Sunday, March 31, 2019

Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free

Boar brushes

Are you interested in finding out more about cruelty free boar bristles brushes? If you are a man or
Wild boarwoman chances are you use a brush. Who doesn’t use a comb or brush in their daily routine nowadays? There are of course exceptions for folks like Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Patrick Stewart. And the list goes on; I only mentioned a few well know actors who may not need a boar bristle brush for example. When it comes to the brush we use we don’t really think much about where the bristles came from. But should we?

Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free? Yes, there are manufactures that claim their brushes are cruelty free. In this article I will review them. The claim is that the hair was cut and thus no animal was harmed or no cruel testing was done on the animal.

There are people who do not want to support cruelty to animals so these brushes have become more popular. By purchasing a brush where the boar for example was killed then you are essentially supporting that industry. So the thought is not to support harming animals and to buy synthetic or specifically labeled brushes that state "Cruelty Free".  So let's jump in and see what's out there.

Leyla Milani hair brush cruelty free

Boar bristle brush

I remember Leyla Milani as the former co-host of the all-women wrestling show of Jimmy Hart, Wrestlicious TakeDown, which made its debut on March 1, 2010. Due to scheduling conflicts, she was eventuality replaced by Brooke Lynn on the March 31, 2010 episode.

But in 2009 she founded Leyla Milani Hair which is a luxury hair-care company specializing in "premium, 100% human hair clip-in or (clip-on) extensions.

In addition, the company has introduced various hair care products, including hair sprays, hair electronics and hair brushes which I want to focus on here.

I like this brush because of several factors. One of which is that it claims to be cruelty free. Which means no cruelty was done when harvesting the boar bristles. You can brush your hair with a clean conscience that no wild boards were harmed in making your brush. The other feature I really like about this brush is that it features a combination of natural and synthetic bristles for a perfect blend. Note that the bristles on this brush are not 100 percent boar bristles, but instead each bristle is a collection that consists of a single plastic-capped bristle surrounded by multiple boar bristles. It massages your scalp and can de-tangle mild tangles as it slides through your hair.

The only grip I have is the color. I am not a fan of the light mint green color. It's such a good brush for a woman or a man but being a man I'm not going to get caught using a light mint color brush. If the brush came in a neutral color suitable for male or female that would be nice considering it's such a good brush.

The perfectly sized brush fits into bags or purses, and travel bags of most any size. You can take it wherever you go. The brush's entire length is 7.25 inches long. The paddle or round part holding the bristles is about 3.5 inches long and 2.125 inches wide. The length of the handle is approximately 3.75 inches long and is approximately 1 inch at its widest point. For your bag, it's a great size. They make a mini and a regular version of the brush.

The brush is perfect combination of natural and nylon creates a gentle brush that effectively removes tangles. The no slip satin finish feels great in your hand while leaving your scalp is feeling great as well after brushing. The dual bristles penetrate hair well adding brightness and volume.

Say bye-bye to fly-aways. Due to the dual boar and nylon bristles is one of the best brushes when brushing your hair for reducing static. It smoothes and combs your hair beautifully without any pulling or tugging. The oval cushion is very well balanced with a combination of natural boar bristles with a soft finished edge and nylon. The bristles glide through your hair smoothly while boosting brightness and adding volume. The smooth, satin finish handles feel great in your hand while your scalp feels great.

Perfect for all types of hair and excellent for use with extensions as well. But the best part and most important if you are reading this article is that Milani calms during the collection of the boar bristles, no animals are harmed.

Cruelty free TI-Style thermal round brush

Boar brush

According to the TI-Style they say for over a decade, they have been responsible for a lot of happy hair in the US and Europe. They specialize in 100% non-cruel hair styling and beauty products. However their website does not really say this brush is cruelty free. I like it because it's a round brush and it is very versatile. The brush has reinforced first-cut Spanish boar bristles of salon quality. It has a 1.5 inch barrel with 65 percent pure boar bristles and 35 percent nylon mixture. This brush like any other quality cruelty free boar brush should last for years. It may be the last brush you'll buy.

the secret of course to reducing frizz is the round brush spreads the natural oils of your scalp, which is called sebum, and lubricates each of your hair strands to reduce frizz and increase the luster of your hair. But if you hair already has split-ends then no amount of brushing with this brush is going to solve that problem. The barrel of the brush holds your hair in the ideal shape while the aerial chamber lets in air for better circulation.

To get that salon look if your hair is really frizzy you can always add a touch of leave-in conditioner to your hair before brushing. This will help tame the fizzyness. Did you ever wonder how your hair stylists can get that perfect salon look? One secret is the round brush they use and now you can get similar results at home. This round hair brush is designed to provide your hair roots with maximum volume during blow drying plus its cruelty free. The handle is covered with a soft touch rubber finish. The handle finish is not a squashy, jello-like finish, but a nice firm one that I like. It's easy to clean and looks to be well constructed. TI-Style sells this model to many salons. It seems to be one of their best selling brushes. It does appear to be designed for professional so I am guessing it would last a life time however there have been reports where the bristles melted and the handle broke. It comes with a 30 day guarantee so I would be sure to run it through it's paces in the first 30 days.

Conclusion for are boar bristle brushes cruelty free

Honesty there is not much out there for cruelty free brushes especially when you want a boar brush. There may be others out there than the ones I listed above but the bottom line is that the pickings are slim to none. Most all brushes have problems and some have more than others. It seems handles breaking is a popular one. Many of the brushes that have a two piece handle seems to break under heavy use especially with while brushing longer hair. With longer hair you are putting more tension on the brush handle. The most durable brush is going to be a brush where the handle if one piece like in a wooden brush. I was really was surprised there is just not that much out there for cruelty free boar bristle brushes.

Boar brushes, what is a boar bristle brush used for? Are boar bristle brushes good for fine hair? Do boar bristle brushes help hair grow? What kind of brush is best for your hair and more:
  1. Are boar bristle brushes vegan?
  2. Do boar bristle brushes damage hair?
  3. Are boar bristle brushes made from boars?
  4. Are boar bristle brushes good?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Are boar bristle brushes good

Boar bristle brushes have been around for a long time. They have always been known for creating shiny, healthy hair without the use of styling products.

All about boar brush benefits

Are boar bristle brushes good? Yes, many people are surprised to find out that boar bristle brushing is actually a conditioning treatment. Using a boar bristle brush was originally designed to improve hair texture and shine before products like conditioners and hair serums ever existed. The unique structure of the boar bristle carries sebum the oil produced by your scalp from your scalp or base of the hair (root) to the end of your hair shaft. By coating each hair strand with a very, very small amount of oil, a boar bristle brush repairs dry hair and adds a lustrous shine.

