Product Showdown – Tangle Teezer Original vs Michel Mercier Brush

In today’s ‘Product Showdown’ post I’ll be comparing the above 2 brushes to each other.  I was recently sent the Michel Mercier brush and since I already owned the Tangle Teezer, I thought I would do a comparison blog post for your guys.  They are intended for the same thing – hair that is prone to becoming a bird’s nest.  You know that ‘thing’ that creates itself at the back of your head while you’re sleeping?  Or those small hair balls that magically appear amongst your tresses?  I am convinced there’s a cat that visits our room in the middle of the night and coughs up these tiny hair balls into my hair (gross, I know!).

My hair is very fine and because I highlight my hair quite often, it unfortunately adds to the dryness and fine texture.  If you have fine hair, then you know tangles are a constant bummer in your life.  Both these brushes are intended to detangle your hair without adding to the breakage.

The Tangle Teezer is a detangling hairbrush made to fit in the palm of your hand.  It glides through your hair without pinching or pulling  & works on both wet and dry hair. Great for all hair types, long, short, fine, and thick.

The Michel Mercier brush contains 428 bristles positioned at different heights, the brush helps to disperse the pressure placed on the hair during brushing, resulting in easier detangling, reduced hair loss and breakage. The brush is available in three color-coded models to suit different hair types i.e. fine (pink), normal (green) and thick (blue).  The Michel Mercier brush works perfectly with all hair types, from dry & damaged hair to thick European, Afro and Asian hair textures.  It glides smoothly through wet or dry hair, curly or straight, and is even gentle enough to tackle hair extensions and wigs.

HOW TO:  Both brushes basically work the same, the Michel Mercier brush just has a handle, whereas the Tangle Teezer fits in your hand.  Remember to always start at the ends of your hair (especially if you have tangles) and work your way up.  Starting at the top will just create more knots.

Going forward I will refer to the Tangle Teezer as ‘TT’ and Michel Mercier brush as ‘MM’.

The Showdown

I have used both these brushes for about a month now (the TT a bit longer), I wanted to give both a good test run.  Here are a few photos to see exactly how they compare in terms of look & feel.

If you compare the TT’s bristles to MM’s bristles then just by looking at it, you can see that TT’s bristles are thinner and look more flexible.  To me, that means the bristles would be more forgiving when it comes to knots and tangles.  Is this the case?  Yes, it is.  But even though it’s more forgiving, it still brushes through the tangles.  I find the TT pulls less at the hair and glides through a lot easier (whilst still magically removing the knots).

The TT contains bristles in 2 varying heights and the MM contains bristles in 3 varying heights – but this doesn’t really make any difference to me.

The TT is ergonomically designed to fit into the palm of your hand, the MM has a handle so you use like any other hair brush.

Design:  I’ll just come out and say this:  I wish TT had a handle.  Having the TT fit in the palm of your hand sounds like an ergonomical winner but to me it just feels like it might fall out of your hand every now and then because you can’t wrap your fingers around it.  I love how flexible TT’s bristles are, MM’s bristles can sometimes be a bit unforgiving but it could be because I have the brush suited for normal hair.  The brush for fine hair might have more flexible bristles.

Quality:  The TT feels like it is better quality.  The first thing I noticed about the MM brush, is that it feels light (which is a good thing) but it also feels like an empty shell.  The plastic used to make the MM brush is a hard plastic, so this adds to the cheap feel of the brush.  I also think there was a bit of wastage when they designed the MM brush because it could have been a bit smaller and less bulky.  Yes, the TT is also made of plastic and is also hollow on the inside, but it just feels like the quality is better.

Ease of cleaning:  Because the bristles of the TT are so much more flexible, I find it easier to clean.  You can really get your fingers in between the bristles without it feeling like you are stabbing yourself.  Alternatively you can always use old comb trick (sliding a comb at a 90 degree angle underneath the hair embedded in the bristles and lifting it) on both brushes.

Price:  When comparing the normal retail pricing of the 2 brushes, then the MM brush is the better deal.  The TT retails for R 229,95 (on Rubybox) and the MM retails for R 149,95 (at selected Dischem stores).  BUT I have done a bit of research for you guys and both these brushes retail for the same price (R 119,00) on – check it out here and here.

Who is the winner?

For me, the Tangle Teezer brush is the winner.  The bristles are more user-friendly than the Michel Mercier brush’s bristles.  But the Michel Mercier brush gets brownie points for having a handle that makes it easier to use.  Since you are able to get both brushes at the same price from, pricing isn’t a factor for me right now.  I can see children also preferring the Tangle Teezer because it feels softer on the head and scalp.  I’ve socked myself on the head quite a few times with the Michel Mercier brush – it’s not pleasant.

Both brushes have won international awards but I have found the Tangle Teezer to be more well-known in both South Africa and around the world.

These brushes are perfect for tender-headed ladies or little girls who run at the sight of a brush.  The Tangle Teezer also comes in a handy compact size (perfect for your handbag) called the ‘Compact Styler’ – I own one and it’s perfect to run through your hair while you’re out and about.  Plus, Tangle Teezer recently released their ‘Aqua Styler’ which you use in the shower.



