Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Is it bad to brush your hair a lot

You most likely have heard that brushing your hair 100 times is beneficial. It's just common beauty wisdom, right? It will distribute the natural oils from your scalp to add shine to your hair. And you also most likely heard that it will stimulate blood flow to your scalp and boost hair growth. However, many stylist also say brushing causes friction on your hair and can lead to cuticle damage and breakage thus making your hair lusterless and frizzy. So which is it? And who is right?


Is it bad to brush your hair a lot?
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Is it bad to brush your hair a lot? Yes, many stylist agree that over brushing or over combing can cause more damage than good and may even prevent your hair from growing long. And here is why. Brushing your hair causes friction, and when overdone results in damage to the cuticles. The bristles pressure your hair as you comb through and thus results in damage to the cuticle. Too much brushing for long hair is particularly bad. As your hair grows longer, the ends get dry and are more likely to divide causing split ends and damage. Over brushing and friction helps this process along.

Brushing is bad


Yes, if you do it the wrong way.You could cause damage. And no if you do it the correct way. It then becomes beneficial. The trick is not to over do it and practice correct brushing methods.

How to minimize breakage?


If you brush and or comb the wrong way you could cause damage. Especially if you have long hair. The best way is to bend over and start at the nape of your neck and brush down to the ends. This takes the natural oil that is most abundant at the nape of your neck and spreads them down along the hair shaft to the end where its needed the most. For more on how to correctly brush your hair read my article on "What happens if you don't brush your hair" and make sure to watch the video at the end of post.

In addition, you can always use a leave conditioner to minimize friction and the dry condition. Apply a small amount to the end of your hair where it's the driest. For those of you who have short hair you are not going to experience this condition as your hair is not long enough. If you have real frizzy hair you should read my article called "What type of brush is best for frizzy hair" for 25 top brushes that will help. And also read "The best brush to avoid split ends".

Using the correct brush


So what happens if you use the wrong tool to style your hair? The answer is you could cause damage to your hair. You always want to match you hair type to the brush that is going to give you the best results. In the extreme case you could be damaging your hair and not even realize it. Here is a very good article I wrote "Are brushes bad for your hair" that will help you understand and answer the question. Another good article is "Are metal brushes bad for your hair". It's written primarily for men but the same principles apply to females too. So the bottom line is you always want to make sure you just don't grab any brush. For example if you have thin hair then a soft bristle brush is most likely going to be the best choice. You can read my article "Are soft bristle brushes better for your hair" to find out why.

I like this video from HSI on how to choose the right hairbrush. To visit their site go to HSI Professional. They do a great job of describing the different types of brushes and how to use each one. It's a quick video that gets right to the point and does not waste your time.


Is brushing a wet head a bad thing?


If you brush your hair while it's wet is that a bad thing? And the answer is yes if you are not doing it the correct way or using the wrong tools. For example, if you are using a boar bristle brush on soaking wet hair you could be causing a lot of damage. I go into a lot more details in my article "Should I comb my hair after washing it". I go over the right way to brush and great tips for how to handle wet hair. Just remember your hair is at it's most fragile point when it's wet and you should be very gentle if you have no choice but to brush it while it's wet.

7 hair tips and mistakes you need to know


  1. Shampoo - Be smart and do not over do it. Shampoo not only removes dirt but also removes your natural oil which protects your hair by keeping it from drying out. So don't over do it.
  2. Hair styles -  How you wear your hair could put stress on certain areas of your hair thus causing damage. For example, if you are wearing a rubber band in your hair everyday in the same place this could damage your hair in that spot. So the best advise is to switch hairstyles and rotate the placement of your pony to avoid damage.
  3. Conditioner - It's important because it adds moister back to your hair. It's especially needed on your ends to keep it from drying out and having split ends. Many folks say conditioner is designed to hydrate and nourish hair. I agree with the first part about hydrate but the nourish part I am not so sure about. What is there to nourish? Hair is dead. It's not like it's living and needs to be nourished. Dead hair is not going to eat, right!
  4. Towel wrapping - Most everyone is guilty of stepping out of the shower and immediately wrapping their hair in a towel. And when you take off the towel most folks will tend to give a vigorous rub to help dry. But did you know this could be harmful to your hair? And the reason why is the cotton fibers rough up the cuticle. And remember your hair is at it's weakest point when it's wet. The end result is often breakage. It's best to let naturally dry as much as possible or use something like a soft shirt instead of a cotton towel.
  5. Pillow case - Did you know that your pillowcase could cause damage to your hair? Well, you would have to be one of those to toss and turn a lot at night and use a cotton pillow case. As you move and your hair rubs against the pillowcase thus causing friction that eventually causes your hair to dry out. And of course this leads to tangles and then breakage. Granted, I believe before this could actually happen you would have to be spinning in your sleep like a washing machine. But to be on the safe side it's easy to switch to a stain or silk pillowcase that is smoother and causes less friction.
  6. Diet - To have healthy hair you need to be healthy. Make sure you are drinking enough water. As of this writing NAM recommends letting thirst guide your water consumption habits but set a volume of total daily water intake: 3.7 liters (15 cups) for the average adult male and 2.7 liters (11 cups) for the average adult female. A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and bright. What you eat can also prevent you from losing your hair. If you don't get certain nutrients from food, you might see negative effects according to WebMD.
  7. Aggressive brushing - Gentle brushing will be much better for your hair in the long run, especially if it is damaged and susceptible to breakage. All you really need to do is brush your hair until it looks good and is in the style you like then stop. No need to go overboard with brushing.

Conclusion


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I would love to hear your thoughts, tips, from hair care that works for you or your hairbrush wisdom so please leave a comment.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

What happens if you don't brush your hair

Brushing your hair is key to most beauty routines for women and also styling routines for men. That is one of the first things you do in the morning, right? And you rely on brushes and combs to help you with your hair style. A lot of debate has been going on over whether brushing your hair is really good or bad. But one thing that is true is that several things definitely happen when you stop brushing your hair. Oh by the way, not brushing or combing does not mean not washing.

What happens if you don't brush your hair
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What happens if you don't brush your hair? If your hair is short two things will happen. Number one, you will walk around all day with bed head and number two your hair will look more voluminous due to brushing makes it lay flat. If you hair is long then several things will happen. First you will experience both things that happen to people with short hair plus tangles and kinks. In addition you may experience more oil build up and lastly you may find yourself touching your hair more with your fingers removing tangles and kinks by hand.

Bed head


Bed head hair
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Actually this may not be a bad thing because bed head is in style right now. The polished pin straight hair style may not be your style. So this gives you are more care-free image and style that might go well with your personality.