Boar bristle brushes are good for conditioning hair

The bristles in the brush work to move oil down each hair shaft very time to brush your hair. It's this oil that coats each hair strand and help repair damaged areas and adds a protective shine. The process does not change the texture of your hair. So if you have curly hair for example it's not going to change that. You will still have curly hair. But the natural oil can make your hair more bouncy for example. By brushing your hair on a regular bases it brings out the best. If you have straight hair for example it can make your hair have more volume and shine.

Your natural hair oil is of course the original and most effective conditioner for your hair. 

By using a boar brush you are basically using your own natural hair oil as a conditioner and thus reducing and may be even eliminating your frizzy hair. But just take note that by just brushing your hair will not eliminate frizzy hair if you have split ends or damaged hair but can help. I do not recommend using a lot of styling products with a boar brush. It tends to clog up the brush and is usually not necessary. You should not need much if any styling products with regular brushing.

As your hair gets healthier, softer, and conditioned by your own natural hair oil, you won't have to use any or as much leave-in conditioners or hair care products. 

This takes time and regular brushing. This is where the old saying come into play, "brush your hair one hundred stokes per night" for healthier hair.

Bristle brushing is good to stimulate the scalp

Many people find that by brushing on a regular bases they feel it to be a relaxing and stimulating experience. As the bristles touch your scalp it stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles which some claim can improve hair growth. I'm not sure about it actually making hair grow but I believe it can't hurt if it stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles.

Boar bristles are make from the same material as your own hair, Keratin. At a microscopic level it smooth and as the bristles come in contact with your hair it does not pull or snag your hair like a nylon brush may do.

Boar bristles are made of keratin which is a family of structural fibrous proteins just like you own hair. It is the key structural material that consists of hair and nails. And also horns, claws, hooves in animals. It's also in you skin's outer layer. Keratin is also the protein against damage or stress that protects epithelial cells.

Excellent for fine hair

If you have fine hair then a boar brush is a must have. The bristles work great on fine hair. They are stiff enough to get to your scalp, thus stimulating the blood flow to your hair follicle but will not pull or tear sensitive strands. For fine hair it can detangle some tangles provided they are not real bad. The bristles also will aid in removing any old dead skin or other debris from you hair. As a result you may not have to shampoo and wash as much.

Washing can remove a lot of natural oils from your hair and thus make brushing not as effective. You should strive to fine the right balance for you. 

For example, if you brush on a regular basis then you might be able to get away by washing your hair only once or twice a week and not having to wash daily.

The best way to use a boar brush

Clip and section as needed. Always work or brush your hair in sections and always to allow your brush to penetrate your hair.

First of all, start by bending over and brushing the back of your hair. Then brush all the way down to your tips starting from your hairline. If needed, you can section off the top half of your hair so that you can brush down to the tips from the crown of your head.

Start with each brush stroke at the root of your hair and then brush all the way down to the tips. This it the best way to move natural oil from the hair base to the tips to get that shinny and healthy look and feel.

I do not recommend using a bristle brush to detangle your hair. If you hair has tangles I recommend you first gently untangle your hair using a wide tooth comb. If your hair is really tangles you can try using a small amount of leave-in conditioner to help with the tangle as you come through.

I also recommend to avoid using a boar bristle when your hair is wet. It is just not as effective in evenly distributing oil down the hair shaft on wet hair. Plus brushing wet hair can cause breakage. Brushing wet hair does not distribute the natural oils properly.

Boar bristles conclusion

Brushing your hair on a regular basis with a boar brush helps keep your hair clean. If you live in a big city then your hair most likely is going to get dirty faster just by the fact the air usually contains more pollutants. Washing your hair more will keep it clean but it can also strip away the natural oils from your hair leaving you with a dull lack luster look. But by frequent brushing using a boar brush you can get that soft touch-ability, bouncy curl or wave and shine back to your hair.

Make sure you use a good quality brush. 

It is going to cost more but in the long run it usually equals out due to they can last a long time. Some brushes can last a lifetime is well take care of. It pays to get really good tools especially if you are using them every day. For brushing on a regular basis I recommend purchasing 100 percent boar bristles. I do not recommend a mixture like nylon and boar. 100 percent boar bristles do the best job at distributing your natural hair oil.

Try to use less product and more brushing to get that shinny bouncy hair. By brushing for example, twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, I bet you will find that you can start to use less and less conditioning products. By regular brushing you are using your own natural oils to condition your hair.

The trick is to find the right balance of washing. If you wash too frequently you strip out the natural oils in which you need to condition you hair when brushing. If you are washing daily, with regular brushing you might be able to get away with only washing twice a week. People with fine hair need to condition their hair otherwise their hair style will fail and hair could become dry and even break. So people who have fine hair will really benefit from regular brushing.

Using a boar brush is not going to perform miracles. If you hair is not healthy to begin with then bushing is not going to magically fix it. It can help but it not going to repair your split ends for example. You are going to need a good foundation to get that bounce and shine. Using a boar bush regularly can help you keep that healthy look and feel.

Related questions

Do boar bristles cause split ends? No, a good boar brush helps split ends by distributing scalp oil so that your hair cuticle flattens and split ends appear healthier. It's not going to magically repair your hair but does help.

Are boar bristle brushes hard? No,generally speaking. Boar bristles are made of the same materials as your own hair, keratin. I recommend brushes with a mixture of nylon and boar bristles. These are generally harder. Look for brushes made of 100 percent boar bristles these brushes are softer to the touch. It really depends on the brand, some are stiffer than others.

Do boar bristle brushes cause static? Yes, it can, and varies depending on your hair type. People with thins hair will experience more static. To tame "static” you can apply a small amount of leave in conditioner or spritz. Static is caused because the bristles are separating each hair strand as you brush thus causing more friction in the process. This of source is to be expected.

Boar brushes, what is a boar bristle brush used for? Are boar bristle brushes good for fine hair? Do boar bristle brushes help hair grow? What kind of brush is best for your hair and more:
  1. Are boar bristle brushes vegan?
  2. Do boar bristle brushes damage hair?
  3. Are boar bristle brushes made from boars?
  4. Are boar bristle brushes good?
  5. Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Negative Ion Straightener Brush

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The negative ion straightener brush has been in vogue since about 2008. That's when the ion technology really started to hit the market big time. They claim ion brushes to be healthy for your hair by making you hair chemically in balance. So what is this technology why is it so special? Ion Straightener Brush. In the ever evolving world of hair styling, ion technology applies our vast knowledge of physics to hair. Hair strands are positively charged so their atoms have lost some electrons. Since the ionic hair straightener brush emits negative ions, they interact and neutralize each other. As a result, you get a wonderfully smooth and healthy hair that is chemically balanced. 

