The detangle wet brush

“A woman’s hair is her crowing glory”, this is a statement we are all familiar with. We are also familiar with the serious implications of having a ‘bad hair day’. Sometimes that crowning glory will just not behave itself no matter what you do! I have always had good hair that was strong, luscious looking and would always draw complements. I tend to look after it religiously no matter what the environmental conditions or should I say challenges would be. I think it all stems back to my childhood, queue embarrassing story. When I was three years old and being the ever inquisitive toddler, I decided to emanate a hairdresser that appeared on a television show that I was watching. My Aunty (who is still scarred from this experience) had been babysitting me in her house at the time and had briefly popped out of the sitting room to prepare dinner in the kitchen. In the midst of having this new-found freedom and feeling quite inspired, I somehow managed to grab my child friendly animal scissors and gave myself a new hair do. Putting it bluntly (pun intended) I proceeded to hack off pieces of my hair. I think it’s a good thing that I don’t recall this event as my Aunty got the fright of her life when she popped in to check on me.

She said she discovered me surrounded by hair clippings with the scissors grasped firmly in my hand looking quite pleased with myself. Let’s just say my parents were not impressed with me when they came to collect me. I had done such a good job at cutting my hair that I was left with a load of bald patches. I lived in hats for the foreseeable future whilst my Mum hoped and prayed for my hair to grow back. I’m thinking this is where my obsession with hats came from. Luckily over the following years my hair did grow back but it had a different consistency in spots. The day finally came (I remember it so clearly) when I was seven years old for my Mum to seek professional advice from a hairdresser. Their recommendation, albeit the only option really has scarred me still to this day. My hair had to be cut short in order for it to grow strong and evenly. Those were some dark days that still upset me. It’s not nice for people to automatically assume you are a boy because you have short hair. I was also upset that I was the only one with short hair on my communion day. I had envied the girls with long hair. Let’s just say I still haven’t got over it and will probably never fully forgive my mum for allowing my hair to be cut so short. It’s safe to say I developed a fear of having short hair hence the reason I keep it long. Having said that and hindsight being a wonderful thing, my hair did grow back incredibly strong and even.

My pixie look. Myself and my brother rocking youth

Fast forward (having had many hairstyles and colours over the years) to 2015 when I was feeling very poorly and on the cusp of a diagnosis of Lyme disease. My hair, apart from a small break out of psoriasis on my scalp was in fantastic condition, long and luscious. Even though I wasn’t feeling great my hair still managed to cheer me up and boost my confidence. Within the space of a year my beautiful long hair started to change dramatically as the infections and accumulation of treatment started to take hold. My hair started to rapidly thin out and break. It became so damaged even whilst using the best haircare products on the market. By the start of 2016 my hair had thinned to half its thickness and I lost a good five inches from its length. The psoriasis on my scalp had also decided to rear its ugly head and spread rapidly, covering my entire scalp, hairline and ears. Everytime I brushed my hair a large amount of hair would accumulate in the bristles. I’m not going to lie it was incredibly upsetting. I decided to look around online for a more gentle hair brush to use and came across a brand called the wet brush. Seemingly these brushes were supposed to be kind and gentle on the hair and scalp due to their particular unique bristles. The reviews seemed pretty good so I thought why not I’ll buy one even if it helps a little it will be better than nothing.

My hair went from being thick and luscious in 2015 to thinning and falling out throughout 2016. It has since started growing again

It’s now been well over a year and my hair still sheds but not as much as before. It has started to grow again but is far from optimal condition. Unfortunately the psoriasis remains and is quite unsightly. I’ve purchased two detangle wet brushes in that time and I’m pleased to say they have been a revelation. They are one of my favorite brushes and I believe, have prevented a lot of my hair from falling out and being damaged. They are extremely durable and as you can see from the picture below have been well used. Unfortunately heavy use has caused the bristles on my pink brush to be slightly damaged but that’s just normal wear and tear. I also like how the brushes are very light weight to hold especially with having painful wrists. They are a decent size and are easy to manipulate. They also breeze through wet and dry hair easily, don’t drag or snag the hair and don’t feel harsh on the scalp.

My well loved and used detangle wet brushes

So what makes these hair brushes different from the rest? Well firstly and most importantly they contain IntelliFlex® bristles that are thin, strong and flexible. These bristles glide through the hair to remove tangles effortlessly. The bristles flexibility result in pain-free detangling while SofTips™ (located on the very tip of each bristle) gently massage the scalp to increase circulation. Even though the bristles are flexible they still remain firm enough to tackle knotted areas. They also bounce back into position after gliding through the hair. The spacing between each bristle also makes the hair brushing experience more pleasant as there is no tugging on the strands of hair. They are also incredibly easy to use on wet hair, hair extensions and wigs. There are smaller and softer bristled brushes available that are more suited to babies and children so no more excuses for children to dread their hair being brushed.

A closeup of the IntelliFlex® bristles and SofTips™

Price wise the detangle wet brush starts around the €10 mark. They are priced differently online so it’s worth shopping around to get the best value. I think I paid in or around the €12 mark on beauty bay for mine. They are available in a variety of styles, sizes and colours. They are a fun brush that is easy to use and most importantly great for people like me who are also suffering with hair damage and hair loss. I seem to be coming across more and more stories of people that are going through illness who have serious issues with their hair and scalp. I find the detangle wet brush has been a blessing to use and would love to help one of you lovelies out by sending you one. Don’t worry it’s not one of my used brushes. The PR for the wet brush Ireland kindly sent me out a new brush for myself and one to give away to one of you lovelies. I think I can now retire my pink brush as heavy prolonged use has caused the bristles to become misshapen. It will become Plec’s new hairbrush as he has been using a mini wet brush for the past year. They are great to use on his hair. Plec being a Yorkshire terrier has human like hair. It doesn’t shed but grows like ours so it can knot easily.

