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Hair breakage is no joke. While some everyday breakage from showering and brushing is normal, too much detangling, heat styling or chemical treatments can lead to thinning tresses. Full, healthy hair is always in style, so if you feel like you have too much breakage, you could start with a new hair brush.
“I like the Tangle Teezer brush compared to other brushes because I find it works for all hair types and textures,” Schachter said. “Its bristles are gentle enough to detangle wet hair on fine and coarse or curly textures, but it’s also great to use on dry hair. The bristles work to detangle hair quickly and also feel nice on the scalp.”
Tangle Teezer The Original, $12.99
Tangle Teezer brushes have a patented two-tiered set of bristles. According to the brand’s website, the long teeth gently detangle, while the short teeth smooth hair to make it glossy and frizz-free — sounds simple enough.
I have pretty fine hair, so I’ve always thought that to avoid breakage, I should comb my hair while it’s wet instead of brushing it. (I’m pretty sure I learned this from an American Girl book.) However, Tangle Teezer has a brush with flexible teeth specifically for wet hair called The Ultimate Detangler. You can even use it in the shower to brush through shampoo and conditioner. But Schachter explained why you should be extra careful when brushing wet hair.
“The major difference is the structure of wet hair versus dry hair. When hair is wet, it’s at its most vulnerable state, so it stretches more and is more prone to breakage,” Schachter said. “To detangle wet or dry hair, always start brushing at the bottom and gently work your way up before brushing from scalp to ends.”
In addition to a wet brush, Tangle Teezer makes brushes for dry hair, curly hair, fine hair, blow drying and more. The brand also makes several brush sizes, so you can keep one at home and one in your handbag. Luckily, all its products are affordable and start at around $12.99.
So yes, the answer to my initial question — “Do I need this?” — is that I purchased my own Tangle Teezer on the way home from the salon.
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