THE PRODUCT: I am a regular buyer of this brush and have been using it for the past 4-5 years at least because I find it so good. The brush has flexible, ball-tipped bristles that help to keep your hair tangle free, manageable and looking great. It has a comfortable handy that feels slightly soft to the touch. As this brush is small it means that it's perfect for putting into your handbag so you can use it whenever you need to. Although this is Boots own brand I have found it to be reasonable quality.
PRICE: I purchased this brush from Boots for £3.29 which I think is very reasonable.
IN USE: I only ever use this in my hair when it's dry and I find the brush easy to use. I ensure that I don't have knots in my hair before using this brush as I personally don't think this brush would handle knots all that well. The brush goes through my hair easily and after using it my hair always looks nice and neat. I like that it's very light-weight and it's easy to hold when using as well. I regularly clean the hairs our of the brush and gives the brush a wash in shampoo every so often to keep it clean. I have found that if the brush is dropped onto a hard floor, such as a tiled floor that the handle does tend to snap off from the main brush as this has happened to me a few times. I now try to avoid accidentally dropping the brush whenever I can.
OVERALL: Although this brush breaks easily when dropped its still a good brush and one that I will continue to use.
If you ask my Parents or my Husband they would all probably say I carry around a lot of unnecessary junk in my handbag, personally I think it is all necessary as you never know what you may need. One item that I always like to have with me is a hairbrush, my old one I had fallen apart so I decided to was time for a new one.
The replacement I now have is the Boots Essential Small Styling Brush, when it comes to a hair brush for my handbag I like something that is small and not too bulky but at the same time actually works, some small cheap brushes you can get are no good for my hair which is long and thick, the bristles bend as soon as I try and brush my hair and I don't actually achieve anything, however this brush from Boots seemed exactly what I wanted.
The Boots Essentials Small Styling Brush doesn't actually come with any packaging, it has a small rectangle shaped purple label attached to the handle of the brush with a black plastic tag, this can easily be removed with a pair of scissors. One side of the label is purple and has the Boots logo at the top with the name of the brush written underneath in a darker purple and white writing. The back of the label is white and basically has the name of the brush written on it again along with an address for Boots, to be honest there really isn't any product information on the label.
The hairbrush is made from a matt black plastic, it has a rounded handle with a chunky black head covered in black bristles, there is a small shiny silver ring where the handle meets the brush head, there is also a small round hole in the bottom of the handle (this is where the label is attached)
The size of the brush is ideal, it is not too small so that it really doesn't have any effect on your hair, but on the other hand it is not too big and bulky, the whole brush measure just over 6 inches in length with the head being 1.5 inches wide, the hair brush handle measure just over 3 inches which is an ideal length for you to be able to brush your hair effectively.
The handle is very slightly curved in at the middle which makes it easy and comfortable to grip, again making it comfortable to brush your hair on the go.
Another thing which makes this hairbrush a bit different to other small compact hairbrushes are the bristles, they are of a decent length measuring half an inch, they are evenly spaced and form a slight curved shape, the bristles are also extremely firm which is essential for me, my hair is thick and long as I have mentioned, so if the bristles on a brush are to weak and flimsy they do not actually brush my hair at all, the bristles on the Boots Essential Small Styling Brush get right down to the root and do not bend at all, quickly and effetely smoothing and removing any knots from your hair.
The Boots Essential Small Styling Brush is obviously only available from Boots as it is part of their own range, it is sold for £3.29 which personally I think is excellent value for money. The hairbrush is of an excellent quality and in my opinion very reasonably priced.
Since I got the Boots Essential Small Styling Brush I have been extremely pleased with it, as well as using this hairbrush whilst out and about I have also used it at home when straightening my hair as it is of such a good quality and it brushes my hair so well.
The hairbrush is very reasonably priced for such a good quality, it is the ideal size to carry around in your handbag but at the same time is large enough to successfully brush your hair leaving it knot free and smooth. I think this is definitely the best small hairbrush I have had for my handbag and one I would recommend to anyone.
Each year my husband is trying to find lots of 'stocking filler' presents for me to open on Christmas Day - OK I'm 58 years old but we still love to have a pile of presents to open on the day!
