tangle teezer brush

Tangle Teezer

23 August 2012

The first day of school used to be a real occasion for dressing up. One boy I knew always came in a suit. Other kids showcased their fall back-to-school corduroys and sweaters, excited but roasting in the late-summer sun. Abundant hair was celebrated in the 1970s, but on the first day of school, even normally unruly hair was neatly wet and parted, tied back or braided.

I was never one of those kids. Clothes in my practical family were bought only when needed, and since my brothers and I only grew in millimeters, we hardly ever needed new ones. So I arrived at school in my regular summer clothes, and though my adult hair is oddly wavy (too many perms in the ’80s?), in those days my thick, stick-straight Asian hair behaved just fine with barely a brush.

My girls are a different story. Brushing their fine, knotty curls is a torturous exercise for both caring helper (my view) and tearful victim (their view). So I choose to avoid that battle. I can get pretty animated about manners, or sharing with siblings, or how best to load the dishwasher, but I just can’t get worked up about hair. Sometimes the girls brush, often they don’t, and I view it as a matter of personal expression rather than a reflection of my parenting.

But this summer we discovered the holy grail of pain-free hair care. It’s a funny little hedgehog of a brush that our friends brought from England, and it detangles without pain. Our friends’ girls have silky-fine, straight hair. But it works just as well on my curly girls, who now fight over who gets to brush their hair first.

I have no idea why it works. Plastic bristles? Thinner bristles? More bristles? But it’s so cool I even bought one for my scalp-sensitive niece, a college sophomore who willingly endured years of painful brushing so she could benefit from her mom’s irresistibly cute hairstyling (an incentive my girls don’t have).

The kids are back to school, less raggedy than before and – now that school starts in August rather than post-Labor Day of old – in shorts and tees like everyone else. Hair is smoother, and so are nerves and mornings. Better-groomed kids may even make me look like a more on-the-ball parent, which makes $12.99 seem a bargain.

Sally Beauty sells pink and purple versions of the British-made Tangle Teezer for $12.99 on the its own website or Amazon, plus $5.99 shipping. Or see if there’s a Sally Beauty store near you.

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meg 24 August 2012 at 3:26 pm

This I might need! Brushing my daughter’s “snarkly” hair raises both of our blood pressure most mornings. I will say that she lets me braid it a lot more now that she sees how smoothly it brushes out afterward, but a tool to get us off to a good start? Gold!


cg 31 August 2012 at 12:16 am

hi meg – it’s the little things! =)


Slammie 28 August 2012 at 4:33 am

We use a lot of conditioner around here. Have since Hayley was about 4 or 5. Not sure how I managed to live without it until high school myself….


cg 31 August 2012 at 12:15 am

hi slammie – i agree, conditioner is key. but my girls’ hair is so fine, they still have rats’ nests in the morning. now i know why laura and mary ingalls slept in braids. =P


mm 1 September 2012 at 3:57 pm

Thanks for the tip – I’ll look out for this!


cg 5 September 2012 at 6:05 pm

hi mm – you are welcome. 🙂


Jane 3 September 2012 at 7:31 am

I was tired of the fights and tears in the morning and searched online for a solution, as I’d seen “something” in a store sometime, somewhere or maybe on tv…I couldn’t remember. Tangle Teezer was one of the first searches and I was excited that Sally Beauty sold it. I drove over there within the hour and bought one. My daughter LOVES it, as do I. No more tears and fights and it’s so fast that we get out the door in plenty of time! They don’t pay me, but I wish they would for as much as I talk about it.


cg 5 September 2012 at 6:04 pm

hi jane – so glad it works for you! now our morning challenge has gone from brushing hair to finding the tangle teezer. =P


Karen 7 July 2013 at 7:43 pm

This brush called the WET Brush is amazing….check out the reviews on amazon. I bought 3 of them for my daughter to have at home and grandma’s. She is 7 yr old & half Chinese and half Caucasian. She has a *lot* of medium thick hair that tangles easily if not braided or tied up some way. It has smoothed out most tearful situations. I braid her long hair at night to avoid tangles in the morning. I also think conditioner can help too!



cg 8 July 2013 at 4:03 pm

hi karen – great tip, thanks! i haven’t seen it before, but it looks like a great add to my girls’ arsenal. =)


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