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  1. #1
    Melaine is offline Blue Diamond level (20,000+ posts)
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    May 2008

    Default Knot Genie v. Tangle Teezer

    What everyone has been waiting for: an indepth comparison between these two brushes. Well, maybe not that indepth because I really need to get some stuff done around the house. In a nutshell, though, here it is.

    When it comes down to it, I MUCH prefer the Tangle Teezer over the Knot Genie for the following reasons (most important to least important):

    1) Effectiveness: I am not sure, but I think that the TT is quicker. That may mostly be because of the second reason, which I am about to list. I feel like I am moving more quickly with the TT, for whatever reason, which means the job is done sooner.

    2) Gentleness: I feel that the TT is much gentler. It just works better and slides more easily through the hair. The KG makes sort of an audible pulling sound, that makes me nervous, whereas the TT is quieter as it works it's way through.

    3) Shape and size: The TT fits in my hand much more nicely. It is a bit smaller and is contoured to the hand. It's easier to hold as I brush. The KG is somewhat larger and it's a bit wide for my small hands. It does have scallops around the edge but they don't really help me keep my grip.

    4) Price: Knot Genie retails for $20 on their website and ships to me for $26. On the other hand, I picked up the Tangle Teezer at Sally's for $10 plus tax.

    When using the TT, it has not bothered the girls at all, so far. Today, I got several "ouches" when using the KG. If you feel the bristles on both, you will find that the KG's are much more stiff. I can see that it might out-live the TT, because I am finding that a few of our TT's bristles have become slightly bent from being used again and again. However, I can't imagine the brush completely losing effectiveness from that kind of wear and tear.

    I also tried both myself and I actually do like the stiffer feel of the KG. It feels good on my scalp. So I will probably keep using this brush even if the girls don't. I also got the Miracle Detangler which has a REALLY nice scent which I enjoyed. It didn't work better than our usual products, however, and the bottle is tiny.

    In closing, I sort of regret spending $30 on the Knot Genie Father's Day sale. I should have just bought a second Tangle Teezer and saved my money. However, BOTH brushes are *vastly* superior to anything else I have seen, particularly for curly headed kiddos. Hope this helps!

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    wendmatt is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    Sep 2002
    San Antonio TX


    I LOVE the tangle teezer I got for DD (thanks to you all for recommending it, $10 at Sallys), it has been life changing for us.

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    brittone2 is offline Blue Diamond level (20,000+ posts)
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    Nov 1999
    back to where we started


    I'm liking our TT too. DD has wavyish hair and I've found it particularly helpful when brushing out her hair after swimming (we usually have it back in a pony or braids for swim lessons).

    We both really like it. My local Sally's did not carry it but I ordered it on amazon.
    Mama to DS-2004
    and a new addition-ds born march 2010

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    bubbaray is offline Blue Diamond level (20,000+ posts)
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    Sep 2003
    BC Canada


    Thanks for the comparison -- very helpful. I was going to order 2 KG, but decided to stick with the TT. I just called and put two more TT's on hold at my Sally's.

    FWIW, my DD#2 (straight hair at roots, corkscrew curls for the bottom half of her hair) SCREAMS blue murder if I try to brush her hair with a regular brush now.

    I still find that the TT leaves tiny tangles at the bottom of the hair, but this is much less than before i had her hair trimmed. Also, DH is more willing to brush her hair now b/c she d/n scream as much!

    DD#1: April 2004
    DD#2: January 2007

    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." Jack Layton 1950 - 2011

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    Feb 2005
    Pacific Northwest


    I have another complaint about the KG, the handle part (the colored part) will come apart from the bristle part. I had to put a little silicon rubber band around it to reattach the two pieces. Its staying together now but I'm sure it will happen again in the future. I didn't know about the TT when I ordered the KG and I do love it for getting the knots out of poor DD super fine hair. I plan on stopping by Sally one of these days to pick up a TT because I really would like to keep one in each bathroom and not have to run all love the house when I want to brush DD's hair.

    Thanks for the great review Melaine!!
    DS 5/26/05
    DS 5/12/07 our angel
    DD 4/8/08

    Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people. Don Herold

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    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Boston, MA, USA.


    Thanks for the review. I was thinking about trying the KG when you posted the Father's Day deal, but decided not to. I ordered 1 TT from Amazon and then both girls wanted one, so ended up ordering 2 Flower Pot TTs, so I think we are all set.
    DS 09/00
    DD 03/03
    DD 08/05
    DS 12/09

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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    DC Suburbs


    Thanks for the review. I have a KG, but am not loyal at all, I'll get a TT next. Like pp I need a second one so I don't have run all over looking for the KG to brush their hair. I've had no problems with the base separating from the bristles.
    Mommy to my wonderful, HEALTHY twin girls
    6/08 - Preemies no more!

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