Believe the hype… at least for now: Tangle Teezer

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Tangle Teezer (TT – I’m not writing that out over and over again). I had been using my Denman brush, but The Hubby made a comment a couple of months ago that I was practically ripping the hair out of my hair. That, combined with the number of positive reviews that I saw made me want to check out the TT.

Finding one was the problem. TTs aren’t easily available in Canada (check my earlier post), but one of my wonderful readers offered to get me one from the States (thanks for the offer, Khadija!), but there was a reader who was in the same province and got her hands on a few of them offered to send me one. **Ed.’s note – I just checked Sally’s website and they are shipping Tangle Teezers in Canada! Whoo hoo! A friend of mine saw one at a Sally’s yesterday. Sooner or later, you’ll be able to just walk into the store and buy one!

Whoo hoo! We communicated via email and on Tuesday, my Tangle Teezer was sitting in my mailbox waiting for me to use it (Thanks Rhenia!). Tuesday night I was not in the mood to deal with my hair, so I waited until I had the time and the energy on Wednesday. I decided to try it out on dry hair first. Not bad – it definitely got through my tangles, but I did see some broken hairs and I wasn’t too pleased about that. I didn’t feel like finishing up my hair on Wednesday night, so I twisted it up into five large twists.

What I did notice was that the ends were completely smoothed out and would hold in five twists. Normally, it would be unraveling and carrying on.

On Thursday, between getting home and going to the commuter train to pick up The Hubby, I had about an hour to get my hair washed and conditioned. I wet the twists under the tap in the tub and decided to co-wash (I know, gasp!) with Head & Shoulders conditioner. My scalp has been behaving pretty well, so why not try co-wash with dandruff conditioner? I conditioned my hair with Aussie Moist and used the TT to detangle any knots.

You know what? Smooth like butter! I’m not even kidding you. The TT went right through any tangles and I was finished detangling in less than 10 minutes. Guy, I didn’t even get the Aussie Moist on all of the twists – I’m starting to run out – and it still slipped right through my hair like butter.

Less than 10 minutes. Do you know how long it usually takes me to detangle after washing? A long ass time. I finished my hair and was ready to style in less than an hour. Do you know how much time that saves me on wash day? Oh, and do you know how much hair I lost? Not a quarter of what I usually end up pulling out with my Denman. I’m going to retire the Denman and see how my hair looks in a couple of months of only using the Tangle Teezer.

As I said on Facebook last night, I don’t understand the science of the Tangle Teezer, but I get the hype.

So, on this kinky, coily chick, the Tangle Teezer is a God send! But that doesn’t mean I won’t change my mind if I see it being detrimental to my hair.

Have you tried the Tangle Teezer? What do you think?


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Nikkele says:

    Okay, you sold me. I’ll let you know how it works out. In the meantime, I have a question. What is a good clarifying shampoo? My hair seems to have a white film on it and I have to wash it like three or four times with baking soda and sulfate shampoo. I’m thinking it’s from the CD hair butter. I don’t know.

    1. urbansista says:

      Please do! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I’m going to keep my eye on it to make sure that there is no damage (I did hear about a potential for damage on some of the boards), but so far, so good!

      White film? I’m not a shampoo person because of my allergies, but I’ve heard people talk about Neutrogena’s clarifying shampoo. I’ve also heard that an ACV rinse would break up any build-up. I haven’t used my CD Healthy Hair Butter in months — not since summer time. I didn’t have any build-up problems with it.

      1. Nikkele says:

        Thank you on both. I checked with a friend of mine who also uses the butter and she has the same problem with the buildup. One thing about natural hair, everyone’s does something different! I am afraid of the ACV rinse because one person on YouTube said it broke her hair off. I am going to try something by Oyin and see what happens. I love my hair butter but I hate that film after I wash my hair. I think I am damaging it by washing it so much in one shot. Well, let’s see what happens.

  2. Sidjazz says:

    Is it really that different than a large, teeth comb? I wasn’t sold on the hype about the denman brush ( I told you that) but this seems like a miracle products from the reviews that I’ve read. I even told the beauty supply folks (where you suggested that I get the Cantu Shea Butter Repair Conditioner) about it and they said that they are going to look into it.

    1. urbansista says:

      I think so. I was having some real problems with single strand knots because I’m sure I wasn’t getting all the shed hairs out when I’m detangling. For right now, I love it. I love it more than my Denman. I love it more than my Jilbere shower comb. I think that both of them (Denman and Jilbere) are still useful, but the Tangle Teezer will be my go-to tool. I’ll keep checking my hair to make sure that there aren’t any adverse effects.

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