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Tangle Teezer Review!- Natural Hair Tools

By January 27th, 202153 Comments

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?


  • tangled hair techs says:

    Much needed post. Whether the hair is wet or dry-we have found that the best detangle method if you are going to use the Denman brush or tangle teazer or any type of detangler brush for very matted tangled Afro or natural hair are products like the Take Down Remover/Detangler cream.

    Most of the brushes and conditioners are not created to safely detangle severely matted tangled hair. In fact, they could make the knots and matts worse.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you Betrina from Phoenix Nationale. You are my sanity saver and this post is for you.

    The Tangle Teezer really worked for my 8 year old who has a heaps of fine wavy hair. She used to screamed and cried every morning and it took me ages to get the knots out. I heard about the Tangle Teezer brush from some friends and talked to the Aussie distributor (she was very helpful) who found a local stockist for me and I got my brush within 10 minutes form Adina Hairdressing in Croydon, Vic. It only cost me $30 which is a darn sight cheaper than the money I pay every week for hair treatments solutions. Now I don't get screams or tears which makes my morning hair brushing sessions shorter, quieter, a lot cheaper and generally more pleasant. Her hair stays knot free all day. It looks so healthy and shinny. I only have to shampoo and condition weekly. I don't even have to treat her hair with expensive treatments anymore. YEAH!!

    From Karen's Mum.

  • Anonymous says:

    Where can I purchase the Tangle Teaser, I live in Atlanta GA.

  • diyomi says:

    I have been using it for 3 weeks now and I have a lot of hair caught in the teeth after use. I divide my hair in 6 sections and use oil and conditioner on wet hair and detangle with the Ouidad brush and then use the Teezer. What am I doing wrong? It feels as though I am loosing more hair.

  • BigHair77 says:

    Okay, so everyone and their Momma must have been to my local Sally's b/c when I went to get one, they were gone…so I ordered it from Amazon. It definitely worked well on my hair. I shed a lot, but it seemed less than usual. It was worth the extra shipping.

  • Ms. Pillowz says:

    Thank you SOOOOO much!! I wear a wig and hadn't combed my hair in an EMBARASSING amount of time. I was looking like a Move member for a minute. I was DREADING combing my hair, but I had decided to wash it and do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to help detangle it. Then I came across this post. I read all the reviews and drove myself to Sally's that night.

    The BEST 10 bucks I spent on a hair product, EVER!! It took me so little time to detangle. It didn't hurt and it didn't pull out a lot of hair. I've been telling EVERYONE about this brush!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I just bought and used the Tangle Teezer….it was the best $10.00 I have every spent for my hair care. I have 4b hair and it guided through my hair with ease. I highly recommend this product!

  • Anonymous says:

    Worked well on my daughter's hair, while dry and she loves it!!

  • Monarchland says:

    The TT is a little miracle worker, it detangled my month old 2strand twist like nothing. BTW the way my hair is coily and dense, my oldest daughter's hair is fine and wirey, and the littlest one has thick coils but fine strands. No ouches, no crying, and no shed hairs all over the floor. I am going out to get another one really soon! I have been telling everyone I know about this little detangler.

  • Anonymous says:

    Saw this post and ran out to buy this from Sallys. OMG!!! Worked like magic on my 4a/b hair. My hair's about shoulder length straightened and has been sheeding something awful for the past couple of months. The tangle teezer noticeably reduced the amount of shedded hairs. Not only that, but all of the hairs stay in the comb and not all over my hands, floors, bed, countertops (did I mention my hair was shedding something fierce). This is a must have for every natural. And trust, I've tried every dang kind of detangling tool out there including the denman, wide tooth combs, narrow tooth combs, seemless combs, the overpriced Ouidad comb- chile, you name it. Nothing comes close to the tangle teezer….NOTHING!

  • Anonymous says:

    I noticed the TT's website showed a white woman using this as well as the YouTube video you posted and your texture is softer/smoother so will it work on folks that have a tighter, kinkier texture?

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    I picked a pink one up at Sally's today. I'll try it on Tuesday when I cowash my hair. *Fingers crossed*. Like luvmylocs, I think I'll buy a second one, if this one works well.

    I'm in my eighth month of transitioning (two weeks away from nine months, yay!) and I've heard that it works really well for transitioning hair, too.

