Friday, November 22, 2019

InStyler Original Hot Iron Silver 34 Inch

Video courtesy of Instyler
  1. Straightens and curls 
  2. Heated rotating barrel smooths and polishes as it styles 
  3. Tourmaline ceramic floating plate smooths without crushing, flattening or damaging hair 
  4. Multiple heat settings up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit 30 second rapid heat-up and auto safety shut-off 
This model is the 3/4 inch version so it's going to be great for shorter hair.
InStyler Original Hot Iron Silver 34 Inch Features
InStyler Original Hot Iron Silver 34 Inch Features
The great features about the Instyler is you can turn your ends in or out by simply allowing the barrel to spin on the ends of your hair for three to five seconds. Give your flat hair extra volume boost by adding your InStyler barrel to your roots! You will generate extra body and weight on the sides and back of your head, as well as extra height for your bangs.

InStyler Original Hot Iron Silver 34 Inch
InStyler Original Hot Iron Silver 34 Inch

InStyler TITANIUM 1.25” 1-Way Straightening and Styling Iron

InStyler TITANIUM 1.25” 1-Way Straightening and Styling Iron
The biggest advantage of this model is the titanium. It has the extra added benefit of smoothing and adding shine using the titanium.

The TITANIUM 1-Way Rotating Iron will completely smooth and shine your hair in a flat and elegant fashion without crushing or rubbing your hair. To straighten, close TITANIUM around the hair segment and slide down gradually from the root to the ends.

Straightens, curls, adds body and glow. The TITANIUM 1-Way Rotating Iron Precision Aligned Bristles and Heated Rotating Barrel delivers smooth, shiny, frizz-free hair with body and shine. Do not use during bathing or showering

InStyler MAX PRIME 1.25” 2-Way Straightener & Styler

InStyler MAX PRIME 1.25” 2-Way Straightener & Styler
This is the original Instyler rotating brush. There are newer models out there now like the Instyler wet to dry that has more capability.

  1. STRAIGHTENS BETTER: The rounded shape of the revolving barrel and the tourmaline ceramic hot plate avoids the bleaching and crushing that can flatten the skin, while the ion bristles brush and polish the bristles to reduce the frizz and give maximum shine.
  2. Optimum SALON STYLE. MINIMUM EFFORT.: The larger surface area of the 1.25 "round barrel (in addition to the flat plate) improves the heat recovery, enabling MAX to sustain a consistent high temperature of 425 ° F for maximum speed and styling performance.
  3. PROFESSIONAL STYLING: with 360 ° straightening capacity, the MAX Rotating Styler is favored over flat irons for straightening and managing frizz, while adding body and shine.
  4. Use on all hair types: with 4 heat levels 285 ° F, 315 ° F, 385 ° F, 425 ° F, for all hair types: long, short, thinning, dense, rough, curly, straight and frizzy.  It also has a 7' Professional Swivel Cord and an Automatic Shut Off.
  5. MAXIMUM VERSATILITY: a revolutionary 1.25 "two-way rotating barrel that straightens your hair and gives you the option to easily add curl, body and shine.

InStyler MAX PRIME WET TO DRY 1.25" 2-Way Styling Iron, White

InStyler MAX PRIME WET TO DRY 1 25 2-Way Styling Iron in White
The biggest benefit of the Instyler Max wet to dry is going to be that you do not have to start with dry hair. Your hair can be wet so this allows you to skip blow drying and thus save time by doing so.

  1. NO BLOW DRYER NEEDED: the only wet-to-dry styler that uses patented rotating technology to straighten, add curls and waves while drying hair at the same time. Skip the blow drying out and get that much-needed blow-out look.
  2. PROFESSIONAL FRIZZ-FREE STYLING: Innovative wet-to-dry ion bristles emit ions to reduce frizz and deliver maximum shine.  The rounded shape of the barrel prevents cracking and wrinkling, resulting in safe, volume-filled skin.
  3. FASTER, HEALTHIER STYLING: the Tourmaline Ceramic Heated Plate allows MAX WET TO DRY to maintain a consistent heat up to 425 ° F at maximum speed and styling efficiency.
  4. STYLING VERSATILITY: The groundbreaking 1.25 "two-way rotating barrel dries and straightens your hair and gives you the opportunity to quickly add curl, texture and shine to damp or dry hair.
  5. USE ON ALL HAIR TYPES: long, short, thin, dense, rough, curly, smooth, and frizzy. For best results, using dry hair on your towel.
    7' Certified swivel cord

InStyler MAX 1.25” 2-Way Rotating Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener & Styler in red

InStyler MAX 1.25” 2-Way Rotating Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener & Styler in red
The MAX is the most advanced version of the InStyler rotating iron. The innovative 2-way rotating barrel technology allows you to change direction by simply double-clicking the barrel for maximum results by rotating in the natural direction of your hair.

