“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.