Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Battle of the Styling Brushes


Yes! It is all about the hair, the right cut/trim and the styling brush that gets you there?

I have fine, medium length hair so I need a brush that brings out the shine and lends volume to my locks😊

I literally have one drawer of brushes which I call my brush graveyard. Each brush did the job for a while, then I switched or purchased another brush and another and another.

About three years ago during my online search for ‘the’ styling brush I came across two styling brushes, both highly reputable for their quality. The WEN Medium Boars Bristle Styling Brush (2 inches from bristle-2-bristle) by Chaz Dean and the Spornette Touche Boars Bristle Rounder Brush #130 (2.5 inches) 

Typically, the traditional Boars brush with its wooden handle is recommended for all hair types since the boar bristles stimulate the scalp and evenly distribute the hair’s natural oils; however, the bristles on the traditional boars are a bit longer and widely spaced, making it difficult to glide through the hair when styling.

The Chaz Dean Medium Round Boars Bristle has a wooden handle with Boars and nylon bristles. The nylon bristles hold the hair shaft in place while the Boars Bristles style the hair, bringing out the shine.

Chaz has designed his styling brush so that the brush glides through your hair; hence, the brush works for you. You do not have to ‘work’ the brush.

Then we have the Spornette Touche Boars Bristle Rounder Brush #130 with off-set bristles (no space between rows of bristles) which grasp and glide through the hair, plus the wooden barrel and foam handle for easy grip and better control. 

I purchased the Spornette Touche #130 2.5 which lends volume to the hair but shine, not so much, unfortunately. Also, blow-drying the back of my hair was difficult since I couldn't feel if the hair was wrapped around the brush. 

In essence, I came the full circle and ended up purchasing the Chaz Dean brush ‘again’; yes, my bad! I had discarded them when I found and used the Spornetta.

I later learned that both the WEN brush and the Spornette Touche were designed for rolling up/holding the shaft and not for brushing or styling the hair. Who knew!?? 

One of the ‘worst’ hairbrushes for you is the Ceramic Ion.

This hairbrush will dry out and burn your hair follicles with continued use, rather than stimulate the scalp and natural oils. Why hairstylists insist on using only this brush, beats the heck out of me. I imagine it is because ladies have their hair blown out once weekly and/or have a trim/touch-up every few weeks. The laughable part is that they do carry all types of brushes in their tote, including Boars Bristles but seldom use them - go figure!  

After continued use of the above brushes, my hair was dried out and on the brink of damage.

So which is the perfect styling brush? That's coming up in my next post. 

Unclog your scalp. 
Think of all the products and torture your scalp survives to maintain that crowning glory. Once every two or three months, I use a teaspoonful of Baking Soda and mix into half a glass of warm water and (while in the shower) run the mixture through my hair, gently massage for a minute then rinse thoroughly and proceed with my normal shampoo/conditioner. My hair bounces back and retains its 'norm'.  

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