Plec’s mini wet brush

So all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning your very own detangle wet brush is to simply comment below. Winner will be chosen at random on Friday the 23rd of June 2017, Good luck. The giveaway brush is seen below, on the top right. It is a beautiful vibrant  blue/purple colour and comes in a box. I just removed it from its box to take a picture.

My new purple detangle wetbrush and the giveaway detangle wet brush (top right)

Competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner of the wet brush is Clare Ryan. Congratulations Clare, please email me on apalershadeofbeauty@gmail.com so I can get your details and send you out this nifty little gadget. It’s a life changer.

A PR sent me out the two (purple/blue) detangle wet brushes. One is being given away in the competition and the other I have kept to use myself. I have no affiliation to the brand and am not being paid for this review.

14 Comments

  1. Anna
    21st June 2017 / 12:30 AM

    Oh the joys of having long hair, wash it, gets tangled, go out in the wind, gets tangled….lol Never heard of them until you mentioned them, have a tangle teaser type but mostly use a comb with big teeth. I think there would be a lot of hair caught in this too. I certainly sweep up enough of it!

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      21st June 2017 / 1:22 AM

      Ha ha I second that. Bloody hair can be perfectly straightened then one gust of wind and it’s a big frizzball . I have an array of brushes. My mum actually commented when she saw me with my new wet brush, “not another brush” lol. I found the tangle teezer too harsh to use. I have also used wide combs and paddle brushes but found the wet brush to be the best. I think it’s because the bristles move with your hair, I don’t know the exact science behind it but I do give it a big thumbs up. X

  2. Ema W
    20th June 2017 / 6:48 PM

    My daughter has a very sensitive scalp so brushing is a nightmare 🙁 Never heard of these brushes but will definitely try them. Thanks

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      20th June 2017 / 7:26 PM

      They are great and don’t tear the at scalp. Wish they existed when I was a child x

  3. Clare Ryan
    20th June 2017 / 12:23 PM

    The wet brush sounds like exactly what I need. I’ve been unwell for a few years now and like you, everytime I brush my hair I lose quite a bit 🙁 Thankfully I have very thick hair so so far it hasn’t been noticeable to anyone else. I was also diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis late last year. One of my worst areas is my wrists, and I struggle to brush my own hair. Thank you for highlighting the wet brush 🙂

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      20th June 2017 / 7:31 PM

      Oh no sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. It’s so upsetting to see your hair shedding isn’t it? I’ve dark hair so it’s very noticeable, well to me anyway. Luckily it’s not confined to one area so it’s not noticeable to others. Do you suffer with psoriasis on your scalp? The brush is incredibly light an added bonus really. I even had to buy a lightweight hairdryer as I found normal hairdryers too heavy and painful on the aul wrists x

      • Clare Ryan
        25th June 2017 / 5:46 PM

        For years I thought I just had really bad dandruff and my psoriasis was confined to my elbows. I’ve been reading up on psoriasis of the scalp recently and I’m pretty sure I have it. I’m currently trying to find a natural product to get it under control. I’ve never seen a dermatologist so don’t know what they’d recommend, but I’d much prefer something natural if I can.

        So excited that I won 🙂 I’ve been feeling lousy all week and you’ve really cheered me up. I take meds to suppress my immune system so I’ve spent this week floored by laryngitis and it’s showing no signs of clearing!

        • apalershadeofbeauty
          25th June 2017 / 6:37 PM

          Aww Clare delighted it’s made you smile. I’ve tried everything on my scalp and the only thing I’ve found that works is beta mousse. It’s a mild steroid mousse but it’s prescription only. I’m currently trying it on my leg rashes to see if it helps. I’ve been using it on my scalp and it’s really helped. I’m only allowed use a small bit as steroids don’t suit immune suppression. I’ll get Kev to pop the brush in the post to you tomorrow. Sending you ❤

  4. Noreen Ryan
    19th June 2017 / 11:24 AM

    That brush sounds amazing. I would really love to try it as I find my hair very unmanageable.

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      20th June 2017 / 7:35 PM

      Your name has now gone into the hat for the giveaway Noreen. lol trust me even when my hair is literally standing on the top of my head it glides through it easily. I’m laughing to myself here, I sound like I’m being paid to endorse the brushes but I’m not. I just find them great to use. X

  5. Jamie Moans
    18th June 2017 / 5:07 PM

    I must pick one up. I usually use a tangle teaser which has been really good so far but I’ve heard the wet brush is a lot better.

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      18th June 2017 / 8:27 PM

      To be honest I’ve tried them all and find the wet brush to be the best. I find the tangle teezer can still pull on your hair as the bristles are more rigid.

  6. 18th June 2017 / 5:04 PM

    I’m so sorry to hear about your hair. I’ve Always wanted to try these brushes x

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      18th June 2017 / 8:29 PM

      Aw thank you. I’ve read of other lymies who have experienced similar so at least it isn’t just me lol. They are very good. I definitely get my use out of them that’s for sure

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