InStyler MAX rotating brush

With a tourmaline ceramic smoothing plate, dual rotating barrel and ionic bristles, the MAX straightens, curls and hair styles perfectly every time. The secret lies in the rotating, heated polishing cylinder, the tourmaline ceramic floating plate and the four rows of precision-aligned bristles. The MAX has a quick heat-up of 30 seconds and an automatic safety shutdown. Multiple heat settings are available for fine, medium and thick or coarse hair. The heat shield and the heat mat are included with the Max.

InStyler MAX 1.25” 2-Way Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener & Styler in black

InStyler MAX 1.25” 2-Way Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener & Styler in black
  1. STRAIGHTENS BETTER: The rounded shape of the revolving barrel and the tourmaline ceramic heated plate avoids the creasing and crushing of hair that can flatten, while the ionic bristles brush and polish strands to reduce friction and provide optimum shine.
  2. MAXIMUM SALON STYLE. MINIMUM EFFORT.: The larger surface area of the 1.25 "round barrel (as opposed to a flat plate) enhances heat recovery, enabling MAX to maintain a consistent high 425 ° F heat for maximum speed and styling efficiency.
  3. PROFESSIONAL STYLING: The MAX Rotating Styler is preferred for straightening and managing friction with 360 ° of straightening energy over flat iron, while enhancing body and shine.
  4. USE ON THE HAIR TYPES: With 4 Heat Settings 285 ° F, 315 ° F, 385 ° F, 425 ° F, put on all styles of hair: long, short, thin, rough, coarse, curly, straight and frizzy.  A 6' Professional Swivel Cord and Automatic Shut Off is also available.
  5. MAXIMUM VERSATILITY: The revolutionary design of the 1.25 ”two-way rotating barrel straightens hair and gives you the option to easily add curl, body, and shine.
Video courtesy of InStyler

InStyler Original Demo How I Style My Hair

Video by RockFabulous40s, to quote, "I've had this InStyler for years. Its my favorite styling tool of all time."

Big Voluminous Hollywood Hot Air InStyler Tutorial

Chloe Boucher tells us everything we need to know about the Instyler.

How I Curl My Hair Wtih The Instyler Hot Brush

Video by Megan Bailey, To quote Megan, "Hi everyone! I decided to upload this video even though I know the quality isn't the best, because my camera never focused all the way and I didn't realize until after I was already done filming. But, you can still see how I curl my hair! I can always re-film this tutorial. I really just wanted to have fun editing this video and just kind of messed around and had fun with it. I know it's a little all over the place and I'm a mess, but I hope this helped those of you who didn't know how to use The Instyler, or even if you've been thinking about getting one!"

How To Achieve Hollywood Hair Using The Instyler

Video by Suzanne Jackson. To quote Suzane, "For months you guys have been asking for a 'How To' video on using the Instyler! The Instyler is hands down my go-to and must have hair styling tool. Not only does the Instyler create voluminous waves, it also straightens the hair too if you wish and it offers a lovely bend on the ends, if you prefer the more effortless look."

Instyler Curls Tutorial

Instyler curls tutorial by msalliemarie. Per msalliemarie, "I had a lot of fun making it. in this tutorial I will show you how I achieve my curls using the instyler 3/4 of an inch barrel curling iron. I also have the larger barrel instyler that I use for softer curls. I hope this tutorial was helpful. if you have any addition questions or concerns, feel free to ask them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. thank you so much for watchin".

HairStyles Getting the perfect Curls InStyler Max Tutorial

In this Hairstyles tutorial, I'm going through two options to get the perfect curls using InStyler max. These methods are the perfect Instyler hot brush tutorial to get curls in long hair. Video is by Michelle Regazzoli Stone, she has been working in the makeup industry for over 10 years and has given her a wealth of experience in all aspects of make up. She is passionate about what she does. She frequently makes tutorial videos on makeup, hair and beauty.

Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial using the Instyler Hot Brush

Here's my Beach Wave tutorial using Instyler 1 and 1/4 of an inch barrel styling tool. I bought mine from an infomercial about 2 years ago. You can find them in most beauty stores or at Instyler. I hope you enjoyed this video, and I hope it was beneficial to you. Well, thank you so much for watching. Hope you all have a great day!

Rave Review InStyler Rotating Iron

Good video but the review in this video promotes affiliate links. They are honest and sate that they do so there is nothing wrong with that other than the reader needs to be aware as some readers may weight the review as less because of the affiliate links.

Review on the InStyler Rotating Hot Iron Hair Straightener

Here's my Instyler review of their Rotating Hot Iron Hair Straghtener that I use for everyday hair styling. This product really reduces the amount of time it takes to make your hair feel free to wear your hair in a ponytail all the time. The Instyler works best if your hair's dry. It's the only hair styling product that removes the bump left behind after you wear your hair, making it easy and fast to get a nice clean skin. The formula also prevents frizz and makes my hair look smooth and soft. I highly recommend it to you.