Sounds too good to be true but the big question is does it really work? So, if you have not had a chemistry class in a while, like me, you may also wonder what it all means and whether it's worth the money. Well keep reading to be enlightened.

What a negative ion straightener brush does

An ion is an atom or molecule that has lost or gained one or more electrons following interaction with
another particle that is positively or negatively charged. This occurs in an in what is called the ionization process and results in a free electron being knocked off an atom or molecule with a negative charge. So what doe this have to do with your frizzed out hair?

These free electrons or negative ions break up water molecules in ionic hair straightener brushes so that, according to manufacturers, your hair can then dry more quickly. Some of the water particles are also left behind thus leaving your hair more hydrated and less likely to tangle and frizz. This ion technology restores the balance of moisture, which is particularly effective if happen to have dry hair. Ionic straighteners used water molecules contained in the hair and break them into fine particles with a high level of heat to re-hydrate your hair.

The ionizing function prevents over-drying and improves the strength of your hair. It also helps to keep your hairstyle in place for a longer period of time. So if your hair style usually needs a touch up frequently you may be able to go for a longer period of time between touch ups.

Although the manufacturers promise after using an ionic straightener your hair will become smoother, smoother and stronger, that may not be the case if you hair is already damaged. What is boils down to is what condition your hair is in the first place. If you have split ends then this technology may help somewhat but it's not going to perform miracles and cure your split ends. in this case your hair is going to need a treatment for real help. The technology will make your hair stronger and more shinny but the big question is by how much.

Advice for the use and cleaning of your hairbrush ion straightener
After you have purchased your new brush you are going to want to take care of it and also get the most out of your new styling tool. So to help you get started I created this quick and easy list of best advice for caring and use. So let's get started having the glossy, straight hair you have always wanted and let's keep it that way by first reading my helpful advice.

Advice #1: Use A Heat Protection Spray

Even state-of-the-art heating devices can cause some hair damage over time. In order to avoid this, spray your hair before styling with a little heat protective spray. You will be happy to have precious strands!

Advice #2: Less Can Be Much More

Unlike traditional flat irons or blow dryers, which require repetitive styling over the same section of hair, hairbrush straighteners typically do the job in a swipe or two. Before you start brushing your hair to forget, take it slowly and see what a single pass can do to avoid unnecessary heat damage.

Advice #3: Give Your Hair and Head a Breather

As you already know by know, hairbrush straighteners typically contain anti-heat damage technology and yes, sometimes they can even be good for your hair; that said, give your hair a rest and try to incorporate at least one non-styling day a week, if possible. This break allows the natural oils of your hair to build up and shape your strands from the root down, which can strengthen your hair and restore shine!

Advice #4: Keep it Clean

Like any styling tool, your new hairbrush straightener accumulates dust, oil and loose hair over time. Make a point of cleaning your hairbrush straightener at least once a week when it is turned off and cool to prolong its life.

Advice  #5: Store in a Safe Place

Store your hairbrush straightener away from the water in a cool place, such as a bathroom cabinet or a linen closet.

Advice  #6: Practice Does Makes Perfect

Just like most thing in life it will take some practice to get proficient and styling your hair. Make sure to go slowly at first and practice. So in no time at all you will have mastered the techniques and the use of the tool. I believe using the straightener brush is much easier than some other methods but to each their own. I believe you will be able to achieve perfection in no time at all.

Hot brushes are great time saving tools. But some are better than others and there are features you will want to have. What are the most important features? I analyzed the top brands and documented my findings. You can find my articles here: "Hot Brushes".

Hot brushes are a great way to style your hair:
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  2. Glamfields Hot Hair Straightening Brush
  3. Miropure Hair Straightening Review 
  4. InStyler Hot Air Heat Settings
  5. Negative Ion Straightener Hot Air Brush
  6. Instyler Glossie Ceramic Hot Air Styling Tool
  7. Asavea Hot Air Hair Straightening Brush 
  8. InStyler 2-Way Rotating Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener
  9. How To Use An InStyler

Monday, March 25, 2019

Are boar bristle brushes made from boars

Vegan brushes
Brushing will clean the dust and hairspray from your hair. The boar bristles as they come in contact with your hair are effectively brushing out the dead cells from you scalp, cleaning hairspray and any dust that has collected. In addition, brushing stimulates blood circulation and pushes the oil produced by your scalp along you hair shaft giving a cleaner shiny look and feel.
Wild boar bristle hairbrush

Are boar bristle brushes made from boars? Yes, high quality hair brushes are usually made with real or wild boar bristles in which beauty experts say significantly reduces frizz and works very well in efficiently spreading sebum, your hair oils throughout your hair for a shinny healthy look.

Hair experts recommend the use of a hairbrush with natural bristles, without synthetic bristles. The best hair brush to use for example would be a hairbrush with 100% boar bristles for your daily hair care. One of the main reasons why boar bristles are recommended over nylon is pure boar bristles don't damage your hair, they don't generate static electricity, and they maintain your hair's elasticity. And they are easy to clean. Are plastic brushes bad for your hair?

In addition to nylon and plastic have you considered using a wooden hair brush as a boar brush alternative?

Some nylon bristles are tough on your hair. They can snag and pull your hair to the point where they could damage your hair. In addition they can generate a fair amount of static electricity. Many stylists do not take any chances and just purchase a good boar brush. A premium boar brush is going to cost significantly more than a nylon brush but with proper care should last you a lifetime or close to it.

I recommend looking carefully at the brush before you purchase and try to find one where the bristles are in uneven length. 

What this will do is to make sure to get a good hold on your hair as not to slip out and off the Hair. This way each brush stroke will be more effective in cleaning and spreading your natural hair oil along each hair shaft.

Hair brush facts you should know if you want beautifully styled hair. What different hair brushes are used for and why you need to know

If you have dull and dry hair then by brushing will improve the texture of your hair by activating the natural oils in the oil glands of the hair. Also, the hairbrush should not be too heavy in you hand. It should feel balanced and light in your hand.

