Fri 10-May-13 08:00:33

Depends what it is. I don't like to buy cheap crap, but there is a middle ground of reasonably priced mid-range items, that still work well, and last reasonably well. It is sometimes hard to know if you are paying for quality, or if you are just paying for a name.

I have two daughters, and I'll always look for good quality clothes and toys, because I hope they can be passed down to the younger one, for example.

We have quite high-end appliances - washing machine, dish washer, fridge, (though we found them all at a discount). But all our furniture is of the cheap and cheerful Ikea variety.

And even good quality things can get broken, ripped, get scratched, get lost...

znaika Fri 10-May-13 08:04:02

Ooh Cory you cannot tread on a Mason Pearson adn break it! They are awesome- with you on the losing it though. Once past the age of losing stuff, buy from those old fashioned brands that never give up the ghost, first you get something great, but you also never have to replace it.

I used to have a runnig joke with a friend about winter boots. I bought a pair for 200 quid- she was shock and bought hers for 70, they needed replacing at the end of winter. 5 years down the line-she's bought 5 pairs at c 70 and I'm still in my fab 200 pair. No OP YANBU!

TwoFourSixOhOne Fri 10-May-13 08:08:52

Terry Pratchett has it right on this subject:

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”
― Terry Pratchett, Terry Pratchett's Men at Arms

StuckOnARollercoaster Fri 10-May-13 08:16:41

In principle I like to buy quality but with more and more things it's hard to identify the quality, because high prices is not always the guide, particularly on clothes and shoes.
When I was a kid I was decked out in Clarks and m&s, but as an adult I've been stung by those supposedly quality products turning out to be poor as the companies cost cut and trade on old reputations.
So now I am very wary and will do a combination basked on the product and what I may have hehard from family, friends and places like mumsnet.

Jux Fri 10-May-13 08:17:17

Of course it makes sense to buy expensive if you know it's going to last forever! The trouble is that that doesn't always happen, and you have to have the dosh to start with.

I'd get dd a M&P brush now she'd 13, but I wouldn't have done it before.

Incidentally, where can you get a decent comb? i have my grandmother's (she died 26 years ago) and the quality is extraordinary in comparison to the crap flabby plastic things you get from Boots these days.

We got one of similar quality for dd in Malta, in a chemist in a tiny little town, nothing special over there. It's disappeared and I can't stretch to going to Malta to get another!

lubeybooby Fri 10-May-13 08:20:16

It isn' difficult to brush girls hair without hurting. Just have some awareness of what you are doing, start at the bottom and work up, if there's a tangle hold the hair to stop it pulling while you sort it out.

My 16 yr old long haired DD agrees. Bad workman blames tools etc.

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 10-May-13 08:20:57

Yes I agree rollercoaster. I've got boots,that are still going strong after 10yrs of heavy winter use and,they were nowhere near the priciest end of the market! I think they were £35.

Some brands that were high quality are now made in different countries with different materials...

I try not to buy things,that I don't think will last, but I would never buy the most expensive brands unless I was 100% convinced they really were the best.

Ariel21 Fri 10-May-13 08:24:01

YANBU. I've heard those brushes are amazing. I might get one (when I have money). I read that they transform thick frizzy hair without the need for spending squillions on products.

More generally, I would rather buy good quality stuff in sales or second hand, than new cheap stuff that is massively wasteful. Obviously this doesn't apply to hairbrushes ;)

superbagpuss Fri 10-May-13 08:27:16

I'm in the depends camp

I buy last years style sketchers shoes and trainers because I am heavy on my foot ware and they last, cheaper ones are just a waste of money

for work I have some expensive suits and skirts and cheap shirts and tops so I can replace them when needed keeping my look updated

for the kids some gimmick stuff comes cheap because they don't need it to last, but I spend out on books etc which do last

FacebookWanker Fri 10-May-13 08:31:37

TeWi I bought a pair of those boots. They barely lasted a winter. Luckily they gave me a full refund.

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 10-May-13 08:37:03

the point is you can't say whether a £35 pair of boots will last or not based on the price, you need to look at how they are actually made/designed.

I do the same ariel, I have got most of my recent clothes from the John Lewis sale, a Viyella cardigan that was £109 reduced to £25 has been my best bargain and I can see it lasting years.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Fri 10-May-13 08:39:46

I tend to pay whatever I can afford at the time, or I'll wait and save to get the item/brand that I really want. I used to buy the cheap alternatives, but would never be fully happy with them. So lesson learned, I waited and saved.

It was my dh who changed how I bought things. He would always 'buy once and buy well'. I was all about buy cheap and replace, but then I was happy with that. I didn't have much spare cash and I could replace with something new and on trend.

As I've gotten older I'm not such a slave to fashion and buy classic more expensive items, rather than cheaper disposable things.

freddiefrog Fri 10-May-13 08:47:14

I had a very similar discussion with a friend a few days ago oh, what an interesting life I lead

I have a Miele hoover, had it for years and years, is going strong and eill last for a few more years. Was probably about £200 when we bought it

Friend was telling me what a waste of money, she'd never spend that much on a hoover, she's just bought a new hoover for £40, it does the job, etc, etc.

