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Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Review

If you’re looking for a hairbrush that won’t damage your hair, saves you time, and fits inside your dopp kit, the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler is a fantastic choice. Other than some minor aesthetic blemishes after five years of testing, this is a great brush that will last you for years to come.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Review
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Review

Overview

Back in 2007, Shaun Pulfrey took his detangling hairbrush invention onto Dragon’s Den (the UK version of Shark Tank) but didn’t get a single investment. However, Tangle Teezer shot to fame after its appearance on the show—and now, over ten years later, is used by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Salma Hayek, and Emma Watson.

Since their humble beginnings, Tangle Teezer has expanded their range significantly. And in this review, we’ll be taking a look at their travel specific hairbrush, the Compact Styler.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler At Home In The UK
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler At Home In The UK

We’ve been testing the Compact Styler for over five years now, and it’s seen use in three continents and over twenty countries. Yes, you read that right. Five. Years. Given our usage, we obviously like this thing pretty well, so let’s find out why and dive into all the details.

Material & Aesthetic

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Click On Cover
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Click On Cover

You’d be hard-pressed to know just what this product is when the cover is clipped on, and we’re digging its sleek and minimal style. The Compact Styler weighs in at a mere 1.8 ounces, and at 2” high, 3.5” wide, and 2.4” deep, it won’t take up much room in your pack either.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Branding
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Branding

The Compact Styler has pretty minimal branding, with just an engraved logo on the front. The logo is the same color as the brush too, so it’s super discreet—which we like.

The Compact Style is available in a wide range of colors and designs. Other than solid colors, Tangle Teezer collaborates with the likes of Disney and various fashion brands to offer some interesting designs. Ever wanted a Stormtrooper or Olaf the Snowman on your hairbrush? Well, you are in luck! You can even upload your own image for a personalized touch which is nice.

All Three Colors Of The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler We Have Been Testing
All Three Colors Of The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler We Have Been Testing

Here at Pack Hacker, we’ve been testing three different colors—a pink and black, a silver and black, and an all-black. Interestingly, the silver and black colorway is marketed as the “Men’s Groomer,” but there’s really no difference in the actual product itself. Apparently, men can’t use other colors besides silver and black—but some of the men on our team did, because we’re a bunch of rebels.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Materials
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Materials

In short, the Compact Styler is made from plastic, but at Pack Hacker, we like to dive a bit deeper than that. The main casing is made of ABS and polypropylene, which are widely used and durable plastics. And the teeth are made from DuPont Hytrel®, which is a material that combines the flexibility of rubber with the strength and process-ability of plastics. Additionally, the Compact Styler and its packaging is 100% recyclable and manufactured in the UK.

Did you need to know all that? Probably not. But now you do! (You’re welcome.)

Usage & Benefits

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Vs A Standard Hairbrush

The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler is used just like every other hairbrush but works differently. Designed with an innovative two-tiered teeth system, this brush teases and detangles your hair as opposed to dragging through and breaking it. Of course, a traditional hairbrush still works fine, but we found the Tangle Teezer design is more efficient and doesn’t damage your hair as much.

Using The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler
Using The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

While the benefits of the Tangle Teezer design may be more evident for thick and curly hair that’s prone to tangles, we’ve been impressed with how well it works with all types of hair—wet or dry, man or woman.

Clipping The Lid On & Off The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

Unlike most traditional hairbrushes, the Compact Styler doesn’t have a handle, but this wasn’t an issue. The rounded shape provides a comfortable grip, and a handle would only take up unnecessary room in your bag anyway. We’re digging the click-on cover too, which protects the teeth from getting damaged when the brush is inside your pack. Very thoughtful addition and ideal for travel!

Durability & Testing

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler In A Dopp Kit
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler In A Dopp Kit

At the time of this review, we’ve been testing the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler for five years and it’s seen use all over the world. During that time, it has held strong and become one of the trustiest items in our travel-hygiene arsenal.

It truly is something we couldn’t travel without. (Well, technically speaking, we could travel without it but we really wouldn’t want to. It would just be one bad hair day after the next, and who wants that? No one. Literally, no one.)

Aesthetic Blemishes On The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler
Aesthetic Blemishes On The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

When it comes to durability, even our oldest brush—the pink and black that’s seen five years of use—is still as functional as it was brand new. Although, aesthetically, all of our brushes have taken a bit of a beating. The pink and black is fairly scratched up and the metallic-looking coating on the silver and black version is coming off too. We would recommend steering clear of the shiny/metallic versions because of this.

Three Year Old Teeth On The Left And New Tangle Teezer Compact Styler On The Right
Three Year Old Teeth On The Left And New Tangle Teezer Compact Styler On The Right

We have found that after two to three years of use, the flexible teeth can bend slightly. Surprisingly, this didn’t have an effect on the overall performance of the brush, which is awesome. If the bending or aesthetic blemishes do ever get too much for you, these things are priced competitively low, so you can easily pick up a replacement.

Usage Timeline

  • Initial Usage
    Condition: Excellent

    Enjoying how easy this thing is to use, a real time-saver.

  • 1 Year of Use
    Condition: Excellent

    It’s come with us on a few short city-breaks around Europe. It would be hard to go back to a normal hairbrush now.

  • 2 Years of Use
    Condition: Good

    The plastic is showing some small scratches on the outside, but nothing major.

  • 3 Years of Use
    Condition: Good

    We’ve noticed some slight bending of the teeth, but this hasn’t effected its functionality.

  • 4 Years of Use
    Condition: Fine

    Took this thing on a year long trip around the world, it was one of the first items on our packing list.

  • 5 Years of Use
    Condition: Fine

    Still going strong!

8.9

  • Weight (oz)

    1.8 oz (51 gm)

  • Dimensions

    2 in x 3.5 in x 2.4 in (5.1 x 8.9 x 6.1 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    Polypropylene, ABS Plastic

  • Manufacturing Country

    United Kingdom

Observations

Pros
  • Detangles your hair without breaking it.
  • Great size for travel.
  • Huge range of designs.
Cons
  • Paintwork scratches off on the metallic colors.
  • Teeth can bend slightly (but only after years of use).
  • There is potential to lose the click-on cap if you’re not careful.

Overall

The unique and innovative design of the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler makes brushing your hair a stress-free task wherever you are in the world, and with whatever style of hair you have. In testing, we found the Compact Styler far better than traditional hairbrushes, and other than some slight bending of the teeth and minor aesthetic blemishes, this is a great product that will last for years. If you’re looking for a hairbrush that won’t damage your hair, will save you time, and will fit into your dopp kit, the Compact Styler is a fantastic choice.

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