Best Combs and Brushes for Natural Hair

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by Mary Wolff

Hair care is a world full of choices. Your curlfriends are always suggesting new products to try. We all love getting good advice. Sometimes, hair care really just comes down to finding what you like, what works for your curls, and then sticking with it. For some curlies, brushing leads to a frizzy hot mess. For others, brushing is less upsetting. The decision of how often to brush your hair is a personal decision every woman has the right to make for herself. Part of the battle against the brush is to know the best combs and brushes for natural hair. Detangle your beautiful strands with the right equipment, ladies!

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Boost Your Natural Hair Moisture Levels With These Hair Tools

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Keeping natural hair moisturized during the spring and summer is easier than keeping it moisturized during fall and winter. During this time of the year, the air is drier, colder and harsher on our delicate strands so we often have to think outside the box as naturalistas.

Hair products that can be applied to hair can only do so much so we have to try things that will help in other ways. Think it will be a challenge? For some it might if they are not for going the extra mile and in some instances, extra dollars. Here's a list of not-so-common methods and products that will surely give your 'do a moisture boost and keep your strands looking lovely.

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10 Things Every Natural Hair Girl Needs!

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by Michelle Thames of Happilyevernatural.com

Are you newly natural, a veteran in the game, or thinking about going natural soon? Well this list is for everyone! I was sitting at home one day and I thought to myself, wow, what would I do without certain products that I use for my natural hair?! I would probably be lost without some of my favorite and must have items, so I compiled a list of what I think every natural hair girl needs!

CurlyNikki's Favorite Detangling Tool

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Hola Chicas,

I have '0' new natural hair products to write home about, but there is '1' comb I ride for.  

You Need to Clean Your Hair Brush, Too!


 by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Many of us spend a lot of time and money on hair tools, products and accessories. We all use our own methods for maintaining clean hair. Keeping our hair tools clean is just as important. Try out my quick and simple methods for cleaning hair tools.

5 Hair Tools for an Easy Wash Day



After being on this natural hair journey for four years, I have had my fair share of using different maintenance and styling tools. There are a lot of naturals who only use their fingers when handling their coils, but I am completely out of patience for that. I have tried numerous ways to detangle, section, dry, and sleep with my hair and here are the five tools I swear by that make my hair extremely low maintenance.

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Saving Relationships, One Clogged Drain at a Time

…by Bee of ‘83toinfinity.com

I’ve learned that oftentimes while in relationships, it’s the little things that make a difference. Matching bras and panties? Cool. Cooking their favourite meal when you know they had a tough day? Nice. Forgoing expensive gifts and giving them a handmade coupon book for “10 kisses” and “an hour-long massage”? Cute, especially when you’re broke. Taking a trip to Canadian Tire and spending $5 on a tool that might just save your relationship? YES! Let me explain.

It was a day not too long ago. I had come home from a horrid day at work, and decided to take a long, hot shower to unwind. There I was, iTunes bumpin’, off in the tub exfoliating with my pom-pom yellin’ “Go 3000!” (I was listening to Art Of Storytelling Pt. 4), and having a grand time caressing my hair with the most conditiony of conditioners. I got out, feeling good and smelling better, then exited the bathroom to allow the Hubs to get his shower on.

I was feeling like a goddess in my towel and turban, and eenie-meenie-minie-moeing my Bath & Body Works drawer of lotions when I heard Homieloverfriend bellow my name from the bathroom. He didn’t yell, he didn’t scream - he bellowed y’all. That sound came from the pit of his stomach and was fully projected with all the strength of his diaphragm. Was he hurt? Did I use up the hot water? What happened? When I entered the bathroom, he shot me a look of utter and complete disgust that I had never seen before.

“Babes! What’s wrong?” I whispered.

“It’s….it’s just….it’s…your hair.”

