A couple months ago I’d chatted with a mom who mentioned a new hair comb she’d heard about that she was thinking of getting. She’d heard it was great at getting tangles out of hair & since her daughter had a very tender head she was wondering if I’d heard of it and knew if it worked. I hadn’t, but it piqued my curiosity. Sadly, however, because I have “mom brain” I quickly forgot the name and sort of forgot about this mystery comb.
Not too long after that I got an ad from Bed Bath & Beyond and I noticed a picture for something called “The Hair Bean.” It was only $9.99 so I figured, why not? This may be what my friend was talking about. So I used my BBB 20% off coupon so I snagged it for about $8.00.
We brought it home and cut it out of its case. One thing they advertise is that it comes with its “very own carrying case with a mirror inside.” That was no biggy to me, but the girls certainly thought it was great! Here’s a picture of the case and the underside of the brush. Yup – it’s shaped like a bean!
Hair Bean’s infomercial says, “Trying to get tangles out of your hair is painful and the more you tug and tear, the more you damage your hair! Are you tired of pulling your hair out? Introducing the Hair Bean™, the pain free way to eliminate tangles without damaging or pulling out a single hair. Whether your hair is thick or thin, wet or dry, curly or straight, the tangles come out easily. The secret is the alternating rows of high and low bristles with Memory Flex Technology that lift and gently separate tangles without pulling.” (You can watch the whole thing here.)
My girls get knots and tangles, but I wouldn’t say extremely bad. Bug, however, has a very tender head, and so brushing or combing her hair isn’t my favorite thing to do sometimes! I bought this with her in mind.
The bristles of the brush are, as they as say, flexible – they are plastic like. And there are 2 different lengths of the bristles. The girls love using it, and it seems to work pretty well. Bug especially likes it. To be honest it reminded me of a brush I’ve used to brush a sheep before! Almost like a pet grooming tool! And as you comb it through your hair, it is very loud. It worried me at first that we were ripping hair out of our heads because of the sound it makes. But it makes the sound regardless if there are knots or the hair is tangle free, wet or dry. Because the bristles are rather short, it seems to only comb through the top layer of hair, smoothing the knots out on top, but not underneath. Since the girls have thicker hair we had to brush a bit more to ensure it got all the knots out clear through their hair, and not just on top.
The true test was when I loaned it to our neighbor who’s daughter Miss H. (who you’ve seen in this post) has an extremely tender head and cries any time my friend combs her hair. They said it worked great and she was going to buy one.
A few weeks after using this, one of my readers asked if’ I’d heard of the “Knot Genie.” I hadn’t – but after looking, it appears to be the same type of comb. I looked around and found another one called “Tangle Teezer.”
These both appear to be of the same idea & tout pretty much the same things – pain free combing without breakage. I also came across a review by Beads Braids & Beyond that says they started noticing breakage from using the Tangle Teezer. And my reader that asked me about the Knot Genie said she felt like her daughter might have breakage from using the Knot Genie, and wondered if I knew if it can cause breakage.
Using our Hair Bean, I can’t say one way or the other if it has caused breakage, as my girls have always had hairs that were shorter here and there on their head depending on their age. The claims that these brushes can cause breakage, has made me hyper-alert now though, and so I don’t use the Hair Bean daily on them any more. I find our big wide tooth comb works just as great, but just isn’t “as cute!” We still use it though, just not for every combing. You also can’t use this to “style” your hair like we do. It is simply to get the tangles out.
Hair Bean Cons:
*Odd shape (I’d much rather have a handle to hold onto – but the girls liked it)
*Doesn’t have long bristles that get through thicker hair as well
* Loud when brushing
* Despite the carrying case, it doesn’t fit where I store all my other combs & brushes
* Possible breakage
* May not work as well in other types of hair
Hair Bean Pros:
* Combs hair pretty well without the “pain”
* My girls really loved it – shape, color & case. They agree it didn’t hurt as much as a regular comb
So my vote: Try the Hair Bean if your daughter has major issues with knots. It does seem to do what it claims. It doesn’t seem to be available from the “As Seen on TV” site any longer – just Bed Bath & Beyond. But use caution if you or your daughter’s hair is prone to breakage. I don’t know about the other 2 combs I mentioned, as I don’t own them. Maybe these are major old news & I’m late to the game! If nothing else, we found the Hair Bean makes an awesome back scratcher!
If anyone has had any experience with any of these, your feedback is welcome.
The opinions of this post are 100% mine and I was not compensated in any way for this post. I simply bought it to find out if it worked & wanted to share our findings.