I'm not a gadget person. I have a food processor, but I choose to chop all my vegetables by hand (even if there are a lot to chop). I prefer to chop my garlic, too, even though I have a nifty press. I use a standard old school metal vegetable peeler instead of the new ergonomically correct versions. I use a regular toothbrush, I hang up my laundry and still wash a good number of my dishes by hand even though I have a dishwasher.
All this is why I was incredibly shocked to find myself buying a new, plastic, electric gadget complete with a tremendous amount of plastic packaging.
My youngest has the tamest, easiest and slippry-est hair around. My other daughter, Sadie, has hair that delights in tangling whether it's clean, dirty, slept on, not slept on, conditioned or otherwise. And yet the poor girl wants long hair like her mommy and younger sister. So, we let it grow and suffer through every single combing session. I try to be gentle. She cries. I try to go quickly to get it over with. She cries. I tell her I have to comb out her hair soon. She cries. It was boiling down to either cutting it all off or realizing that a good portion of her childhood memories of her mother would be of me causing her pain and tears. On a regular basis.
Then, I happened upon an electric hair brush that claimed to de-tangle with no tears. I ordered it. When it arrived, I had forgotten that I ordered it and cringed at the packaging and the bright purple gadget complete with cord, stand and guard staring back at me. I cut it free from it's binding and plugged it in.
I had not combed Sadie's hair for a couple days. She combs her own hair, but it's more of a surface-job. It's hard for her to get to those stubborn tangles underneath. She was ready to try anything. All I can say is...
It gets out all the tangles. There are no tears. Sadie actually likes it and says it feels good. I let her use it on my wet hair after I had purposely forgot to use conditioner. It worked beautifully. Just set the brush in the hair and gently pull down. The bristles turn and wiggle their way through the hair without resistance. It comes with a thin, long, cord, so it's always ready. It can be used on wet or dry hair. Sadie combs her own hair with it now and I know it's done well.
Forgive me for placing a gadget before you and tempting you to buy something. I really try hard not to do that. But if you have daughters who want long hair and their hair tends toward the tangle-y, I do recommend this product.
Much to my chagrin :-).