How many of you invest carefully in your makeup brushes, but purchase the cheapest hair brushes you can find? I’ve been guilty of this for the longest time too. And yet, with the wrong tools, it’s so difficult to achieve a beautiful, flawless look. That’s true for makeup, and it’s true for hair as well.
One of the best tools for your hair is a boar bristle brush. Made with wild boars hairs, boar bristle brushes have several benefits. They are gentler on the hair, causing little, if any, breakage. They can attract and remove dirt from hair, keeping it cleaner for longer, and, by distributing your natural oils throughout it, can also make it look shinier.
Before you invest in one, though, there are a few things you should know about them:
1. Boar bristle brushes work best for fine and thin hair
Boar bristles are softer than nylon bristles so they move more quickly through your hair. As a result, each stroke creates more volume, which is just what fine and thin hair needs. For best results, pick a brush with a thick space between bristles. That way, more hair can be grabbed at a time.
2. Boar bristle brushes work best for dry hair
As mentioned above, boar bristle brushes distribute oil from the scalp along the whole length of the hair, from the roots to the tips. This allows you to naturally moisturize all sections of your hair, including the tips, which usually don’t receive enough moisture. They’re usually the most damaged part of your hair too, so they badly need it.
3. Round brushes are for volume & paddle brushes for shine
Boar bristles aren’t designed to detangle hair (they’re too weak for that which is why, sometimes, nylon bristles are added). Instead, they are used for styling hair. If you want to shape your hair and give it more volume, opt for a round brush. If instead, you just want to straighten your hair and give it a glossy, shiny fish, choose a paddled brush.
4. Price matters
I’m a cheapskate, so I’m always looking for a good bargain. But sometimes, it’s better to invest in a pricey but high-quality product, like Mason Pearson Hair Brushes. Cheaper alternatives are available, but often, when the price is too low, the bristles used come from domesticated rather than wild boars. Domesticated boars have much softer hairs that don’t distribute sebum that well throughout your hair. Besides, a good quality brush, if you take good care of it, will last you a lifetime.
Do you use a boar bristle hair brush?