Lo and behold, I took a peek in the tub…and in my sheer joy of being out of work and in a hot, steamy, frothy, bubbly state of bliss, I had forgotten to clean all of my detangled curlies from the bathtub. Small tings to me, but for a chaetophobe like my hubby, it was an unforgiveable offense. I rubbed his back, promised never to let it happen again, and proceeded to gather up all the loose hair from the tub and drain, all while trying hard not to laugh at how serious he was. His hatred of loose hair is real deal Holyfield. The only time he’s really mad at me is when I leave hair in the tub, on the counter, on the floor, on his sweaters, in his beard…you get it. Let him go in the shower and see one lonely curl, and he’s pissed. Even worse is if he notices that the water is draining much slower than usual…whooooo chile!

I finally found the thing to save my marriage and my bathtub drains: a hair snare drain guard.


This simple, inexpensive tool accomplishes something that I thought was impossible. It catches all of your loose hair while still draining water – and saves you SO much trouble. No more annoying clogs! No more having to reach your hand into the drain to pull out hair! No more pouring eyeball-burning chemicals down the drain to dissolve the clog! And best of all, no more angry husbands and fellow bathroom users! Check your local Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, or Home Hardware to find one of these babies and enjoy!

Depending on the fit of your tub and the size of your drain, a hair snare drain guard may not catch ALL of your hair….but it should catch enough to make a difference. If you’re still struggling with clogged drains, get out some baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water and try this natural clog-cleaning technique.

Morals of this story? 1. Be cognizant of your partner’s pet peeves and do what you can to minimize them. 2. A trip to Canadian Tire might just help your relationship :)

Can you relate?!

The BEST Bobby Pins

 by Shelli of Hairscapades

This is just a quick post to tell you about the best bobby pins I’ve found. The MetaGrip Premium bobby and roller pins.

  • Patented, Japanese technology goes into making the best pin for the professional hair stylist
  • Enhanced long-lasting spring
  • Firm secure grip
  • Rust resistant
  • Durable tips
You can see and feel the difference between this bobby pin and the standard $0.99 Goody bobby pin that I’ve used for years.

MetaGrip (back); Goody (front)


I’ve been using the roller pins for a couple of years, but just picked up the bobby pins after seeing Naptural85 post about them on Facebook. She said that the tips never peel, so no snagged hair! And, she has them for a good year before she needs to get more. I’ve had them for a few months now and they are still perfect, no peels, chips and they haven’t stretched out of shape. Now, the MetaGrip cost a little more at $6.99 for 300 (bobby pins) or 70 (roller pins). But, they are totally worth it in my opinion!
 
And, with summer officially making its debut this week, I’ll be using these often to get this hot hair off of my face and neck!



Have you tried this brand of bobby pins?

Have you upgraded any of your other much needed accessories and tools of the trade?

Tools of the Trade- Natural Hair Care

by Shelli of Hairscapades.com

Remember the doll with the hair that “grew” from her ponytail!? Well, I was thinking that sometimes we search high and low for that magic bullet product that makes growing hair look that easy. LOL!! But, one thing that you’ll read and hear over and over again on the hair sites and YouTube is that attaining length goals isn’t about growth, it’s about retention. It’s not about products either. You see women using a wide spectrum of products with not one being the same, but they have all achieved great lengths. The common thread that I most often see amongst these women is technique. And one of the most important techniques they seem to share is that they handle their hair with tender, loving and patient care. This includes making sure that the tools they use are as gentle to their hair as they are.

That being said, I wanted to do a post about tools that are gentle to hair, natural or otherwise.

FINGERS: Okay, I know you guys have probably read this over and over again by now, but finger detangling hair prior to using a comb or exclusively is so beneficial. Starting with your fingers (make sure you nails are smooth and your fingers are hangnail free) enables you to remove shed hairs, snarls and knots that you would otherwise rip through with a comb in sweet oblivion to the damage potentially being done. You are able to feel those knots with your fingers in a way that you can’t with a comb and then gently ease them out with minimal to no damage. I didn’t start finger detangling until this year, but I am a convert! A comb almost never touches my hair anymore.