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Voluminous hair


Voluminous hair
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By not brushing your hair it will not have that flat look because brushing your hair causes it to lay flat. You hair will look more poofy and have more body except that one spot where your head was on the pillow all night.

Oil build up


Oil build up
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Brushing your hair can be beneficial in the sense that it distributes oil from your roots to your dry ends. You may notice that your roots get greasy faster without brushing.

Kinks


Kinks
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You probably won't notice much if you have wavy hair, at least as much but others who have straight hair. Those who have straight hair will start to notice kinks forming especially if your hair is long.

Tangles and lots of them


thin and long then get ready for tangles
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If your hair is thin and long then get ready for tangles. You can use your fingers to slowly work through the tangles. If your hair is thicker then you may not get as many or as bad tangles as people with thin hair. For those of you who have short hair you may be able to get away with just running your fingers trough your hair and that's it, you are ready to go.

Using your fingers as a brush


Using your fingers as a brush
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Well this might be considered brushing in that you are not actually using a comb or brush but your fingers. Your fingers can actually be a very effective tool to detangle your hair and even remove kinks. With a little water or moisture and using your fingers to comb your hair you can remove that bed head look. And it works very well if you have short hair.

Quick recap of what happens if you don't brush your hair 



Friday, July 26, 2019

Are brushes bad for your hair

Did you know you could be damaging your hair and not know it. Using the proper brush is one of the most important elements in maintaining and rejuvenating healthy, naturally beautiful hair. A nourishing diet and avoiding toxic chemicals are other important elements that are beneficial as well.

Are brushes bad for your hair

Are brushes bad for your hair? Yes, most brushes are bad for your hair if you use the wrong brush for your hair type. You could be sabotaging your hair. Hair brushing advantages will only come by using the correct tools and instruments. Did you know that brushing with synthesized bristles creates hair friction? Friction can lead to cuticle breakage and thus resulting in hair that is lusterless and frizzy. And that's not what anyone likes to experience after a good brushing.

Did you also know that brushing your hair is a form of dry cleaning. Proper brushing can remove certain unwanted materials in your hair, including deposits of uric acid crystals, catarrh and other acids and impurities that build up and become deposited on your hair and scalp. Back in the old days before exotic shampoos bushing was used a a way to keep your hair hygiene in check.

Does brushing also condition your hair?


Hair brushing also conditions your hair, so it goes beyond cleaning. Your scalp is stimulated by brushing and this massaging and brushing moves the natural oils from your scalp and root areas all along the hair shaft down to the ends. As a result your hair is coated with your own natural oils making your hair shiny and healthy looking. Moisture is restored making your hair more sheen, smooth and of course more manageable and less frizzy. Or now days if you do not have the time to brush your hair 100 stokes twice a day you can just skip all that and use a good high quality conditioner or you can use coconut oil. For more, read my article on does coconut oil help static hair? I believe in today's modern world of great products you have a choice and both methods have merit.

But brushing too much can also be damaging


Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be bad, right? Brushing of your hair can damage your hair and prevent it from growing really long. And the reason why is brushing causes friction that can damage the cuticles. Bristles put pressure on your hair and overtime the end results may cause breakage. Too much brushing is particularly bad for long hair because as your hair grows, the ends become drier and more likely to split. conditioning products can help prevent damage but once damaged has occurred their is no repair other than to cut off the split ends.

Can the benefit of hair brushing can be surprising? 


Here is what is claimed to take place when you brush with a boar bristle brush. It stimulates the capillaries in your scalp and thus increases the blood circulation and transports oxygen and nutrients to the hair stem, root and bulb. This action also helps to balance the sebaceous glands by stimulating them and allowing them to breath better while retaining natural oils. some claim that sebaceous gland imbalance is often to blame for hair loss, as overproduction and underproduction of sebum cause weakening and undernourishment of the scalp. I personally find this hard to believe that it actually has any thing to do with actual hair loss. I believe most of the factors that control hair growth are out of our my and our daily control. The best step we all can take is to avoid hair loss and thinning is to avoid poor nutrition by making sure to eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated.

So by now you may be asking how fast does hair grow? 

The answer is the rate or speed of hair growth is about 1.25 centimeters or 0.5 inches per month, or about 15 centimeters or 6 inches per year. So it's going to take a long time to grow hair, it does not happen overnight. so at that rate its going to take 1 year to grow about 6 inches of hair. So to grow hair down to the middle of you back for example, it's going to take roughly 6 years.

How to bush your hair the correct way


Mason Pearson Boar Brush


I like this video because it explains how to brush your hair the correct way by bending over and starting at the nape of your neck and brushing down to the ends. This spreads your natural oils from the back of your neck area to the ends of your hair where it's needed the most to help condition and prevent split ends. Then  after brushing bent over, simply lift up and start brushing from your front hairline all the way back to the ends again. What you are aiming to do is to spread the oils from the hairline to the ends. Most if not all your natural oils are going to be concentrated along the back of your neck. that's why bending over to brush is very important otherwise you are going to miss out on a lot of natural oils. I am sure you will get a kick out of watching this video because in the end after all the brushing Ellen's hair ends up being thicker than a Lions. The brush used in this video is a Mason Pearson boar bristle brush. To read more on boar brushes check my boar brush articles. I am sure you will find it interesting reading and will help you choose the right brush.


How to choose the right brush for your hair type


I like this video because Jayne spells it out nice an simple on what Mason Pearson brush to purchase depending on your hair type. Also you might be interested in my article where I discuss and answer the question what type of brush is best for your hair.

Three types of hair:

  1. Fine to normal hair - boar bristles
  2. Normal to thick hair - boar and nylon brush 
  3. Thick hair - nylon

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Are metal brushes bad for your hair

The hair of each person is characterized by density, diameter, curl pattern, and porosity. You should match your hair type to your brush or comb to achieve the best results. If you are interested in purchasing a brush you should read my article on the best brushes for men. So if a metal brush comb snags or gets stuck in the middle of a brush stroke, your hair is most likely a thicker hair type. The hair diameter is characterized as follows: Fine, Medium, Thick and Natural.

Are metal brushes bad for your hair

Fine hair is likely to have no problems when using a standard plastic comb. By standard I am referring to a regular comb that you can purchase anywhere, nothing special. Medium to thick hair, when using a plastic comb, will experience a static build up and snagging in the middle of a brush or comb stroke if the tooth spacing is not wide enough. So if you ignore your hair type and pick any steel comb or brush you could be sabotaging your hair!

