Not so long ago I looked at my hairbrushes and realised that some of them had seen better days and I had a bit of a clear out and decided that when I was out and about on my travels and saw something I liked the look of I would purchase a couple of new ones and that happened when I spotted this range of brushes and combs and the likes from Boots.
This paddle brush cost me the princely sum of £5.49. I did think at the time I purchased it that, that was rather expensive but I was willing to pay out for good quality as I have bought really cheap ones in the past that were a complete waste of money and lasted me all of 5 minutes after tearing quite a few hairs out of my head first!
This brush is basic to look at but quite stylish. It has a long and widish handle with a hole in it at the end of it meant I guess for hanging (who does that!) an it has a nice, large oval brush area with lots of plastic 'bristles' attached to it which are bendy and flexible and to each there is a small rounded piece to stop the bristles dragging through and pulling excess hair out.
The bristles rest on a black cushion, slightly flexible, again so the bristles don't pull through the hair too much when in use.
I find this a really nice hairbrush and although I don't use this one to particularly style my hair with I do find this a nice one just to brush my dry hair with to make sure that it isn't knotty and the likes.
Although this brush isn't lightweight at the same time it isn't all that heavy...its
manageable and the length of the handle is great and not too wide and is easy to grip.
Although I have now owned this brush a good few months it is in as good condition as the day I bought it meaning I have lost none of the bristles or any of the round bits off the ends of those bristles and I even wash mine every couple of weeks with some mild shampoo and allow it to air dry naturally and again this has given me no issues at all.
This is a really decent, great quality brush that stands the test of time. I like its plain but professional looking appearance it has to it and highly recommend it to anyone without a shadow of a doubt so well done to Boots!
This brush is only available from Boots stores and costs at the time of writing this review 5.49 and can also be purchased from www.boots.com
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
*~*~*~* Boots Essentials Cushioned Paddle Brush *~*~*~*
I bought this hairbrush after my dog chewed up my wooden paddle brush from The Body Shop that I had been using for a few months. I decided that rather than buying another one of those which he would probably get hold of & destroy again anyway to just buy a plastic one which would be sturdy enough to still be in one piece even if he did get hold of it.
Poundland had a few but they all were quite flimsy and not the best quality so in the end I bought this one from Boots, which was a quite pricy at £5.49. I think that it's worth the price tag though because it's really well made and sturdy, without being too bulky or feeling too heavy. The brush is just an average paddle brush and its made of a very thick and good quality plastic with an easy to grip handle and large brush.
The brush has got little balls on the end of the plastic bristle things, and so far none of these as far as I can see have come off (I've had this brush for around three weeks now and have used it everyday). The bristles aren't hard and sharp and I like that when I'm using it I can apply more pressure to it than I was able to with my other brush as this one has got a cushioned part under the bristles so when I apply pressure to it the bristles don't dig into my scalp.
The brush is very comfortable to hold and it is easy to grip. I get very tangled, knotty hair and I always use this in the morning when I wake up to get the worse of the knots out. It is not the most pain-free of hair brushes and it does tug on my hair rather than glide through it, effortlessly and painlessly de-tangling it - but I've found that all of the brushes that I've tried are painful because of how knotty my hair gets. I have pulled out quite a few strands of hair with this brush from pulling too hard on it because it has also got stuck in my hair a couple of times! Even though I do pull the brush around a lot it always feels sturdy and as I said none of the plastic bristles are damaged.
Once I have brushed my hair with this it doesn't feel completely de-tangled, so I have to use my comb to get the knots out. Without a comb, this wouldn't leave my hair looking neat and tidy or well kept, it would just make it look a little less messy but it wouldn't rid it of knots no matter how many times I brushed it through my hair.
Despite this, I like how quickly I am able to get the worse of the knots out of my hair with this as it is a decent sized brush so I can brush through it quickly then use my comb. Once I've used my comb I tend to use this brush again to style my hair and get it into the position I want as it picks up a lot of hair and pulls it into position so I don't have to spend ages trying to get each and every strand in exactly the right place. Obviously styling my hair this way means it doesn't always look perfectly precise but I quite like the messy hair look, so the fact that the brush isn't the most precise brush ever doesn't effect my opinion of it.
Cleaning the brush is a little fiddly and time consuming and a lot of hair gets stuck at the bottom of it, but. Cause the brush is black and my hair is dark brown it isn't that noticeable so I think I will only need to only clean it once every few weeks or when it starts to look gross! I have had it for three weeks or thereabouts and I decided to clean it yesterday, which took a while! All in all I recommend this brush and I like it, however I knock two stars off because of the fact that it doesn't de-tangle my hair very well when it comes to the smaller knots and tangles and it is not very gentle when it comes to combing through knotted hair and de-tangling it.
Three out of five stars.
Last year I found myself needing to replace my hair brushes as I had unfortunately lost them when I had a night away in a hotel. I popped down to Boots as I had quite a few clubcard points gathered up and decided to pick up the Boots Essentials Cushion Paddle Brush.