Instyler 7 In 1 Rotating Iron

Now get your glamorous hair with the best hair styler from InStyler. InStyler is no less than a hair make-up expert. Now straighten your hair, give your hair soft curls or rough curls so that everyone's attention can be drawn to your shiny strands. This hair styler includes an iron that rotates your hair perfectly by flipping it in and out. So next time you go out, let your hair rotate or flip, depending on your mood, to make your heads turn.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Vegan Tampico fiber hairbrush by Redecker

Redecker Vegan Tampico Fiber Hairbrush
Redecker Vegan Tampico Fiber Hairbrush
Why I like the vegan Tampico brush:
  1. Brush is 8 "long and made without any animal products; cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.
  2. Great for daily brushing; the plant bristles naturally condition the scalp and detangle the knots.
  3. Made of all-natural tampico fiber, stiff plant fiber bristles are perfect for hair brushing; bristles have a high degree of shape retention and withstand high heat when blowing hair drying.
  4. Handle made of natural oiled beech wood, highly resistant to wear and tear; ages gracefully and long enough for daily use.
  5. Bristles are not stiff. They are soft to medium.

Cruelty free

Part of Redecker's exclusive cruelty-free collection, the Vegan Tampico Fiber Hairbrush with Oiled Beechwood Handle offers an all-natural hair care solution. Made from tampico fiber, the plant-based bristles condition the scalp while the knots are smoothed and detangling. Stiff bristles retain their shape and withstand high temperatures, perfect for brushing and drying hair. The brush handle is made of natural oiled beechwood, which is resistant to wear and tear and is long-lasting enough for regular use. Cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, this 8 "long brush is handmade without animal products. For maintenance, rinse with warm water and towel blot to remove excess moisture.


Tampico fiberr plant
The Agave Lechugilla Plant courtesy of
Is this a NOT 100% boar bristle brush. There are NO plastic bristles. Bristles are made from all-natural tampico plant fiber. Handle is made from all-natural oiled beech-wood which is highly resistant to wear and tear. My experience is that Tampico fiber bristles is a soft to medium-soft bristle. It's not a firm bristle. It keeps it's shape and wears very well. More about fiber processing.

More about Redecker

The first handmade Bürstenhaus Redecker brushes were produced in 1935. Since then, a lot has changed. Today, the name Bürstenhaus Redecker stands for the perfect combination of natural performance, feature and design for many years. This lives on the combination of inventiveness, sound craftsmanship and imagination. Handcrafted in Germany, Bürstenhaus Redecker brushes are made of domestic woods, bristles, hair, and plant fibers, and have been for decades. Precedence is given to natural and sustainable raw materials.

Air dry with blisters facing down to prevent damage to the wooden handle. Made in Germany.

Champion brush from the brushhouse Redecker

The brush house Redecker

Brushes, brooms and brush from the brush house Redecker

Clean your keyboard with the PC brush from Redecker 

Hand brush with dustpan from Redecker

Redecker brush manufacture since 1935

The socket brush from Redecker

What does keratin do to your hair

What does keratin do to your hair?

Did you know keratin is a major part of your hair and is used in treatments to help condition your hair? But have you ever stopped to really think about what keratin really is and what does it does to your hair and is it dangerous?

Keratin makes hair less frizzy, more fashionable and straighter in shape. Keratin works by smoothing down the cells that overlap each other along the hair shaft. Tiny cuticles overlap each other like shingles on a roof to make up your hair strands. The layers of cells, called the hair cuticle form the outside layer of your hair and contains keratin. Keratin is a topical treatment that makes your hair very smooth, manageable, full looking and shiny. Keratin treatments can last up to 2 months. After have a Keratin treatment you should use sulfate free shampoos to make your treatment last longer.

Keratin hair treatments

Keratin Treatment Pros and Cons
Pros Cons
Get that smooth shiny look Some keratin treatments contain formaldehyde, which can be dangerous if inhaled.
Usually last a long time, 2 to 4 months Treatments can be expensive between $200 to $800
Hair becomes much more manageable Not washing you hair can be hard
Reduce the look of split-ends Not swimming might make it harder for some
Hair dries much quicker Not recommended for pregnant women
Strengthen and fortifies hair

5 things you need to know about Keratin
  1. Keratin protein coats hair cuticles
  2. Helps eliminate frizz and adds shine
  3. Expect more manageable hair
  4. Keratin treatments lasts between 2 and 4 months
  5. To ensure best results use gentle products
Keratin Oil For Detangling
Keratin conditioner

Did you know Keratin is one of a family of structural fibrous proteins. It is the key structural material that makes up hair, nails, horns, claws, hooves, and the skin's outer layer. Keratin is also the protein that protects epithelial cells against damage or stress.

