If you’ve got curly, kinky, or Afro-textured hair, detangling tools are pretty much a requirement. Finger-detangling will always be top tier, but there are times when you need to grab a brush or a comb to do the work for you — especially when you’re detangling outside of the shower.
Of all the tools I’ve come across, Felicia Leatherwood’s $18 Detangling Brush has by far been the one I hear about the most. I can’t tell you how many people have raved about it — influencers, hairstylists, editors, and ’round the way girls, too. It actually took a few years before I got the opportunity to see that the hype is all about.
The special thing about this particular brush is that its head is extremely flexible. That’s because instead of just putting the bristles onto a single, solid mold, this brush has a pronged head with separate sections that move to gently work on any knots or tangles in your hair. I’ve actually seen a similar type of brush on Instagram, but the Felicia Leatherwood brush is its predecessor and a classic.
I like to use this brush when I’m doing braid-outs or on slightly damp or even drier hair. It works beautifully, detangling without breaking my already-fragile strands. I prefer to use it for styles that I manipulate my natural pattern for. When it detangles, it gives your hair more of that brushed-out look, as opposed to clumping your curls. Brushed-out kinks are exactly the base I want when I’m doing a braid-out (I prefer a brush that clumps my curls together for my twist-outs and wash-and-gos).
Hands down, this is one of the best brushes you can get for Afro-textured hair. Seriously. And while I’ll always maintain that everyone needs more than one brush on hand, if you had to have only one, it would be Felicia Leatherwood’s. I mean, we didn’t give it a Best of Beauty Award for no reason, after all.
Check out the full list of Allure’s 2020 Best of Beauty winners.