Pure wild boar bristle hair brush, Model PW1, made from boars

One example of a quality brush is the PW1 by Desert Breeze Distributing. The PW1 hairbrush is a full-size brush, 2 "wide (brush area) x 8.75" (total length) and is pure 1st cut wild boar bristles (most firm part of the bristle) from a special type of wild boar raised in the high mountains of the Tibet Plateau. Bristles are about 5/8 "long. They are made in the German Black Forest in a family shop that has been making high-quality hairbrushes for over 100 years. Bristles are precision cut for staggered lengths approximately 5/8 "long, allowing the brush to grip hair down to the scalp (fine to medium thickness hair only). Precision spacing between the bristles allows the brush to penetrate through fine hair types.

I recommend this boar brush for people who have thin short hair. The bristles are softer and more flexible than say the Calcutta bristles and may not penetrate through thicker hair.

The handle of this beautifully crafted brush is made from oiled pear wood, grown locally in Germany. The wood has a graven image of the butterfly, a symbol of nature's gentle and transforming powers.

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The bristles as they brush your hair naturally conditions and improves your hair texture thus reducing the need for over the counter styling products. The boars hair is similar to human hair in that when brushing it does not generate static. However, if you do experience static you can smooth the ends of your hair with your palm or use a small amount of leave-in conditioner in your hair before brushing.

High quality boar bristles made from boars mainly come from the high mountains of the Tibet Plateau

There are many different types of wild boars. Since 1990, up to 16 subspecies are recognized which are divided into four regional groups based on the height of the skull and the length of the tear bone. Males who are fully grown are usually solitary outside the breeding season. The gray wolf is the main predator of the wild boar in most areas with the exception of the Far East and the Lesser Sunda Islands, where their predator is the tiger and Komodo dragon. Boar is sometimes used specifically for males and can also be used for domesticated male pigs, in particular for breeding males. Sow, the traditional name for a female and piglets are the young.

Boar terminology 
  • Squeaker - 0 to 10 months old 
  • Juvenile - 10 to 12 months 
  • Pig of the sounder - 2 years 
  • Boar of the 4th/5th/6th year - 3 to 5 years 
  • Old boar - six years 
  • Grand old boar or Solitary boar - over 7 years

Boar subspecies
  • Western: These subspecies are typically high-skull with thick under-wool and poorly developed manes.
  • Indian: These subspecies have sparse or absent under-wool, with long manes and prominent bands on the snout and mouth.
    Indian boar photo By JP Bennett -, CC BY 2.0,
  •  Eastern: These subspecies are characterized by a whitish streak extending from the corners of the mouth to the lower jaw. Most are high-skull. The under-wool is thick, and the mane is largely absent.
  •  Indonesian: It is characterized by its sparse body hair, lack of under-wool, fairly long mane, a broad reddish band extending from the muzzle to the sides of the neck.

Understanding brushes made from boars

My understanding after researching is most boar bristles come from India, Nepal, Burma, western Thailand and Sri Lanka. Not to say that all bristles originate from this area but my research indicates this is a popular region.

The boar from this region is a long-manned subspecies with a coat that is brindled black. Its head is larger and more pointed and its ears smaller and more pointed. The plane of the forehead is straight. These boars are raised for meat, but the bristles are saved for use in high-quality brushes. The first cut of the bristle is the strongest.

My understanding is that the boar is not killed primarily for it's bristles but is a by-product. There are brushes on the market that are made from boar bristles in which no harm was done to the animal. These are called cruelty free brushes. What does cruelty free really mean?

The root or follicle of the bristle is gentle on the scalp.
Bundles of cleaned, cut and ready to be made into brushes boar bristles.

I recommend a brush that uses only the first cut of the boar bristle because it is the most firm and usually the only cut highest quality brush manufactures use.

The boar bristles do not come from factory farms, but come from special types of wild boars grown in rough terrain and climatic conditions on small farms. These unique bristles are limited in supply and are therefore more expensive than those from factory farms.

Not all boar bristles are the same

Boar bristles can vary greatly between subspecies, the age of the animal, and even the climates and terrain they are raised in. For example to get thick bristles you need boars raised in rugged climates and terrains. These boars grow especially thick bristles. A boar raised in the Tibet Plateau will have a thinner bristle than a boar raised in the highland of India. Boars from both these regions have very high quality bristles. These are high quality bristles used in premium hair brushes.

What are boar bristles made from?

Human hair is mad of keratin. Keratin is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins that make up
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hair, nails, horns, claws, hooves and the outer layer of human skin.

Keratin is also a protein that prevents damage or stress to epithelial cells. In water and organic solvents, keratin is extremely insoluble.

Keratin monomers form intermediate filaments that are tough and form strong un-mineralized epidermal attachments found in reptiles, birds, amphibians and mammals.

Boar bristles are great for coming in contact with human hair because they are very similar in structure. Like human hair, boar bristles are made of keratin. If you look very closely at a bristle you will see scales on the hair.

These tiny microscopic scales absorb the scalp's natural oils and gently distribute them over the shaft of the hair. Synthetic bristles cannot offer the same high a quality advantages.

Regular brushing with a boar bristle brush over time has a powerful effect on the overall health of your scalp and hair and improves texture and ebullience from the roots to the ends of your hair. But is it bad to brush your hair a lot?

Boar bristle brush cleaning and care

For best cleaning results, always keep your brush free of loose hair by using a brush cleaner or a fine tooth comb to remove all loose hair. You can also wash your brush in lukewarm water using a mixture of of shampoo.

Note: Do not leave the brush to soak in the water. 

Rinse the brush in clean water and then dry the handle with a soft cloth. Allow to the brush finish drying at room temperature with bristles pointing downward. Proper care of your brush will prolong it's life.

Choose the right boar bristles for your hair type

Don't just pick any boar brush. Pick the right boar brush for your hair type. These are many different hair types and there are different styles of brushes for each hair type. Medium stiff bristles from boars raised on the Tibet Plateau are best for fine to medium thick hair. Bristle length is approximately 5/8 inches long. Calcutta boar bristles, which are the stiffest bristles from boars. These boars are raised in the highlands of India. This bristle is best for hair of medium thickness, or those who prefer a more rigid brush. Bristles of the Calcutta are slightly longer at approximately 3/4 inches long. And for those of you have have really thick hair for best penetration you will most likely have to brush you hair in sections. And if you purchased a boar brush and it's too stiff click here to learn how to soften your boar brush bristles.
Choose the right boar bristles for your hair type
Paddle brushes are commonly used for styling hair fast and lots of hair. More on paddle brushes. A round brush is generally used on long hair but can be used on short hair provided you use the right diameter brush. More on round brushes. A vented brush is primarily used to help or aid in drying your hair. It is also used as a styling tool. More on vent brushes.