  • luvmylocs says:

    i used it for the first time tonight. i'm a FAN!!! a lot of hair came out but i think it needed to because i've been very bad on detangling. my hair was matted at the end and this got a lot of hair out and when i twisted it didn't feel knotty at the ends like it usually does, no hair balls hanging on.

    questions for the longer term tangle teezer users: do you find over time you shed less hair? also, how often are you using the product?

    i think i'm going to buy a 2nd one too. just because. losing hair due to matting and tangling has caused my hair not to flourish like it should. this tangle teezer could be the game changer i needed for longer hair!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    To Anonymous and Lil Chez @ January 19, 1:11pm-

    I have 4b/C-Napp coils – penspring and frizzy – tight as all get out hair!

    My hair is approximately 4-5 inches long.

    I purchased the TangleTeezer Wednesday and used it Thursday. Let me tell you – it WORKED! I found that that it's hard to hold, but it cut through my c-napps like buttah!

    I shampooed, rinsed and applied my conditioner, and detangled using the TT. I applied hair clips to the detangled sections and rinsed the conditioner out of each detangled section.

    I will continue to use the TT, and will use it gently because I have midstrand splits caused by rough detangling. Minimizing damage was my reason for purchasing it. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

    Ladies – if you have a "Sally Club" card, the TT sells for $9.49. The club card costs $5.00, but you save and return the reciept for a $5.00 discount off your future purchase.

  • Unknown says:

    This was THE BEST $10.00 that I've ever spent on my hair. I absolutely love it! It worked on my dry hair and my product filled hair. It took out about a quarter sized ball of hair from my WHOLE head. It doesn't get any better than that!

  • Unknown says:

    Ok — This was my last hope. After seeing a couple reviews I went out and bought it yesterday. Tried it on my 4 year old daughter's 4a hair and O-M-G. She didn't wince ONCE!! I finished detangling her two heads of hair (yes she has enough hair for two grown women) in 20 minutes flat (usually a 45 min process, minimum). I'll be trying it on my hair tonight (3c/4ab combo) but I'm already convinced I can throw out my combs and burn my demon denman! 🙂

  • Samantha says:

    These product reviews sound great…but do did reviews of the Denman brush. My hair is super fine but dense. So I have a ton of fine strands of hair. I have yet to find a brush or comb that doesn't snag my hair. I went brush free over the summer and had the best results but now that its winter I need to brush. (Its windier than ever here in the Pioneer Valley) I think I'll hold off on this one but it's definitely on my "to-try" list.

  • luvmylocs says:

    i'm 4 b/c/a. i bought mine at lunch. can't wait to use it tonight. funny that they have a white woman with straight hair on the the back of the package when they can really use anything to "detangle" but oh well. i know denman is not for me. i was planning to do my hair tonight so yippee!!

    thanks Breanna for posting the links to girls with my hair type on youtube!!

    i just love our natural hair community!! so helpful!

  • Anonymous says:

    @lil Chez – me too. My hair is super dense, and thick, and I just don't know. I think I'll wait for a few more reviews before I make any decisions

  • Lil Chez says:

    I don't know if I can believe that this brush can detangle my 4b hair. I'm so scared of any more setbacks. I wish I could see someone with my texture using it.

  • MelMelBee says:

    I WANT IT……..NOW!!!!

  • I Am Your People says:

    Tangle Teasers owes Nikki money! I went to Sally and they were sold out today!

  • Crystal says:

    I absolutely adore this product. I use it for my nearly bra strap when stretched 4a hair and my 19 month old daughter's 3c hair (her hair is pretty long already). I think it works best on damp hair though. I spray my hair down with coconut oil/ conditioner and water mix and detangle from tip to root in about 8 sections. I lose very little hair and am also noticing way less single strand knots after wearing braid/twist outs. My hair usually starts to retangle fast if I don't braid it up immediately and with this brush my hair stays detangled longer. I saw EmpressRi's video and bought two from Sally's, one for myself and one for my daughter. It is so much faster to get through my daughter's hair! I have to move quickly to get her hair into ponytails in the morning(she is super wiggly and starts doing matrix moves on me if I take too long) so time is of the essence. I LOVE IT, LOVE IT LOVE IT. Sally's has a very good return policy, I think every natural should at least try it. It's only $10 and if you hate it, you can take it back. Try it, I don't think you'll regret your purchase.

