Sunday, March 31, 2019

Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free

Cruelty free brush
Are you interested in finding out more about cruelty free boar bristles brushes? If you are a man or woman chances are you use a brush. And since you are reading this article you are interested in humanely raised animal products.

Cruelty free boar bristle brushes are products made from boars where boars are "humanely raised". Manufactures make their brushes cruelty free boar brushes by cutting the boar's hair and thus no animal was harmed. In addition, manufactures also do not do any cruel testing on animals. Many of these products also come in recyclable environmental friendly packaging. Hair brushes made with boar bristles are very good at efficiently spreading the sebum oils from your scalp throughout your hair when you brush. This has a natural conditioning effect making your hair look shiny and reduces frizz.

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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.

Advantages of Cruelty Free Brushes

Advantages Cruelty Free Boar Nylon Bamboo
Conditions Hair Y

Helps Hair Grow Y

Polishes Hair-shaft Y

Creates a Natural Shine Y

Less Static

Head Massage

Styling Y

Animal Friendly
Sustainable Product
Good for Blow-Outs Y Y
Maximum Penetration
Cruelty Free Y Y Y

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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 or pink. 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 smooths 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.

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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. TI-Style specializes 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.

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Conclusion for are boar bristle brushes cruelty free

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?

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.

More on 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? Read more of my articles on this site here, be in-the-know:
  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?
Also, be sure to bookmark my Boar Brushes page. This is where I list great articles on benefits, Pros and Cons and other valuable information regarding boar brushes. I make updates to this page regularly and when I discover something new. This can be a great resource and a handy reference. I guaranty you will be able to make a more informed purchase and your hair will thank you later.

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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? One of the many benefits people are surprised to find out is that brushing your hair with a boar bristle brush is actually a conditioning treatment. Using a boar bristle brush improves hair texture and shine naturally long before products like conditioners and hair serums ever existed. The unique structure of boar bristles 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.

Spornette DeVille #342 Boar Brush

Boar bristle brushes are good for conditioning hair

Boar Bristle Brush Advantages
Advantages Boar Nylon Bamboo
Conditions Hair Y

Helps Hair Grow Y

Polishes Hair-shaft Y

Creates a Natural Shine Y

Less Static

Head Massage

Styling Y

Animal Friendly
Sustainable Product
Good for Blow-Outs Y Y
Maximum Penetration
Use on wet hair

Detangle before use Y

Brush very curly hair gently Y

Brush nightly before bed Y Y Y
Brush in the morning Y Y Y

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.If you need help choosing a great boar brush then be sure to read my article called: Choosing a boar brush. In addition, you may also want to know the proper way to use a boar brush as not to damages your hair. If so then read my articles called: How to use a boar bristle brush. This article has lot's of good advise you will be glad you read it.

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.

Men's boar brushes: If you are a man you might be interested in the Zeus military boar brush, Shash boar bristle hair brush or the Redecker men's wild boar hair brush. All of which are very good. For a complete run-down of boar brushes for me check out my article called: Boar bristle brushes for men made in Germany. This is a list of high quality boar brushes made in Germany.

Women's boar brushes: If you are a female and interested in a high quality boar brush made in Germany you should read my article called: Calcutta Wild Boar Bristle. This is one of my favorites. And for a list of popular boar bristles brushes check out my article called: Popular boar bristle brushes.

And for those folks who may not want a boar brush but are looking for a boar brush alternative there are many good ones out there. See my article on Boar brush alternative for more on the subject.

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.

Are you still using the same ole brush you bought years ago? Are you thinking about an up grade to a boar brush or maybe a bamboo but not sure which is right for you?

Boar bristle or Bamboo are they good?

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.

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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".

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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. Click on the boar bristles link above to read even more informative articles on boar brushes. This link takes you to my main boar brush page where you can bookmark it for reading later. It's jam packed with very thing you'll ever want to know about boar brushes. I recommend it as a great resource as I update it with new information.
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. Click on the nylon link to be taken to my article where I show you a video of making nylon. Very interesting. And they are easy to clean. Are plastic brushes bad for your hair? Did you know there are other factors that are very important that can cause damage to your hair? Click on the link to find out what they are and what you should be aware of.

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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 made of keratin. What does keratin do to you hair? Click on the keratin link and go to my very informative article where I discuss in depth the subject. You will walk away with a much better understanding of keratin, I guaranty it. Keratin is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins that make up hair, nails, horns, claws, hooves and the outer layer of human skin.

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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

The following are all articles on this site. Read em all and your hair will thank you later.

Round Brush That Won't Melt

Round brushes that will not melt

 Round Brush That Won't Melt

Are you looking for an un-melted round brush? Well it all starts with the right tools so your hair brush should be of the highest quality. Sadly, not all hair brushes are created equal and certainly you don't want one that will melt under heat from your blow-dryer, right? A hairbrush melt could lead to a few really bad days of hair. I don't know any popular styles at the time of this writing which includes melted plastic.

What Size Round Brush For Bangs

What Size Round Brush For Bangs

What Size Round Brush For Bangs
A boar-bristle brush with firmly packaged bristles is the gold standard for stylistic bangs. The densely packaged bristles grab every hair stand and enable you to apply the correct amount of tension while using heat from your blow dryer to set the shape. All it requires is the practice of mastering bang techniques once you have the right tools.