To get a better understanding let's take a quick look at hair, what is it and is it really made up of dead cells? According to Matthew Hoffman, MD,

"Hair is made up of keratin"

Keratin and your hair

Keratin is a protein that is the main structural material making up hair, nails and in animals horns, feathers, claws and hooves. So it's not just in humans. And since it's a protein it's not alive. There are no nerve cells in hair. So when you get a hair cut you feel no pain.

Keratin is also a protein that prevents damage or stress to epithelial cells. In water and organic solvents, keratin is extremely insoluble. Now that being said keratin is not a magic solution that automatically repairs damaged hair. To find out more read my article on does damaged hair grow back healthy. In this article I also go into products that will help restore damaged hair and what you can expect.

Also another great article on this site is how to protect hair from damage. you are not going to want to miss reading this one! If you have ever had hair damage then you know one big question is how to protect your hair from damage. After all you do not want to have hair damage again, right? In this article I'll discuss tips to help prevent damaged hair.

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

There are many combs that are infused with Keratin oil to help with static electricity. These combs infused with keratin oil seem to work better than other combs when it come to reducing static.
If you are battling a lot of static in your hair then you are going to want to read my article on why does my hair get static when I brush it.

What Is A Keratin Treatment?

There are several hair care developments and treatments to keep up with but there's one I'd like to write about, keratin treatments in particular. If you're unfamiliar, a hair treatment with keratin is a salon product that aims to offer straight hair with plenty of shine and a smooth texture at one time. Also, there's some important stuff you should learn before you book your appointment for a keratin smoothing procedure. For example, different hair textures may react differently to keratin treatments, from dry hair to curly hair to frizzy hair.

What is a basic keratin treatment for your hair?

Although there are various basic types of keratin treatment formulations for your hair, the basic principle is that according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a professional hairstylist can use a combination of chemicals and heat to straighten and rearrange the natural bonds in your hair, generally using glutaraldehyde or formaldehyde. After application of the chemical solution to the hair, the stylist may usually add a keratin protein conditioner to keep the hair from being too dry and brittle. If all goes well, the end result is straighter, more smoother-looking locks. According to the National Biotechnology Information Center (NCBI), this common hair treatment method now goes through a wide variety of name that I am sure you have heard of. They are Hair Botox, Brazilian Blowout and Acetic Acid Treatment just to name a few.

Who can benefit from a Keratin treatment?

If you have wavy hair then you can benefit from a Keratin treatment. A keratin treatment is intended to relax your hair. However, keratin therapies do not do very well on hair that is tightly kinked. Natural hair bonds are just too tight to rearrange. Talk to a hair professional before you commit to a treatment. You hair professional can guide you through what are the best options for your particular hair type and texture.

It's important to note this kind of treatment affects the hair fiber's chemical structure, understanding the process and how it can influence the particular makeup of your hair strands are important. And  according to studies by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, in some cases unacceptably high formaldehyde concentrations may be used in these treatments. This can cause damage to your hair so doing your homework is crucial and also working with a professional you can trust.

Use a shampoo for keratin-treated hair or specifically formulated for chemically straightened hair without any sulfates, salts, or other surfactants. Chemically treated hair requires extra nourishment in order to remain hydrated, so skipping conditioner is not recommended.

How to take care of your hair after a Keratin treatment?

It's extremely important to take extra measures in care for your hair after a Keratin treatment. You should consider using an improved shampoo and conditioner and consider a program that includes a hair mask or leave-in conditioner. You should strive to work into your hair care routine certain safeguards to keep your hair strands looking good. It's important to note anytime after you add strong chemicals to your hair, whether it's when you dye your hair with permanent hair color or when you undergo a keratin treatment.

The end result is you will have sleeker hair without having to use a hair straighter. Just remember to take the extra precautions and use hydrate your hair regularly to keep that beautiful sleek style.

Are Keratin treatments dangerous?

Keratin treatments are dangerous due to one of the ingredients used in most conventional salon formulations associated with keratin treatments is formaldehyde. It is described by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a colorless, strong-smelling gas typically used to make building materials, household products such as glue and fiberboard, and used as a preservative when dissolved in the water. It's responsible for keeping hair in a nice shiny, straight and smooth condition for months at a time.

But there are some keratin treatments that do not contain formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). Instead, they contain ingredients such as methylene glycol, formalin, methanal and methanediol which release the carcinogenic compound when mixed with water during the treatment process. So while the solution might be theoretically formaldehyde-free, it isn't combined with water yet.

This poses potential danger not only for you but also for the salon technicians who regularly preform the treatments in confined spaces. The CDC reports common formaldehyde exposure side effects which include sore throat, nose bleeds, and scratchy eyes. The U.S. In 1987 This has been listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a material which could potentially cause cancer if exposed for a long time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns those exposed to possible health hazards and states that ingredients and products claiming to be safe, organic, or formaldehyde free might not be entirely accurate.

