The dirty Tangle TeezerAs I told you in my post about my long hair care, the Tangle Teezer* has been a part of my hair tools for a while. And it still is irreplaceable when it comes to detangling my locks quickly. But after using it just a few times, it quickly starts looking like this: (Imagine dramatic music here.) Ew. Do I have all that stuff in my hair? Obviously, brushing your hair with THAT is anything else but tempting. But cleaning it is not that easy either. Unless you only found a few stray hairs in it, that is. If you have thick hair like me, you find those tiny little dust-packages in there as well. And those just don’t want to let go of their newfound home!
Cleaning the Tangle TeezerHonestly, it took me a while to come up with a good way of cleaning it. At some point, I even considered just not using it anymore. It felt like the Tangle Teezer would just make my hair dirty! But then I finally found the perfect way for me to
a) not spend too much time on cleaning it and
b) still achieve a very satisfying resultThe process is so easy it’s almost laughable! All I use for cleaning the Tangle Teezer are some laundry detergent, water, a few minutes of patience and a dish brush.
How I wash the Tangle TeezerFirst I mix the detergent with some water and simply let the Tangle Teezer swim in that for a few minutes. (Of course, it is a good idea to remove the easily removable hair before!) While the mixture does its’ work, I am free to do anything else. (Just not brush my hair with the Tangle Teezer, of course.) And you really just have to wait a few minutes. Then you can take it out and simply brush off the rest of the gunk with your dish brush. Or an old toothbrush. Really just any other brush you can find. And that is it! Now you have:
A clean Tangle TeezerOf course, I had to include a little before and after of the Tangle Teezer. This is what it looks like after cleaning it with my method. Almost looks like you just bought it, doesn’t it? Sparkling clean and no more dust… things. To be honest, at some point I contemplated buying a new one, instead of going through the hassle of cleaning it. They also have those really cool brushes* now… But I digress.
Water inside your Tangle TeezerIt is a good idea to let your Tangle Teezer dry for a little while before using it again. Maybe it is just my specific model, but sometimes water gets inside while cleaning it. In which case I simply shake it a few times over the bathtub. Problem solved. And a tiny amount of water in your Tangle Teezer will not do anything bad to your hair either.
Is a Tangle Teezer good for your hair though?Even though your Tangle Teezer brush should be all clean now, you might have some doubt in the back of your mind about using it again. Because for a lot of people, there seems to be a close relationship between using a Tangle Teezer and split ends.
The Tangle Teezer materialI want to give my two cents on this. First of all, I believe that the best and most hair-friendly material for any brush or comb is wood. A Tangle Teezer, on the other hand, is made out of plastic. So yes, there is a higher probability of it damaging your hair and causing split ends.
How do you handle your Tangle Teezer?BUT, and this one is important, too, it all depends on how you handle it as well. The Tangle Teezer is a great brush for dealing with thick and tangly hair. If it speeds up your detangling process and hair care routine, don’t get rid of it just yet. You can use it in a way that will not shred your hair and still be useful! Related: How to keep hair from tangling throughout the day & night
How to use your Tangle Teezer carefullyTo not have your Tangle Teezer cause split ends, there are just a few things you need to be aware of.
- Don’t use the Tangle Teezer on wet hair. Wet hair is extremely sensitive to damage. Make it a habit to detangle your hair before washing it.
- Start detangling from the tips and carefully work your way up.
- Ideally, you put a little oil in your lengths and tips before you start detangling. It will help with the process and additionally protect your hair because moisturized hair doesn’t break as easily.