Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Choosing a boar brush

Spornette DeVille Cushion Oval Boar Bristle Hair Brush (#342)
Spornette DeVille Cushion Oval Boar Bristle Hair Brush (#342)
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 or Nylon which is better?

Each has their own strengths ans 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

Video courtesy of youtu.be/vc8PIEh01gY

How to distinguish real boar bristles

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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
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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.

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

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