SEAMLESS WIDE TOOTH COMB: Although I don’t really use a comb too much anymore, they do have their place in the regimens of many. Often, they are used after finger detangling has removed a lot of the shed hair and larger, more difficult knots. A seamless comb is recommended because it will not have the ridges and edges that can snag or damage delicate strands. As you see above, I have both the Jibilere Shower Comb from Sally’s and the Ouidad Double Detangler (my SO secretly loves using the latter ;) . I recently came across some wood combs at this Etsy shop, Epstone. I’ve read that wide-tooth handmade wood combs are very good for natural hair as they are seamless, super smooth and help distribute oil down the hair shaft. I’ve never tried them though, so I can’t attest to any of this! Anyone have any feedback on this one?

BOBBY, DOOBIE & HAIR PINS: Many of us use these on the regular. The important thing is to make certain that the tips are secure as raised edges can snag and damage hair. This doesn’t seem to happen with hair pins too much, but the tips of bobby and doobie pins often become ripped. For the $1.99 it costs to buy about 100 of these, it’s not worth damaging the hair to hold onto messed up bobby pins. Just trash them. Also, be careful removing these. If you feel them snagging (sometimes due to a newly accrued raised edge;), don’t rip them out of your hair. Open them as much as possible before removing.

GOODY SPIN PINS: These things are little wonders! You look at them and think, “No way will those will work for natural hair!” Anyone else ever get a round brush stuck in their hair when they were a kid?!? No? Just me? Anywhoooo (*lol*), the Spin Pins glide in and out of a bun like a hot knife through butter if used properly. I prefer these over bobby pins to secure a bun any day of the week. You don’t need 20 and the edges don’t rip!

BANANA CLIP: This is another favorite of mine for buns, as many of you know! They are great for all kinds of updo as I seem to love to repeatedly demonstrate;)! I’ve used banana clips over and over again and usually don’t pull out one strand removing this from my hair. However, as with any tool, it’s how you use it that makes the difference. So, keep only the base of any style within the teeth of the clip and carefully use and remove it.

SATIN SCRUNCHIES: Rubber bands and elastics with metal parts are a big NO-NO. They will pull and snag hair in the removal process. The smooth surface of a satin or silk scrunchie is far more gentle on the hair. Satin scrunchies can be hard to find though. I found mine in a three pack at Walmart and stocked up on them. So, when you find them, if you wear a lot of ponytails or buns, I’d suggest buying a couple, because you’ll inevitably lose one, or two, or three. At least, I always do!

GOODY OUCHLESS ELASTICS and HEADBANDS: I don’t use the elastics often as the Spin Pins and banana clip have become my preferred tools for buns and the satin scrunchie for ponytails. But, many use these with success and the headbands appear to very good for securing the puffs or buns of those with dense/thick hair. The small black or clear plastic elastics and silicone hair bands are other options that are more gentle on the hair than rubber bands or elastics with metal parts.

GOODY COMFORT FLEX BARRETTES: These are another tool that I LOVE!! If you noticed, the unifying theme for all of these tools are smooth surfaces with no metal parts! Those metal barrettes with joints and clips would ALWAYS snag and rip out my hair. The flex barrettes create no such issue and are great for using in styles and for securing hair in sections when necessary. I often use these to secure the twists in the back of my head together to reduce the big center part when doing a TnC or just when wearing big twists out and about to allow my hair to dry.

ROUND-TEETH JAW CLIPS: I’ve found that the rounded teeth jaw clips are for more gentle on the hair and scalp than the ones with pointy teeth. I have pointy teeth clips that always seem to snarl in my hair, whereas I am able to remove the cips with round teeth with ease. The larger clips are great for securing sectioned hair out of your way when applying henna, products or styling. I find the mini clips to be nice options for making “poofs,” quick buns or other updos with smaller sections like the one pictured below that I detailed here. They would probably be a prettier option than bobby pins for securing shorter hair that doesn’t reach a bun, flat twists or side hair for partial updos.


SOFT BRISTLE BRUSH: Finally, if your hands, products and a scarf don’t do a good enough job smoothing your edges (they don’t for me!), a soft bristle brush is probably needed in your arsenal. Soft bristles are gentle on the hair and work better to distribute natural oils and product down the hair shaft. Boar bristles should be selected over hard and/or synthetic ones.