But as I pointed out, it's the second one she's bought this year already. She's probably had a dozen hoovers at £40 in the same amount of time I've had my Meile

It does depend though, it doesn't always work out

JakeBullet Fri 10-May-13 08:51:35

Depends, I have hand blender for smoothies, soups etc which cost me £4.99. I've had it 10 years now and it is still going strong.

butteroneverything Fri 10-May-13 08:52:44

Totally agree that it depends on the item as to whether it's worth paying extra. Taking my wardrobe for example, I have better quality (and more expensive) 'classics', like a trench coat, black wool coat, black boots... The white T shirts etc I buy more cheaply because no matter what you spend, they still go grey in the wash.

As for hairbrushes, I have a perfectly good Denman which has been with me years and years and is still fine. A middle ground maybe?

I see someone else has already quoted the Sam Vimes theory of economics. It's a good one - buy the best quality you can afford. That doesn't necessarily mean the most expensive though.

FacebookWanker Fri 10-May-13 09:12:08

Sorry, I meant the well known boots that are now made using cheaper materials. They cost £100!

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 10-May-13 09:15:40

Ah, I didn't mean those!

They're a good example though. A few years ago, they'd be great. Now rubbish, but cost the same or more hmm

Floggingmolly Fri 10-May-13 09:20:10

Buy cheap, buy twice. As my esteemed Granny always said.

fascicle Fri 10-May-13 09:42:03

TondelayoSchwarzkopf
My comb came free with a 1991 copy of Mizz magazine. Is that bad?

Mine came free with Just Seventeen mag, circa 1985 grin

That said, I do think it's worth shelling out for an expensive brush if that's what works for your hair. An expensive brush isn't that expensive compared to the price of a haircut or too. It'll last a long time (unlike the haircut) and it's worth keeping your body parts in good condition!

ATJabberwocky Fri 10-May-13 09:46:43

Whilst I think it's false economy to buy lots of cheap things regularly, it's not necessarily true that a £35 hairbrush is the solution. I'm sure there must be a balance between a good quality, a reasonably priced brush.

FacebookWanker Fri 10-May-13 09:51:08

The first pair I bought cost £30 and lasted for about 4 years. They were so comfortable too. I have such problems finding footwear that doesn't cause me problems with my tendons...now I'll have to start searching again (or maybe buy some insoles with arch supports)...

PosyNarker Fri 10-May-13 09:56:33

YANBU if you have the money and it's not a disposable or fashion item, I would always get the best I could afford.

My Jaeger winter coat (classic style) is still going strong 3 years on. My friend's was half the price, but only barely lasted a season.

OnFoot Fri 10-May-13 10:18:32

I was going to quote Sam Vimes' boots theory of economics too! Love Pratchett.

I'd agree that there are lots of things where you should buy a good quality item if you can afford it. Though there are things where I happily buy the cheapest I can find because it won't be needed for long.But for items that I use a lot, then I try to buy good quality, though I do hunt around for the cheapest supplier.

I also subscribe to the "cost per wear" clothes theory - I'd far rather spend money on the perfect pair of jeans that will get worn tons of time than on a pricy posh dress that will be worn rarely. The posh dress will come from the sales or the charity shop as I just can't justify it to myself.

Mintyy Fri 10-May-13 10:25:04

I agree when it comes to opaque tights.

M&S autograph ones, which cost about £8 a pair, last more than 3 times as long as the standard M&S ones.

mrsjay Fri 10-May-13 10:30:16

I bought DD1 a really good brush when she was 9 she had similar hair ( i cant remember the make) anyhoo she is 20 and still using it, I think if something is going to work/last then of course it is worth it, but imo spending money on something that is designer or expensive just because isn't worth the money if it falls apart

sarahtigh Sat 11-May-13 20:15:24

sign up to autograph tights got some in sale for £6 with cables ( normally £12) the plain ones are £8 though

it works the other way too some years ago I had a X- type jaguar car and though extremely comfy and nice to drive it was nothing but hassle and so expensive to repair by BF ( now DH) said it had a really poor quality of build cheap bolts that shear off etc, had about 50,000 mileas on clock when I sold it; I now have a practical renault kangoo has 130,000 miles on clock and has only ever had new tyres

littlepeas Sat 11-May-13 20:27:41

YANBU. I always get the best I can afford. I am now off to google said hairbrush as my dd hates having her hair brushed (wild, curly and getting longer - she is only 3).

StuntGirl Sat 11-May-13 22:47:05

Well lubeybooby this twenty-something woman disagrees with you.

lubeybooby Sun 12-May-13 01:32:19

It's not difficult!

My point in mentioning my daughter was she's the one whose hair I brushed all her 'too little to do it herself' life and she hated anyone but me doing it because I never hurt her.

You just have to be careful that's all. Make sure you allow plenty of time if it's very tangled and have some consideration for when it's pulling and take the pressure off the scalp by holding that section of hair. Untangle the worst with your fingers if need be.