Such so-called keratin treatments can also cause significant harm to your hair over time. Treatment requires high heat to lock the hair in place, and for those with super-fine or damaged hair, it is not recommended. When you are looking for a less destructive, completely formaldehyde-free treatment, ask your salon if instead they use a glyoxylic acid-containing treatment. They do not straighten hair as drastically (they are more for shine enhancement and battling frizz), but they are much healthier as well.

Recommended Keratin videos

Image by Alexandr Ivanov from Pixabay
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Conair Comb Detangle 3.2 Ounce

Conair Comb Detangle 3.2 Ounce
Conair Comb Detangle 3.2 Ounce - newer model
The "Conair Comb Detangle 3.2 Ounce"comb does not seem to do as good at controlling static electricity as the older model. Older model pictured below. The older model is no longer available. The newer model is just a detangling comb. In addition, this model, the teeth seems to break easily, more than the older model. If you drop the comb on a hard surface it may break. If you accidentally step on it it will break. My advice is if you can get the older model then do it. My preference is the older model over the newer design. I am not 100% sure but I believe the newer model is made from a different plastic, seems to be harder and less flexible. This would cause the comb to be more brittle and create more static electricity while combing.

Conair older model detangling comb

Conair comb
Older model no longer available
 Newer model comb

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Aveda how to sleek straight hair tutorial with Brittany Marie

Brittany Marie shares her best tips on getting a smooth, elegant hair look with Aveda's Damage Remedy products.

Get a new, natural, straight-hair look with this tutorial from the beauty blogger Brittany Marie.

Aveda paddle brush hair care routine

From the beginning to the end video of all techniques used in styling plus all of the products used.

Aveda how to tutorial using wooden vegan paddle brush

You can achieve naturally curly, wavy hair without a roller hassle or a curling iron. In this hair tutorial, Aveda stylist Paige shows you how to create a heat-less curl hairstyle using Aveda's wooden vegan paddle brush along with some excellent tips for using Aveda Damage Remedy.

  1. Shampoo your hair using Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo, which helps repair and strengthen damaged hair. 
  2. On damp hair, start to style by applying Be Curly Style-Prep and brush through with the Aveda Paddle Brush. 
  3. Part hair into sections and begin to twist each section away from the face. 
  4. Add more hair to the twist until there is no more hair to add. Wrap the ends around and secure with a bobby pin or clip on the other side of the head. 
  5. Repeat the process on the other side. 
  6. Allow hair to dry overnight and remove the pins in the morning. 
  7. To help bind split ends together, apply Damage Remedy Split End Repair to the ends only. 
  8. Lock in curls with all-day frizz control that leaves hair touchable by spraying in Be Curly Curl Enhancer Hair Spray, scrunch in to finish the look.

Choosing a boar brush

A great hairbrush choice is the Spornette DeVille Cushion Oval Boar Bristle Hair Brush (#342)
Spornette DeVille Cushion Oval Boar Bristle Hair Brush (#342) is a great choice
How to choose the perfect boar brush. Look for a boar brush that has what's called "First Cut" boar bristles. First cut bristles are taken from the root or bulb end of the bristle. First cuts are more expensive and more desirable because the bulb end of the bristle is thicker and has better penetration. First cut boar brushes have much stiffer bristles. Many manufactures reserve First cuts for their premium products. Also, make sure the bristles are long enough to penetrate to your scalp. Having a long enough bristle is essential for massaging your scalp for stimulating the release of a beneficial oil called sebum for conditioning your hair.

Brushes comes in different sizes and shapes. What brush type is best for your hair? You should know the advantages and disadvantages of each of the basic shaped brushes before deciding on one. Plus you should know it's indented purpose. Know these basic facts will make selecting a brush much easier. When it comes to boar brushes the basic brush shapes are, round brush, paddle brush and oval or regular brush. Basally a paddle brush is going to be great for folks who have a lot of hair and their hair is long. Shoulder length or longer. An Oval brush is going to be great for those who have shoulder length hair or above. And lastly real quick, a round brush is going to be great at making volume or adding curls. The larger the diameter of the round brush the larger the curl. For really short hair you are going to want a smaller diameter round brush.

Boar, Nylon and Bamboo 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

Boar or Nylon which is better?

Each has their own strengths and weakness, but if you have really thick and or curly hair you are going to need maximum penetration. A boar bristle brush alone may not provide you with the penetration you need. So manufactures also make a boar and nylon combination brush. A really stiff First Cut boar along with nylon can get you the extra penetration you need to reach your scalp. The combination give you almost all the benefits of using an all boar bristle brush. Reaching your scalp is important to be effective at spreading your natural oils throughout your hair.

The reason why boar is so effective is that it's like your own hair. Boar has tiny scales just like a human hair. These tiny scales are real good at collecting your scalps natural oils and spreading them  from the roots to the tips of your hair. Nylon is much smoother therefore is not as effective as boar.