There are a couple other items in the picture far above that I’ve used with success. I don’t know the names or the brands, but found them all at local drug stores. The common theme in all, again, is that they are smooth, soft or plastic and don’t have any hard metal edges or metal joints which can snag or tear hair.* Ultimately, these are just a few of the many “New and Improved” options out there now!! And, it seems that they just keep coming. Seriously, this isn’t a Goody advertisement and I make no money off of an endorsement. But dang, the Goody folk are really on it!! LOL! They definitely seem to have an agenda to make new, innovative, quick, easy and gentle styling tools!! This means that we no longer have to be satisfied with sub-par and damaging styling and grooming devices. And, when we reduce damage, our hair remains stronger for longer and is able to retain length.

*One caveat, even the most gentle of tools can go horribly awry if not used carefully! So, remember, gentle the hands that use them too!

The Best Drying Methods for Natural Hair

Step Away from the Towel
by Shelli of Hairscapades

You’ve washed, detangled and conditioned your hair, rinsing with lukewarm, cool or cold water. You step out of the shower or lift your head from the sink and reach for your bath towel. STOP!!! Put your hands in the air and step away from the towel! You see, that seemingly innocuous, standard shower necessity could destroy all your hard work!! The surface of most standard bath towels disrupts the cuticle layer, separates the natural “clumping” of curls and contributes to frizz. However, there are several options out there for absorbing excess moisture from the hair that reduce/eliminate the drippies without robbing the hair of too much moisture or roughing up its surface.

We’ll start with the “high end” options and work our way towards the items that are probably already in your house … so, you know, “free!!”

First up are the Hotheads Hand Dry Hair Towel and Hand Dry Hair Gloves, both around $25. In this post, CurlyNikki listed the Hair Gloves as one of her top five styling tools for “blotting excess moisture prior to applying styling conditioner.”

Next up are the Curls Like Us Curl Cloths pictured far above. These handy, dandy little towels come in a two pack for $24. I actually own a set and have been using them for about a year now with much success. They do what they are supposed to do, are nicely absorbent and the two pack means that you can throw one in the wash and have another ready to go

Another option is the Aquis Mimi’s Diva Dryer Hair Towel, which runs for $11-13. This is a microfiber towel that claims to be super-absorbent and dry “hair in half the time, so there’s less blow-drying and fewer split ends.” Now, I have no experience with this towel. However, I’ve always been leery of microfiber as it looks like velcro to natural hair. So, this is a product about which I’d love to hear your experiences. Curlmart doesn’t have any reviews of the product, but Amazon has 28 here. You’ll have to be the judge on this one!

The DevaCurl Deva Towel is another microfiber option that costs about $12 online. It seems to have a lower pile than other versions. Now, y’all know I swear by DevaCare No Poo and DevaCare One Conditioner has been one of my staples for years. However, as many of us know, you may love one thing in a line and hate another. With that being said, the reviews I see on this towel are mixed. Some love it, but find it overpriced online (seems you might be able to find it on the ground for cheaper). Others didn’t like it at all and found it no different from any other microfiber towel. However, regardless of whether they liked it or not, most reviewers indicated that it was too small and would be better in a larger size. However, it is an option, so I wanted to list it. Someone may be looking for a nice, convenient, travel size microfiber towel!! *lol*

Now, although some of the options above are great, there are also a couple of lower cost alternatives that are just as effective.

Though not as pretty, the smooth surface of an old, cotton T-shirt was the inspiration behind Curl Cloths. So, just grab a nicely worn tee (preferably free of heavy, excessive screen print or adornment) and blot away. And, if you want the shape of the Curl Cloths, simply cut off the top portion of the T-shirt to remove the neck and sleeves as demonstrated below. (This is also a nice back-up option when both of your curl clothes are in the laundry! I know from experience! LOL!)


Last, but not least, some good old-fashioned paper towels will always get the job done!!! Of course, you may go through an entire roll if your hair is very wet and you have a lot of it! Now that I think about it, in the long run, this option could be more expensive than any of the above, reusable tools!! Regardless, they work in a pinch!! But, you’ll want to make certain that you are using lint-free towels! A head full of white lint would not be the look ;).