Are metal brushes bad for your hair? No, just make sure to get the brush or comb that is right for your hair type. For thicker or longer hair choose a brush or comb with a wide to medium teeth spacing. For fine hair choose a brush or comb that has thinner teeth or bristles that are a little closer together. A metal or stainless steel comb is just as comfortable and easy to use as any other comb you may have used.  Just make sure the comb you plan to purchase goes through a process to carefully finish and polish the metal comb so that all the surfaces and edges are smooth, rounded, and gentle on the scalp. This is important so the brush or comb does not catch or damage the cuticle as you brush your hair.

Why buy metal brushes and combs made from stainless steel?


Combs made from stainless steel are highly durable, extremely strong, and have superior weight and feel characteristics.  For the stainless steel combs, they usually about like a candy bar in you pocket. I like them because they feel much more substantial in hand than a plastic comb.  

I would recommend looking for a high-grade American stainless steel comb. Another good comb to look for is a Titanium comb. These are very strong and very light.

Some plastic combs look cheap, can break plus they all look alike. Most do not have much style or design to them. They are straight and that's it. It reminds me of the throw-away-commodity culture. It's cheap, does not last long and when it breaks or you are tired of it, just pitch it and get something else. Steel combs are the exact opposite. It's long lasting, has a cool design, it means something to the user and they look forward to using it.

Metal fine hair comb

Metal comb

A good fine hair comb I recommend is the Model 1 from Chicago Comb Co. From the moment it was introduced, the Chicago Comb Model 1 quickly became one of the world's most iconic combs. The world's only comb made of pure American titanium. The ultimate comb of hair, built to last a lifetime. 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) long, with medium-sized teeth (tines). Works well with virtually all types of hair. The patented design adds extra functionality to hold or hang the comb after use. Designed for everyday use, making a great pocket or travel comb. Can also be used as a beard comb by gentlemen. Model 1 Titanium is precisely laser-cut from a solid sheet of pure American titanium and then carefully finished by hand and machine in a long, multi-step process.

Metal thick hair comb


Metal comb
For thick hair I recommend the Chicago Model 5 in the awesome Red color. Chicago Comb is proud to introduce the new Vibrant Model 5 wide dental combs. Made of unbreakable stainless steel with a smooth velvety luxury finish for the most comfortable comb experience ever. Cardinal Red has a fresh, bright finish that will surely put a smile on your face every morning. Made in USA, with the iconic star logo of Chicago Comb engraved in the upper right corner and built to last a lifetime. The Short Model 5 is the perfect travel and pocket comb at 4 inches (10 cm) and is also great for styling thicker beards.

The Model 5 Chicago Comb is far superior to the cheap, "coated" base metal combs sold by many competitors. These frequently made of zinc or cheap steel that can easily rust or corrode, developing unattractive bubbles in the surface when the coating is chipped or wears away. By contrast, Chicago Comb Model 5 has both a high durability finish and an American-made stainless steel core that will never rust or corrode. You can buy with confidence, as Chicago Comb has been acclaimed as the maker of some of the finest combs in the world. Chicago Comb was featured and honored in Allure, Martha Stewart American Made (2015 Stye Finalist), Men's Journal, GQ, Monocle, and many other top publications.

Chicago Comb Co


Chicago Comb Co. is the culmination of years of thinking about art, manufacturing, and sustainable production, started by two longtime friends. Their mission is to create a grooming accessory company that redefines elegance with timeless products.

How steel combs are made




Steeltooth combs

metal steeltooth comb

Another product I recommend is combs by Nick Baker's Steeltooth combs. His story goes as follows according to his website: His hair would get snagged and it would take him forever to get ready for work in the morning. As with many folks he could not get a smooth stroke unless his hair was saturated with water, and that is not good to brush or comb wet hair due to hair is at it's weakest when wet.  Plus you don't really want to go outside with a wet head on a cold day. He was forced to keep my hair short because of this issue. I thought that if he had a comb that had teeth that were hard and smooth, it should solve the issue. So that's how he came up with his own design and Steeltooth was created.

More on Steeltooth Combs



Common brush questions


What different hair brushes are used for?

What kind of brush is best for thin hair?

Brushes that don't cause static?

What type of brush is best for frizzy hair?

Best brush for curly black hair?

Is Hot Air Brush Bad For Hair?

Early influence of metal comb designs


For thousands of years, combs were made of all kinds of materials from wood, shells and even silver and aluminum.  Some of the combs which survive from that period have intricate designs and were made with great attention to detail.  Particularly notable are early 20th Century designs by Georg Jensen in Denmark.

Born in 1866, Jensen was the son of a knife grinder in the town of Raadvad just north of Copenhagen. Jensen began his goldsmithing training at the age of 14 in Copenhagen. His apprenticeship with Guldsmed Andersen ended in 1884, freeing young Georg to follow his artistic interests.

From childhood, Jensen had longed to be a sculptor, and now he pursued this course of study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1892 and began to exhibit his work. Although his clay sculpture was well received, it proved difficult to make a living as a fine artist and he turned his hand to the applied arts. First as a model at the porcelain factory Bing & Gr√łndahl and, starting in 1898, he founded a small pottery workshop in partnership with Christian Petersen. Again, the work was well received, but sales were not strong enough to support Jensen, a widower at this point, and his two little sons.

He abandoned ceramics in 1901 and began again with the master, Mogens Ballin, as a silversmith and designer. This led Jensen to make a landmark decision when he risked what small capital he had in 1904 and opened his own little silversmithy at 36 Bredgade in Copenhagen.

Jensen made his first piece of jewelry in 1899, a buckle of silver and silver "Adam and Eve"

Monday, July 22, 2019

Kent diplomat brush

Is the Kent diplomat considered a true luxury hairbrush of exquisite quality? Is it really better than a dollar store brush? The Kent OS11 rectangular club hair brush is constructed of two types of wood. It's a grooming brush featuring a beautiful satin wood back and a beech wood base. A high gloss coating is applied to accentuate the wood colors and grains. It is plugged with white ultra soft boar bristles which is ideal for men or women with fine or thinning hair. And of course makes a great gift for men of all years because it comes in a beautiful presentation box.

Kent diplomat brush

Why you need a Kent OS11 Diplomat hairbrush


This brush has soft bristles so it's going to be great for those who have thin hair or balding hair. The softer bristles will feel much better on the scalp as opposed to firm or stiff bristles. It will gently glide through your hair not pulling or causing any damage.

For those who are balding this is important because it protects what you have by not ripping out your hair. Softer bristle brushes have much less penetration than stiffer bristles so a soft bristle brush is exactly what you want for thin hair types. Sometimes a soft bristle brush is referred to as Second-cut. So a First-cut is a much stiffer bristle than a Second-cut.

