Friday, May 18, 2012

This Gadget, I Like

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 WORKS.

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 :-). Pin It

14 comments:

  1. Hey, if you find something that works, it's always nice to pass it along. I do wish we'd had this ten years ago when I was fighting through my daughter's hair, lol.

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  2. We had one of these when I was growing up....and I'll be 48 this year!!

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  3. I never heard of these before. What they come up with...!

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  4. I was skeptical, but then I saw the reviews it's getting on Amazon and it jumped into my cart, along with some oxygen absorbers! For $11, my husband said it is so worth the gamble... every morning is a struggle trying to get my 8 year old to let me brush her hair well. Thank you for being an enabler :-)

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  5. I am tempted! I have long curly hair. I brush it, it doesn't kill me. But it did when I was little. I cried when my mom would brush it, but suffered through it because it was thick and frizzy and if it wasn't long it was an afro! My daughter has long, super thick, and straight hair. You'd think without the curly factor it would be a breeze to comb through. Oh my goodness gracious! She has the messiest hair and hardest to brush I've ever come across! :) But just like you said about your daughter, she is determined to have long hair. We've been talking about cutting it off and she cries in protest (she's 10 by the way!). So we came to an agreement that if I (and my best friend who offered to do the same) cut it, she would too and we would donate the hair to locks of love. She's very hesitant, but agreeing at the moment. If we don't get that done in the next few weeks, I may have to look into this magic brush though!

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  6. I think I'm taking the plunge and buying it. Ree and Sadie are right around the same age and we have the same issues with her hair. I've been dousing her head in conditioner in the bath and combing but I'd really like to do it every day and she can't bathe daily because of her skin condition so this is fabulous! I think it's worth the $11 risk!!!

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  7. As the daughter who had to suffer through "tuggies" and tangles while my hair was being combed with a metal comb....I think you made the right decision. I'm 40 now and I can still remember every time it was time to brush my hair as a little kid (and I cried and tried to hide!)

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  8. I just discovered your blog through Mavis' blog, and I am thrilled! I love the canning section and the gardening updates!! Keep it up!

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  9. I had one of these back around 1981. I loved mine. Back then, I used to ride in the back of my dad's pick up and I had long hair. When I would get home, my hair was full of knots but that brush would work them out like magic. I didn't know they even sold them anymore.

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  10. Someone gave us one of these (purple too!) about 8 years ago, and yes, for one of the girls it worked a charm. The other child, not so much...I eventually went to a plain old comb, and going very slowly, after a bath. Her computer time became hair time - she "almost" looked forward to it. She got about 30 minutes of play while I combed a few strands at a time, till it was all smooth, and then we'd play something together. It felt like that stage of our life was going to be forever, but she's a teen now, and has been taking care of her own hair for a couple of years. I almost miss those evenings!

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  11. thanks ,your a ear saver! I'm buying one for 3 year old Katelyn,who can shatter glass with one un-tangle.I can remember trying anything getting tangles out of my daughters hair when she was 3,I even tried putting peanut butter in the snarly knot,than apple pectin was suppose to work,but I lost patience and cut her hair,she was still a doll and I got my sanity back

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  12. wow, never heard of this! We have tangly hair here too. Most of the time, I can make it ok with homemade conditioning spray (watered down conditioner). But hmmmm. I want to look into this.

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  13. Wow- my daughter has the same struggle! She is 9 and we have done this all of her life! We have tried so many products! I must try this now!

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