Finally, whatever option you choose, remember to blot and squeeze your hair to absorb excess moisture. Never scrub or rub.

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How do you “dry” your hair damp? We’d love to hear your experiences with any of the above tools or recommendations for others!

Tangle Teezer Review!- Natural Hair Tools


Hola Chicas,

A couple of days ago, a CN reader (thanks Breanna) turned me on to the Tangle Teezer. After jumping on Google, I quickly came to the realization that I must have been living under a rock for the past month- - Youtube, the hair forums, and blogs were singing with reviews of this thing. My imagination raced with images of what this perfect detangler would look like. My hopes were literally raised and dashed in a matter of moments... I had hope lash. When I visited the website and viewed a pic, it looked like a brush without a handle. Worse still, it was very reminiscent of Shredder (the Denman d3), with it's sharp and dangerous looking teeth. In the end, the 19 pages of (mostly positive) reviews on LHCF is what sent me over the edge. I packed up Gia and hit Sally's yesterday and managed to score a black one. I gave it a try on dry hair last night.

Product Description:

Ask yourself - are you a hair criminal who is repeatedly guilty of torturing your hair with inappropriate brushes or combs that only tug, tighten and tear tangles from your hair? If the answer is yes, help is at hand. Hair rehabilitation is painless and easy with Tangle Teezer.

Change your hair brush not your lifestyle.
A Tangle Teezer hair brush will break the cycle of broken hair and give tangled hair the brush off. A revolution in detangling hair, it has the ability to flex and not pull upon contact with tangles, gently and effortlessly delivering smooth and shiny hair in an instant. The result? Hair perfection.

Your perfect hair care partner, Tangle Teezer Original is a gentle pain free hair detangler that has been referred to as the miracle brush that detangles like nothing else. Its secret is it allows you to manage and style your hair as never before, transforming tangled hair into stress free, style-able hair and encouraging your hair’s natural shine and thickness to return.

I've only used it once, but here are my initial thoughts:

1. Although the teeth are sharp, they're short and very flexible. They give and didn't seem to tear at, pull, or break my hair. It *really did* glide through my hair like a hot knife through butter, gently teasing out the knots and snarls. As always, I'll check back in a a month or so and let you know the state of my ends.

2. It detangled my hair faster than the Denman Paddle (the fastest detangler thus far) and pulled out WAY less hair. Granted, I'm shedding right now, so I'm not a model for this, but my hair ball last night compared to one last week, was significantly smaller. Very effective and efficient detangler... I was impressed.

3. It was very easy to clean due to the short teeth.

Bottom line: For now, me likey. Check back in a few weeks though... my ends rebel real quick if I'm doing something they don't like. It was 8 or 9 dollars at Sallys. Pick one up and give it a try.

Check out EmpressRi's video review of the Tangle Teezer on wet hair:





Have you tried the infamous Tangle Teezer? On wet or dry hair? What did you think?

Denman Paddle Brush Review


Hola Chicas,

After my less than stellar experiences with Shredder, aka the D3, I thought I'd give their paddle brush a go. When it finally arrived, I was not impressed- it looked like your average drugstore brush. Nothing special... just 5 dollars more expensive. I own a Goody Paddle Brush and a no name one from Sally's Beauty Supply, and both snagged my hair and were difficult to use. I reluctantly gave the Denman 83 a try and have pretty much fallen in love. This one feels sturdy, has never snagged my curls, and is easy to clean. I use it as my last step in the styling process before twisting my hair (wet or dry), brushing through gently, to smooth things out. This results in a sleeker set and makes for easier detangling at the next wash. I've never used it in the shower to detangle, and probably never will. I'm going to continue to watch my curls closely for breakage, needle hole splits, and split ends-- the result of using Shredder.

Bottom line:
Give it a go! I've been using mine for more than a month now.

Have you tried the Denman Paddle Brush? What was your experience with it? Did you like it better than the D3?