Did you know each hair is comprised of three layers? The outside or protective layer is called the cuticle. It's job is to protect the two inner layers.

Your hair is dead. It's not alive so once it's damaged there is really no repairing it. If your brush rips at your hair and now you have split-ends as a result, there is only one way to cure that and that is to cut off the bad ends. So choosing the right brush for you hair type is important.

Our individual hair type is created by genetics, but the condition of your hair can change radically at different stages of your life due to age, health, environment, temperature, psychological state of mind and chemical hair treatments.

Why is the Kent Diplomat brush so expensive?


Let's say I purchase a brush and I am impressed with it and then recommend it to all my friends. They are then in return likely to buy one and then access it's quality. If it's a $5.00 brush, one of more of my friends will most likely get a dud. They will respond by saying, hey I bought the brush you recommended and the bristles are falling out and it came with a dent in the top. And I'll respond, well, I'm not sure what happened because mine is good.

This is so often the case with cheaper brushes. It's a hit or miss. Quality is not consistent. One day you may get a really good one and the next day you get a lower quality brush. But with a higher priced brush this is usually not the case and if it is by some fluke the manufacturer will make it right.

With Kent you are paying for quality, and more specifically consistent quality. If I buy a brush from them today and come back years from now and buy another one I am going to get the same top notch quality every time. You are paying for consistency. You are paying for 230 years of brush making know how.

Kent Brushes is one of the few hairbrush manufacturers left in the UK. Although they experience continuous pressure from cheaper foreign imports marked with so called "designer" labels sold at extortionate prices, they will never settle for selling a lower quality product at a high price point. They only produce world-class products without compromise.

You can easily tell the quality of a good brush. Look closely at a $5.00 brush and compare it to a Kent. The fit and finish is no where near the same. The cheaper brush will not have the same finish, it will be rough in places where the manufacturer did not take the time to completely sand the surface smooth.

It will have splinters or tiny burs on the underneath where the bristles are plugged into the brush. The round bristle holes will not be completely smooth may even have jagged edges. Cheaper brushes will not tell you the type of wood used and it will most likely be painted so you will not see wood gains and can access it's quality.

On a cheaper brush the underneath where the bristles are attached may not be finished. The bristles are mostly likely of random quality and stiffness. A soft bristle brush may actually have medium texture bristles as the manufacture has not taken the time to properly sort out the bristles and classify them. They take the word from their originator that's it is a soft bristle for example. And they may not have a hand in the manufacturing process at all.

The philosophy of Kent runs far deeper than just creating a great brush. They are extremely proud of their British manufacturing heritage and wish to maintain a spectacular reputation through their dedication to exceed all customer expectations and continuing to dedicate commitment to each and every customer.

So the bottom line is you can purchase a cheaper brush and it may be just fine. But if you are a discriminating buyer, have the need for a soft bristle brush and want the best then I would recommend the Kent Diplomat.

There is a high likely hood that this brush will last a lifetime if well cared for. Therefore thinking of it in this way the cost is not as much when averaged over the entire life of the brush. Another way to think of cost is think of all the hair products you purchase over the course of a year. Each special conditioner cost at lease $20.00 per can. That adds up quickly. So when comparing a high quality brush to products you buy it's not that expensive in the long run.

So which path will you choose? The Path which has all the charms of a high quality luxury brand or the path of the dollar store wonder? Or maybe somewhere in between?

What are the bristles made of?


Kent is well known for their passion for brushes made from 100% boar bristles. The bristles comes from the finest bristle merchants in India and China, where quality is guaranteed. Timbers are chosen from sustainable forests around the world, selected to be shaped, drilled and polished for their beauty, grain, color and suitability.

How do you clean and maintain a Kent brush?

  1. Prepare warm water in a shallow container with either a little shampoo or soap
  2. Use a wide-tooth wooden comb, your hand or a special cleaning tool like a LPC2 for example, to remove hair from your brush.
  3. Place the brush with the water on the bristles, usually the brush is placed bristles down. Don't completely submerge the brush in water. Let it soak for 10 minutes in water or you can swish it around.
  4. Remove the brush from the container.
  5. To rinse the brush, change the water. To rinse, use cold water and then swish around again until all the soap and dirt is gone.
  6. Let the brush dry with the bristles on a clean towel. Run your fingers a couple of times across the bristles to flick off any excess water.
  7. Make sure any water on the handle is cleaned off. Depending on the amount of water in the cushion part of the brush (if your brush has a cushion), it may take a few hours or all day to dry.Let is dry naturally do not use heat and avoid direct sunlight. 

How brushes are made at Kent



Saturday, July 20, 2019

Soft bristle military hair brush

Military hair brushes date back to the 1700s. Their compact, handle-less design was considered good for travel. The main reason for the military brush's shape was simply to be more compact to fit in a military travel bag. They also have a similarity to the brushes used to rub down or brush down a horse but minus the strap going over the back of the hand. It's a classic military item in it's own time, back in the day and was very popular. They were ideal for the military on the move.

Soft bristle military hair brush

What is a military hair brush? It's a circular piece of wood inset with boar or nylon bristles. Its design is much like the currycomb of a horse. It is meant for use with short hair and is therefore often thought of as the hairbrush for men only.

Military soft bristle brush roundup


In this post I gathered up a list of the most popular and best "soft" military hair brushes for men. These are going to suit men who have short hair and tender scalps. These brushes are not going to be good for waving as they are way too soft. I started with the highest price brush listed first followed by less expensive brushes as you go down the list.

Brush quality


Keep in mind there is no way a $5.00 brush is going to have the same fit and finish as a higher dollar brush. There are going to be places on the brush where it's not smooth and you are going to see imperfections. It's simply not going to have the finish of a Kent or Brush King brush. So when buying a less expensive brush set you expectations accordingly. It's normal for brushes to loose some bristles but if an entire plug comes out send it back for a refund.

Also be aware many cheaper brushes sometimes have a heavy chemical smell. I believe this has to due with where they are manufactured, as some countries do not have strict environmental constrains and allow for a greater latitude in the manufacturing process. If you are interested in reading more on this topic see my article "Best brushes for men" and scroll down to the section on "Best brushes don't smell like plastic and rubber". All prices are as of this writing and are subject to change.

