For about as long as I can remember, I've gone through hair conditioner in the blink of an eye. Washing my hair at night, it seemed to be the only thing that would ease the stubborn knots that my wavy hair had accumulated throughout the day. Even then, I'd get out of the shower and run a comb through it and still find errant tangles.
After a few years of bleaching my hair, the situation only got worse—not only was my hair tangled, but it was dry and damaged, and it seemed that no hair mask could remedy the situation I'd gotten myself into. Luckily, it was just a year after swearing off the bleach that I found the fix that would actually make a difference in my hair care routine: Tangle Teezer's Wet Detangler ($14; amazon.com).
Tangle Teezer's line of flexible, plastic brushes is beloved by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez (who used the brand's The Ultimate Hairbrush to prep her hair for her 2020 Super Bowl performance) and Keira Knightley (who said the brand is gentle on her hair, which had been badly damaged from years of dye jobs). The brand's signature Original Detangling Hairbrush is a similarly effective palm-sized brush, but the Wet Detangler caught my eye because of one detail in particular: It has a handle just like any ordinary hairbrush.
For the past two years, I've incorporated it into my routine. After washing my hair and letting it dry in a towel for five to ten minutes, I'll brush my hair with it, starting from the bottom and working my way up. The Detangler's bristles offer more bend than a traditional paddle brush, so it works through knots without any tugging—that means less hair loss and breakage. Normally, I sleep with my hair in a loose braid so my hair keeps its natural texture without any risk of bedhead. When I heat style my hair, I also use the Detangler to brush it out before straightening, curling, or blow-drying.
After years of my hair not growing past my shoulders and looking generally dull, it now hits my mid-back and has finally been deemed healthy by my hairstylist. Though I've shorn off most of the lengths that had previously been bleached, my hair is still relatively quick to tangle—but that's a problem I can now solve without using up a third of a bottle of conditioner.
My hair is of medium thickness and has a 2A wavy texture, but Amazon shoppers with different hair types have also found Tangle Teezer's Wet Detangler just as helpful in their routines. "This has become the holy grail of items needed for my hair and has seemingly replaced most of the other brushes I've used," wrote one shopper. "I have very thick, 4C, high density, low porosity hair. Originally my hairdresser used it and I felt like she was working miracles."
Another reviewer added: "I have long 3C/4A hair and this brush goes through it like butter. I like how close it gets to the roots. It goes through tangles easily and does not rip your hair out." And a shopper with completely straight hair also gave it a thumbs-up, saying, "My hair has never felt so soft."
Just $14 was a small price for me to pay to combat my lifelong tangle troubles. If you're looking for a solution to stubborn snags and knots, Tangle Teezer's Wet Detangler might be the miracle worker you're looking for, too.
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