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Tangle Teezer?

(27 Posts)
saintsandpoets Sat 01-Nov-14 16:44:43

I bought one on Thursday after hearing multiple people rant and rave about how much it would change my life.

Well I'm not finding that.

I have long, dark, straight, thick hair that matts into knots the second it touches anything. Pillows especially. I wake up with a birds nest everyday.

Had previously been using a paddle brush to tame it. Switched the Tangle Teezer.

I'm finding the bristles aren't strong enough to penetrate my knots, that the thing is difficult to hold, and because of the shape, my hand gets covered in shaded hair, rather that around the bristles like a normal brush.

What am I doing wrong? How do you use yours?

I really want to like this thing.

saintsandpoets Sat 01-Nov-14 16:45:34

shedded* hair that should read.

Chocoholicforever Sat 01-Nov-14 16:45:58

I only use it on my daughters hair and it takes ages but at least it doesn't hurt!

A silk or satin pillow will be far better for your hair type!

Tauriel1 Sat 01-Nov-14 16:49:01

Hmm. Maybe its not good for thicker hair?

I got one for DD as she has flyaway hair that gets tangled easily and she doesn't scream and cry at me brushing her hair anymore.

My hair is quite thick and when I use it, I don't feel like I'm brushing.

saintsandpoets Sat 01-Nov-14 16:50:45

I've already got silk pillows sad

Worst part is wearing a coat. Tangles at the nape of my neck if it is down.

You are both right though, that is its one saving grace - it doesn't hurt at all.

Lozzapops Sat 01-Nov-14 20:52:03

I have the same problem. I mentioned to my new hairdresser than I haven't been getting on well with it, and she said that they are the sort of brush that are best for children's hair (generally a bit thinner and finer) and that on the whole they just don't work on thick, adult hair. That told me!

I am persisting though, as I can't be bothered to get a new one. I tend to hold my hair in sections and rapidly brush repeatedly, starting near the ends and gradually work my way up once the tangles have gone. Then repeat for next section.

Lozzapops Sat 01-Nov-14 20:52:33

Also, I thought it was just me who got coat tangles!

saintsandpoets Sat 01-Nov-14 20:54:12

I've persisted tonight, and although it took me the best part of an hour, I am tangle free.

My hair does feel rather nice now. I'll be interested to see how well it copes tomorrow morning.

Today's post-shower-wet-hair brush was a fail!

unlucky83 Sat 01-Nov-14 21:10:17

I found there is a knack to using to one - you have to use some force and it doesn't seem to be working -mainly cos the knots don't move to the bottom of your hair like a normal brush if that makes sense ...but if you keep going they 'suddenly' does take more strokes than a standard brush too...
But my DD1 had really really thick, curly hair - never had 'fine children's hair' - born with a head full and had first hairdresser cut at 18 months! I have spent 30 mins with tangle spray, two different kinds of brushes and a comb getting rid of the knots before school when she was 5-6. Tangle teezer changed my life - longest it has ever taken is 10 mins. It is also wonderful on wet hair...
Agree the shape is a pain - prone to flying out of your hand ...
I tried a babyliss tangle ease -
looks like a tangle teezer but with a handle and found that worked quite well - but the stiffer bristles were more painful for the DCs (DD2 wouldn't let me use it on her!) I didn't mind it but it was tuggier than a tangle teezer
DD1 (now 13) has since lost it ...late and took it to do her hair on the bus to school - along with two tangleteezers angry. Replacing the tangle teezers I got an orignal one and for a few quid more a 'salon elite' and the salon elite does have firmer bristles - I do prefer it...probably worth the extra..
(Don't get a Denman tangletamer - that really is only suitable for fine hair - just about get away with it for DD2...thick hair for a child - but nothing like DD1's)

unlucky83 Sat 01-Nov-14 21:11:43

Oh and I meant to say as well that the ease of brushing seemed to improve with use - so maybe the sales pitch about not tearing hair etc is true...

WildBillfemale Sat 01-Nov-14 21:59:47

Love mine - it brushes through my wet hair so much quicker than my very wide tooth comb.

