I am writing a combined review of these two products, as we tested them on the geekdaughter together for the first time, so I can’t seperate whether one made a bigger difference than the other.
The geekdaughter doesn’t like having her hair washed. I’m not entirely surprised by this. Like me she has beautiful curly hair, and I’ve been caring for it in the same way as I do mine, which is to follow the Curly Girl method. I don’t brush her hair (it makes it go frizzy and lose the curls), but I comb it through when she has it washed. Up until this point I’ve been using a wide-toothed comb, just like I use, but despite my best efforts to not hurt her, this is quite tough on the tangles, and she gets very upset when having her hair washed.
We were recently on holiday with a group of friends, and one of my friends who has two daughters, both older than the geekdaughter, recommended Avon’s kids detangling spray (which her family refers to as “Monkey Juice” due to the picture of the monkey on the front of it). This can be used on wet or dry hair, and my friend said it made a significant difference to the amount of fuss her girls made about having their hair brushed. I tucked this information away and resolved to purchase some and see if it made a difference to the geekdaughter. Then promptly forgot all about it.
About a week ago I was reading the Bambino Goodies blog, which is one of my favourites, and they mentioned the Tangle Teezer detangling comb. This coincided with a particularly stressful hair wash experience, and so I placed orders for both a comb (from Amazon) and some monkey juice (from Avon).
Both items arrived on the same day, and as it was a bath day I pressed them both into the geekdaddy’s hands (he is the king of the baths in our household) and told him to give them a go.
The result was that the geekdaddy managed to wash the geekdaughter’s hair with not one single complaint, whine or any crying from her. I was waiting downstairs for them to finish the bath and I heard no noise at all. So this is a great result in my eyes. In addition, the following morning I noticed that the geekdaughter’s hair was better conditioned and seemed softer than usual. The difference was visible, and I put it down to one or both of these products.
The Tangle Teezer is designed to fit nicely into the palm of your hand, and when you look at it it is covered with lots of short, flexible teeth. This means that when it comes up against a tangle, it doesn’t so much stop dead (causing pain and screaming), but rather brushes over the tangle, loosening it as it goes. It’s effective at removing the tangles, and I must confess I’m considering sneaking it into my next shower to see how it copes with my hair! It comes in a variety of colours, but when I saw the purple sparkly one I knew that was the one for the geekdaughter!
Avon kids detangling spray can be bought through your local Avon representative or ordered from their online shop. It’s currently on special offer allowing you to buy it for £1.50 per bottle (normally £2.50). It’s great for bathtime as it can be used for wet hair, but also can be used on dry hair as well, so a couple of squirts before styling unruly hair should result in a happier child and easier-to-style hair. I’ll be testing this out the next time the geekdaughter allows me to put her hair in bunches!
Both products were easy enough for the geekdad to use, and we’ll definitely continue to use them A big thumbs up!