It may have taken more than three decades (give or take) to find the perfect hair brush, but I finally did. Last year I purchased a Wet Brush, and I have not looked back since. I love my Wet Brush — it has been by far the best detangler I’ve ever used and I highly recommend it to anyone.
My hair is pretty thick and slightly wavy if I let it air dry. I use a super-absorbent towel to soak up excess water after I wash my hair, but when I unravel it, the reality is that my hair often resembles a rat king (Google image searchers forewarned). Historically, detangling my hair was such. a. chore.
In my early twenties, I relied on a two-system approach: the wide-tooth comb to detangle and then a paddle brush to blow dry. While the approach worked per se, the wide-tooth comb took too long to detangle and the paddle brush was too heavy for my nimble wrists and general laziness. I then moved on to a Frederic Fekkai Classic Brush, which was great for styling, but meant I needed to use a separate brush for detangling.
In my late twenties, a friend then told me about the Tangle Teezer, and at the time, I thought it was the best thing ever. It ran circles around my wide-tooth comb and made detangling a breeze. However, it didn’t really work for styling, it was a bit awkward to hold, and because my hair is so thick, I never really felt like it was brushing the bottom layers. A true Goldilocks predicament.
Finally, I came across the Wet Brush, and with it, my two-system approach went the way of the dodo. No matter how tangled my hair looks, just one pass sorts out all knots. Detangling now takes me a matter of seconds, not minutes. It’s a bit astonishing, considering how simple the design is. It’s perfect for styling too – it’s light, easy to hold, and the cushioned bristles are wide enough to act like a paddle brush and smooth hair when blow drying.
I still have yet to try the classic Mason Pearson hair brush (maybe I’ll hold off on that one until my forties), so perhaps my journey is not over yet, but for the time being, the Wet Brush is just right.