I bought this hairbrush using some Advantage Card points in Boots where it was priced at £3.99. I thought this price was good but I did think at the time that the standard size Babyliss Cushion Brushes weren't much more expensive and that I was paying a lot for a much smaller brush when I thought of it like that!! You are paying for the convenience of having a hairbrush that will fit in even a small handbag though and I appreciate that because I have a selection of handbags and some of them are quite small, whatever handbag I use that day I still have the same problem with my hair so it made a lot of sense to me to find a hairbrush that was compact enough to fit inside even my smallest bag.
It measures about 6" from end to end but is more than just a hairbrush made mini. The head of the brush isn't much smaller than the standard size one I use at home but there is only a very slim frame around the bristles so that automatically makes it smaller and more streamlined. There is no excess length on the handle and it is perfectly hand sized so that when you brush your hair your hand is closer to your head than when you use a normal sized hairbrush, I like that and since I started using this Babyliss brush I've looked for other combs and brushes that have a shorter handle than usual because I think it makes it much easier to style your hair like this.
The whole brush is quite lightweight but doesn't feel cheap at all. The handle is solid and has a rubbery edge so it's comfortable to hold even for prolonged periods if I am having to give my hair a good brush or if I'm using this hairbrush with the hair dryer after my shower. The bristles are firm and will remove tangles from my hair without me having to pull too much, they are attached to the cushion strongly and none have come loose in all the time I've had this brush. When I bought it I thought it would be a brush I would use occasionally to tidy my hair up when I'm out but I've ended up using it a lot more than that and for me it's now a regular hairbrush and not just a travel one!!
There is a hole on the handle but the shape of the brush means it doesn't hang very straight, mine is always kept in one of my handbags or my gym bag (or the glove box of my car!!) but if I needed to store it somewhere I would put it in a drawer instead of hanging it up anyway because it's small enough.
Over the years I've had an assortment of small hairbrushes which would fit in my handbag. Some haven't lasted long, but one that has become a favourite is my trusty BaByliss brush which I use at home as well as when out and about. As BaByliss is a well known brand I haven't been surprised that it has turned out to be a quality product.
This brush is a pincushion design and offers great comfort when brushing, the cushion allowing the brush to follow your scalp as you start brushing. The pins are rounded at the ends which helps with making it comfortable to use.
I have fairly long thick hair and this brush easily goes through it without it getting caught. It works equally as well on wet hair as on dry and I use it with my hairdryer to help dry my hair straight. Even though it is a handbag brush I find it an ideal size for home and handbag, perfect!
During the day I normally wear my hair tied back and the size of this brush is ideal for quickly brushing my fringe and redoing my hair in the lift on the way to the office.
This brush is still in really good condition despite having lots of stuff on top of it in my bag. None of the pins have broken off which I have had problems with in the past.
The handle is comfortable to hold and is easy to grip. There is a hole at the end of the brush which I assume is to allow you to hang it up but I've never needed to use this
Price and availability
As with a lot of items I purchased mine from Boots, I can't recall how much I paid but it is currently (October 2012) on sale for £5.49 or on Amazon for £4.99. I think this is a great price for a good quality brush.
Would I recommend?
Yes, without doubt. Although mine is showing no signs of needing replacing I will be looking to buy another BaByliss brush when the time comes.
I travel around a lot for work, sometimes to other offices for meetings, sometimes into Central and Outer London and other times to other parts of the country and indeed on a few occasions abroad to Europe. In doing all of that I am constantly changing handbags, sometimes I don't need to take much with me and other times I need space for bigger items such as my Ipad.
There are a few items which remain constant in any kind of bag that I carry around - lip balm, tissues, hand wipes and a hairbrush, that said I am always forgetting the latter and I can't stand to turn up at another office and look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards because I've been blown about on the tube or given the glorious typically British summer we are having, I have to use an umbrella or my hood thus leaving my hair a mess. So to solve this problem, I tend to have a hairbrush in each bag I carry, my own sort of travel kit assembled in each bag so that I don't need to fret and panic whenever I swap bags, only needing to remember the items I need for that specific meeting.
Hairbrushes come in all different shapes and sizes and with that comes a price tag. Throughout my life I have always tended to stick to known brands of hairbrushes starting with Kent and Denman and more recently Tangle Teezers and my current handbag brush of choice - The Babyliss Cushion handbag hairbrush.
Babyliss is a named most people will recognise and link to hair stylers such as straighteners, curlers and hairdryers and it is only on the off chance I spotted this Babyliss hairbrush when in Boots as I quickly rushed through for some tissues on my way to work. Priced at £5.39 (when not on a half price offer) and packaged carefully so that no one can test it on their hair before using, this hairbrush stood out to me because it was actually on a half price offer at the time and ever in need of a hairbrush I purchased it after testing the bristles on my hand and fingers to see how strong they were. The one thing I don't like about hairbrushes is when the bristles are not actually really strong bristles and are quite fine and don't run through your hair properly, what I have found with this brush is that the spikes are strong enough to go right through my hair whether it is wet or dry and it is great for de-tangling and de-knotting when and where necessary thanks to the round ended pins which help the brush to glide through your hair.
My own hair is quite fine but I have a lot of it, according to my hairdresser and whatever that means I don't know, but every hairbrush I own is a medium strength bristled one which is able to brush right through my hair rather than just brush what is on top. I have always gone with the advice given on hairbrushes when it comes to what to buy and what not to buy and that is because I want to keep my hair in tip top condition and if this means spending slightly more on a hairbrush to do the job then so be it and I have all kinds of hairbrushes ranging from styling brushes to massage brushes when I apply a hair mask.
So the Babyliss Cushion hairbrush is described as being handbag sized and that's pretty much all you get by way on an introduction. It is infact around 15cm in length which is much smaller than my normal hairbrush and the head is rounded with equally spaced bristles or pincushion bristles as they are called. My hair is shoulder length and I would say medium thickness and this brush has no problems brushing right through my hair in one go, other brushes I own often need to be used underneath my hair to ensure that part has been brushed properly, but this brush does that with minimal effort and it doesn't catch and tangle itself into your hair either, another pet hate of mine when it comes to brushing your hair especially if it is windy outside. The brush itself is also black in colour with a rubber handle which makes it easier to grip onto when brushing your hair and then at the end of the handle is a smallish hole, I've never quite figured out what the point of that it is, but as I don't feel the need to use it, for me it is useless.
So this brush is a handy handbag sized brush with pincushion spiked bristles which are strong enough to brush my hair right through and I really like it, more so because I only paid just over £2.50 for it but it does the job I need it to do which is to fit into my handbag when I am travelling around London and to brush my hair as and when I feel the need to do so.