10 January, 2016

Product Showdown: The Wet Brush vs Aqua Tangle Teezer

De-tangling your hair after a wash is essential for easy styling but wet hair can be susceptible to breakage as it's weaker than dry hair. Using your usual hairbrush on your wet hair is a sure fire way to end up with knots, broken hair and split ends.
Combing your conditioner and treatments through your hair can also help you to distribute the product evenly to avoid build-up, so what can you do?
There are two brushes on the market designed for wet hair and claim to effortlessly glide through hair to help keep wet hair protected. Both brushes have cult followings, so I decided to put them both to the test and see which is the winner.

The Wet Brush Vs The Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash 

The Wet Brush
$13.95 from Bellabox

The Wet Brush in Purple

What it is: The technology behind this brush is based on the "IntelliFlex" bristles which claim to slide through any type of hair - wet, dry, curly, straight and knotted. The bristles are flexible enough to bounce back and the end of the bristles are supposed to massage your scalp.

Celebrity fans: Vanessa Hudgens, Kendall Jenner

The verdict : The brush is light and does glide through wet hair (not seamlessly though) and when it comes to knots - this hasn't worked with my hair, I have had to pull the scissors out twice with this because I just could not get a knot out and had to chop it out!
I have medium length fine hair that just hits my shoulders and while wavy, usually doesn't get too knotty.
While this is really affordable I don't see much difference between this and other cushion brushes you can buy from any chemist. I also find it a little odd that this brush is designed for wet hair but the base is able to soak up water easily and takes forever to dry.

The Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash
$28.00 from ASOS

The Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash in Pink Shrimp

What is it: This brush was originally pitched on a 2007 episode of "The Dragons Den" and rejected by the dragons as a bad investment. The brush is waterproof and designed to be used in the shower to comb through product and also after your shower to de-tangle any knots. The short bristles are flexible and the brush is designed to fit in your hand in slippery conditions.

Celebrity fans: Kate Middleton, Cara Delevingne and Emma Watson

The Verdict: When I first saw the Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash, I was a little worried. The base is rubbery and all I could think about was this ripping through my hair but it actually glides through like silk. I have used this both in and out of the shower and I love it. There is no tugging and I've never met a knot I couldn't work through. I've been able to brush through treatments and conditioners in the shower and I love how this feels on my scalp. This dries within a few minutes and is easy to keep clean.

The Winner Is
The Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash!

The two brushes are very different but designed to do the same thing and I think the Tangle Teezer does it better. This is the brush I reach for the most. It's now available in store at Priceline and Sephora and I find even the dry version leaves my hair less fluffy and with no static. I'm in love!

Book: The Complete Book of Hairstyling by Charles Worthington

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