  • kaleiangel says:

    With the results I had tonight, I would have paid $100 for this detangler! I literally threw my comb in the trash. I lost HALF the hair I usually do, and finished in hair the time even though I was moving extremely slow. I detangled in the shower with conditioner.

    At first the teeth looked shallow, but this baby got all of the way past the roots to my scalp with no pressure. Crazy good!

    Oh, and for those with carpal tunnel or other wrist issues, this is a God send. The manner in which you hold it puts no pressure on the bend at your wrist. My Ouidad comb used to make my wrist sore due to the weight and size.

    I give this product a 10! Thanks Nikki for bringing it for review.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love it! I went to Sally's today just to purchase it. I finger detangled, then used the Tangle Teezer. I thought that I would need to use my shower comb first.(That was the case with my modified Denman that still ripped out my hair.) There was hardly any hair in the brush!

    I wash in sections, so I don't have problems with tangles, but I love how it quickly glides through my hair distributing product and clumping my curls. Ooh, it feels AMAZING on my scalp! Every girl needs this: curly, kinky or relaxed!

  • iri9109 says:

    i love it! the only thing i dont like is it can slip out of ur hand easily if you're using alot of oil or conditioner

  • Anonymous says:

    I laughed out loud when I saw EmpressRi's youtube vid on this topic! Her video was the one that I had watched before I went out to Sally's and got my Tangle Teezer! Best 10 bucks spent ever on a detangling tool!!!!I've tried it on my hair wet and dry ; I really don't know which way I prefer to detangle with this brush because overall I have so much LESS hair left in the brush/in the sink/on the floor.

  • Anonymous says:

    I looooooove this brush! I was finally able to truly detangle my hair for the first time since going natural! I have 4b hair and ususally use my fingers to detangle.

  • Breanna says:

    Well I just tried the Tangle Teezer out on my 4b/c hair and I love it, it really did glide through my hair. Even my twists look better cant wait to unto them for tomorrow. For $9.99 you can't beat the price and it really works, to bad I didnt find out about this when I orginally cut my hair off in 09. I definitely would have saved more hair esp. since I'm tenderheaded. Oh well lol, but now I have my holy grail item, will definitely mention this to my sister and neice to get.

  • Breanna says:

    To Gina:

    You can check out these youtubers with 4a/b/c range.



  • Gina says:

    I'd like to see this demonstrated on more kinky/4z hair first. This thing is giving me Denman-brush-stuck-in-my-hair flashbacks. ::shudder::

  • BigHair77 says:

    This sounds awesome! I will try one this weekend. I so need a good detanlger as winter is brutal on my hair.

    Thanks as always for sharing.

  • Unknown says:

    OMG I just heard about this the other day too. As soon as I was gone googling it to death I realized like two of the people I had subscribed to on YT put up videos on it this week && now my beloved hair twin curly nikki. I must get one of these now!

  • Anonymous says:

    Great review Nik! I'm going to get one today!!!!!

  • Lanisha says:

    I bought this after seeing a link or maybe a blog post on happygirlhair blog. It really does glide through hair. I can use it on dry hair but i choose to stick with using it in the shower on a head saturated with conditioner. Even though a wide tooth comb can tackle larger sections at a time, I find the Tangle Teezer does not pull at my hair, whereas the wide toothed comb DOES! It's true that it does clump curls just like a Denman, but it pulls out less hair. It also works to evem distrubte conditioner through every strand and to the ends very well. I start at the bottom and work my way up to the root. I can get detangled hair in just a few mintutes WITHOUT HAVING TO DETANGLE PRE-SHOWER using this. I love it. I also love that i dont have to worry about shed hair being left behind; it grabs it. Just make sure you try to store it in the box it comes in and don't brush too hard because the teeth will get bent from because they are just that flexible. I like this so much that I'd like to buy one for all the women I know who have long hair, no matter what their hairtype is because it really cuts down on pullin and ripping in a major way. It's awesome. Btw i have shoulder length thick hair that is two textures. The heat damaged curls are 3a to 3c and the hajr that ks growing out is 4a. The Tangle Teaser handles both.

  • FindingMe says:

    LOVE IT! Works for me and my whole family! It doesn't hurt and I lose less hair. I'm a 4a/3c natural-

  • Anonymous says:

    I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have been using a cheap alternative for years – at Sally they have had them for years, its suppose to be used as a scalp scrubber but its a miracle for me detangling in or out of the shower:,default,pd.html?cgid=Hair10

    And it's only 79 cents! My hair is just past shoulder length tight fine coils, so this may not be as effective for super, super thick curlies.

