24 April 2013

Tangle Teezer - Why it's NOT worth the hype!

A picture of a Tangle Teezer

When the Tangle Teezer first hit the UK last year it was raved about so much that I saw beauty bloggers in swarms buying every single one they could get their hands on. Everyone loved this quirky new product and it wasn't long until I wanted to give it a go too. But it was actually nearly a year until I finally decided to pick it up. At £10.99, it's not exactly cheap. Particularly for a relatively new brand. A brand like Denman for example, I'll happily shed the cash for. But, eventually, I decided to pick it up this January and after a few months of giving it go after go after go.... I wish I'd saved my £10.99!!

Let me describe my hair for you. It's thin, limp and lifeless. When wet if not blow-dried or brushed a lot throughout the time it takes to dry, it can get knotty. I also play with my hair a lot, which can cause even more knots and tangles. So, surely a product which is advertised and supposedly designed to get rid of tangles, should be good with my hair, right? Wrong.

I am not one to shy away from writing a negative review. I think it's massively important that bloggers are always honest about their experiences with products. I didn't know whether to even blog about this as it just sits on my dresser and if anything, is more an annoyance to have but cost too much to discard. I really don't like this product. The reason I dislike it is because it is actually no better than any comb or brush i already own. It doesnt do anything miraculous. Its not special. I've seen no positives to using this compared to my paddle brushes! I think it has been designed and marketed perfectly, a cheap gimmick, to get as many sales as possible. I understand lots of people love this, and I'm probably getting death stares from Tangle Teezer devotees right now, but for me? This is just a complete gimmick. It was a waste of money and I would never recommend anyone buy it.

Woah negativity. But seriously - Don't waste your money.

You can find the 'infamous' Tangle Teezer on the Boots website for £10.99.

A picture of a Tangle Teezer

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  1. I was thinking about trying this, but after reading your review not so sure now! Great post! It's refreshing to see a negative review once in a while! :)

    Kelouise xo

    http://thebellelavieproject.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I have waist length long thick curly hair and I absolutely love mine! Takes a lot of work out of trying to fight the tangles and Knots.

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    2. I have waist length long thick curly hair and I absolutely love mine! Takes a lot of work out of trying to fight the tangles and Knots.

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  2. Thats a shame I get it not for everyone but I love the thing but I have thick long hair and has worked well for me but you can get cheap alternative I think primark does there own version.

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    1. Same as my hair also I suffered from depression and wasn't brushing my hair for 3 months just tied it up and the tangle teezers for thick wavy hair was a miracle for me that and some tetangling spray it took me 4 days bit by bit but got all knots out

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    2. My hair is very thick and long and has been coloured lots and streaked blonde the tangle teezer actually saved me from having to cut knots out they was that bad

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  3. Was this just a product that didn't work for you? Or did it make your hair worse?
    I personally would never buy anything like this but I'm just curious as to why you dislike it so much.

    xx

    http://abrunetteinthecity.blogspot.com/

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  4. I agree with you, I didn't buy the product but lent it from my sister and thought it was a complete waste of money, it hurt more to pull knots out with this than a normal comb! I was worried that my already thin hair would get thinner through using it.
    Complete waste of money I fully agree
    Kloe xx
    haveacupofteawithkloe.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Oh so glad you posted , my hair is thin and no volume I keep looking , reading the hype , after dragons den and nearly got one in jan but thought no . So glad I felt the bristle in the salon few few back , would of shredded my scalp. I like the blogs with the negative (cons) as it makes you thing is it any good , good post btw
    http://ljblog73.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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  6. I'm so glad I just read this as I was going to purchase one this week x

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    1. try it for yourself first! don't just listen to what everyone says.

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  7. You don't really say why you don't like it, other than its cheap and gimmicky.
    I'm guessing you couldn't brush through your hair? I think its a hit and miss hair tool depending on what your hair is like. Will work for some and not for others.
    I personally prefer the tangle tamer by denman. I did find the tangle teezer had a tendency to slip out of my hands when I used it after Id washed my hair which was annoying! Many a time I nearly hit tom in the face with it!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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    1. Thanks for editing in why you dislike it. Its a shame you didnt get on with it. Like I said above, I recommend the tangle tamer by denman. :-)

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    2. Same here, the Denman one is my favourite, and half the price!

