My Lina Lina Bobina has glorious curls, but goddamn if they don’t get frightfully matted by the second or third day. Bathtime is always a nightmare on hair-washing days, with knots and tangles refusing to budge and Bobina shrieking “GENTLY MOMMY! NOVEMBA I SAID BE GENTLE?!!” (“novemba” means “remember.” She just discovered her birthday’s in November and she’s obsessed with the word). About a year ago, I went on a grand search of every hair website and online beauty supply store on the planet, searching for a detangling brush or comb to help with my baby’s knots. I ordered like fifteen different ones, but nothing really helped…until I found Tangle Teezer ($9.99, sallybeauty.com).
This little brush looks disturbingly like a Crayola-colored beetle, but whatever, it’s everything. It was built with an ergonomically sound design that allows the magically soft bristles to just breeeeze right through the worst tangles. And it works! I separate Bobina’s wet hair into four sections, slather on the Wen Cleansing Conditioner and run the Tangle Teezer through each section…and seriously, it’s like a slow-mo run on the beach. Plus, the bristles massage Bobina’s scalp, which she finds delightful. I’m so enamored of this thing, I make my Dominican stylist, “Sex on Fire,” use it on my hopelessly tangled transitioning tresses. Can’t gush enough.