The "First Cut" is the most desirable and costly. Most manufacturers use "Second" or "Third Cuts" because they are smoother and well suited to thin or thinning hair. A Second or Third cut is going to be cheaper and softer than a First cut. First cuts are more expensive and more desirable because the bulb end of the bristle is thicker and has better penetration. Many manufactures reserve First cuts for their premium products.

Combination boar and nylon for styling

Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush
Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush

Great video on the use of a boar and nylon styling brush. You are going to want to watch as the techniques used applies to both men and women. SamVilla Signature Series Styling brush

How to distinguish real boar bristles

Video courtesy of

Quality boar brushes

When looking for a boar brush look for quality. Look closely at the workmanship of the brush and make sure that anywhere your hair will tough the brush is completely smooth and free from wooden splinters, gaps or rough or sharp edges. A wooden boar brush with splinters at the base will shred your hair. A cushion brush with shape edges where the bristle meets the rubber will also damage your hair.

Don't be afraid to spend some money a good high quality brush. Just think of all the money you spend on hair products in a year. At $10 to $12 dollars a can that adds up over time. So spending more for a brush is not a bad idea. Plus your brush will last 10, 20 or more years with proper care. When is the last time your purchases hair care products and it lasted 20 years? Honestly, I have some, but these were bad products I ended up not using. So they sat in the bathroom drawer for years before I tossed them into the trash.

Why use a boar brush?

The main reason people use a boar brush is to help promote healthy shinny hair. In addition with regular use you may even find out that you can cut down or maybe even totally eliminate some hair care products. In the long run this might even save you some money. So really a high quality premium boar brush may really turn out to be more of a bargain than you initially thought.

Hair brushing is essential for washing, massaging the skin or scalp and for stimulating the release of a beneficial oil called sebum for conditioning. Brushing distributes natural oils or Sebum. The effect is a healthy, shinny looking hair. Since sebum is the natural oil that protects and moisturizes your skin. Daily brushing results in hair that is more manageable and, of course, more shinny.

More on brush types

Usually boar brush is called a finishing brush. This is because you want your hair to be completely dry and tangle free before your use a boar brush. Brushing wet hair is a bad idea and can cause your hair to break or snap very easily. When you hair is wet it's at it's weakest point. While brushing, it can stretch and then snap. This will cause breakage, weak spots and or split-ends. Before using a boar brush make sure you hair is tangle free. Boar has a lot of tension and if your hair is not completely detangled the boar bristles can grab the hair and either pull it out or cause it to break.
  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

What is a ceramic hair brush?

If you remember back from the art class in high school, ceramic is a hard substance made of clay. In the oven, Clay is heated to over 2000 degrees and the result is solid ceramic. One of the features of ceramics is that it heats up very quickly. As it heats, the temperature is evenly distributed through the material. So, for example, in a ceramic hair dryer or hot comb, as the hot air moves through the ceramic material, it heats up and stays hot. As the hot air moves over the ceramic material, ions are also released. See my article on negative ions and hair for more information about ions. Andrew Carruthers states the ions helps your hair dry quicker while blow drying. He was skeptical at fist but after running side-by-side tests he realized the ions really do make a difference.

Negative ions and hair

What's a negative particle, huh? And what are the negative ions doing for your body? I bet you are primarily interested in the effects of negative ions and how they affect your hair. Okay, actually, I wrote this article that I had to go back to high school to figure out exactly what the ion was to begin with.For more read my article called Negative ions and hair, you'll be glad you did.

Why does some boar brushes use a cushion? 

Why does some boar brushes use a cushion?
This is NOT a defect or missing bristles - cushion air vent hole in a Jean Pierre brush
A pneumatic cushion is used to help facilitate the bristles conforming to your scalp. The cushion has a vent hole which allows air to escape, this action allows the brush to conform to your scalp while brushing. This action helps prevent the brush from being used too aggressively and scratching your scalp. When pressure is applied while brushing the brush cushion responds by venting out the air and complying to the couture of your scalp.

One last suggestion when shopping for an expensive brush make sure you can contact their customer service prior to purchase and they actually answer back. Now days many customer service departments are non-existent. If I am going to pay a premium I want to at least be able to contact someone if I need too.

Boar bristle brushes for men made in Germany

Boar brushes made in Germany by master craftsman
Boar brushes made in Germany by master craftsman
German wooden boar hair brush made by master craftsmen is designed to make you feel and look great. They 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 finest boar brushes. And of course, in exchange for quality and craftsmanship, most people would be willing to pay a little more. After all, these are products that should last a lifetime if taken care of.

Are boar bristles vegan?