Conclusion to are boar bristle brushes made from wild boars

Indeed, bristles are made from boars. Pure boar bristles naturally conditions hair, improves hair texture, and reduces the need for styling products. Because the structures of boar bristles are very similar to human hair, they are anti-static. If you need to have more static control, you can either smooth in the palm-of-hand a small amount of leave in hair conditioner before brushing.

Boar brushes, what is a boar bristle brush used for? Are boar bristle brushes good for fine hair? Do boar bristle brushes help hair grow? What kind of brush is best for your hair and more:
  1. Are boar bristle brushes vegan?
  2. Do boar bristle brushes damage hair?
  3. Are boar bristle brushes made from boars?
  4. Are boar bristle brushes good?
  5. Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free?

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Are boar bristle brushes vegan

Are boar bristle brushes vegan

Most hairbrushes are made of nylon and plastic. These are definitely vegan. But what about boar brushes are they vegan? In this article I take a harder look and answer that question. Hair brushes have been around for awhile. Hugh Rock was issued the earliest U.S. patent for a modern hairbrush in 1854. Samuel Firey patented a brush with elastic wire teeth and natural bristles in 1870. And Lyda A. Newman invented an "Improved Hairbrush" in 1898, which enabled easy cleaning and had sufficiently wide separated bristles for easy combing.

Vegan brushes

Are boar bristle brushes vegan? No, if a brush contains bristles from an animal is definitely not vegan. A boar bush is not vegan because it contains animal parts. The bristles from a boar are actually made of keratin. Living cells in the hair shaft divide and grow to build and grow longer. Blood vessels nourish the hair cells and deliver hormones that modify hair growth and structure. An example of a vegan brush would be one made of nylon and plastic or nylon and wood. 

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A basic hairbrush is made up of mostly plastic. It usually has a plastic handle with nylon bristles which are of course made from petroleum products. As we know plastic lasts forever in a landfill, or at least several centuries. So if you are concerned enough to only purchase vegan products and no products that caused cruelty to animals you are most likely also concerned about plastic build up in our landfills. So purchasing a wooden handle brush which is a little more expensive is most likely going to be worth it to you. Let's remove some plastic from our lives, right?

For many, the problem is when upgrading from a synthetic to a natural brush the main material used for natural bristles comes from boars which are not vegan. This is very unpleasant and totally unacceptable to many vegans. So the main reason to upgrade to a boar bush is that many stylists claim that the use of boar bristles helps to collect and distribute the natural oil of your hair evenly. And that with a natural bristles your scalp is encouraged to produce a healthy production of sebum that smooths down the hair shaft thus increasing brightness and health. So if you are a vegan too bad, you do not get to enjoy healthy, shinny, and soft hair. Well, not so fast. I actually found some alternatives that might actually be worth looking at.

3 Top vegan boar bristle brush alternatives 

  1. Aveda "wooden large paddle brush" vegan brush - $26.23
  2. The Body Shop "Paddle" vegan brush - $30.49
  3. Spornette "Masquerade" vegan boar-like brush - $30.00
  4. You might also like the Vegan Tampico fiber hairbrush by Redecker - $15.99. Click here to read the review: Vegan Tampico brush review

Aveda "wooden large paddle brush" vegan brush - $26.23

aveda wooden paddle brush

My first choice would be Aveda because they are a responsible manufacturing company and I believe the first beauty manufacturer to use 100 percent wind power in their manufacturing facility in Minnesota. Their beliefs are there is no responsible alternative to doing business than through the pursuit of environmental sustainability. And that in believing in this principle it guides them through every decision they make. They also find inspiration for following this principle and believe that nature is not merely something to be cherished and protected, but also should be emulated as a model of sustainability. They believe profit and environmental responsibility will increasingly work together in the future. Aveda supports renewable wind energy development to help offset our carbon footprint over time.

The professional paddle brush pictured above features extended bristles for easy detangling. The longer bristles aids in reducing stress to your hair and scalp during blow-drying and styling. This brush is ideal for blow drying to create smooth and straight styles. The paddle brush might look odd at first glance due to it is designed with one bristle missing in the bottom. But this hole is to provide ventilation and to help in drainage after the brush has been washed. In addition, it helps to prevent any bacterial growth that could occur with pooling water on the inside.

The Body Shop "Paddle" vegan brush - $30.49

Large Bamboo Hairbrush

They support communities that provide sustainable ingredients and accessories from around the world. They have partners that provide support for the women they employ which includes benefits like social projects, academic programs and fair and equal treatment. They have been sustainably sourcing their community trade Shea butter product since 1994.

But mostly for this article you will be glad to know they are 100% vegan. This means their products are vegetarian friendly and free of any animal-derived ingredients obtained as a result of animal slaughter. This also includes animal-derived ingredients that do not involve animal slaughter. For example, honey, beeswax, shellac and lanolin. And as you well know many beauty and cosmetics products contains by-products from the slaughter industry. They are proud to say that none of theirs do or ever have or ever will.

The brush pictured above is a large Bamboo brush that massages the scalp while grooming and detangles your hair. It's ideal for all hair types. Keep your hair smooth and tangle-free with the Body Shops must-have paddle brush. The pins help stimulate the scalp and distribute natural oils, for healthy hair that shines. I find these brushes attractive because they are at good price for a wooden handle brush. Bristles are synthetic.

Spornette "Masquerade" vegan boar-like brush - $30.00

The Masquerade features nylon bristles to smooth out your hair giving it a luxurious look and feel. locks that shine with a healthy glow. The Spornette Masquerade brush is a vegan and environmentally humane alternative to boar bristle brushes. Will help prevent breakage, frizz and naturally conditions hair, improves texture, stimulates the scalp by brushing. Leaves hair shiny and smooth.

Are boar bristle brushes like the Spornette Masquerade really vegan

Conclusion to are boar bristle brushes vegan

There may be other companies out there that promote sustainable products and accessories. I only mentioned two. I found other products that mention they have good intentions but its really hard to verify. Just because a product says it does in advertisement on a major online retailer's website is not going to be enough to convince me it's true.

There are so many fakes and people selling third party products it hard to tell. They are likely to say anything to get a sale. By the time the online retailer catches them they have already set up another shop and changed their name. I would like to see a little more proof than just a one-liner saying its vegan and sustainably sourced. That's why I only mentioned two major manufactures above. I have confidence in they are for real.

I believe The Body Shop has a really good valued product in their bamboo brush. You get bamboo for $9.00 at the time of this writing, nice! Why buy a plastic handle when you can get bamboo for the same or cheaper price. I really don't need another brush but I may have to buy this one.