Soft bristle military hair brushes

  1. Kent MS23D Finest Men's Military Style Dual Timber Hair Brush - Satin Wood and Beech Wood Base, with Soft, Pure White, Natural Boar Bristle - $94.00
  2. Kent MS23D Finest Men's Military Style Dual Timber Hair Brush
    1. Quality is top notch, fit and finish is excellent. You expect this in a high dollar brush and your get it. Kent has been making brushes for over 230 years so you are getting their 230 years of experience. Most of their brushes are still manufactured by hand.
  3. Zeus Palm Military Style 100% Soft Boar Bristle Beard Brush Set, Soft Second Cut - $40.00 
  4. Zeus Palm Military Style 100% Soft Boar Bristle Beard Brush Set
    1. High quality brush made in Germany from pear wood. Comes with a very nice tin and a bristle cleaner. Also comes in a First cut which is much stiffer so when purchasing make sure you get the Second cut which is the softer version.
  5. Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush, Made in Germany Very-Soft Light Bristle  - $28.95
  6. Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush
    1. Classic 1700 military style brush that fits in your hand very well. 
    2. Made in Germany's Black Forest region. Very nice quality for the price.
  7. Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush, Made in Germany Soft Bristle - $28.95
  8. Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush
    1. Handle is indented to ensure a positive grip while brushing.
    2. Made in Germany and of very good quality for the the price.
  9. Zeus Military Style 100% Boar Bristle Beard Brush, Soft Second Cut - $23.95 
  10. Zeus Military Style 100% Boar Bristle Beard Brush
    1. Great quality for the price. Made in Germany from pear wood. Comes in two versions a First cut or stiff bristles and a Second cut or soft bristles. Made sure you get the soft version for thin hair.
  11. Boar Bristle Beard Brush - Perfect For Balms and Oils - Natural, Soft Boars Hair by  Hundred Beard Co. - $10.95
  12. Boar Bristle Beard Brush
    1. Nice quality and 100% boar bristles. Plus you get a nice presentation cardboard box that makes it a great gift. 
    2. Not sure what the wood is, I assume it's a hardwood.
    3. Comes if with a lifetime guarantee which is impressive at this price range.
  13. GranNaturals Boar Bristle Hair + Beard Brush for Men -"Military Style" - $7.99
  14. GranNaturals Boar Bristle Hair Brush
    1. A great brush for this price range. Not sure what the wood is but assume it's a hardwood.
  15. Brush Strokes Extra Soft Oval Military Brush by Brshst - $6.95
  16. Brush Strokes Extra Soft Oval Military Brush
    1. Seems to be an OK soft brush for people who are cost conscious.
    2. Quality is going to be what you expect at this price point.
  17. Diane 100% soft boar military brush, camo, DBB0244 - $5.36
  18. Diane soft boar military brush in camo
    1. Very good price and quality is going to be about in that same range.
    2. The reason this one is on the list is because of it's awesome "camouflage" paint job. It's just looks cool. Other than that, it's a $5.00 soft brush.

What are the advantages of using a military hair brush?


Military brushes are used on what is some times called "buzz cuts" or extremely short hairstyles. They are also particularly suitable for the "slicked-back" hairstyles, as the dense brushes will not leave definite comb marks. Although a buzz cut hairstyle may seem too short to be worth combing, the biggest benefit of using a military hair brush is to help condition the scalp. It removes dandruff and spreads natural oils to promote healthy hair by conditioning hair with natural oils. Back in the "ole days" there were not a lot conditioners and other products so the way to condition your hair was to brush it daily.


The bristles massage and condition the scalp, remove dandruff and distribute the natural oil of the scalp to promote healthier looking hair. Like most all hairbrushes, military brushes come in a range of basic sizes and materials.

Can I use a military brush on my beard?


Military hairbrushes are also very commonly used to brush beards because short, coarse bristles are an ideal way to deflect curly hair. However please take note. The brushes listed above are not ideal for beards unless you have a thin short beard because of the soft bristles. For coarse hair a stiffer brush is needed for penetration.

Although it's tempting to look for a specifically made, smaller size, it's not a necessity. We often go straight from brushing our heads to brushing our faces. This one brush can do a lot. It can align your hair, your beard, and spreading healthy oils will keep your all your hair healthy, bright, and smooth. Plus it's a compact size for traveling.

What features should you consider when choosing a brush?


  1. Brush Purpose: Are you going to use the brush on your head, beard or both? What hair type do you have and do you need a soft, medium or firm bristle brush? Are you going to use the brush for waving and if so what stages? Will you use the brush in the shower or will it be exposed to water?
  2. Handle Material: Wood is generally much stronger than plastic and you can use much more tension if you have a wooden handle. However wood is not a good choice for the shower. Pearwood is popular because of the dark color, but beechwood is a nice alternative.
  3. Country of Origin: Germany makes excellent brushes, as does England. These are the main countries that have an excellent reputation for making quality brushes. You may end up paying more but you get consistent quality. Meaning if you choose to buy a brush 5 or 6 years later from the same company you will most likely get the same high quality brush. Plus when you open the package it will not smell like a chemical bag.
  4. Brush Size: This is covered under your intended purpose. Most brushes come in a standard size, but small brushes are also made for travel and beards.
  5. Price: Handmade brushes can cost 2-3x the price of a machine-made brush, but will last longer and lose fewer bristles. Buy from trusted well know manufactures and a good country known for quality manufacturing.

How to care for your military brush?


Caring for a military hair brush is a little different from caring for a usual hair brush due to its unique design. It should be stored between uses on its back so that the bristles do not bend. Using another brush, hair should be periodically cleaned from the bristles.

Military hair brushes sometimes need a deeper cleaning. Plastic military hair brushes can be soaked once a week in an alcohol and water solution, but wood-backed brushes can not be submerged or they will rot. Instead, you should swish the bristles in sudsy water and then rinse in clean water until the bristles are clean.  

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Boar bristle brushes for men made in Germany

Boar bristle brushes for men made in Germany

German wooden boar hair brush made by master craftsmen are designed to make you feel and look great. These are unique products that make a great gift and a lasting impression. When you think of Germany the first thought most likely comes to mind is high quality, exquisite craftsmanship and the best boar brushes. And of course in exchange for quality and craftsmanship most folks would be willing to pay a little more. After all, these are products, if taken care of should last a lifetime.

Made in Germany Boar Brushes For Men


In this post I rounded up the most popular and best brushes made in Germany for men. Although they say men in the title many of these brushes are also outstanding options for women as well. I started with the highest price brush listed first followed by less expensive brushes as you go down the list. All prices are as of this writing and are subject to change.

