My girls are 2 and 8. They have hair that is getting pretty long, about down to the middle of their backs. They play hard, and boy does it seem to get tangled fast! And like many other kids, they hate having their hair brushed. Or maybe I should say, they hate having their tangles brushed out. The fact that they hate having their hair brushed out doesn’t make me want to do it any more frequently… because the fact is that I hate to brush it because they hate it so much. I don’t want to fight them and hear them scream “Ouch! You’re hurting me!” as if that was my goal.
I LOVE spending time with my kids. Just not hair brushing time.
It’s not fun.
When my oldest, Hope (pictured above), starts fussing at me about doing her hair, I tell her “You know, we can cut it. Then it won’t hurt so much if I brush it.” to which she replies “No, I want it to be long so that you can do it! I like it long.” We’ve had that same discussion countless times.
Fed up with the hair brushing dilemma, I finally took to looking into a different hairbrush. I searched Amazon. Boy are there a lot of options out there! I picked out a few different hairbrushes, all of them claiming to be the best at detangling hair. Read on to find out all about them and our search for the best hairbrush at detangling hair!
Hairbrushes I Ordered and a Review of Each
Hairbrush: Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detangling Brush
Review: This was the first hairbrush that we received and tried. It claims to gently unravel even the toughest of tangles without yanking or hurting. I excitedly took it out of the box and set to work on Hope’s hair.
“Owww! You’re hurting me!”
This one wasn’t it for us. My girls have a lot of hair. I think that perhaps this would work better for someone with fine hair, but it’s not the solution to our hair brushing situation. I tried it on myself, I tried it on my friend’s daughters – not one of us were a fan of this one.
**UPDATE** – I did have a reader tell me that they were shocked about my review of this brush, so it does work for some people! I’m glad that they found one that works for them!
Hairbrush: The “Wet” Brush – Detangling Shower Brush
Review: The “Wet” Brush claims to be an ouchless detangler and massager. Even though it’s called the “Wet” brush, it can be used on dry or wet hair. It combed through our hair so much better than the other hairbrushes that we have used in the past! I still got an “ow” once out of Hope, but overall she agreed with me that it worked well and she liked it. I then tried it on my own hair wet out of the shower and was so excited! The bristles are soft against your head and your skin and it really does make brushing tangles out easier.
This one was the favorite of my friend’s 5 year old daughter Logan. That is quite a victory, as her daughter has sensory issues and HATES having her hair brushed. She runs screaming hates it, but she sat nicely for me with this one!
Hairbrush: Tangle Teezer Salon Elite
Review: Hope absolutely loves this brush! I could hear it brushing through the tangles and expected her to say it hurt, but she didn’t! After I brushed her hair out with it, she kept saying how nice and smooth it felt. The downside to this brush is that the bristles hurt when they hit your skin, as I found out because Hope was wearing a tank top when we tried this one out. I tried it on myself and think that it brushes through the tangles well, but it hurts my scalp if I don’t watch to make sure I’m not pressing too hard… my little friend Logan with sensory issues agreed that she didn’t like the way this one felt on her head. However, her sister Molly said it was her favorite too. Overall, I’d say that the Tangle Teezer works and is a great brush, but if your little one has sensory issues you should go with the “Wet” Brush above.
Hairbrush: Knot Genie
Review: I was all ready to write this review and say that I was not a fan of the Knot Genie. I tried it on my girls, myself and our friends and it wasn’t terrible – but it definitely was not as good as the Tangle Teezer or the “Wet” Brush was to me. Then I handed my husband all of these hairbrushes and asked him to brush my 2 year old Gracie’s hair fresh out of the bath. I told him to tell which he liked best and I left him to it. Well, wouldn’t you know it – he comes upstairs and hands me all the brushes and says that this is his favorite.
Bonus Review – Compact Detangling Hairbrush
Hairbrush: Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hair Brush
Review: This compact Tangle Teezer works just as well as the bigger version that I reviewed above. I actually like it even a little better because there aren’t as many teeth, so it didn’t scrape against me as much. It has a cover that clips on and covers the bristles of the brush to keep it from getting dirty in your purse. The cover doesn’t entirely cover the bristles though so if you have a dirty purse (something that happens to me often) then it could still get dirty in there. But it’s nice to be able to take it with you and have pain free hair brushing anywhere you go! They have lots of fun styles on their compact brush – from gold to leopard print – and prices go up to about $25. Again with this though, if you have a little one with sensory issues, I wouldn’t recommend this brush.
I tried ordering a knock off of this one for $2.99 and was going to compare it for you. There is no comparison. I say stick with the genuine on that, you get what you pay for.
And The Best Hairbrush to Get Out Tangles Is…
I started this search hoping to come out with one absolute best brush to recommend to everyone. Well, I’m not there and I’ve realized that there won’t be an absolute, hands down, best hairbrush to get out tangles. We are all different, and more importantly – every kid is different! What works for one kid might not be the best for others. Here are my overall thoughts and recommendations though:
Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detanlging Brush – didn’t work for anyone that I tried it on but may work on someone with fine hair – if they don’t have sensory issues.
The “Wet” Brush – Detangling Shower Brush – my personal favorite on myself and on the little miss with sensory issues. This one has soft tips on the bristles of the brush whereas the other ones here are all hard.
Tangle Teezer Salon Elite – My girls’ favorite hairbrush… and I’ll admit I like using it on them too. Again, not recommended by my little friend with sensory issues.
Knot Genie – My husband’s personal favorite. I think it’s pretty good, I just preferred the other ones over this one. Not great on a little one with sensory issues.
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hair Brush – Just as awesome as the larger Tangle Teezer but better for your purse.
As these brushes were being tested for this review, I had different detangler sprays coming in for a post I’m doing on my Search for The Best Detangler Spray. Every single hairbrush that I reviewed here works better with a detangler spray than by itself, so I highly recommend using one!
Make sure to check out my Search for The Best Detangler Spray next!
Thanks for reading!