My hair has always been fine and thin, and it has always taken more care to keep it from getting a lot of split ends. I discovered boar bristle brushes when I was in highschool, and now, 30 years later I am still using them, almost exclusively. When I use a boar bristle brushe, I feel pampered, they actually massage the scalp, and are just as important in a hair care regime as a hair dryer and hot irons.
I have a brush with wide plastic bristles that I use to get the snarls out of my hair after I wash it, I find this type of brush (almost like a vent brush) is gentler on my hair than using a comb. However, when it comes to drying my hair, I always use a round brush and style it as I dry it.
The boar bristle brush I have been using for years really needed to go, but I have not replaced it because I could not find a suitable replacement anywhere! My sister-in-law is a hairstylist, and we have made numerous trips to the beauty supply store, but they never had a natural bristle round brush, they only carried the metal brushes with the plastic bristles.
Well, I finally found what I was looking for this past week at my local Target store! The brush I purchased is made by Umberto Beverly Hills, and it is the round boar & nylon brush in Umberto’s “Professional Series”, number 102.
The Umberto Round Brush 102 measures 9 1/2 inches long, and the body and handle of the brush is made out of wood, the handle being carved, to provide a sure and comfortable grip. The wood is a light blonde color, so I don’t know if it is made of maple or another light wood, but it is very smooth with a clear glossy coat of protectant over it. There is a large hole at the end of the handle so that it can be hung up if you so desire. The handle reads “Umberto Beverly Hills 102”.
The bristle portion is 4 inches long, and the diameter of the round brush is 2 inches. The package says it is a round brush for “blow-drying short hair”, and that is exactly how I use it. My hair is short, well above my shoulders.
On the back of the package says that the Umberto Round Brush 102 has a precise ratio of boar and nylon bristles. The natural boar bristles help smooth the hair, bending with the hair to avoid damaging it by pulling or tearing. The “high quality” nylon bristles provide “lift at the roots”.
Umberto says this about their 102 Professional Series Round Brush: This Professional Series #102 Small Round Brush is the perfect brush for blow-drying shorter hair of all types. At first glance, it may look like an ordinary brush, but once you see the beautiful results, you will appreciate the professional difference. (Information taken from the back of the packaging).
I have found that since I use a heat setting spray (similar to hair spray) on my hair, my round brushes get a little gunked up from time to time. Boar bristle brushes are also densly packed, so they do an excellent job of removing dirt and dust from the hair, but they need to be cleaned regularly. This brush can be cleaned by washing it regularly in lukewarm, soapy water. Any kind of harsh chemicals, detergents, or solvents can damage the bristles.
This brush is just a wee bit larger in diameter than my old round brush, but it works well. It’s a good size for short hair, and it does give my bangs and hairstyle incredible fullness and lift, just as promised. I am so glad that I found a quality brush that contains natural boar bristles! You wouldn’t think these would be so difficult to find, but it’s been nearly impossible for me.
The brush retails for $8.99, but was on sale for only $6.00, so it is a terrific price and a good value. If you have never tried using a natural boar bristle brush on your hair, you need to try it some time, they are incredibly gentle and do a wonderful job of styling the hair.