Boar bristle brushes for men made in Germany

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18 Top boar bristle brushes for men made in Germany

Item # Description Price
1 Zilberhaar Basic Beard Brush Kit $45.00
2 Zeus Palm Military Style 100% Soft Boar $40.00
3 100% Pure Calcutta Wild Boar Bristle $36.50
4 Fendrihan Men's Pure Boar Bristle Real Olivewood $33.95
5 Fendrihan Men's Oval Hairbrush Pure Bristle $33.95
6 Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military $29.95
7 Shash Everyday Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Firm $29.95
8 Shash Captain Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Soft $29.95
9 Fendrihan 3 Row Olivewood Hairbrush $29.95
10 Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle & Pear Wood Military, Soft $28.95
11 Fendrihan Boar Bristle & Beech Wood Military medium soft $28.95
12 Fendrihan 5 Row Thermowood Ash Hairbrush $27.95
13 Redecker Wild Boar Bristle Men's Hairbrush Waxed Olive Wood $27.99
14 Shash The Tidy Craftman Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Firm $27.95
15 Zeus Military Style 100% Boar Bristle Beard Brush, Soft $23.95
16 Men's Hairbrush Military Style, Oiled Pearwood, Stiff Bristles $19.99
17 ZilberHaar Beard Brush (Soft Bristles) German Pearwood $17.99
18 Zeus 100% Boar Bristle Pocket Beard Brush $12.00
Prices are as of the posting date and are subject to change

Readers of this article and myself would love to hear your comments. What is your favorite brush and why do you like it? Please comment below. 
 
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

1. Zilberhaar Basic Beard Brush Kit (Soft Version) 2nd Cut Boar Bristles - $45.00


This is a kit where you get a regular beard brush and pocket brush and a brush cleaner tool. This kit is the ideal gift for any beard grower, with a regular beard brush for morning routing and a pocket beard brush for the car, office or travel set. Add the steel cleaning brush to keep your brushes in perfect condition for a long time.

Video courtesy of youtu.be/kHxPYT8p2yE

This brush is made from 100% pure boar bristles and European pear wood by master craftsmen in Germany. These unique and natural products have been designed to feel great in your hand and skin.

This is a soft boar bristle brush pictured. Zilberhaar also makes a stiff bristle version of this same kit. The soft version is not going to have the penetration needed for thick hair. Depending on your hair type you may need the stiffer kit to get good penetration. Made from the second cut of the boar bristle, these slightly thinner bristles are especially good for first-time users or people with sensitive skin.




Packaged in a black box and black foam protected. A great experience of gift that will surely give a lasting impression.

The brush is made of Pear wood that is used to carve out a single block of wood. The wood is grown in Austria in the Black Forest. Each tree taken is replaced via sustainable forests. The wood handles are then carved from a single block of wood and sanded to a smooth finish, first by machine with pebbles and finished by hand to get every part right. By making the brush from a single block of wood gives it strength and should be much stronger than 2 piece plastic handles. This allows you to use more tension while brushing linger hair.

Zilberhaar Brush Kit

This is important to note that a brush shaped out of a single piece of wood is going to be much better for the environment because there are no VOCs, glue or other chemicals needed to piece the wood together. The handle is one solid piece of wood not many tiny pieces glued together. VOCs, are known as Volatile Organic Compounds, and are a class of super-powered carbon-based chemicals. They can quickly evaporate into the atmosphere at room temperature, and they sit there and wait for someone to inhale them.


I like this kit because it's reasonably priced, good quality and you get a beard brush and a hairbrush together which makes a great gift. The only decision you have to make is to make sure you get the right firmness. The firm or first cut bristles are going to much better for thick and longer hair because yoiu get much better penetration. The softer or second cut boar is going to better for people who have thin or short hair. Less penetration is needed. Zilberhaar is based out of France but imports brushes manufactured in Germany.





2. Zeus Palm Military Style 100% Soft Boar Bristle Beard Brush Set - $40.00

Zeus Palm Military Style 100% Soft Boar Bristle Beard Brush Set


This is a 100% boar bristle palm style brush. It comes in two versions a stiff or fist cut and a soft or second cut. For thin hair you are going to want the soft or second cut and for thick hair where more penetration is needed you are going to want to get the first cut or stiff version. The Zeus Military
Style Palm Brush is available in two distinct stiffness. First cut boar bristles are a strong brush, perfect for lengthy, thick or dense beards. Second-cut boar bristles are thinner and more appropriate for smaller, medium-length beards.

Zeus Military Brush

Comes with a cleaning tool and a very nice black tin box. Artfully designed brush made of the best materials in Germany. I like a military style brush because it's compact. There is no handle so it's perfect to throw in a travel bag. The biggest problem with most military brushes is that finger indention are needed to properly grip the brush. I have seen many cheaper brushes without intentions and it's all most impossible to get a good grip while brushing through your hair. But this one has the right depth cut into each side of the brush thus giving you perfect finger indentations. This allows the brush to sit perfectly in your hand. Most higher quality military brushes are going to cost upwards of $40.00 and this one is no exception.

3. 100% Pure Calcutta Wild Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Butterfly Engraving - $36.50

100% Pure Calcutta Wild Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Butterfly Engraving


Desert Breeze Distributing is offering 2 versions of this brush and you should choose the version that is going to be the best for your hair type. There is a PW1 and a Calcutta version, with the Calcutta version featuring much stiffer bristles. Also the Calcutta has longer bristles for better penetration.

Calcutta bristles are very stiff and come from a different wild boar species raised in the high country of India. This high quality brush is recommended for those with medium thick hair. The Indian boar or Sus scrofa critatus is native to India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka. It has a much larger mane than it's European counter part. The main on the Indian boar runs along the top of it's head all the way down to it's lower body. It's tail is also more tuffed bristles.

PW1 is softer than the Calcutta and I recommend for thin hair. It's not going to have the penetration of the Calcutta and will feel much better on your scalp.

The brush has 100% boar bristles and no nylon.

The handle of this beautifully crafted brush is made from oiled pear wood, grown locally in Germany.

The wood has an engraved butterfly image that represents nature's gentle and transforming powers.

Crafted at a family shop in Germany's Black Forest, which has been making high-quality hairbrushes for over 100 years.I like the solid wooden handle. It's nice and smooth and finished with an oil finish which serves are a great protection for the handle. give the brush a nice natural looking wear after several years and can be re oiled if needed. The brush feels great in your hand and very well balanced. the minute you pick up the brush you know it's something you will want to use to brush your hair with. It has that quality feel. It's well crafted and a pleasure to use.

The real test is going to be when you get the brush and feel the bristles. They may be too stiff or may be too soft. It's really a personal preference. There are general guidelines like thick hair will need a stiff brush and thin hair will need a softer brush but in the end you are just going to have to see it in person for yourself.