I am really pleased with my Paddle brush from Boots. I have found that it brushes my hair quite nicely and is comfortable to use. The head is oval shaped and the bristles on the brush are plastic and have little balls on the ends of them, they glide through my hair with ease and do not snag my hair even when my hair is very tatty. I have never really felt much pain in getting tats out with this brush.
There is a nice comfortable sized handle on this brush and it is easy to use. This brush is best to use on long, straight hair and brushes my hair out without ruining the style of it.
I have found that this brush is really durable, none of the bristles has fallen out yet and I have owned it for over a year. It is also is quite stylish looking, it is just plain black, but it looks quite sleek and professional.
One thing that is really important to me with a brush is how easy it is to put my hair in a ponytail with it. I find that this brush pulls my hair up really easily and there aren't really any lumps and bumps in my hair when I have used this brush. This is great as there is nothing worse than having to repeatedly fix and re do your hair to get bumps out of it. This brush is shaped nicely to make styling quick and painless.
Price and Availability
You can buy this brush for £5.50 (or 550 clubcard points) in Boots, I think that this is quite a good price for this brush as it is really good quality and has lasted me for over a year so far with no signs of wear and tear.
I think that this is a great paddle brush and I am really pleased with it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a good value, professional feeling paddle brush. Overall I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I used to use the Avon paddle brush but when the last one I had gave up the ghost and I didn't have an Avon representative I looked elsewhere for a suitable brush.
I bought this brush from Boots and it cost me about £5.50 I think, this is actually more than I would normally have spent on the Avon brush as I always wait for them to be on an offer but it wasn't worth paying the delivery charge for the Avon brush.
The brush has a near enough oval shaped head with a long handle, the brush is made of black plastic with very strong bristles with little round bits of soft plastic on the ends to stop the bristles pulling. I should point out for anyone who hasn't read any of my previous reviews my hair is both long and thick so a brush does have rather a hard job dealing with my hair.
An issue I have had with previous brushes is the bristle ends coming off meaning it pulls my hair, this brush has not lost any bristles or bristle ends and I have been using it everyday for the past couple of months now. Have also had an issue with a previous brush that as my hair is so thick the handle has actually snapped in two whilst trying to brush through my hair but I am pleased to say that this brush handle is very sturdy and doesn't even feel like it is bending when in use nevermind going to snap.
As I stated earlier this brush was more than I would usually pay however I a really pleased with the brush and don't regret the price I paid. I find the brush is very sturdy and really good quality it manages to brush through my hair nicely without any pulling and it is comfortable to use so it gets 5 stars from me.
I own several hairbrushes and really like using a paddle style brush when blow-drying my hair as I find the end result is sleeker and smoother, thanks to the flat design of this style of brush.
My last paddle brush was a poor effort, with several bristles becoming loosened after only a month or so of use. This led me to seek out a replacement, and the item I eventually decided to purchase was the "Boots Essentials Cushion Paddle Brush."
I have been using this brush for a few months now, and I have recently seen it for sale in a local branch of Boots so it is still widely available as @ the time of writing (August 2012). The current price for the brush is £5.39, and it is available either in store or online at www.boots.com where postage charges apply.
The brush is black in colour and is fairly standard in its design, comprising of a large head covered in sturdy bristles, with a long handle underneath. The main difference between this brush and other paddle brushes that I own is that the head on the Boots Essential version is oval in shape, whereas other paddle brushes that I have are oblong or square in shape. I have found that the oval shape of the brush works just as well as any other shape and the head is sufficiently large in my opinion, to cope well with longer-than-average hair. My own hair is shoulder length and the large, oval head of this brush is able to sufficiently 'grasp' the lengths of hair throughout the styling process.
The bristles on the brush seem to be very robust; certainly there have been no incidents of any of the bristles becoming loose or breaking from the brush's padded base during the time I have been using it. This brush actually has some little rounded 'tips' on the edges of the bristles which put me off slightly at first, as other brushes I have owned with this design have seen the rounded tips breaking off very easily, often ending up in the hair shafts during the blow-drying process - very annoying, and even more so as this fault can cause the hair to tangle or knot. I have noticed no such fault with the Boots Essentials brush, and all of the bristles' tips remain intact, even after regular use.
Whilst I am on the subject of bristles, I think it is important to mention that the bristles are not overly 'sharp' so there have been no instances of me feeling like the brush is 'clawing' at my sensitive scalp. This is a very unpleasant feeling and is something I have found can often be the case with cheaply-branded hairbrushes. Likewise, the bristles are not overly-soft either, so there have been no instances of me feeling like they are 'bending' during use or that they are too soft to cope with my thick hair. 'Just right' is probably the best description of the bristles' strength and for fear of sounding like Goldilocks, suffice to say I have no complaints where this aspect of the brush is concerned.
The 'head' of the brush is very sturdy, and is cushioned, as per the product name. This makes it feel very comfortable to use and it feels less cumbersome than other paddle brushes I own. I don't find the brush is particularly heavy either, which is a significant plus point for myself as I suffer with mobility problems and there are times when I don't cope well with handling heavy or bulky items. It is not true to say the brush is lightweight, but it is certainly far from being cumbersome or too bulky.