  • Anonymous says:

    aw man… This has me so excited. Ive been EXTREMELY tender headed since I was a child. And now that I'm 23 nothing has changed lol. Can't wait to try this!

  • Ms. Lisa says:

    I think I'm buying this TODAY since it's not that expensive. I need a better detangling/smoothing tool. I hope it works for me

  • Channing says:

    Love it!

    Just bought it three days ago, did it on dry stretched hair, and some damp sections, I've never had a better braid out or twist out than the one I had after using it. Ever! Me likey!

  • Michelle G says:

    Love It!!!! I use it on my daughter's 3c/4a hair middle of back hair and my own almost waist length hair. My daughter rarely complains anymore about having to get her hair detangled, her least favorite thing to do. I have also used it on a five year old girl's hair, that I do, who has 4c hair and didnt even realize I was detangling her hair till I told her. I can not say enough good things about it. I have noticed less hair in the Tangle Teezer from both my daughter's head as well as my own then when we used the modified Denman brush to detangle.

  • bonni says:

    I have finally accepted the fact that the denman is not for me…

    I will wait on your update before taking the plunge…

  • Anonymous says:

    This kinda reminds of another tool that I hear people raving about. Has anyone heard of or tried the tangle tamer?

  • sarah says:

    actually, the physics behind this combs makes a lot of sense. when you use a comb or brush with a handle, it causes a snagging or jerking action on the actual teeth through your hair. but, since the teeth of this comb are being controlled at the same angle as your hand, a lot of that can be alleviated.

  • Sandy K. says:

    its amazing seriously I LOVE when something works the way they say it will and it does!! My hair is so thick and it snags on EVERYTHING!! denman, shower comb, really wide tooth combs,wooden combs, wet dry it never mattered. But the Tangle Teezer combed right through everything and sometimes I had no hair in the brush that NEVER happens!!! I did however only use it on wet conditioned hair but I'm a big fan especially since it was only $10

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, you were SOOOO reading my mind!!! I saw the reference to this device in the comments on one of your recent detangling posts too and wondered what it was! Thanks again for doing the research and hard work for me once again;-). I don't know if I'm ready to pick it up yet. I might wait a while for you to give an update in a few weeks. But, Sally's is walking distance from my house (I know, right?!? Like an alcoholic living next door to a bar!). I never got that Denman Paddle, but maybe I'll try this.

    On another note, in regard to your shedding, have you tried black tea rinses? I read about them on TiaShauntee's blog and then researched a little more. Googled them with CurlyNikki, but didn't find anything. The caffeine in black tea is supposed decrease shedding by blocking DHT, the hormone that causes hair loss. I just tried one out this past weekend and my hair was so soft and smooth when it dried. I probably won't be able to say if the rinse decreased my shedding until I take my hair out this weekend (I'm wearing the braided Chinese Bun this week). Anywho, thought you might be interested into looking into this technique!


  • Namun says:

    Good questions Dolores. I hope someone can provide some answers. Also, what's the price range on this thing?

  • Dolores says:

    I tried this for the first time this weekend and I am not a fan. The sharpness of the teeth made me very tetative in using it. As a result it did not detangle my hair very well. I only did it on a small section of hair and I gave up very quickly b/c I am normally very gentle with my hair. I am tempted to return it this week.

    I was also confused by the 10 page directions. It says something about detangling on damp (or dry)hair with NO product, and it does not explain why that is the best approach. I notice that hairstylists (even natural ones) use this method and I always wondered why. It also encourages the user to start from root to tip, when I've been taught to do the opposite.

  • BreukelensFinest says:

    hm i was a little skeptical because there are so many little teeth, but maybe i'll try again. great review

  • Anonymous says:

    There is a smaller Tangle Teezer available. It's called the COMPACT STYLER. I saw it on

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVE THE TANGLE TEEZER! I think it's the best detangler for natural hair. I tried numerous items, including the Ouidad comb ($24) and the Denman brush. They do not compare to the tangle teezer. The TT is so much easier to use, faster, and for some reason my hair feels softer and my curls look more defined after use. It's my favorite and the best $10 I spent for my hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have used the tangle teaser on wet, conditioned hair and it works great for me. My only issue is I wish it had a handle or a smaller easier to hold model. It can get slippery when you are working with conditioned hair.

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