Later Gators,
Nik

p.s. My dog Foxy died today :-(

Another Denman Brush Review

Evelyn of NaturallyCurly.com reviews the Denman Brush:




Have you tried the Denman? What was your experience?

Top 10: Styling Tools for Natural Hair


NaturallyCurly writes:

Who says our curly, coily, and kinky hair has to be unmanageable? With the right techniques and tools, maintaining your natural hair is a breeze. Here are the top 10 tools that you may need to get started on your healthy hair journey.

What are the top 10 styling must-haves for your curls, coils & kinks?
Click to find out!



What are your must have styling tools?

CN responds:

1. Ouidad Double Detangler

2. Hand Dry Hair Gloves or Curl Cloths for blotting excess moisture prior to applying styling conditioner

3. Bobby Pins

4. Goody Ouchless Ponytail Holders and Headbands

5. Satin Scrunchies

Goody Spin Pin Review-- Do Over...Can I Do That?

Hola Chicas,

I ain't no quitter! After receiving several encouraging emails from messy bunners that love Goody Spin Pins, I decided to give it one more go. The botched attempts and growing frustration finally resulted in success! I think I'm getting the hang of it now...

Check me out!

Of all the wonderful comments and emails I received, Whitney's stood out:
I bought my spin pins last week, and I achieved the big messy bun look with hair that is a few inches shorter than yours. The trick is to not twist the hair into a bun. You have to free form it and stick the pins in. It should almost feel like it won't work while it's in your hands, but then voila! the Goody pins hold everything in place. Keep playing with it, you'll get it.
Initially I was thinking, 'poppycock, it'll never work'! Well, she wasn't lying.

You have to understand, prior to my first review I had tried the pins many, many times... bunning and unbunning an astounding 15 times, trying to achieve a bigger look. Total no go. But taking her words into consideration and looking at pics of Shelli's hair for inspiration, I gave them another chance, and I'm glad I did! Like Whitney stated, it honestly feels like it would never hold, but somehow it does. The best part is that there is literally NO tension... my hair feels accessory-less. So exciting! I'm going to keep experimenting until it's flawless, or at least until I'm just as confident in my Spin Pin bunning skills as I am in my donut bunning skills.
I may even consider entering a pic in the NaturallyCurly.com Simple Styles Challenge!

So yes, you can totally achieve a big messy bun with the Goody Spin Pin... as with most things, practice makes perfect! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Send pics too...especially if you try the low side bun :)

In random news... look at baby's bassinet! It's sitting next to my bed and I can't stop looking at it. I'm so excited! Now we just need to finish the nursery... it's looking like we'll have everything together by next weekend! Yay!


Goody Spin Pin Review


Shelli writes:

Hi ladies,

I don't know if you've tried these yet, but I picked up a pack last weekend and tried them today. You get two pins. You spin one in from the top and one in from the bottom, making sure not to interlock the two. The pins spun in and out of my hair like BUTTER!! I was surprised that they glided in so easily. What a great, quick way to get the hair off of the face and neck when it's hot! I'll be carrying a set of these around in my purse!




CN says: The Spin Pin sounds like an excellent addition to our Natural Hair Tools arsenal-- especially since we're talking protective styles! It seems to require low manipulation, and reduced tension and snagging (compared to traditional pins and pony tail holders).

Have any of you tried it? Whatcha think?

Best Detangling Tool for Natural Hair


Renee asks:

Which does a better job of detangling-- combs or Denman brushes (or similar)?


CN's Response: I'm still loving my Ouidad Double Detangler! It's the best tool I've ever used... next to my fingers. I'm not in the position to comment on shed hairs, because my shedding has ceased due to pregnancy hormones, but I can say that it is not snagging or tearing strands.

I was never a fan of wide tooth shower combs because of the ridiculous amount of shed hairs they leave behind (which results in tangling and matting). And although I tried to love my Denman and other off brand paddle brushes, they broke off my ends, tore strands, and pulled out tons of hair. So for now, the Ouidad Detangler it is :-)

Modified Denman Brush

Watch as this curly diva modifies her Denman to make it less damaging. If I hadn't thrown mine away, I'd definitely be giving this one a go. It looks promising...