Boar brushes, what is a boar bristle brush used for? Are boar bristle brushes good for fine hair? Do boar bristle brushes help hair grow? What kind of brush is best for your hair and more:
  1. Are boar bristle brushes vegan?
  2. Do boar bristle brushes damage hair?
  3. Are boar bristle brushes made from boars?
  4. Are boar bristle brushes good?
  5. Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free
Spornette Masquerade
The Body Shop Paddle Brush
Aveda Natural Products 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Do boar bristle brushes damage hair?

Do boar bristle brushes damage hair

There are several different types of hair and depending on your hair type you should choose the brush that is best for you. A boar brush my not be the best choice depending on your hair and purpose.

Do boar bristle brushes damage hair? No, natural boar bristle brushes are the standard when it comes to distributing your natural scalp oils throughout your hair. Long before conditioners were invented people brushed their hair to promote healthy hair and a natural shine.

Natural boar brushes

Can you damage your hair using a bristle brush?

Now, that's not to say you can't damage your hair using a boar brush. You can easily damage your hair by forcefully taking the brush and ripping through your hair, or brushing when your hair is wet or even trying to detangle your hair with a boar brush. These are instances where you should not be using a boar bush. There are other brushes better suited for the job that is not going to damage your hair.

For example, a boar bush is not a detangling brush and if used as one could possibly damage your hair. It's not made to be pulled through your hair. Instead a detangling comb would work much better. And for thoese really stubborn tangles using a small amount of conditioner and a detangling comb will do the trick.

Brushing when you hair is wet is not a good idea either. Because it can cause breakage and does not correctly distribute the natural oils in your hair when wet.

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Questions and answers to damaging hair and boar brushes

Do boar bristle brushes help hair grow? Yes, the boar bristle brush gently massages the scalp, and thus increasing blood flow to the hair follicles. Without blood flow, your hair can't grow. This can be one of many reasons for the cause of hair loss and or very slow hair growth.

Is brushing good for thinning hair? Yes, but make sure to get the right brush for your hair type. Also, avoid vigorous brushing as it can remove the protective layers of your hair's outer cuticle. Always use gentle strokes to help prevent hair breakage and scalp irritation.

Are boar bristle brushes good for thick hair? Yes, but I recommend a mix of boar and nylon bristles or a boar brush specifically made for thick hair such as a Dovahlia brush. When selecting a brush, you should take into account some factors such as hair texture, density and elasticity. Different hair types therefore require different hair care routines. A pure boar bristle brush is designed for thin, fine hair. It can easily go through delicate hair gently.

A boar bristle hair brush with plastic pins and boar bristles is for normal and thick hair. This type of brush easily penetrates through the hair and offers the benefits of boar bristles.

Morrocco method hair brushing? Brushing and massaging is two of the key elements for hair maintenance and rejuvenation. Daily hair and scalp brushing can be cleaner than using synthetic shampoo. Brushing removes waste, such as uric acid deposits, catarrh and other acidic debris, which can be incrusted into the scalp. Brushing is a form of shampooing. It's like shampooing your hair when it's dry.

The stimulation from the bristles distributes sebum throughout hair and scalp, making both stronger and more resilient. It's also an excellent natural conditioner because coating hair with sebum (natural oil) as you brush restores moisture, giving hair added sheen, smoothed texture and greater manageability.

When to brush? For best performance brush your hair three times a day: In the morning, a second time in the late afternoon and finally before bedtime. If you have curly hair, you can reduce hair brushing to once a week or so.

What brush to use? It's recommend to use a boar brush since they are the preferred material and they are almost identical to human hair in texture. This allows the sebum to be collected and redistributed easily all along the hair shaft. A pure boar bristle brush is soft and ideal for thin, weak or fragile hair. 

Best boar bristle brushes and hair type

Generally speaking, if you have thick, dense hair, you want a brush that can penetrate deeper. These types of brushes have less bristles, or either the bristle density is much less. In addition to boar's bristles, these brushes have nylon bristles. The nylon bristles are usually longer and penetrate to the scalp. The shorter boar bristles then distribute the natural oils thought of your hair. This generally works best for people with thick hair.

For people with thinner hair, a regular boar bush seems to work best. The bristles can penetrate the scalp and distribute oils along the shaft with each brush stroke. These brushes will do better to distribute oils than the nylon mix brushes. The biggest drawback is that it can produce more static and frizzy. Most people who use a pure boar brush use a little oil to tame any fizz.

All brushes are not created equal. At first look they all may appear to the the same but there are differences depending on your hair type and purpose.

3 Top boar bristle brushes recommendations for healthy hair

  1. Spornette DeVille oval boar brush #342 - $24.97
  2. Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Round Thermal Boar Hair Brush - $14.50
  3. Beauty by Earth Boar Bristle Brush - $17.09

Why I recommend the Spornette DeVille oval boar brush #342 - $24.97

Spornette DeVille oval boar brush

Why I recommend the Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Round Thermal Boar Hair Brush - $14.50

Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Round Thermal Boar Hair Brush

Why I recommend Beauty by Earth Boar Bristle Brush - $17.09

Beauty by Earth Boar Bristle Brush

Related boar brush questions

Boar brushes, what is a boar bristle brush used for? Are boar bristle brushes good for fine hair? Do boar bristle brushes help hair grow? What kind of brush is best for your hair and more:
  1. Are boar bristle brushes vegan?
  2. Do boar bristle brushes damage hair?
  3. Are boar bristle brushes made from boars?
  4. Are boar bristle brushes good?
  5. Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

InStyler Heat Settings

Have you heard about the InStyler hair styling tool? One of the most important features of any styling brush is the ability to control the heat settings to get the right amount of heat for your type of hair. Hot air brushes are a great tool to style your hair and give you the style to fit your occasion. Your hair style is a vital part of your image, just like makeup. You always want to look your best and any styling tool that makes the job easier and quicker is a plus. The Instyler has many features that can help you look your best.

3 Tempperature seetings for the InStyler
Temperature settings
InStyler heat settings. Off - no bars, Low - one bar (284°F/140°C), Medium - two bars (315°F/157°C) and High - three bars (385°F/196°C). 

Hot brushes are great time saving tools. But some are better than others and there are features you will want to have. What are the most important features? I analyzed the top brands and documented my findings. You can find my articles here: "Hot Brushes".

InStyler settings
InStyler features

Heat settings overview

The InStyler has an automatic Safety Shut-Off. The voltage is 120V/60Hz and the power is 135W.

InStyler heat operating sequence

InStyler directions. To start up the brush plug it into a polarized electrical outlet.