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  8. I personally am in love with my Tangle Teezer, but I do think it's alot for what it is.
    Primark have started doing similar styles for £1.50 which I think are probably more worth the money, and probably work the exact same! :)
    x

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  9. I find the tangle teezer works well with my hair and I like that it fits in my handbag, however I wish it had a handle! It's flung out of my hands so many times when trying to brush my hair. I thought about getting the michel mercier brush which looks similar but has a handle, but it's still expensive! xo

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  10. first negative review ive read! was considering getting one but the price is crazy. I know you can get the exact same thing on ebay (from china/hong kong etc.) for a couple of quid so i might get that instead just in case it doesnt work for my hair instead.
    Refreshing to read a negative review! x

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  11. It doesn't work on my hair, but does well for my daughter because it doesn't hurt to brush out her knots. Good to see an honest review x

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  12. Thank you so much for this review.
    I was nearly going to get one myself, but wouldn't give the €13.99/€14.99.
    I'd rather get the €1.50 one from Primark! Haha.

    Leanne @ Makeup Blast x

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  13. I love it, LOL :) However mine is 2 years old and the bristles get quite ruined after time. But will definitely repurchase it.

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  14. I personally really like the tangle teezer as I have very thick hair and this makes brushing my hair when it's wet 10x easier. My sister however has thinner hair and HATES the tangle teezer - so I do think it depends on your hair type a bit. With that being said, totally agree that £10+ is pretty expensive, especially when it may not suit your hair!

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  15. Oh no! Sorry it didn't work for you! I love my Tangle Teezer - I'd be at a loss without it :)) I guess it just depends on the person and hair type!! xo

    http://www.beautyblogspot.com/

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  16. Love the honest review! Have to disagree though I think it's absolutely brilliant. Use it religiously on my curly haired child and myself when my hair wet and certainly in my daughters case, and sometimes mine, no more tears. Don't think it's a gimmick, think it unfortunately just didn't work for you!

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  17. Sorry to hear you don't like it but it's good to see bloggers being honest! Personally I love it, works wonders for me and my thick hair but it is is quite pricey indeed xx

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  18. Finally, someone who agrees with me!
    I have a completely different hair type to you, very thick, long and colour damaged. But the Tangle Teaser did nothing for me either, it does nothing for the tangles in my hair and doesn't leave it any more smooth or glossy than a normal brush!
    The only thing I've found it's good for is brushing out curls after I've used a curling iron on my hair, so at least it has one use for me!

    Mollie xo
    www.molliemuses.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I almost bought this, I have hair like yours, but couldn't justify picking it up. Thanks for the honest review!


    http://entirely-sarah.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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  20. oooh i dont think ive ever seen a negative review of the tangle teezer - controversial! ;) very refreshing though, although i must say i've used my sisters a few times and i personally love it! not for everyone though i guess!
    xxx

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  21. Y'know, I've ummed and arred about whether to buy this after my spending ban. Brushing my hair is by far the worst part of my day and half the time I just don't do it as its too much work! I haven't looked into it too much, but I think i'll avoid. My hair is too thick and wild and I don't think this will work. But I do totally agree with you Sophia, negative reviews are just as important if not MORE important than positive ones! People are so reluctant to post them, so I'm super appreciative that you posted this, thank you :)

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  22. I LOVE my tangle teezer! maybe give it another try? :) x

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  23. I completely agree with you, I was so frustrated because every review I've read until now had only praise for the tangle teezer, and I was just so disappointed with it. I put it in my disappointing purchases post and expected to feel the wrath from loyal fans of this brush!x

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  24. aww man I love mine- I have the aqua spalsh shower version and I comb my conditioner through with it. My hair is thick and a bit wavy, and I could never get a wide toothed comb through the length without a right battle, the TT glides thru. Perhaps try it for conditioner comb through - it's fab!
    Having said all that, it's nice to see a honest review, and if it doesn't work for you, then it doesn't work. fair enough!

