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Boar Bristle Brush

All About Hairbrush Bristles: Part Two

Did you ever wonder why some hairbrushes are more wiry and others were soft to the touch? Well, you're about to find out. All this week I'm exploring everything you ever want to know about hairbrush bristles. I've already covered how and why bristles are spaced apart and what those little ball-like endings are there for — read about it here. Next up? It's all about the materials from which bristles are made, whether synthetic, natural, or a little of both.

Natural bristles are typically comprised of hair from an adult boar. While boar bristles work for all hair types, those with very curly or thick hair might find them to be too soft to penetrate through their hair. The advantages of boar bristles are that the scaly texture of the bristles helps to clean the hair and scalp and distribute shine-enhancing sebum. They're also easy on the scalp, cause little to no breakage, and reduce static. The biggest disadvantage? Depending on the cut of the hair, boar bristle hairbrushes can be expensive, like the classic Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Hairbrush ($170). Fortunately, there are more affordable versions, like the Swissco Oakwood Oval Boar Bristle Hairbrush ($12).

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ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
i have a boar bristle brush and it doesn't penetrate my hair to my scalp even if i brush really hard. I prefer my cheap cheap brushes bc i see less hair come out from my head on those than the boar brush. It makes me feel like i'm going bald quick.
beautyaddict13 beautyaddict13 8 years
I would never spend $170 on a brush! I have the Sonia Kashuk boar brush which is similar to the mason pearson, works great, and won best brush in the allure best beauty this year.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
forget about what the bristles are made of how do you prevent the lint that gets on the bottom of each bristle??!! i hate cleaning it out every week. i once saw a dog brush that had a slider thing that lifts off all that lint. why isn't there one for us, humans?
Jello-Wanabe Jello-Wanabe 8 years
There is nothing like a quality hair brush! If it is well taken care of it will last a lifetime.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
My boar bristle brush doesn't even come close to penetrating to the bottom layers of my really thick hair.
LilLucyT21 LilLucyT21 8 years
Is it really important to have those little balls on the end of your hairbrush - that's what i'm really concerned about, I've never had one of those brushes with the little balls.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Good to know!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Honestly my $7 Conair wire one works just fine for me.
michlny michlny 8 years
I would love to know the rationale behind a brush that costs $170. Mason Pearson....whenever you're ready.....
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