As a man you always want your brush to work with your hair and not against you. Once good advise is to choose a brush that is based  on your hair length. Paddle brushes are great if you have long hair. It covers more hair with each brush. Vent brushes are great if you have thick curly hair. And to detangle hair I recommend The Wet Brush.


4. Fendrihan Men's Hairbrush Pure Boar Bristle with Real Olivewood Handle - $33.95

Fendrihan Men's Hairbrush Pure Boar Bristle with Real Olivewood Handle 7 Inches


What I like is its' made in the Black Forest region of Germany with Olivewood of high quality. The brush is approximately 7 inches in length which is a perfect size. Olivewood is a very hardy wood and manily farmed from trees growing in and around the eastern coasts of the Mediterranean. The wood is very strong so it makes a great brush handle. It does however have a high sensitivity to the elements so you are going to want to not let it soak in water and to take care of the wood. While working with the wood, sanding etc. it has a very distinctive fresh fruity smell. It also has a very nice grain and texture. Because the tree branches grow in a very strange and twisting way it make getting large pieces of lumber very difficult. However it's perfect for smaller pieces like handles for brushes.

Olivewood is regarded as a high end wood therefore is predominately reserved for higher end objects and expensive indoor furniture. Most handles are kiln dried, it's hard to dry and therefore lends itself to warping. It lacks natural oils so it can rot if not treated. As you can see from the picture above the brush handle has a strikingly rich color and grain pattern which in my opinion makes for a perfect and beautiful brush.

The bristles are 3/4 of an inch long and are medium hard. You can use it for your beard if you do not have coarse hair. But it's design is not intended for use as a beard brush. It features a 8 row design.

It has a very nice wood handle, a bit on the smaller side for my personal taste but very nice none the less. The wood grains look very nice. You can tell a lot of craftsmanship went into the make if this brush.

This is also good for any women who has medium to long thin hair type who wants a high quality brush made in Germany.

5. Fendrihan Men's Oval Hairbrush Pure Bristle with Real Olivewood Handle - $33.95

Fendrihan Men's Oval Hairbrush Pure Bristle with Real Olivewood Handle


Nice handle that's comfortable in the hand. It's not too short. Beautiful Olivewood handle with natural wood grains. Length of brush is 8.6 inches. It;s a medium to full size brush.

100% boar bristles in 9 rows. Recommend for long, thick fine hair.

Good for men or women. Says men but it's not gender specific.

I like the exquisite German craftsmanship, nice Olivewood handle with beautiful grains.The oval shape is going to be a real good shape for both longer hair and short hair. It's like a good all around tool that can be used for both hair types. the handle feels very comfortable in the hand mainly because of it's shape. At the base of the handle, right where the bristles start the handle has a relief cut perfectly for your thumb. This allows you to get a very comfortable grip. In addition, attention to detail is in the handle cut. It's not perfectly round but has a small flat plain. This allows your fingers to get a very good grip, much better than if the handle was just round.

6. Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush - $29.95

Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush


Fendrihan specializes in high-quality products with a respected reputation.

This is a pear wood military style brush with medium stiff bristles. It's 100% boar bristles. It has an indented handle for a very comfortable grip.

I recommend this brush for folks who have short thick hair due to the bristles are are medium stiff and they are 3/4 of an inch long. I do not recommend for long hair or thin hair. These bristles are not going to flex as much like softer bristles would. For thin hair you want the soft bristle version as described below.


Did you know many boar bristles brushes are made in Todtnau Germany? Many are made in the same factory. For example Zeus, Shash and many others are made in Todtnau.


7. Shash Everyday Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Firm - $29.95

Shash Everyday Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Firm


This is the same as the "Fendrihan Men's Oval Hairbrush Pure Bristle with Real Olivewood Handle" brush mentioned above just distributed under another the Shash name. This one is a few dollars cheaper but the exact same brush. So if you don't care about the Fendrihan name you can pick this one up and save a few dollars.

I like this brush because you get nice quality for a reasonable price. the fit and finish is good and it feels good in your hand. I also like the logo on the handle that says made in Germany.

8. Shash Captain Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Soft - $29.95

Shash Captain Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Soft


This is the exact same brush as the "Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush" mentioned above. It comes in two versions, one is soft and the other is a stiff bristle version. This happens to be the exact same price as the Fendrihan. I think either one will work just fine sine I strongly believe both the Fendrihan and Shash are both made in the same factory in Germany.





9. Fendrihan 3 Row Olivewood Hairbrush with Boar Bristles - $29.95

Fendrihan 3 Row Olivewood Hairbrush with Boar Bristles


To maintain your hair and scalp nourished and healthy, 3 tracks of bristles. Boar bristles are perfect for scalp massage and hair conditioning. Olivewood handle with a slender structure is sturdy and lightweight, making it ideal for traveling. Made to the finest standards of craftsmanship in Germany.





10. Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle & Pear Wood Military Hair Brush soft bristles - $28.95

Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Pear Wood Military Hair Brush soft bristles


This is the soft version of the brush mentioned above. I recommend this one for folks who want a softer brush and have thin hair. The bristles on this one are going to have more flex and thru feel much more comfortable on your scalp. However it not going to have the penetration like a medium stiff bristle would thus I do do recommend this one for thick hair.

If you have thinning hair and a bald spot and want a boar brush this is the one I recommend. It's going to feel good on your scalp.This can take the place of a comb.





11. Fendrihan Boar Bristle & Beech Wood Military Hair Brush medium soft - $28.95

Fendrihan Genuine Boar Bristle and Beech Wood Military Hair Brush medium soft


Same as the soft version mentioned above except this is the medium soft bristled version.
I recommend this one for thin hair. Or for men who have have thinning hair or a bald spot. The bristles will be much more comfortable on the scalp.





12. Fendrihan 5 Row Thermowood Ash Hairbrush with Boar Bristles - $27.95

Fendrihan 5 Row Thermowood Ash Hairbrush with Boar Bristles


This brush is made of ash thermowood is darker in color than its olivewood cousin. Thermowood, or heat-treated wood, is better protected against invading fungi or insects so you know your brush will last much longer when exposed to damp moisture of your bathroom. It features an ergonomic shape and 5 rows of pure wild boar bristles. It fits very comfortably in your hand.

Made in Germany by expert craftsmen using skills honed over 150 years of history.
100% genuine, dark boar bristles massage your scalp and stimulate oils.    A dark, lightweight, heat-treated wood ensuring longevity of your brush.    Length is 8.3".