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  25. My hair is very thick and it works really well for mine as it doesn't pull out the hair when I brush it so actually encourages growth! I think its very dependent on your hair type!

    www.sophieetc.com

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  26. Ah, I'm a TT fan, they are expensive little buggers though, I originally bought mine for my son (nearly 3) as his hair tangles and I hate taking a comb to it and making him cry. I use the TT even when his hair is a complete nest and full of jam and it works wonders, and he doesn't so much as wimper, I've stayed true to my Denman for a long time but keep his TT in my bag when out and about and have started using it myself and love it, the only problem I have is that because there's no handle you blow your hand when blowdrying and I use a lot of heat on my hair so - ouch! If you don't want to throw it away but don't use it maybe someone (like me) will buy it from you xx

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  27. Although I've heard so much hype about the tangle teaser, a brush for that price can not be justified! x

    http://beautyblahblahblah.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. IT"S SO WORTH THE HYPE!
    I have two in my house and it's a godsend. My daughter no longer cried when she has her hair brushed. Thus, so worth the hype. Just another opinion.
    It's not JUST a brush.

    Jules @Flabbyface

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  29. I have quite a lot of fine hair which gets so knotted, especially if I wear a scarf, and the TT removes all pain for me and makes brushing my hair SO easy! I suppose it goes to show it really depends on people's hair type as to whether it's a miracle brush or not xx

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  30. I find it works for me but I wish it had a handle, I find it hard to hold onto as I've got small hands Lovely honest review! x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I got my tangle teezer after reading tonnes of rave reviews, but I really wish your review had come along before I brought it. If anything it makes me long thick curly hair even harder to manage, I deffinatly cannot use it on dry hair and its not much better on wet hair, certainly won't desert my denman ever again lol xxx

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  32. I love mine for my thick long hair. I got the smaller one in duty free last year and was going to buy a bigger one but it's good to read people are saying Primark do their own version. I do think £11 is a lot for it, sounds like the £1.50 Primark one is a much better bet!

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  33. I couldn't agree more with this - I bought one and HATE it! It does nothing - doesn't even get my tangles out! I much prefer my paddle brushes! Like you said - a total gimmick! Xx.

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  34. Sorry it didn't work out for you. That's such a shame.. I have had the complete opposite experience. I adore my Tangle Teezer - I too was skeptical about the price point, but then again it is British Made - not many beauty products for sale in the UK or abroad support UK jobs like this product does (BTW I bought mine in the US as that's where I live and I have seen them used in professional salons here too.) I long fine hair that tangles like anything. I have never had a Tangle Teezer I didn't get along with instantly and I like the range of flower tangle teezers for young girls - I have made presents of my TT's for my toddler/tween daughter and at least 2 of her little friends, they made highly appreciated presents.

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  35. I find that it just brushes the top layer of my hair. It smooths out bits of it but just makes the visible part look smooth and leaves the knots underneath! The plus side is it doesn't hurt.

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  36. This brush is geared more towards people of ethnic background. Someone with very curly hair not someone with fine,thin and straight hair. My daughter has very curly hair and this brush works miracles on her hair and it doesn't hurt her!!

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  37. Such a shame you don't like it, I adore mine, has made my long/fine hair so much more manageable..I honestly wouldn't be without it! Always good to see reviews that go against consensus though ;) xx

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  38. I actually totally disagree, I love this brush and honestly can't live without it, but I have extremely thick hair and other brushes rip my hair and just cause split ends and it hurts so much.

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  39. I'm so glad that I read your review as I was seriously considering buying one. When I take a step back and think about it.. that is a ridiculous amount for a hairbrush! xx
    Cupcakes And Cocaine

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  40. I actually really love it, I borrow my fiance's Tangle Teezer all the time. His hair's longer than mine and he has no problems with it unless he's got a really big knot but that's to be expected.

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  41. I absolutely love my tangle teezer, it makes brushing my hair an awful lot easier than if I use a regular brush! My hair is pretty thick & very dry so it's literally a life saver, such a shame you don't get on with it! Also I picked it up from ASOS when they do they're 25% student discount, otherwise I do think it is pricey!

    L x

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  42. Oh, what a shame! I actually really like my Tangle Teezer. I will never use any other brush again. It detangles my hair perfectly and also doesn't hurt me while doing it! My hair stylist just got it a few weeks ago and loves it as well!