Are boar brushes considered to be vegan
Are boar bristles vegan?
Most are made of nylon and plastic. These are definitely vegan. But what about the ones that are derived from hogs, are they vegan? The problem is when upgrading from a synthetic to a natural one the main material used for natural bristles comes from pigs 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 it helps to collect and distribute the natural oils evenly. And combine that with natural bristles your scalp is encouraged to produce a healthy production of sebum that smooths down the shaft thus increasing brightness and health. So if you are a vegan...

Do boar bristles damage hair?

Do boar bristles damage hair? There are several different types of hair and depending on your type you should choose the tools that is best for you. You can easily cause damage by forcefully taking it and ripping through your tufts, or combing when your hair is wet or even trying to detangle. These are instances where you should not be using it. There are other tools better suited for the job that is not going to...

Are boar bristle brushes made from boars?

Are boar bristle brushes made from boars
Are boar bristle brushes made from boars?
Combing will clean the dust and conditioning products from your tresses. As they come in contact with your mane are cleaning out the dead cells from you scalp, cleaning...

Are boar bristles good?

Are boar bristles good?
They have been around for a long time. They have always been known for creating shiny, healthy tresses without the use of styling products. It works to move oil down each follicle very time to comb. It's this oil that coats each strand and help repair damaged areas and adds a protective shine. The process does not change the texture of your follicles. So if you have curly tufts for example, it's not going to change that. You will still have curly hair. But the natural oil can make your it more bouncy for example. By combing your...

Are boar bristles cruelty free?

Are boar bristles cruelty free
Are boar bristles cruelty free?
Are you interest in finding out more about cruelty free piggy bristles? Say bye-bye to fly-away. Dual boar and nylon is one of the best combinations when combing your tufts 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. It glides through your tresses smoothly while boosting brightness and adding volume. The smooth, satin finish handles feel great in your hand while...

Best boar bristle brush

Best Boar Bristle Brush
Best boar bristle brush
Boar bristles redistribute the scalp's natural oils to the end of the hair tips, which add brightness to the hair. A good boar bristle brush when brushing your hair takes essential sebum oils produced by your scalp and moves it along your hair shaft. Sebum is simply a protective...

What is a Boar Bristle Brush Used For

What is a Boar Bristle Brush Used For?
What is a Boar Bristle Brush Used For
Boar bristle brushes have been around for a long time. They have always been noted for creating shiny, healthy hair without the use of styling products. As you well may know there are many well known famous actress that have used a boar bristle brush to obtain...

Please comment below on what is your ideal boar brush and why.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Popular boar bristle brushes

Dovahlia Boar Bristle Hair Brush

Boar brushes are popular because they bring many great benefits when brushing your hair. One of the biggest benefits over nylon brushes is being able to be really good at conditioning your hair naturally without the use of any special conditioning products. A boar brush takes your hair's natural oils and spreads them from the roots to the tips everything you brush. In return you get naturally conditioned hair with reduced frizz. The biggest disadvantage of using a boar brush is you should not use them on wet hair. Always use on dry hair and start at the roots and brush down to your tips.

The brushes mentioned here are for both men and women.

Popular boar brushes on Amazon

Best boar bristle brushes on Amazon
Yolika Boar Bristle Paddle Detangling Brush

Yolika Boar Bristle Paddle Detangling Brush - $21.20

  1. Scalp oil is the best natural conditioner, superior boar bristles can bring natural oil from the root to the tip.
  2. Avoid pulling and tangling your hair. Yolika's unique comb, which is a combination of boar bristle and soft nylon, can make your hair much easier.
  3. No matter what type of hair you have, thick or thin, straight or curly, the brush can perform perfectly.
  4. The upper ends of the brush teeth are made of circles that can prevent injury to the scalp, the striped anti-slip handle has an ergonomic design.
Good to keep long and thick hair untangled. Works on dry and wet hair - however I strongly advise NOT to use a boar brush on wet hair due to your hair is at at weakest point when wet. Quality is good, considering the low price. Has a good Design.

A lower ratio of boar bristles to nylon pins than other brushes. And many are nylon. There is no statement as to the ratio of boar bristles to nylon. Not designed to use with a hair dryer due to the nylon bristles loos their form under heat.
Blow Dry Round Hair Brush with Natural Boar Bristles
Care Me Blow Dry Round Hair Brush with Natural Boar Bristles

Blow Dry Round Hair Brush with Natural Boar Bristles by Care Me - $15.99

  1. Unlike other brushes that claim to be “pure boar brush” but actually mix of nylon bristles to reduce cost, our boar bristles are pure boar hairs to distribute natural hair sebum oils as a conditioner resulting in shiny smooth hair. Added nylon pins enhance the boar's effectiveness by handling thick coarse hair. Made by Care Me
  2. Vented Ceramic Barrel and Core allows up to 50% more airflow from a blow dryer and evenly distributes the heat to make hair dry quickly and straighten out. Boar bristles lift hair at right roots and add shine & volume. 
  3. A round brush is great for blow-outs. Bristles hold in moisture to reduce frizz & brittleness and to polish finish. Straightening, Curling, Blow-drying All Hair Types - Normal or Thick, Straight, Wavy or Curled Hair
  4. Added ball tips on Nylon Bristles are gentle to the scalp and do not pull or snag the hair. Nylon bristles feel hard but will turn into soft when blown by hair-dryer

Works great for styling with a hair dryer on low heat setting. Will handle all kinds of hair - curly, straight, or frizzy. Bristles reach the scalp, even if you have thick hair. Price is very good for a round boar and nylon brush.

