Does The Wet Brush Work On Dry Hair?

The key to strong and healthy hair and the single most overlooked step in hair care is how you brush your hair. Hair is weakest when it’s wet and can snap it like a rubber band.

That’s why you should brush with a tool that gently loosens knots without pulling or breaking hair.

Does the wet brush work on dry hair?

The bristles on the Wet Brush are firm enough to comb through knots but yet flexible enough to be gentle on your hair and scalp and unlike many other brushes, the Wet Brush works great on wet and dry hair.

How Does The Wet Brush Compare To A Comb?

What is so special about a wet brush? A comb is made of hard plastic and is unforgiving. When it encounters tangles and knots there is no give in the hard plastic teeth.

When using a comb there is only one approach angle to the tangle. And you have to be very careful not to put too much tension on your hair when using a comb. On the other hand the Wet Brush has flexible bristles.

They are stiff but not too stiff. The brush has many approach angles to attack the tangle or knot. Working from all directions eventually it detangles your hair.

The flexible bristles do not put too much stress or pull on your hair. The bristles do a much better job at separating fine hair tangles and knots.

This brush minimizes pain and protects against split ends and breakage. The way it achieves this is by letting you brush with less force so you can detangle with less damage to your hair.

The Wet Brush Detangling Shower Brush

The WET BRUSH IntelliFlex bristles works on dry and wet hair
The WET BRUSH IntelliFlex Bristles

According to Stacey, Hair Research Analyst, “The Wet Brush is especially designed to untangle your hair with its IntelliFlex bristles, which should glide easily through any knots in your hair. The soft tips of the bristles aim to stimulate circulation in the follicle, which can help your hair grow faster. Using a good hairbrush actually makes a huge difference in avoiding split ends and keeping your hair healthy in general.

The WET BRUSH works on wet hair
The WET BRUSH works on wet hair

My #1 WET BRUSH Choice Is The WET BRUSH Original Detangler

The Wet Brush is good on dry and also wet hair

Why? I love the WET BRUSH because you can use on wet hair, on dry hair, on thin hair, wavy hair and on curly hair. The WET BRUSH can be used on all hair types.

The only downfall of the WET BRUSH is if you have really, and I mean really thick curly hair and you are in a hurry to detangle, you might can work thru tangles a little faster using the Denman brush. And the reason why is it’s going to take multiple passes using the WET BRUSH to detangle. Whereas using the Denman brush, you may only need one or two passes. But beware using the Denman, you are going to be pulling more on your hair and, as a result, may lose a few more than opposed to taking a little more time and using the WET BRUSH.


How To Clean The Wet Brush?

How to clean the WET BRUSH //

According to Meesh, Hair Product Analyst, “Use your fingers and pull out any loose hair on the brush. If you are not able to get to the hair using your fingers you can use something like a pencil to gently pull out the hair enough to grab with your fingers.” Depending on how much hair is in your brush and how bad the tangles are you may need to cut it using scissors. If you remove loose hair from the brush after every brushing you should not have much hair to clean from the brush.

Another method is to use a Rat Tail comb. Using the pointed end of the Rat Tail comb gently pull the hair until you can grab it with your fingers. And lastly you can always use another comb or brush to brush the Wet Brush. Just make sure you choose a brush that does not have balls or knobs on the bristle ends.

After all the loose hair has been removed you can use white vinegar and water. Let it sit on the brush for a few minutes and then ring off. It will smell like vinegar for a little while but the smell quickly goes away. Another method of cleaning is to put your brush on the top rack of your dishwasher. I am not sure what the long term effects of cleaning your brush in a dishwasher will have on your brush. It may eventually cause the handle to snap while in use so I cannot really recommend that approach.

More About Wet Brush

JD Beauty Group is a leading marketer and manufacturer of professional beauty products. Based in New York and launched in 1977, JD Beauty Group has launched some of the most recognizable and innovative brands and products in the industry, such as Wet Brush and other brands.

Their mission is to offer a complete line of professional tools and hair products. Their brands offer salon professionals and buyer’s beauty tools that promise quality and innovation to deliver beautiful and professional results.

Wet Brush Conclusion


In conclusion I highly recommend the Wet Brush with good confidence it’s going to get the job done for you. The biggest advantage is the flexible bristles. They allow more than one attack angle on the tangles and knots. In addition, the brush allows multiple attempts at combing through the tangles. Unlike a comb, when it’s stuck, that’s it, you have to pull it out and start over again. So my opinion the wet brush is going to be much faster.

Since the bristles are flexible it has some give. This is important when attacking the tangles because the brush is not going to pull on your hair. With a hard comb you have to be really careful not to pull to hard otherwise you will end up pulling and breaking your hair.

Wet Bush Technique

The best technique to use to comb out stubborn tangles and knots is to start at your hair’s ends and work your way up to your scalp. This way your hair does not get tangled again and it makes the job much easier and faster. In addition, you can also work in sections. Take a section of hair and work that section until it’s free from tangles. This approach may take longer but if you have thin hair that tangles easily it a fail-safe method that works really well.


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