More about Thermowood

The main advantage of using thermowood is that the manufacturer can use softer woods that otherwise are unusable. And swelling and shrinkage is greatly reduced. The biggest disadvantage is that after the process the wood could lose up to 30 percent of it's strength.

"Thermo-treated wood is a new generation of wood products. This blends unique properties such as water repellency, temperature resistance and dimensional stability. A beautiful brown tint and natural wood grain, along with these new properties, make this material an environmentally friendly alternative to chemically treated wood."

What is Thermally Modified Wood?
Thermo-treatment of wood worldwide
Description of Thermowood

13. Redecker Wild Boar Bristle Men's Hairbrush with Waxed Olive Wood Handle - $27.99

Redecker Wild Boar Bristle Men's Hairbrush with Waxed Olive Wood Handle


A flexible brush for everyday hair care, the Redecker Wild Boar Bristle Men's Hairbrush with Waxed
 Olive Wood Handle efficiently grooms all hair kinds. Natural wild boar bristles are strong enough to tame coarse, dense, unruly hairs, yet soft enough to soothe fine, soft, wispy hairs and rub the scalp. Brushing hair is simple and effective with 8 lines of bristles. The brush's body is made of waxed olive timber that is sturdy, ergonomically constructed, water-repellent and appropriate for humid or humid settings.

Brush measures 7 "in length. Made in Germany.

14. Shash The Tidy Craftman Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Firm - $27.95

Shash The Tidy Craftman Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Firm


Designed for convenience with an ergonomic design and a smooth finish. It features natural boar bristles and feels great in your hand.  It measures 8.1 x 1.5,” and it’s ideal for everyday use, but yet it’s still compact enough for travel and grooming on the go.

15. Zeus Military Style 100% Boar Bristle Beard Brush, Soft Second Cut - $23.95

Zeus Military Style 100% Boar Bristle Beard Brush, Soft Second Cut


This is the same military style brush sold in the above mentioned kit, "Zeus Palm Military Style 100% Soft Boar Bristle Beard Brush Set".
This is a soft brush designed for thin shorter hair.

16. Men's Hairbrush Military Style, Oiled Pearwood, Stiff Bristles by Nessentials - $19.99 

Men's Hairbrush Military Style, Oiled Pearwood, Stiff Pig Bristles by Nessentials


Pear wood Hair Brush Military Style Natural Boars Bristles, oiled pear wood with all natural stiff boars bristles, 10 rows of bristles. Made in Germany.

Very similar to the other military brushed mentioned above but with no name engraved on the face or handle part of the brush.

Nessentials has their own website and has the best selections of brooms and brushes from Germany. they carry brushes, brooms, dusters and even thermowood brushes. they have too many products to list here. They carry products from Becker to Zoller. I like them because they are a one stop shop for high quality Germany made brushes for every use.

17. ZilberHaar Beard Brush (Soft Bristles)  100% Boar Bristle & German Pearwood - $17.99

ZilberHaar Beard Brush (Soft Bristles) 100% Boar Bristle & German Pearwood


Premium German boar bristle and pear-wood brush. Carved by the best German artisans from pear-wood from the German Black Forest. The bristles are ensured to be 100 percent natural boar.
The brush is 8.6 inches long and has a nice handle that is not too short. Give you very good control when styling.

18. Zeus 100% Boar Bristle Pocket Beard Brush, Medium-Firm Bristles - $12.00

Zeus 100% Boar Bristle Pocket Beard Brush, Medium-Firm Bristles


Features European pear timber with contoured corned body for a nice strong grip. Measures in 3.25"L x 1.125"W x 1.125"H. Sized for everyday use. Ideal for all kinds of beard and hair. Easy pocket carry.


Zilberhaar Basic Beard Brush Kit (Soft Version) 2nd Cut Boar Bristles


This is a kit where you get a regular beard brush and pocket brush and a brush cleaner tool. This kit is the ideal gift for any beard grower, with a regular beard brush for morning routing and a pocket beard brush for the car, office or travel set. Add the steel cleaning brush to keep your brushes in perfect condition for a long time.

This brush is made from 100% pure boar bristles and European pear wood by master craftsmen in Germany. These unique and natural products have been designed to feel great in your hand and skin.

This is a soft boar bristle brush. Zilberhaar also makes a stiff bristle version of this same kit. The soft version is not going to have the penetration needed for thick hair. Depending on your hair type you may need the stiffer kit to get good penetration. Made from the second cut of the boar bristle, these slightly thinner bristles are especially good for first-time users or people with sensitive skin.

Packaged in a black box and black foam protected. A great experience of gift that will surely give a lasting impression.

The brush is made of Pear wood that is used to carve out the brushes. The wood is grown in Austria in the Black Forest. Each tree taken is replaced via sustainable forests. The wood handles are then carved from a single block of wood and sanded to a smooth finish, first by machine with pebbles and finished by hand to get every part right. By making the brush from a single block of wood give it strength and should be much stronger than 2 piece plastic handles. This allows you to use more tension while brushing linger hair.

Zilberhaar is based out of France but imports brushes manufactured in Germany.

Why switch to a Boar Bristle Brush? 


A boar bristle brush distributes the natural oils of your hair away from your roots and down to the ends of your hair, hydrating and coating the hair in your scalps protective oils. The result is roots that no longer look oily but instead look much healthier and of course frizz-free hair.

How To Clean a Boar Bristle Brush?


Because boar bristle brushes distributes your natural oils throughout the rest of your hair from your scalp, they will need to be cleaned occasionally. When it's time to clean your boar bristle brush, you can tell because bristles will begin to look grey and dusty. More on how to clean a brush.

  1. First run a fine toothed comb along the edges of the brush to clean the bristles, starting from the bristles base to the ends to loosen the brush's hair. 
  2.  Then drag the comb through the brush until you have removed all or most of the hair and excess sebum.
  3. Prepare a warm water bath and a dollop of sulfate-free shampoo or soft soap in a container that allows you to soak the bristles without submerging the rest of the brush. 
  4.  Let the brush soak for approximately 10 minutes. 
  5. Then rinse the cold water bristles. 
  6.  Use a towel to remove any excess water and allow the boar bristle brush to dry completely before reuse.
Video courtesy of youtu.be/Iuq5Zal180k

A well-made hairbrush can last for years. Hairbrushes with natural boar bristles have been preferred for centuries. German hairbrushes are carefully handcrafted to provide years of satisfying use. Most are made from non-endangered woods , beautifully durable and smooth to the touch.

While creating this list these were the well known high quality made in Germany brushes I am familiar with. If there are other high quality German made brushes that I missed please say so in the comments below. Would love to get your feedback.

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