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The Tangle Teezer: Crouching Detangler, Hidden Hair Shredder
on May 1, 2011
I jumped on the bandwagon and bought the Tangle Teezer after seeing other natural haired women rave about it. I have type 4a/b hair and thought I would give it a go.
Starting out, it was a curly girl's dream. The Tangle Teezer did what it said. Since my hair is starting to gain some length, I don't look forward to detangling days. It can take almost 2 hours to detangle my hair. The Tangle Teezer cut this time down to 15 minutes. First, I wet my hair, added conditioner and waited for the slip. I took the tangle teezer and glided it through my hair, starting from the bottom up and working my way up to the root. My hair felt thoroughly detangled, almost as if I had a blowout. It also clumped my curls together. I was thrilled....
....that is, until six weeks later. I had been wearing my hair in protective styles for three months, using the TT in between. For three weeks, I began using the TT more frequently and began wearing my hair out in twist outs.
One weekend, I decided to put my hair back up in a protective styles (small twists). Little did I know what type of damage I was doing to my hair. As I parted my hair, I began finding mini "locks" in my hair, where the hair was matted. I've never had matted hair before just using a wide-tooth comb and my fingers.
I guess, that although the TT detangled portions of my hair, it also clumped small portions of it together, which caused the matting. This gave me the illusion of completely detangled hair. I couldn't detangle the matts, and ended up having to cut out them.
Second, I noticed that when I put my hair back in twists...my ends were wrecked. Usually, my ends don't frizz at the ends, when in twists. When dry..it just lays flat. When I wet them, they have these nice little spiral curls at the ends. But, after using the TT my ends were frizzy, indicating damage. I was devastated, since I had worn protective styles and had grown nearly two inches in length. Sadly, I also found an increased number of SS knots. I ended up having to cut an inch off my hair to minimize the damage.
The only thing I did differently in my hair routine was using the Tangle Teezer. So, bye bye TT! I prefer using my beloved wide-tooth shower comb again. Since I've stopped using the TT, my hair hasn't been experiencing the "mini locking" and my ends are slowly being nursed back to health.
I'm not saying that the TT doesn't work. It does, just beware, because the risks might outweigh the benefits of using it.