It doesn't have to hurt the child no matter what brush or comb you use

McGeeDiNozzo Sun 12-May-13 04:44:34

My significant other regularly evangelises about the long-term savings quality purchases can bring. This is particularly true of shoes.

PasswordProtected Sun 12-May-13 05:50:44

I was brought up to buy the best I could afford at the time. This principle seems to have worked so far.
Recently I heard someone saying that they were too poor to buy cheaply. It sounds like a contradiction in terms, but makes sense if you think about it.

If agree with you. Made DH spend £35 in Lakeland on a potato ricer yesterday. He looked a bit stunned but I said looked more hard wearing and robust than the shitty shinny metal one,

Will report back in 15 years when it better still be going strong!

kiwigirl42 Sun 12-May-13 06:31:16

I try to buy the best I can afford and so does DH. I got a brand new Le Creuset 28cm casserole dish for £25 on ebay recently. Just takes a bit of searching for bargains. Also have bought a brand new £200 Dale of Norway cardigan for £12

nooka Sun 12-May-13 06:54:04

I think in this particular case there are two things though, one is whether to buy to last (which is always great if you can afford it and the more expensive item does actually last), and the other is whether it is worth paying more for something that really works, as opposed to getting by with something that doesn't do a very good job.

I think hairbrushes are quite a personal choice -for example I really dislike the feel of my mother's Mason Pearson, and always buy Denman's because for me that's the brush that works best for my hair.

My dd had very very tangly hair when she was younger, often waking in the morning with a total bird's nest at the back. Given enough time I could always detangle it in the end, but it could take 45 mins or so before it was totally brushable. In the end we had it cut short, and looking back I can't think why we didn't do that years before. She looks much nicer with it short, and we could have avoided all those battles.

sarahtigh Sun 12-May-13 08:19:56

i've had a dale of norway jumper about 15 years still looks great and not stretched it is so warm it does not get worn that often as too warm to wear inside the house

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sun 12-May-13 09:01:41

I totally agree with everyone saying "buy cheap, buy twice"

The number of times dh has bought the cheapest option only to have it break on us a few weeks later. It's so bloody annoying. My only problem is that I haven't yet matured to the point where I don't lose thinks on a regular basis. Sometimes I buy cheap because I know it will vanish into the ether within weeks.

WMittens Sun 12-May-13 09:56:36

I spend £1 on a hairbrush from wilkinsons and generally buy one every couple of years. A £35 brush would have to last 70 years to be value for money

Not necessarily, value is not just about cost but also about effectiveness. I had no idea brushes could be so different, so I'm just going to make up some numbers to demonstrate:

Assume the cheap brush takes 20 minutes to get tangles out of hair, and the £35 brush takes 5 minutes - time saving 15 minutes per day.
What's 15 minutes worth? If we take the national minimum wage (not applicable to a 9 year old, but we need some way to quantify it) of £6.19 for over 21s, it takes 23 days to be worth £35. Leaving aside money, what is an extra 15 minutes in bed every morning worth to you? (Or at least, to someone with very tangly hair.)

One argument for a £35 brush for a 9 year old: OP says the girl hates brushing and washing her hair - it is possible she now associates personal hygiene/grooming practices with unpleasantness so adapts to avoid them - this could cause problems with social interaction later. That is an extreme extrapolation, but I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility - school can be cruel.

RhondaJean Sun 12-May-13 10:04:08

I often have this disagreement with my mother re furniture and things like that.

Buy cheap and buy twice. Or a dozen times in her case.

She actually has a mason Pearson brush, the end bristle are worn down now but as she bought it in her 20s and she's now 66 it's done pretty well!

I lost mines. Gutted. Haven't replaced it yet.

I agree with most thing the better quality you can afford the less it costs you long term. There are some exceptions, children's clothes for day to day possibly being one of them.

differentnameforthis Sun 12-May-13 11:31:58

My daughter has the same kind of hair. NO WAY would I spend $779 (lowest price I found online) for a hair brush!

I find that washing with a shampoo & cond, and wearing it up in bed/most of the day help heaps! The de-tangling spray we have used int he past only seems to add to the difficulty once dried! So I just use water for de-tangling!

differentnameforthis Sun 12-May-13 11:32:21

$79, not $779

babysaurus Sun 12-May-13 20:34:23

WMittens my friends DD is a bit of a soap avoider, although not entirely sure if the hair thing is part of it.

orangeandemons Sun 12-May-13 21:23:33

Yy to tieing it up in bed. That definitely stops it tangling up.

Jan49 Sun 12-May-13 22:13:09

I have a ds, not a dd, but I think if I had a child whose hair took 45 a day to untangle and brush I'd want them to have it cut a lot shorter. Spend the money on a haircut rather than an expensive brush!

Jan49 Sun 12-May-13 22:13:29

That's 45 minutes.

hollyisalovelyname Sun 03-Nov-13 09:36:50

Get a Tangle Teaser. They're brilliant

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