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  43. I completely agree!! My hair is long, not too think not too thin and honestly.. I've gotten better results using my fingers than with this! The bristles are too short and far too flimsy. I have to section my hair off into tiny pieces to get any use from it and lets face it who has time for that when you can pick up another brush and be done in two minutes. So so glad you wrote this review, i was starting to feel like i was the only one who wished she hadn't brought the thing.
    xx

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  44. 100% agree, I hated this product. I have thick curly hair that tangles within minutes but this just does not help at all. It pulls my hair out a lot more than my comb or brush would and it just feels too flimsy! So glad I never bought it and just tried a friends, would never spend that kind of money on such a toy-like product. Guess it just depends on your hair type and what your hair needs are though!xx

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  45. It took me ages to buy this too as it's quite pricey! Luckily it works amazingly well for me so it's a shame it doesn't work for you! I really don't like it doesn't have a handle though xxx

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  46. I can't believe how many people have disliked the Tangle Teezer! I have lots of long, fine hair and it's perfect for me on wet or dry hair. I like your honest review and that you edited the post to contain why it wasn't the best for you it's a shame you didn't get on with it

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  47. I don't think I'd be a fan of the Tangle Teezer either - my hair is naturally curly but fine and using something like that would just make my curls really thin and straggly. Not a good look me thinks, I'll just stick with finger combing.

    Sharon x

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  48. I absolutely love it & chucked all my old brushes since discovery of thi Understand though that weve got different hair types so that might be it - mines thick and coarse.

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  49. It's great if you have super long long hair, but if you have short-medium hair a standard brush will do! http://williamspromakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/tangle-teezer-hair-brush-review-worth.html

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  50. I totally agree that they're not worth the hype! I found a £1 alternative that works better! Check out my blog to find out where and my thoughts on it!

    Shannon x

    (Fangirls&Foundations)

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  51. i think the tangle teezer is great i have wavy hair which often gets nots and the TT really worked for me it also has helped to make my hair smoother it works well will dry shampoo and helps to get rid of any shampoo left in your hair .. i also found that the tangle teazeer helps with split ends and this is due to the way it is made ! to be honest i think you shouldn't knock down a product with out trying it especially with a product such as the TT as it works better on some people than others

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  52. Thats a shame it didnt work for you :( i have really long hair which gets tangled easily and my TT is a life saver, i think its more for use on wet hair rather than dry hair though. Xx
    sleek-chic.blogspot.co.uk

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  53. My hair is v long and particularly thick and in all honesty the TT has been the best thing I've ever used on it - the knots can be ridiculous after washing my hair and this has managed to brush through them with relative ease. Obviously we all have different hair though and it is bound to work better on some than on others.

    I do agree with you on the price though - there are definitely some cheaper alternatives out there and though I have yet to try them I'm sure they would do just the same job! x

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  55. I come to Morocco a lot, they've been using this thing for ages and costs less than 1£, or 1€ for that matter.
    The "inventor" of the Tangle Teezer has surely done well on marketing.
    However, the product is fabricated in UK, so that's a good thing, compared to the "3£ shops" products

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  56. maybe its your hair type. its really well loved all around! especially for curly hair

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  57. Propably it just depends on your type of hair whether you like the tangle teezer or not! My hair is very thick and wavy-curly. It gets a LOT of knots, and it's almost impossible to detangle. Sometimes i have to cut off a strand because it just became a giant messy dreadlock. When i tried the tangle teezer for the first time, I almost cried some tears of joy because IT WORKED. It doesn't hurt, no hair breaks and my hair is detangled. It's a life-saver to me :-) But I know this - what works great for my sister's straight hair, can be a total disaster to me and vice versa.

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  58. I absolutely loved the tangle teezer but i only paid £3.38 for it as boots had in various branches put them into clearance. i really like it and dont find it lugs or tags my hair -its nice a convienient thing to pop in your travelbag

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  59. I agree that it's fair to right a negative review if that's your true experience. I, however, bought my first tangle teezer two days ago and already love it.

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  60. Bought for the Grand Daughters visits July 2012 now 5 years later we know more about it yes it is very good at detanglng her waist length hair but it is not standing the test of time this is only used once or twice month so not excessive it is now just about fit for the rubbish bin the tines bristles call them what you like are now facing every which way and we feel it is time for the bin men or recyclers to take it away had this been made of a more durable material it would probably have lasted into her teens sadly it hasn't.

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