  1. Push the On/Off Button once for high-heat (3 Bars, 410°F). This is the ideal heat setting for thick, coarse hair. 
  2. Push the On/Off Button a second time for medium-heat (2 Bars, 315°F). This is the ideal for thin-to-medium textured hair. 
  3. Push the On/Off Button a third time for low-heat (1 Bar, 285°F). This is the ideal for thin, fine hair. 
  4. Push the On/Off Button a fourth time to turn the brush off (LED Bar(s) will turn off, NO Bars). The LED bar(s) will flash until the heated barrel and smoothing plate have heated to the desired heat setting; once the desired heat setting has been achieved, the LED bar(s) will remain lit.
  5. Do not use the InStyler on wet hair

InStyler temperature settings and hair type

Temperature settings for hair types
Hair types and temperature
Blowout before and after
Curls before and after
Straight hair
Straight before and after
Waves before and after
InStyler user manual

The brush comes with a thermal guard 

Thermal guard
 It is recommended that you use your Thermal Guard Training Aid to help prevent burns while you are getting used to the styling tool.

  1. To attach, snap the Thermal Guard Training Aid onto the side of the unit directly under the ring below the barrel. 
  2. Rotate the Thermal Guard Training Aid until tabs are seated in the indentations on the body of the InStyler, and the Thermal Guard Training Aid is facing out. 
  3. Once it is snapped in place, you can use your brush as normal.

MaxPrime Instyler heat settings

The MAX PRIME Blowout Revolving Styler offers the added advantage of 2-way barrel rotation and up to 4 heat settings up to 425F for maximum control.

Heating differences between an InStyler and a flat iron

The big difference is that by pressing it against a heat source, a flat iron will flatten your hair. The heat source is usually two hot plates. Your hair will then be baked. This process makes your hair very hot, which can damage your hair in some cases. The big advantage of the Instyler is that it uses a heated rotating head. Although heat is used, your hair is not pressed and subjected to high heat by towing flat iron. The rotating head is constantly moving, so it does the same job in theory, but better and faster and with less hair stress. The heated rotating barrel rotates at more than 100 revolutions per minute.

The heat settings in this article are accurate for the pictured air brush model at the time of this writing. Please make sure you follow manufacture guidelines and read your product manual before use.

Hot brushes are a great way to style your hair:
  1. Hair Straightener Review Hot Brushes That Won’t Damage Your Hair 
  2. Glamfields Hot Hair Straightening Brush
  3. Miropure Hair Straightening Review 
  4. Negative Ion Straightener Hot Air Brush
  5. Asavea Hot Air Hair Straightening Brush 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kent Grooming

Kent Grooming
Kent Grooming Hair Brushes For Men

You want your brush to work with your hair, not against it, whether you are grooming thick curly locks or thin, fine hair. I rounded up some fantastic models specifically for your individual hair type to help you get the right brush for you.
  1. KB Cool Hog Small Travel Bag Size Hair Brush - Perfect for travel
  2. OG2 Beech Wood Rectangular Club Hairbrush - Boar bristles remove excess hair products
  3. KB Headhog The Every-Day Hair Brush - Perfect for everyday use
  4. NS06 / PF06 Narrow Grooming Pure Bristle Brush - Ideal for shorter hair
  5. KFM2 8" 9-Row Half Radial, Ionic Charged, Gel Styler Hairbrush - Suitable for thick or long hair
  6. MN1B Rectangular Military Ebony Wood Pure White Bristle Gentlemen's Hairbrush -
    Convenient for thick hair
  7. Gentleman's Hairbrush Model No. MG3, Oval 5"x 2 3/4", Bristles 1/2" - Distribute natural oils gently in your hair

Headhog brushes have proven their versatility for the entire family for more than 30 years, whether at home or out with a handbag or a gym bag. The Coolhog is a small, colorful hairbrush with nylon ball-tipped quills. It works well for styling and hair up and is small enough for purses and hands of children. For more on Kent hair brushes view the Kent specifications PDF.

1. KB Cool Hog Small Travel Bag Size Hair Brush

Colorful and cushioned Kent KB Cool Hog Small Handy Travel Size for wet or dry hair.
Kent size chart
No Scratch Nylon Tipped Ball Protect your hair and skirt. Cushion  and a gentle de-tangling action penetrate the scalp. Good for wet and dry hair, and styling every day. For all types and lengths of hair. Made in England since 1777, the oldest manufacturer of hairbrushes in the world.

KB Cool Hog Hair Brush Small Travel Size. Colorful, padded. No Scratch Nylon Ball-Tipped for Styling Wet or Dry Hair, Sky Blue. The small colorful Coolhog have proven its versatility for the whole family, whether at home, in the handbag or in the sports bag. The air-coated head protects the scalp from damage, while the non-scratch ball glides through the knots gently. These fantastic tools are tough and reliable, which are wet or dry for most types of hair. Sky Blue, Royal Purple, Pink & Bright Green is available in 4 different colors.

2. OG2 Beech Wood 7 1/2" Rectangular Club Hairbrush

Boar brush for men
Fine luxury for traditional brushing or blow drying. With this tool, essential oils in the scalp are stimulated and encouraged to flow through the hair strands. Boar bristles also remove excess hair products, gel, hair spray, mousse, etc. A classic form dating back more than 150 years. Treat your hair respectfully, don't twist and twist it and gently use on your hair.

A rectangular beech wood club filled with pure black bristles. A classic form dating back more than 150 years. Fits medium to thick hair. Finest Men's is a range of bristles finished by hand. Designs come in different shapes, oval, rectangular or with handles. Made of fine wood and carefully sourced natural bristle, which is' cut' from different sections to offer a selection of strengths for thick, medium, fine or receding hair. Brushing not only relaxes, but also improves scalp circulation and encourages essential oils to flow through the hair that protects and nourishes.

Works great at helping keep dandruff at a min, makes hair feel silky smooth, but can be impeded by the thickness of hair. The longer the hair the harder it is to get a good pull through it. The bristles are soft which makes it pleasantly gentle but not quite a good scalp brush. Amazing product. Large surface with a solid design.

3. KB Headhog The Every-Day Hair Brush

For all the family, whether in the home, handbag or sports bag, the Headhog has proven its versatility, this is perfect for everyday use. The air-coated head protects the scalp from damage, while the non-scratch ball glides through the knots gently. This fantastic tool is tough and reliable and can be wet or dry for any length of hair or texture. Size: 8 1/2" Length of bristle: 3/4". Not recommended for long hair.

4. NS06 / PF06 Narrow Grooming Pure Bristle Brush

Narrow toilet pure bristle, is ideal for shorter hair styling and smoothing. It naturally creates healthy shiny hair. This natural bristles in flat style is ideal for short and long hair. It's great for shaping, straightening and general styling. For men and women alike. It will clean, stimulate and beautifully condition your hair.

