We have constantly been warned by hair experts that combing our hair when it’s drenching wet can cause serious damage. After all, hair is at its most fragile state when wet and prone to breakage. So I was initially sceptical when trialling a brush designed for wet hair. However, The Wet Brush contains two features said to remedy this risk. The IntelliFlex bristles are soft and pliable, made to gently detangle hair without excessive force. The SoftTips technology embedded in the bristles can immediately detect the type of strength necessary on certain parts of your hair. That is, the brush is sturdy enough to smooth rough and unruly areas but is still gentle enough to not cause damage.
After showering, I towel dried my hair and put this brush to task. On the rare occasions that I have tried to brush my hair when it was freshly washed, I had to exert serious strength. There were knots and kinks that no other brush could seem to untangle without a fight. However, the wet brush seemed to glide through my hair smoothly, without the need for any firm pulls. I was immediately hooked. I became obsessed with running the brush through my hair, as it seemed to magically erase any rough tangles and leave the texture soft and silky. Usually when I go to bed with my hair wet, I end up with unkempt bed hair that looks less like Jane Birkin and more like a crazy scientist. After using the Wet Brush before going to sleep, I woke up with nicely tousled hair that required minimal styling. I still needed a GHD straightener to smooth over any curves, but I didn’t take half as long as I usually do (read: it took less than a minute!). If you are looking to blow dry your hair with it, the paddle is ventilated, so it helps distribute heat more evenly across your hair.
Although the Wet Brush was designed for wet hair, I found it was excellent at detangling knots in dry hair and giving the hair a nice, polished sheen. I also used the nifty tool to comb through dry shampoo and it made the white residue disappear a whole lot faster. Brushes made to detangle unruly hair can often cause flatness, but I did not notice that the brush weighed down my hair. In fact, it gave my hair a nice boost at the roots and some bounce and body.
For $14, the Wet Brush certainly lives up to the hype. It effortlessly tamed tough knots, softened and smoothed the texture of my hair, whilst also injecting some va-va-voom volume. Whilst I did notice a slight sheen imparted, it did not give me the high-shine or significant defrizzing effect that my very expensive Mason Pearson brush provided. Don’t get me wrong: I definitely noticed my hair becoming softer, but I did realise that my highly chemically processed hair still required some extra nourishment. So my verdict? Don’t expect Pantene-advertisement perfection, do expect your hair to be more manageable and generally look a lot more polished.
Story by Kristina Zhou. Holding Shot: Instagram @kendalljenner