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What’s been your most life-changing beauty purchase so far? For me, it was my daughters Tangle Teezer.

June 12, 2017

My youngest daughter has curly hair and when I say curly I mean massively curly in the ‘could turn to dreadlocks at any moment’ kind.  I have always loved her hair from the innocent golden blonde ringlets of her pre-school years to the fiercely full-bodied golden brown frizz that is so fitting for her full-throttle teenage personality.  But as most parents of VERY curly haired children know, there are many tears that come with an un-tameable mane and so, in 2011 when, at the Hair Expo I came across a thing called a Tangle Teezer I bought two (just in case).

It is fair to say that the Tangle Teezer changed my daughters life.  In 2011 she was 8 and was still having lots of trouble dealing with anyone touching her hair let alone comb it.  This was a complete nightmare at times given the love affair that primary school children seem to have in spreading nits – you can’t get rid of nits unless you comb the hair with a very, very fine toothed comb and a comb with teeth that fine doesn’t tend to make its way painlessly through heavily entangled knots.  Not only did the Tangle Teezer make it possible for ME to comb her hair, it made it possible for HER to comb her hair and not only that, it opened a door for her to start enjoying her naturally beautiful curls.

Today my curly haired daughter and I were lucky enough to be at the hair expo in Sydney when an opportunity arose for my daughter to model for the inventor of the Tangle Teezer Shaun Pulfrey who was on stage demonstrating his new brush design!  He did a fantastic job of straightening a section of her hair in just a few minutes using nothing more than a spritz of water and a medium heat hair dryer.  Very little impresses me in the beauty space these days but THIS to me was pure magic!

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As a mum I recognised early on, thanks in part to the curly haired issues we were facing, how important it is for us as individuals to be able to manage our own looks and feel good about ourselves.  For my 8 year old daughter, the ability to take control of her hair and form her own style was pivotal in helping her feel good and in control of her life.  I’m sure this is true for many of us of all ages, indeed if it weren’t true there would be no need for the ‘bad hair day’ saying.

As a chemist I understand the nature of the hair and have had a long-standing aversion to heat treatment myself.  I rarely use a hair dryer and never go for straighteners or other heat devices.  My daughters do own a hair straightener and I have to say that they don’t use it all that often but even so, I’d rather it never be used at all if I’m honest.  The excessive heat pumped out by those things can very easily singe the hair and at best regular use without the right under-coat product can leave it brittle and dull.

Finally as someone with an environmental conscious that is always trying to do better I am really happy to see that a good ‘tool’ can replace both the need for excess electricity (heating) AND heat protector product and all of its ingredients (chemicals).  Surely this product needs to be put in for a green award, it is almost the ultimate in a green product!

So I’d just like to thank Shaun again for the hard work and vision that has gone into this life-changing little product and wish him and the team all the best in growing their already super successful global brand.

Well done all – you are doing me out of a job 🙂

What has been your biggest life-changing cosmetic product (including tools) purchase and why?


PS: My daughter volunteered as tribute (model) and I paid the full show price for the brushes that I purchased at the end.  I have no professional association with the Tangle Teezer team and just find it a genuinely interesting product.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Maureen Wahu permalink
    June 14, 2017 3:51 am

    I’d like a tangle tazer for myself, can I purchase online?

    • RealizeBeautyEd permalink*
      June 15, 2017 12:02 am

      They are often sold through hairdressers. If you speak to your local hairdresser they should be able to get the brushes in 🙂

  2. June 28, 2017 12:27 pm

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    • RealizeBeautyEd permalink*
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