5. KFM2 8" 9-Row Half Radial, Ionic Charged, Gel Styler Hairbrush

Kent hairbrush
Flexible natural mineral ionic bristles protect your hair and skull while adding volume and reducing Brittleness. Soft ion quills protect the skull and massage and stimulate the blood cells gently. Apply Gel to your hair Normally, then Brush, Flick, Twist and Style your desired effect with Confidence Size: 8 "Bristle Length: 2 / 4, "Effective Styler Without Gel.

A half-radial stylist especially designed for men who use style products. It is suitable for thick or long hair and has 9 rows of quills. The Kent for Men range is an exciting range of products specifically designed for men, which combine black handles and non-scratch gray quills containing powerful energizing ion molecules that help to remove UV environmental damage from the hair. Comprehension of ions: An ion is an atom that has lost or gained an electron that charges it negatively or positively. Quartz volcanic andosite crystals, emit negative ions and can be formed into brushes when added to the resin. When used, it produces quills that have a safe natural energy and the capillary vessels are stimulated and the cuticular layer, which seals in natural oils, is tightened and the hair is soft and vitalized.

6. MN1B Rectangular Military Ebony Wood Pure White Bristle Gentlemen's Hairbrush

A rectangular wood with ebony. For a personalized look, filled with pure white bristle. Similar in appearance to her bigger brother the MHN2 T, but instead of handmade, the hand was
finished. Convenient for thick hair.

Remove loose hair from the tufts regularly by inserting the cleaner tool (LPC2) or a comb on the side and remove the old hair. Sometimes, only the bristles are placed in the water using warm mild soapy water, trying not to submerge the wood, as this damages the wood. Never use harsh detergents or ammonia. Finally, wipe with a clean towel gently dry. Allow the bristles to dry naturally to face down and away from the sun, radiators, hairdryers or any artificial heat.

7. Gentleman's Hairbrush Model No. MG3, Oval 5"x 2 3/4", Bristles 1/2"

Measures 5 "by 2" oval 3/4. "Beechwood with pure white bristles. It is hand finished with the finest wood and selected natural bristles to ensure the highest quality.  It's an oval Beachwood white for men pure bristles. Suitable for all kinds of hair. The whole point of boar bristles is the gentle natural cleansing they give your hair rubbing against the shafts of your hair. They also distribute natural oils gently in your hair and create a beautiful natural shine. Hair should always be dry when using boar bristles.

The base of wood was not intended to be repeatedly wet, as wetness expands wood and dryness contracts it. This can definitely lead to cracks if repeated too often. By inserting a cleaner tool (LPC2) or a comb on the side of the brush, remove loose hair from the tufts regularly and remove the old hair. Be careful not to scrape the cleaner over the top of the tufts, as this can cause damage to the pure bristle in particular. Wash with warm soapy water from time to time, but never use ammonia or harsh detergents. Submerge only the tufts, not the back of the brush, and clean the brushes. Rinse in cold water and shake excess water and wipe using a clean towel. Allow the bristles to dry naturally away from the sun, hairdryers and artificial heat.

About Kent

Ken is the oldest hairbrush manufacturer in the world and has maintained British traditions to produce the finest hair tools in the world ever since. For over 230 years, the best quality tools are made and more than 250 products are created. Each one receives quality, design and attention to detail. They were the holders of the Royal Warrant during the British monarchy's last nine consecutive reigns.

How Kent hair brushes are made

The company continues to maintain it's reputation for craftsmanship and unprecedented quality. Even in today's fast- moving, mass- produced assembly lines, many of their originals are still manufactured by hand. You are paying for very high quality bristles. The wood is naturally black and not painted black. The brand name has been around since the 1800s. A lot of bristles don't fall out like other ones and they are imported from England. With a lot of use, your hair will become softer and shinier. It  should last for at least 10 to 15 years.

Kent hair brushes presented by GB Kent and Sons

A bit about Kent: Did you know Kent was founded in 1777 and is renowned for its outstanding reputation? It's the oldest manufacturer of hairbrush in the world. Their success was built on its rich British heritage and expertise in service and hair care. After more than 230 years of manufacturing, they  offer a wide range of more than 250 products ranging from hair, body, clothing, make-up and shaving supplies. In addition to its rich heritage and exceptional reputation, they are best known for thier range of hairbrushes, which consist of products for all hair types, lengths, styles and budgets. Kent products are the perfect choice for both salon and retail use with a wide selection, including styling, radials, ceramics, vents, ionic, paddle, voluminous and pure bristle brushes.

More Kent Grooming Favorites

Kent cherry wood rubber cushion black bristle brush
Cherry wood with rubber cushion and black bristles
With its roots from their "Hog" product line, this cushion brush is both an exceptional styling and grooming aid as it is a true modern classic. The smart black rubber cushion is filled with pure black bristle. Suitable for dense thick hair.

Kent narrow pure bristle cushioned base - white color
Narrow pure bristle cushioned base in white
Narrow - sized cushioned brush is great for smoothing and finishing short hair. The air - cushioned head protects the scalp from damage, while the pure natural bristle distributes the natural oils and promotes brightness and luster. Comes in black as shown below.

Kent narrow pure bristle cushioned base black color
Narrow pure bristle with a cushioned base and black in color
Monster Beard Brush
Monster Beard
Monster Beard Brush - package
Monster Beard Package
The monster – a moniker not to be taken lightly. This is not just some tarted, rebranded, off-the-shelf hairbrush put on the market under the guise of being a legitimate beard brush. Not at all. As real makers, they are not in the business of falsification, smoke, or mirrors.

Kent products images
When Kent designs a product to untangle a problem, they start from the ground up. Their finest, bearded makers designed and built this one. Two hundred and forty years of making knowledge, craftsmanship, care and attention have been poured into every monster. Instantly recognizable, the unique beard brush handle with its flintlock pistol grip is unparalleled in design, comfort and ease of use. The head of the monsters is large enough to accommodate the unruliest of beards while maintaining their own dignity. A very special hand-mixed blend of both horse hair and uniquely selected nylon combine to create a tufted head of unimaginable beard brilliance.

Brush Types

The major factor in determining brush type is the density of bristles. Bristle density also helps in determining it's purpose. Based on bristle density and shape (round or concave) you have the following types of brushes:
  1. Vent brush
  2. Round brush
  3. Paddle brush 
  4. Teasing brush
  5. The Wet Brush - Does the wet brush work on dry hair and Is the wet brush good for your hair