AGrlCanMac's Modified Denman


Have you modified yours? How does it compare?

Ouidad Double Detangler


Hola Chicas,

Yes, the rumors are true. My PJism has reached new heights... I bought a 24 dollar comb. Sad.

In my defense, (1) I've heard great things, (2) it's a comb/brush combo, and (3) if I hate it, I can always return it! So, don't judge ;)

Just as I'm always on the lookout for the next best detangling conditioner, I'm also looking for a new, fast, and less damaging tool to detangle my hair. I'm not a huge fan of wide tooth combs- - they don't get the job done for me and I'm usually left with tangles and shed strands caught in my curls. I love paddle brushes (like the Goody Ouchless one), but sometimes I feel that although my hair comes out smooth and detangled, it pulls out way too much hair. My fingers do an okay job, but sometimes you just don't have an hour, lol. The denman... rips my wet hair from my scalp. I was hoping that the Ouidad Double Detangler would be some sort of detangling miracle that combined the things I love about the different methods. Well, it's not a miracle, but it's not a total bust either.

I bought it on Sunday from Sephora, and finally used it for the first time last night.

Description:


The most challenging aspect of curly hair is detangling it. This next generation tool is designed by Ouidad to slide through your curls without the ripping or tugging.

  • Rows of teeth eliminate difficult knots and prevent curls from springing back and re-tangling
  • Longer Teeth reach through the most dense curly hair
  • Fewer Combing Strokes help curls remain defined and frizz-free
  • Spaced teeth are just the right width for detangling knots
  • Rounded Tips on teeth are soft on the scalp
  • Time Savings since curls are prepped to be styled or washed in half the time
My Experience:

First of all, this comb is a whopper. It weighs like a pound (or more), and is friggin' huge! According to Ouidad, the comb is heavy and does the work so you don't have to. Whatever the case, if it fails to detangle efficiently, I can most certainly use it for self-defense.

I hopped in the shower and intended to do another conditioner experiment- - Yes to Cucumbers on the left, Yes to Carrots on the right. It was 6 o'clock, I was tired of standing, and my brain had stopped functioning at around 3, so I ended up using Yes to Cucumbers on both sides, lol. I'll provide a review of this delicious conditioner later... but for now, just know that you need to run out and pick some up! It's silicone free, slippery, and oh so moisturizing :-) Thanks for the recommendations ladies! But I digress...

After the YTC melted into my tangles, I grabbed the right half of my hair and sectioned out a chunk in the back. I pinned the rest up and out of the way. I reached for the double detangler and began combing from the ends up. I immediately noticed that it detangles more like a comb than a brush. It took at least a few strokes to remove my tangles (unlike a paddle brush), but it did so without pulling the hair-- only the shed ones. I was grateful for that. Very gentle!

After I'd finish a section, I'd twist it up, grab a new chunk, and repeat. In the end, I had 3 fat, conditioner laden twists on each side of my head. I then rinsed with my hair still in the twists and got out of the shower. I applied a quarter sized amount of DevaCare One to each side (hair still in twists), and began my Twist-n-Curl process. I'd take down one twist at a time, run my fingers through it, and make two twists. My hair was still detangled and very easy to work with.

Bottom Line:
It by no means cut my detangling time in half. It didn't cook dinner, and it didn't sing to me. It
did, however, do an excellent job of removing shed hair, demolishing tangles, and smoothing. The weight didn't bother me... my arms never got tired- -I actually think they're on to something! There was never any tugging or pulling, and I never heard strands popping. I only lost half the hair I'd usually lose after detangling with my Goody Ouchless Paddle Brush, and it didn't pull my hair straight either. It's a keeper, but I still don't know if it's worth 24 bucks...


Ouidad Demonstration:



Reviews I read prior to purchasing:

Longhaircareforum.com


Nappturality.com

Ouidad.com


Have you tried it? Better yet, would you buy a 24 dollar detangling comb?

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