The handle is a good length, which allows for an easy and comfortable grip throughout the hair styling process. Being perhaps 10cm or so in length, there is certainly ample room for my hand to sit comfortably, rather than other brushes which have short, stubby handles that can make it feel more 'fiddly' to move the brush throughout the lengths of my hair. There is a small hole at the end of the handle to allow for the brush being hung up if you prefer, although I keep mine in a drawer along with other styling products and hair care tools.
I have experienced no difficulty in maintaining my grip throughout the styling process, even with slippy hands from applying styling products to my hair. I have dropped the brush quite often to be honest, although this is something that occurs with most brushes and combs that I use on my hair and is probably a side-effect of my mobility problems, rather than being a design fault.
I have washed the brush a few times along with other hair brushes that I own and I find this is easy to do. I simply soak the brushes and combs in a basin or sink with some hot water, and a small drop of shampoo added to the water. I find this method effective at removing any grubby marks from most hairbrushes, and certainly the Boots Essentials Paddle brush has coped well with this method, being left gleaming at the end of the process.
After blow-drying with the appropriate styling products, my hair is usually left smoothened and straight when a paddle brush is used during the drying process. I am happy to report that the Boots Essentials brush has fared no different, with the results being agreeable, and my preferred style being easily achieved.
In summary, I find this brush is robust and has lasted well throughout the time I have been using it. I think it offers good value for money considering its quality and I am happy to recommend it, awarding top marks in the product score. I think it has coped well with my hair, despite it being quite long and very thick and I really like the fact the brush feels comfortable to use on my sensitive scalp. Excellent value for this great brush!
This cushion paddle brush is part of the Essentials range at Boots. I bought it around six months ago as I have very long, thick hair and I was in need of a sturdy back-up brush in case my other paddle brush got lost/if my dogs got hold of it and chewed it up as it is wooden. After a quick browse in my local Boots store, I came across this. It is a strong and sturdy brush with a large surface area, so it seemed ideal. At £5.39 this is a real bargain in my opinion, considering how effecient and durable it is.
The brush is very average in design. It's made of sturdy plastic and it's black all over with silver band detailing just under the brush head which stops it from looking a bit too boring. The brush head is a decent size, which I like as it takes less time to brush my hair. It is oval shaped and it's covered in long plastic bristles which are strong and durable but they're flexible too meaning that they follow the contours of the head making detangling a lot easier and less painful.
The bristles have tiny little plastic beads on the end of them, which prevent the bristles from scratching the scalp or damaging the hair. I usually dislike brushes with these beads on the end of the bristles as they often fall off if they hit a stubborn knot and get stuck in the hair, however I've found these to be very securely attatched to the bristles and I've had no issues with any coming loose despite having had this brush for over six months and using it almost daily.
Although the brush is very sturdy and it feels good quality it is light enough to be able to hold comfortably for a relatively long period of time, eg when brushing and blow drying hair etc. The handle is a good size - it's quite chunky and very easy to grip and control. As this brush is plastic and has plastic bristles it is fine to be used on wet hair, which I find handy and I usually use this to brush my hair after a bath as I don't like getting my wooden one wet incase it rots.
The bristles are very strong and durable and they work their way through knots quickly and almost painlessly. If they hit a very stubborn knot the brush becomes a little tangled up but I prefer this as the alternative would obviously be the brush ripping the knot straight out which I don't want. The brush is easy to clean and as it's black, my dark hair doesn't show up on it. The brush is cushioned which prevents static. It's suitable for all hair lengths and copes well with my long, very thick (and tangle prone!) hair. Overall, I highly recommend this brush and I give it five out of five stars.
It is essential for me to have a good brush. I hate the feeling of sharp bristled brushes pulling on my scalp so tend to pay a little bit extra to buy a good brush. The brush I have at the moment is this cushion paddle brush from the Boots essentials range.
The brush doesn't look particularly special. The handle is around 10cm long, it starts quite thick then gradually gets thinner as it goes up towards the head. The main head is oval in shape, the bristles are placed on a cushion in the head, and each of these bristles has its own ball head. The brush is almost entirely black in colour with a little silver ring around the handle. The handle also has a hole so you can hang it up if you wish.
As the bristles all have their own little ball on the top of each bristle, when brushing your hair there isn't any scratching on your scalp. Team these comfortable bristles with the cushioning that each one is placed on top of and you have the recipe for a perfect hairbrush. The brush can handle knots and fairly vigorous brushing without any discomfort on your scalp and without pulling your whole head due to tight knots. With regards to knots, the brush handles these relatively well, I've found that it does take a little bit of brushing to undo knots entirely, but nothing worse than cheaper brushes.
I've had this brush since Christmas and it is still in an excellent condition, the only disappointment is that a few of the balls on top of the bristles have come off. This doesn't compromise the comfortable feeling when using the brush as it's only a few that have fallen off. I think if many more fall off then the brush will start to feel scratchy, but it's ok for now.
The brush is from Boots essentials range and costs around the £5 mark, it can be bought in store or online.
I'd definitely recommend this brush if you are looking for a brush with the comfort factor. Both the cushion pad and balls on the end of the bristles make this brush extremely comfortable to use, but doesn't compromise on the quality of the brush and handles knots well.