  1. Bianca
    29 November 2013 / 11:12

    I have the green MM brush and want to get my hands on the TT. Also found that the MM brush pulls at my hair as my hair is a bit damaged at the ends from colouring it. Would love to be able to brush my hair pain free 😛

    • 29 November 2013 / 12:16

      Haha! For a moment there I read: “Would you be able to brush my hair pain free”… And I was going to say: “Sure, Bianca… Just organise a plane ticket for me and I’ll be there in a jiffy” 😉

      Yep, I find the MM to be a bit harsh on damaged hair. 🙁

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Bianca! x

  2. Tjoppie
    29 November 2013 / 11:46

    Luckily my hair doesn’t need any detangling. Love the instagram of a beautiful granadilla flower!

    • 29 November 2013 / 12:17

      Lucky you! 🙂

      The Granadilla flowers are looking so pretty in the garden!

  3. 29 November 2013 / 15:21

    YAY! My tangle teezer is arriving today, got it for R150 on the sale – in PURPLE even!!

    • 1 December 2013 / 12:00

      Great! I hope you enjoy using it – it’s an awesome brush! 🙂

  4. Ronel Marais
    29 November 2013 / 17:40

    Great comparison Luzanne, I have been wondering whether I should get the Tangle Teezer from Rubybox. Now Ill get it from Takealot. Thanks for giving us the good deals, helping to save money.

    Ronel xox

    • 1 December 2013 / 12:11

      Pleasure, Ronel! Everyone loves to save money and I know I would appreciate it so much if someone told me about a good deal somewhere. 🙂

  5. 30 November 2013 / 00:43

    I bought the Woolworths fake tangle teezer the other day. I haven’t used the real one so I can’t make a comparison, but it works for me. It was only R80. Normally I’d rather support the original innovator, but I just couldn’t imagine spending more than that on a brush.

    • 1 December 2013 / 12:14

      Cool, as long as it works for you that’s all that matters! 🙂 I haven’t seen the one from Woolies, I’ll take a look next time I’m at the shops (not a bad price at all!).

  6. 30 November 2013 / 01:15

    I don’t own a brush like this…my hair used to tangle really easily, but for some reason it just magically stopped. So weird, but I would like to invest in one of these brushes!

    Thanks for sharing, Luzanne!


    • 1 December 2013 / 12:16

      Pleasure, Lily! You are so lucky your hair doesn’t tangle anymore, wish mine would magically stop too – haha! You have seriously gorgeous hair! #hairenvy xxx

  7. Zee Mohlapi
    30 November 2013 / 08:52

    My afro most definitely needs something like this heheheh!

    • 1 December 2013 / 12:17

      Haha! Best be adding it to your Xmas list then – LUSH goodies plus a Tangle Teezer doesn’t sound like a bad Xmas present at all! 😉

  8. adajeannie
    1 December 2013 / 10:26

    Great review Luzanne. Seems like I need me a TT 😉

    • 1 December 2013 / 12:18

      Thank you, Ada! I think so too! 🙂 x

  9. Louda
    2 December 2013 / 10:15

    LOVE my TT! Perfect to carry around, when going to the beach / spa and doesn’t create any static like some brushes tend to do sometimes 🙂

    • 2 December 2013 / 10:27

      You are so right, Louda! I didn’t even mention that it doesn’t create static – thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

  10. 2 December 2013 / 15:46

    I love the Tangle Teezer but try not to brush my hair when it is very wet. I will run my fingers through and only work through any knots when it is 80% air-dried. I do find the longer my hair gets the more knots appear and brushing them out when dry is a total breeze with the TT!

    • 3 December 2013 / 08:39

      Yep, I don’t use these on my wet hair especially since my hair is so fine (and wet hair is in it’s most fragile state when it’s wet). I do own a Wet Brush, though, and it’s GREAT! I will definitely do a blog post on that one too.

      Thanks for commenting, Abby. 🙂

  11. Betsie
    2 December 2013 / 19:17

    Gosh those looks wonderful. I’m going to look at takealot right now!

    Thanks Luzanne…

    • 3 December 2013 / 08:37

      Pleasure, Betsie. 🙂

  12. Chicara
    3 December 2013 / 09:51

    Fantastically detailed post! So informative. I love my TT, but I also really wanna try the wet brush.

    • 3 December 2013 / 15:34

      The Wet Brush is amazing! Can’t live without it!

  13. 9 December 2013 / 19:55

    This is such a great post. Thank you.

    I have been eyeing the TT for a while now and I now think it is the best option.

    • 10 December 2013 / 21:58

      I agree, it’s such a nifty little brush! Add it to your Xmas list, it will make for a great stocking stuffer. 😀

  14. 4 October 2014 / 15:38

    Wow that was a great review I have been thinking alot of about buying a tt or a mm and I was going to buy amm before I read this! I am still not sure about how long the tt bristals will last and I dont know if I should get the tt aqua splash instead of wet brush plz help!!!

    • 6 October 2014 / 09:15

      I have had my Tangle Teezer for about 2 years now and the bristles are still in great shape – I don’t think the bristles will become an issue after a few years at all, even though they’re ‘bendy’ they won’t snap off.

      I own a Wet Brush as well and I LOVE it! There’s a more affordable version at Dis-Chem from the brand Cala (also a Wet Brush), that’s the one I use and it really is amazing quality. Some people find the Tangle Teezer to be a bit difficult to use because the shape isn’t that of a normal hair brush (it takes some getting used to), that’s where I think the Wet Brush might be more user-friendly. If you are planning on using a brush in the shower to brush through your conditioned hair, then get the Tangle Teezer Aqua (that’s what it’s made for), but if you only want to brush through you’re wet hair after you have showered, get the Wet Brush (it’s super gentle on wet hair). 🙂

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