I have been loyal to my original pink Tangle Teezer for many, many years. It has stood the test of time and it's been the only brush I've used. I don't even bother with combs anymore. That's before I heard of The Wet Brush*, the USA's number one selling hairbrush and loved by celebrities such as Candice Swanepoel, Kendal Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens. The Wet Brush is heading to the UK, and will be available in Boots from the 2nd September.
The Tangle Teezer and The Wet Brush are hairbrushes both designed to detangle hair gently, without pulling or causing breakage. Their flexible, thin bristles glide through both wet and dry hair. They're similarly priced, so which one should you purchase?
THE BRUSHES ON WET HAIR
The Tangle Teezer is a dream to use on wet hair. I'm sure you've heard the line 'never brush hair when it's wet' but you can forget all that when it comes to this brush. You can tell it's been specially designed to work on vulnerable hair and this brush works better at working out the tangles and smoothing knots than any wide tooth comb ever has. Without running the Tangle Teezer through my wet hair, it dries in a frizzy mess. A* performance from the TT.
The Wet Brush had no problems working tangles free from my wet hair. I was wary and started from the ends and worked up to the roots but the brush didn't pull or snag at my hair once. The cushioned bristle base meant I could really press down with the brush to get to all the tangles whilst also treating myself to a mini head massage! My hand did ache a little from holding the handle too tightly, but maybe that's just because I'm so used to the shape of the Tangle Teezer.
THE BRUSHES ON DRY HAIR
The Tangle Teezer works well. It seeks out the tangles and carefully brushes through them. It never pulls or causes any pain. I sometimes have to go through the hair quite a few times to remove every tangle. It makes quite a loud noise which can be a bit daunting but it's only the bristles making the sound, not hair breaking!
The Wet Brush makes no sound. It glides smoothly and silently like a hairbrush ninja. I was quite taken aback and wondered if it was doing anything at all, but it was in fact leaving my hair smooth, soft, shiny and knot free. My hair really does feel softer after using this brush. How is that even possible!?
I can't even remember how long I've had my Tangle Teezer but I know it's been over two years and it's still holding strong. I can only spot minimal bending to a few bristles. The bristles sit on a flat plastic surface. There are a mix of short and long bristles, and each one tapers slightly at the end. They're flexible but sturdy and make a pleasing sound when you run your fingers over them.
I've had The Wet Brush for just under a week so I can't say anything for how well the bristles will last over time but I can comment on how different they are to the Tangle Teezer. These bristles are all the same size and sit on a cushioned surface, like a traditional hairbrush. Like the Tangle Teezer these bristles are thin and flexible, but they have those little white blobs on the end. I think The Wet Brush bristles are more flexible and bendier than the Tangle Teezer's.
The Tangle Teezer may look bulky to some, but it's as light as a feather, I actually find it very comfortable to hold and use. It's made from a shiny plastic so using it with wet hands sometimes means it slips from your grasp and flings itself with abandon across the room. But without a handle it takes up slightly less space in a bag and it's very easy to find because of the unusual shape. If you're a TT newbie, you very quickly get used to the shape and using a brush without a handle. The original Tangle Teezer comes in six fun colour combos.
The Wet Brush has the appearance a classic hairbrush with its slim, rubber coated, non-slip handle and oval shaped head. It's very lightweight which was a surprise because it looks like it should be heavy. This one is from the Safari Collection and I love the giraffe print! The Wet Brush comes in so many colours, patterns and styles, there will be something for everyone's taste.
Tangle Teezer £10.99 at Boots
The Wet Brush £11.99 at Boots (as of September 2015)
WHO'S MY WINNER?
I can't believe how long the Tangle Teezer has held up with everyday use on wet and dry hair, it's still doing its job perfectly. I haven't needed to repurchase but I certainly will be doing when the time comes. I can see why The Wet Brush has become a cult item, and its 'must have' status is definitely justified. I really didn't think I'd like it as much as my trusty TT but I have to admit I do, I love it!
The softer cushioned base and flexible bristles make The Wet Brush stand apart from the Tangle Teezer. But the Tangle Teezer has its own unique shape which I've grown to find very comfortable to hold. To pick a winner was too difficult. I've come to the conclusion it has to be a draw! Both brushes do their job expertly. If you're struggling to choose, I'd say go for the design that pleases you most, as you won't be disappointed with the performance from either two. Which do you prefer?