Tangle Teezer and Dessata hairbrushes

Detangling hairbrushes are available from just about everywhere now but when it comes to trusted brands there are a few to choose from. In this post I’ve got Tangle Teezer vs Dessata in a battle of the detangling brushes. Both are priced almost identically (here in Australian anyway) so which brush is worth your dollars?

For this battle I’ve selected the Tangle Teezer The Original to go up against the Dessata Maxi Detangling Brush. I own three Tangle Teezer brushes – The Original, Compact Styler and Aqua Splash – but for this post I’m comparing The Original as it’s the most popular model. Read on to find out which might be the best detangling brush for you. 


Dessata’s Maxi brush is larger at roughly 13cm long while Tangle Teezer’s Original is approximately 11.5cm, and width is almost the same at around 6cm. Tangle Teezer’s two-level bristles reach a maximum length of approximately 1.5cm vs Dessata’s three-level system which reaches 2cm.

The two brushes have very different shapes which means they feel very different in the hand. Dessata feels larger and can switch between left and right hands without needing to reposition the brush. Tangle Teezer’s cloud-like contours are more ergonomic but I do need to rotate it when switching hands. I find the slightly lighter and smaller body of the Tangle Teezer is more comfortable in my petite hands. Dessata’s deep curves on the back don’t appear to be designed to be held in the hand in a particular way but I found the larger curve is more comfortable under my fingers and the flatter section in my palm.

Tangle Teezer vs Dessata


Most importantly I will declare that both brushes detangle knots quickly and with less pain than a normal brush. They both work for every hair type but there are certain hair types that will prefer one over the over. The Original’s shallower bristles feel softer on the scalp and are ideal for fine, thin hair and straight hair types. The problem with The Original is that if you have thick hair or curls, you will need to section your hair in order to get through all the knots and may require a few more strokes than you would with a regular brush. Just brushing from the top layers won’t penetrate deep enough to get knots in the underneath layers.

Dessata’s Maxi brush has firmer and longer bristles than Tangle Teezers, which means the Dessata is great for curly and thick hair types. It works much quicker than Tangle Teezer’s Original for these hair types but when used on fine or thin hair the difference is minimal.

I personally have thin, fine hair that is curly. I find myself reaching for the Dessata Maxi for one key reason – I get less frizz from using this brush on my dry curly hair.

Tangle Teezer vs Dessata


Colour choices and brush designs are plenty with both Tangle Teezer and Dessata. Tangle Teezer offer 8 colour choices for The Original as a core lineup but they do offer Customisation, whereby you can select your own colour mashup from the 8 shade palette. Tangle Teezer’s Compact Styler is reserved for almost all of their limited edition patterns and colours, but they do offer a total of 9 brush designs in their range, including The Original, and the new Thick & Curly.

Dessata offers a selection of 16 colour choices for the Maxi. The brush range consists of 3 styles, the Maxi, Original and Mini – with wide range of shades across all three, including limited edition patterns and licensed designs.

Tangle Teezer vs Dessata

Tangle Teezer and Dessata come in a variety of colours and sizes


Both brushes are a bit fiddly to clean but they are much easier than regular hairbrushes. Removing hair from both took less than 10 seconds each. I found the tighter spacing in the Tangle Teezer traps more dust and lint than the Dessata. I was able to completely remove all visible dust from the Dessata Maxi while it seems there is remaining dust in the Tangle Teezer that just won’t come out. I’ve tried scrubbing it, picking it out, brushing it out – still, a visible amount remains.

Tangle Teezer vs Dessata hairbrushes closup

Tangle Teezer Original vs Dessata Maxi


Tangle Teezer is more widely available from a variety of retailers, online stockists and professional salons. You can purchase Tangle Teezer from the following stockists:

Australia – Priceline, ASOS and Sephora

USA – ULTA Beauty, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Space NK and Tangle Teezer

UK – ASOS, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, John Lewis and Boots

Dessata is more exclusive and limited to online sales from their own website or selected salons. You can purchase Dessata from the following stockists:

Australia – Dessata

USA – Amazon and Target

UK – Dessata

Have you used a detangling brush? Would you try either of these products? Let me know by commenting below!

Tangle Teezer and Dessata hairbrushes

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