“ Type: Hair Brush / Brand: Boots / Product line: Boots Botanics „
I changed my hair style at the start of the year from braids to straight, meaning it was time to invest in a good brush again. My mom and sister have recommended I use boar-bristle brushes- these are much softer on your hair than plastic ones and are better at "smoothing" it down, so to speak. At first I purchased a small boar bristle brush from a local shop in Wolverhampton which cost me about £4. So imagine how frustrated I was when I forgot to bring it back to university with me! So I went looking in Boots for a good cheap alternative. Of course, being Boots they didn't have said cheap alternative, so I bit my tongue and got this brush from the Botanics range instead for £8.99.
The brush is standard sized, with a fairly long, thin handle that's easy and comfortable to grip. It has the 'Botanics' logo etched into the wood which is a nice cosmetic touch. The brush head is the typical oval shape and unusual in that consists of pins as well as the smaller boar bristles, which I think helps makes it more effective for brushing hair. Cleaning the brush is pretty simple. I just tend to pick out the loose hairs from the brush and occasionally wash it in warm water which tends to remove any excess dirt or grease.
I do feel that the pin and boar bristles do smooth down my hair a lot more than just boar bristles alone. Furthermore, when moisturising my hair it helps spread any excess oil to my ends so that it feels less greasy overall. Unlike most plastic brushes I've used it is soft on my hair and doesn't take out huge clumps when I use it for detangling (although that is more a testament to my haircare regime). However I have noticed that, despite having a good build, a couple of the brush pins have broken off in the centre of the brush head. According to the product description on Boots' website one pin is deliberately missing for buoyancy purposes (*shrugs*) but a couple are definitely broken through having to deal with my hair. Within six months however I think a couple broken pins which are still in the brush is no big deal.
Whilst £9 for a brush does make me wince, I have to say that this Botanics brush is worth the money in the long run. It is good at smoothing down my hair even at its frizziest and is pretty durable. If you're looking for a strong brush that minimizes damaging your hair then try this out from your nearest Boots.