Plastic handle. I am not a fan of plastic handles because they can break more easily than a solid wooden handle. No statement as to the ratio of boar bristles to nylon.

Best Blow-dry round brush with natural boar bristles nano ionic tech for professional salon blowouts

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Boar brush Beauty by Earth

Boar and Bamboo Bristle Hair Brush - by Beauty by Earth - $17.99

  1. Natural conditioning treatment to make your hair smooth, shiny, and looking it's best. By Beauty by Earth
  2. When you brush your hair on a regular basis your hair becomes healthier and softer and you may no longer need to use leave-in conditioners or expensive, oily hair serums.
  3. Using a boar bristle brush won't change your hair type, but it will simply make your hair more manageable and easier to style because it will deeply condition each strand of hair.
  4. Comes with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
Leaves strands feeling extra soft and shiny. Nice option for those with long, thick hair. Brush design is relatively easy to clean.

Not really a detangling brush, there are better options out there. No statement as to the ratio of boar bristles to nylon.

Dovahlia Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set
Dovahlia Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set

Dovahlia Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set - $24.99

Benefits and features:
  1. Bristles are firm enough to reach your scalp
  2. Bristles are made of 100% boar's hair
  3. Bristles distribute your hairs natural oils from roots to tips
  4. Regular brushing gives your hair a healthy natural shine just like mother nature intended
  5. Natural bamboo handle
  6. No rubber fumes
  7. No nylon fillers to scratch your scalp
  8. Included is  washable hemp travel bag, boar’s wooden brush and a wooden comb
  9. The detangling comb works as a wet brush detangling comb for use after bathing
  10. Once your hair dries, use your boar brush
  11. Perfect for men or women
  12. Made by Dovahlia. Made with high quality materials, Family business.
Dovahlia for men
Dovahlia for men
Features boar bristles and a nice bamboo handle. the brush works very well to distribute natural oils from roots to tips. And a plus comes with a comb and storage bag.

Although the bristles say they are on the firm side they really seem to be more on the softer side so what this means is if you have very thick course hair you will have to use some effort to get good penetration. I always prefer a brush on the stiffer side because I can always make the bristles a bit softer but If you get one with soft bristles there is no way to make them stiffer.

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Bsisme Hair Brush-Boar Bristle Brush with Detangling Pins Wooden Paddle
Bisime boar and nylon brush

Bsisme Hair Brush - Boar Bristle Brush - $12.99

Stated benefits:
  1. Paddle brush design
  2. The Bsisme brush glides through thin to thick hair and detangle knots with ease
  3. The boar bristles helps distributing natural oil evenly to prevent hair breakage, seal in split ends and reduce frizzy
  4. Daily use give you benefits like improved hair texture and healthier,smoother softer and shinier hair
  5. Natural oils are secreted everyday by your scalp and is the best and most effective natural conditioner
  6. Boar bristles are great for distributing oils because the scale and structure of boar bristles is very similar to human hair
  7. Mixed nylon and boar. The natural boar bristles easily removes dust, oil ,dandruff and dirt on the scalp. The nylon bristles help to glide through any hair type combing out tangles effortlessly
  8. Massages and stimulates your scalp safely, and promotes increased blood flow circulation that may help improve hair growth
  9. Comes with a hair brush cleaner
Wooden brush handle w/rectangular shape is easy to use and has sturdy design. Popular among people with long, thick hair. Packaging works well for storage or for gifting the brush.

I disagree with the statement that this brush can be used as a detangling brush, "glide through thin to thick hair and detangle knots with ease". I firmly believe that there are NO boar brushes that are good at detangling hair. There are much better options. A boar brush should be used on detangled  and fully dry hair only!!!! Never use a boar brush on wet hair. Brush has odd odor out of box. That to me says something is not right with quality control and or the manufacturing process. Could have VOCs. Bristles tend to fall out. Ball tips fall off. There is no statement as to the ratio of nylon to boar bristles.

More information on the Bsisme boar brush

Amazing boar brush

Pros and Cons are at the time of this article thus the manufacturer could very well have corrected or improved the product since then. all prices are also at the time when this article was written and therefore could be priced differently. All brushes are available at the time of this writing on Amazon.

Please comment below on brushes you use and like from Amazon. Readers and myself would be glad to here from you.