A Tangled Tale Unraveled: A Knot Genie Review

OK, y’all, here’s where things get real.  Here’s where I tell all, like you’ve heard bloggers sometimes do.  Here’s where I admit one of my deepest failures as a mother.  Read on . . .
I have written before about  Lorelei’s legendary tangles.  This problem recently reached critical mass, as she was becoming more and more resistant to our (mine and Emily’s) attempts to brush her hair, and we responded by avoiding the battle and the tears as long as possible.
When you send your kid out to school every day, you have to stay on top of the tangles.  When you don’t (Lorelei is homeschooled), let’s just say sometimes you let things go on a little too long.Hair 4
That’s why I was so excited when I got the opportunity to test a Knot Genie detangling brush.

Knot Genie Detangling Brush – Image from Amazon.com

Lorelei had actually been urging me to try a detangling brush for awhile, but remembering my own childhood experience with an electric detangler that got STUCK IN MY HAIR, I was reluctant.
But this brush was free–or at least paid for only with my time for testing it and writing this post to give my honest opinion.  So we had nothing to lose.  Except the tangles!
We had been winding up Lorelei’s hair into a bun to hide the worst of the mess.  I think it was well past the point of fooling anyone.
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After we took it down it didn’t look much different; the resulting mess resembled nothing so much as a giant dreadlock.
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I even googled “dreadlock removal” hoping in vain for some easy method, to no avail, so after thoroughly shampooing and conditioning, the Knot Genie it was.
I don’t fault the Knot Genie for not being able to detangle Lorelei’s hair.  No hairbrush could do the job alone.  We had to pull out the scissors.
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But as I freed lock after lock, Lorelei was able to do all the detangling of the remaining strands herself.  When I brushed her hair, she said it didn’t hurt.  I thought the sharp bristles might be painful (there are no little balls on the ends of them) but she says they are not.
Before the Great Hair Massacre, we had to braid her hair every night to avoid painful tangles in the morning.  Last night we left her hair down and this morning she brushed it with no pain at all!   And she brushed it herself.  (Yes, I know she is 10 years old and of course she ought to have been brushing it herself long ago.  But she is the baby and she takes full advantage of that.)
We washed it later in the day and brushed it while wet.  Comments from Lorelei: “It glides right through! I like the way it feels!”
We let it dry naturally, and it looked like this:
after hair 3
After approximately 30 seconds with the Knot Genie (I kid you not!) it looked like this:
after hair 2
I’d call that a win.  Lorelei also likes the bright color and thinks the brush is fun. That means she will use it!
How would you like to get to use it too?
That’s right, Knot Genie is going to give one of my readers their very own Knot Genie detangling bursh, a 19.99 value!
Click here to enter the giveaway!
And when you finish come back to the blog because . . .
Some of my friends are also hosting a Knot Genie giveaway. Enter for more chances to win at these blogs:

Planning Playtime

Our Daily Craft

Adventures of a Frugal Mom

Sand and Snow… and Everywhere in Between

Our House Now a Home

Knock-it-off Crafts

Mommytime 365

Sensitive Mommy

Carrie Ann Tripp

Breastfeeding Needs

The Mommy Rundown

UPDATE:  We have a winner!  Lizzie L. will soon be the proud new owner of a Knot Genie detangling brush!  Thank you to all who entered.

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56 Responses

  1. rroddy9673 says:

    😊this looks like a great idea! I may tell some of my curly haired friends about this!

  2. mommytime365 says:

    Oh my goodness, glad her #badhairday is over.. She’s adorable.

  3. This Ole Mom says:

    Poor thing! My daughter had curly hair every, morning before she went to school I had to detangle her hair which always caused a commotion. I’m sorry you had to cut your daughter’s hair.

  4. I’m looking for the perfect brush. So far I haven’t found one. This might be the next one I try.

  5. Claudya says:

    Wow, that was some kind of tangle you tamed.

  6. kariannafrey says:

    This would be ideal for my oldest daughter (7 years.) Her hair is textured and she gets knots in the under hair and hates having it combed. So far nothing like you experienced! What a knot!

  7. Dana says:

    My daughter could use this – she has thick wavy hair that she insists on brushing out while wet. It doesn’t work!

  8. Johanna S says:

    My 7yo daughter has very fine hair and has had many major nuts. What is currently working for us is shampoo, conditioner and brushing/detangling with a water/apple cider vinegar solution. If we braid her hair at night and if she brushes every day we don’t need the vinegar often. When the big nut does happen, the vinegar makes a huge difference. I forget the exact ratio. Just did 1 tbsp vinegar and 1 cup water. I think I could have used less vinegar.

  9. KP says:

    I would love to win one to try on my daughters super curly ringlet hair!! Looks like it may be perfect!

  10. Agy says:

    I have extremely fine hair, but it’s very stubborn so i’ve kept my hair super short to avoid all the tangles!

  11. jehdld says:

    Your daughter has beautiful hair! I can remember mine tangling when I was a kid and crying as my mom would comb it. Too bad the knot genie brush didn’t exist way back then.

  12. I must say when I saw your daughter’s tangled hair I was anticipating how this would turn out. I knew good, but it looked like a daunting task! Her hair looked beautiful.

  13. Jessica says:

    My curly hair might be tamed with that!

  14. Amy says:

    This brush is amazing! My girls use it every day.

  15. We have had luck also with The Wet Brush, but looks like you’ve found your solution. Congrats!

  16. mamacarmody says:

    Wow, that was amazing. Her hair gave it a true test. Tell her thanks for sharing.

  17. First off what a cutie pie and isn’t she the best for being your guinea pig 🙂 The final results with the Knot Genie were amazing! It is definitely worth a try.

  18. This Ole Mom says:

    I loved seeing the results after your daughter used the knot genie! I would use the knot genie on my frizzy hair!!

  19. Looks like a great find! She has beautiful hair. Time to avoid the tears. 🙂

  20. I just cut my 4 year old’s hair as she cried every time I brushed it. It’s very cute and it really helps that it is short. Brushing it every day is so necessary! Glad you found a solution.

  21. kathyh says:

    Looks like a great brush!

  22. ace1028 says:

    We LOVE The Knot Genie!!! I need another one to keep in the car for the kiddo in the mornings. 😉

  23. 2patkath says:

    Thank you for putting this helpful post on Fridays Blog Booster Party. I do understand the hair knot problem and I wish the Knot Genie was around back when my daughter had the same problem. I ended up cutting it out. I hope you can come back and share more with us next Friday.

  24. Woah! This looks awesome! I get crazy knots in my hair.

  25. I would love to win this because I know it works great! My daughter has used it on her fine/thin hair when she was younger and she no longer cried brushing her hair. Unfortunately she lost it one day from her backpack and we haven’t gotten around to replacing it.

  26. Yay! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you!

  27. Leana Jay says:

    Great review! I like the bright colors too, pink is my favorite color. But I missed the giveaway :(..

  28. Lizzie Lau says:

    My Knot Genie arrived today! We love it. Thanks again.

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