How to Untangle a Round Brush From Your Hair

April 29, 2014 | By | Comments (2)

hair-brush_300Having short hair, I had no idea this was even a thing, but apparently it is very common to get a round brush stuck in your hair. It occurs most often if you are using too small of a round brush for all your hair (my hair stylist Kevin Mancuso advises using a round brush that has a diameter equal to half the length of one strand of your hair).

True story: This problem was called to my attention by my beauty muse, my mom, who yesterday not only got a round brush tangled in her hair, but had to drive to her hair salon with said brush stuck in her mane to get it untangled. So, they did the deed by pulling the brush (curling it under as they worked) gently and extremely slowly toward her ends.

I have asked around and here are a few other solutions:
• Use a knitting needle to carefully pull tangled portions over the top of the brush until all the hair is free (then spritz the ensuing knot of hair with a solution of equal parts conditioner and water and comb through it in small strokes).

• More brilliant: Cut the bristles of the hairbrush as close as possible to their base, then pick them out of your hair. As a last resort, you can cut tiny pieces of hair (not the whole section, obviously) to loosen the tangle.

• A last helpful hint: When you style your hair using a round brush, avoid simply pulling it through strands. Instead, roll it down your scalp as you brush so it has something to cling to other than hair.

Now that your hair is finally flying free, try one of these quick hairstyles.


  1. Wendy

    I am a stylist of 19 years. Always remember your hair is slick when it is wet, So wet your hair to fill cuticle with water(saturate) and gently glide the hair from the brush. ( remember to stop trying to force out with dry hair.

    April 30, 2014 at 3:17 am
  2. Beth R

    Having been “cursed” with naturally curly hair (it’s a blessing and a curse:), I have quite a bit of experience getting my hair tangled in a variety of brushes and combs. Personally, I never use round brushes anymore, and I only use brushes/combs with wide teeth.

    Either way, if you do get your hair tangled, I definitely agree that you should wet it down like Wendy said (above). You can also add diluted conditioner directly to the hair, which will make it more slick and easier to de-tangle. Be patient when working out the tangle. If possible, work on smaller sections of the tangle at a time, rather than just using brute force pulling on the brush, which usually just makes it worse

    Another tip that a hairstylist told me about for tangle-prone hair. When you brush out your hair, don’t start by brushing from the very top of your hair all the way to the ends. This will “push” all your tangles towards the end of the hair, resulting in bigger/tighter tangles towards the end of your hair. Instead, brush out the tangles in sections beginning near the ends of your hair then working your way up in small sections. To do this, start brushing from a few inches above the ends of your hair, and brush any tangles out. Then start again a few inches further up, and brush tangles out. Continue until you’re finally brushing from the very top of the hair to the ends. This is virtually guaranteed to avoid tangles when your brushing out your hair.

    Hope that helps!

    April 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

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