Goldilocks and the hair brush showdown!

Thing 2 is approaching 2.5 and does not like getting her hair brushed.  Up to this point it hasn’t been much of an issue since its barely past her ears and she has never had a haircut.  I like to avoid using excess products which is just about all products.  We wash my daughter’s hair with water most nights.  The only time we breakout the shampoo is for when it truly gets dirty with some foreign substance.  Her hair is thin and soft but after naptime she channels albert einstein’s famous look.  It’s soft enough to hand comb but it takes longer for obvious reasons.  It was time for me to turn to my good friend, Amazon.

I narrowed my focus to two similar products: the Tangle Teezer and the Knot Genie.  I couldn’t decide which to buy so I thought it was best to buy both and have a showdown.  Here is the breakdown.

Tangle Teezer

$14 at the time of my order

Comes with hair tie holder and base

Smaller then the knot genie

Soft bristles

Well constructed, solid build.

Knot Genie

 $16.50 at the time of my order

Large surface area

Flexible bristles but not as soft as Tangle Teezer

Feels cheap and I fear the colored top will fall off


The brush design from these products are extremely similar and both can brush through my toddler’s trestles with ease.  The winner is clearly the Tangle Teezer though for a few reasons.  It’s softer and gentler to Thing 2’s scalp.  The smaller design may at first seem like a disadvantage but its actually easier to hold for both myself and Thing 2.  Lastly its a few dollars cheaper and comes with a place to store some hair clips.

The Tangle Teezer is great and really working for us but I wish it had a handle.  The next contender in the hair brush showdown is the Wet Brush.  It’s half the price and comes in your standard brush shape.  I can’t wait to try it out and see if it works as well as the two above.

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Melissa Jarotkiewicz, Editor Melissa received a BS degree in Civil Engineering and is the proud stay at home mother of thing 1 and thing 2. Being the wife of an Air Force pilot means being the only parent for days, weeks and even months at a time. This chaotic and unpredictable life of a military mom calls for some serious retail therapy and Melissa puts her focus on baby gear and unfortunately for her husband the deal-a-day baby sites. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Melissa has lived in FL, OK, WA and just recently moved to Germany. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching college football in the fall. Go Irish!

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Leona Healy

Forgot to mention that the Denman Tangle Tamer (here in Ireland anyway) is half the price of the Tangle Teezer (TT retails at €14, the Denman at €7). Do try it, you won’t be disappointed I promise!

Leona Healy

Better than both of these (and I have all on the go, in different parts of the house!) is the Denman Tangle Tamer. Proper brush shape with handle but nice and small, but with bristles that are softer and so NEVER get caught in knots. THE BEST!!!

We have both the Knot Genie and the Tangle Teezer (full size version, $10 at Sally’s Beauty Supply). I have five year old twin girls with unbelievably curly hair and detangling their hair is a daily battle! Here’s my review: When it comes down to it, I MUCH prefer the Tangle Teezer over the Knot Genie for the following reasons (most important to least important): 1) Effectiveness: I am not sure, but I think that the TT is quicker. That may mostly be because of the second reason, which I am about to list. I feel like I am moving… Read more »

The Wet Brush is MY FAVORITE!!! Was shocked at how well it works, especially for how inexpensive it is. LOVE IT!!!