I do have dead straight fine child like hair the massage sensation on my scalp too

bigTillyMint Sat 01-Nov-14 22:06:01

I got DD a cheapie version from the Book Man which seems to work well.

DGodD came down (with very thick, curly hair) and declared it way better than the real McCoy because the bristles are stronger! I said I would get her one if he brought them again, but he hasn't so farsad

ihatethecold Sat 01-Nov-14 22:19:01

Op. Your hair is like mine. If I wear a scarf I get a rats nest under my hair within an hour.
Really annoys me.

cece Sat 01-Nov-14 22:54:42

DD has one and thinks it is brilliant.

I don't normally brush my hair as it is curly but I tried it the other day to show my friend what happens when I brush my hair. I found it awful. The bristles were not strong enough and didn't seem to go through my hair very easily at all. However in the end it did give me a satisfactory hair of frizz to show my friend.

saintsandpoets Sun 02-Nov-14 10:21:13

ihatethecold It is rubbish, isn't it? How do you manage it?

Botanicbaby Sun 02-Nov-14 12:53:39

I think they are only good for fine hair? I got one at recommendation of a hairdresser and it truly has changed my life. I have fine, straight hair.
My friend with thick, gorgeous curls cannot use it much to her disappointment after me raving about it.

EldonAve Sun 02-Nov-14 12:58:27

I found the Aqua version is easier to hold - I use it for DC hair which is fine

My hair is thick and I prefer to use a Headhog

Germgirl Sun 02-Nov-14 13:05:22

I've got one of these. I found it far better than a tangle teezer, much easier to hold and it gets through my very thick and tangly hair much more easily. I also do the 'quick brushing in sections' technique and it sometimes seems like it's going to take forever but then suddenly it's tangle free. It's quite odd but that seems to be how these type of brushes work.

nipersvest Sun 02-Nov-14 13:19:56

we gave up with the tangle teaser a couple of years ago as dd's hair started to thicken, it just wasn't effective anymore. have switched to the denman tangle tamer instead and find that works better.

PinkSparklyElephant Sun 02-Nov-14 17:12:56

I've got thick curly hair and I find the Tangle Teezer is brilliant. I brush my hair in sections and it works really well.

BlueberryMuffins76 Sun 02-Nov-14 22:20:43

I've got very fine hair and my Tangleteezer is brilliant - I have to hold it with the non rounded bit at the front of my head, otherwise I loose grip!

VenusRising Sun 02-Nov-14 22:27:50

Use a tiny bit of nuxe oil on your hands and smoothed over all your hair, before you start to brush it out.

Plait your hair at night, or wear it up on top of your head in a sock bun.

I never wear my hair down at night, it strangles me, makes me too hot, and turns into a fright wig of massive proportions!

The tangle teaser palm held is ok for me, the handled denman tangle tamer is better for my dcs long thick hair.

Try and keep your hair off your neck- use a bobble maybe for the underneath bit? or have you thought about getting an undercut?!

WhoKnowsWhereTheSlimeGoes Sun 02-Nov-14 22:36:11

It only works for me in the shower with my hair covered in conditioner, but as it is thick and curly I don't brush it in between washes anyway. I too get the matted underneath bits, a silk pillowcase made no difference to me.

I hate wearing my hair up at night, I feel really cold without it round my neck, I just tease the mats out with my fingers while I'm doing other things in the morning. Or bung it all in a bun, but that's no good in winter as a high one means I can't get a hat on and a low one (which also suits me much better) knocks against coat collars all the time. I do sometimes consider getting my hair cut short!

TheCraicDealer Sun 02-Nov-14 22:37:09

I have fine hair but it's coloured so the drier ends always seem to tat on me. Kept meaning to invest in a tangle teaser when I read a few beauty bloggers going on about Wet Brushes. They had them in Sallys for £7.99 so made a bit of an impulse buy- bloody brilliant. They're a more traditional design with a handle, the lack of which was putting me off the tangle teaser. The handle means you can use it when blow drying as well without burning your hand. Would recommend!

TheAwfulDaughter Sun 02-Nov-14 22:40:14

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