Ceramic And Ion Big Round Brush

Ceramic And Ion Big Round Brush

Ceramic And Ion Big Round Brush
A ceramic round brush is a versatile dual-tasking instrument that can be used for flattening or curling hair and for pumping up the volume. How much did you really think about buying a hair brush? Are one of those that picks the one that looks good on the shelve? Or take the time to figure out exactly what you are seeking and read the reviews, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages and then buy one? This article is intended to help you make an informed choice.

Best round brush for fine hair blowout

Round brush blowout

Best round brush for fine hair blowout
If you have fine hair and are looking for the best round brushes for a super blowout then you came to the right place. In this article you will be presented with the best selling round blowout brushes and of course opinions of each where applicable. Round brushes are listed in order of popularity.
5 of the best round brushes for fine hair blowout...

Best round brush volume short hair

Best round brush volume short hair
Best round brush volume short hair
In this article you will be presented with 5 of the best selling round brushes specifically for short hair that people are using right now to add more volume to their style. This information including pricing are as of the writing of this article and are of course subject to change. The highest priced brush is a modest $13.99 and the lowest is an incredible $4.72. And a heated model for less than $11.00, that's right this is not a misprint.

What round brush is best for thick hair

What round brush is best for thick hair

What round brush is best for thick hair
Thick hair is amazingly good and wonderful to have and there are many benefits that quickly come to mind. For example, styles hold longer and you always have plenty of volume. But on the other hand your hair is also prone to have tangles and it takes a a lot longer to dry. There are many round brushes on the market but not all of them are best suited for thick hair. What you should be looking for in a round brush for thick hair is...

Types of brushes

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
Click on the links above to go to more jam packed informational articles. For example, what are the Pros and Cons of a Vent brush and what is a Vent brush used for. I cover these topics and more.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Are boar bristle brushes vegan

Are boar bristle brushes vegan

Boar brushes are not vegan because they contain bristles from an animal. A boar bristle 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.

Hair Brush
Aveda vegan brush

Favorite Vegan Brushes
Vegan Boar Bristle Brushes Price Brush Type
Aveda "wooden large paddle brush" vegan brush 26.23 Paddle
The Body Shop "Paddle" vegan brush $30.49 Paddle
Spornette "Masquerade" vegan boar-like brush $30.00 Oval
Vegan Tampico fiber hairbrush by Redecker $15.99 Oval
Paul Mitchell Pro Tools 413 Sculpting Brush $9.75 Vent

Cruelty-free boar bristle brushes

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

Boar brush vegan video

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.

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

aveda wooden paddle brush
Aveda vegan 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
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
Spornette "Masquerade" vegan boar-like brush

Paul Mitchell Pro Tools 413 Sculpting Brush - $9.75

Paul Mitchell Sculpting Brush

The Paul Mitchell brand has confirmed that it is truly cruelty-free. They do not test on animals neither does their suppliers or even any third-parties. In fact they don't sell their products where animal testing is required by law. For more you can check here.

Now with that out of the way the brush is basically a plastic brush. So if you are looking for something more substantial look elsewhere. Now there are advantages. First, this brush gets the job done and at a very nice price. And that maybe all you are looking for so for that reason it's a great value. However, if you are looking for a more expensive look and feel you will be disappointed. This brush is not going to feel like you have a high quality styling tool in your hand due to plastic just does not weigh enough.

Finding the right vegan brush and brush types

Finding the perfect vegan brush can be tricky and is not really straight forward as one might expect. Given the current marketing vegan brushes are really not advertised as one would expect. You really have to hunt for what you are looking for. In many cases product packaging is not clearly labeled as being vegan or cruelty-free.

Finding the right brush for your hair type is another big factor. Just because a brush is labeled vegan it might not suit your needs. For example, a bamboo brush is definitely vegan but is it right for your hair type and your hair style? So before making a purchase let's jump into some of the most popular brush types and I'll explain their common uses and what they are good at.

Detangling brush

These brushes excel at unraveling knots and tangle in your hair. Some have wide spaced teeth that allows the bristles or teeth to glide through your hair without causing much friction. Others like The Wet brush have flexible bristles that gently detangle your hair with each brushing.

Thermal brush

These brushes aid in styling and drying your hair. They are usually round brushes with vented holes in the barrel of the brush that lets air pass through from your blow dryer. This helps by cutting down styling time. The barrel is usually made of metal or ceramic material that allows it to heat up very quickly. These brushes are great for adding volume and lift to your hair as well as curls and waves.

Teasing brush

Now if you really need some volume the get a teasing brush. Teasing brushes are very good at adding volume right at the roots or very close to your scalp. The rows of bristles on a teasing brush are staggered so that the height of each row is a little different. This make for a great brush for backcombing and smoothing over to finish your style.

Vent brush

A vented brush is used primarily to help dry your hair. It's can also used as a brush for styling. It's perfect for drying and styling at the same time because the bristle count is very low as compared to say a boar brush. This feature thereby helps your hair dryer to dry your hair more quickly as the hot air is able to pass though the brush very easily. Most ventilated brushes only have enough bristles for light styling and adding volume.

Paddle brush

If you have lots of hair then a paddle brush is for you. Paddle brushes have a larger head that enables them to brush through more hair than an oval brush. By using a paddle brush you can cut your hair brushing in some cases down by at least 25% due to the larger brush head. If you have long hair a paddle brush is your best friend.


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.


More about Boar 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?
  5. Are boar bristle brushes cruelty free
Spornette Masquerade
The Body Shop Paddle Brush
Aveda Natural Products