This year one of the things that I suggested he bought was a small hair brush from Boots. I have recently started a new job and I have a drawer in my office desk which houses things like tissues, emery boards, hand cream etc. and I thought a small hair brush would be a good addition to the said drawer. That way, when I get into work when it is windy and I look as though I have been dragged through a hedge backwards, I can give my hair a quick brush through and it looks smart again.
The brush that I chose is the small styling brush from the Boots Essentials range. It only cost £3.29 so it is a brilliant price however you look at it.
It came attached to a small piece of card on which it said that the brush was 'designed to help you perfect your ultimate style'. I don't know about 'perfect' and 'ultimate style' where my hair is concerned - it is thick and fairly coarse and as such has a mind of its own!
The black brush is made from strong, solid plastic with plastic bristles ending in tiny balls so that they pass through my hair easily without tearing or splitting it. To quote the Boots blurb again they say that 'The brush has flexible, ball-tipped bristles to keep your hair tangle free, manageable and looking fantastic. The brush has a comfortable, easy to hold handle for precision grooming'.
To be fair I have found this to be a fair description of this lovely little brush although, as I said earlier, I'm not sure it will ever make my hair look 'fantastic'!!
I do find the brush comfortable to hold and, even though it is small, it is solid and it is easy to hold it steady whilst I brush my hair. I have found that small brushes are sometimes difficult to hold and that they do tend to slip out of my hands but not this one.
The bristles are comfortable as they pass through my hair and it is easy to then just remove the stray hairs from the brush and throw them away. When the brush starts to get a bit dirty it is easy to wash it in warm water and it dries easily.
Basically for me it is just a small version of the brush that I always use at home and, as such, it is ideal for just keeping me tidy at work.
Let's face it, at that price; you can't go wrong can you?
As I buy quite cheap hair brushes I change them about once every six months as they tend to wear out after that. My previous brush had bristles that
collapsed into the middle of the brush and I got sick of having to pull the bristles out every time I wanted to use it so I made my way to Boots to purchase this brush.
This brush is from the Boots Essentials range and so only cost me £3.29 which is an amazing price in my opinion. The brush is nothing special looking and is a bit cheap to be honest but it does the job and thats all I really care about. Boots say this small styling Brush from the Essentials range is designed to help you perfect your ultimate style. Like I've said above, the brush is a simple black plastic brush, it is made of quite a cheap plastic so its sturdy enough, even for my thick hair but you could tell its quite a cheap plastic too though.
The brush and bristles are in a rectangle shape and I find this works its way through my hair quite well although I think I do prefer more of a round or oval brush as I think its a bit more comfortable than this one although this one is not really uncomfortable. Boots say that, "The brush has flexible, ball-tipped bristles to keep your hair tangle free, manageable and looking fantastic. The brush has a comfortable, easy to hold handle for precision grooming."
The bristles are plastic but are actually quite comfortable on my hair and scalp. I find that the small little plastic ball tips didn't pull my hair or just one strand of my hair like a loose bristle would. I think the brush has got quite a few pluses to it. As its plastic I find its easy to pull my clumps of hair out of it once I have used it for a few weeks. I also find it easy to clean by just rinsing it off it water when it gets a bit too clogged up with hair and products etc. The plastic dries easily and then its ready to use again.
The brush is nice and small and so I can carry it around with me if I want to. It fits in my handbag and Boots actually use this as a selling point, that its small enough to fit in your bag which I find is true.
At only £3.29 you can afford to buy a new one every six months or so like I do and so far so good.
I am one of those people who carries with me everything but the kitchen sink. I need a proper good bag if I'm out for the day to carry all my grooming essentials e.g. lipgloss, lipbalm, tissues, mascara, chewing gum, spare hairbands and of course the key item being reviewed here - the hair brush! I have numerous handbags and often switch around, so in one bag I will keep my Avon pop up brush, and in another, this one has it's home.
- The Brush -
The brush is black and has quite a simple look, with a silver ring design between the head of the brush and the handle. The bristles to the brush are thin, black and made of plastic with flexible ball tips to aid brushing through the hair. The brush is really durable as I have dropped it numerous times and it has not broken nor cracked, and none of the bristles have fallen out or snapped which has happened to loads of my other hair tools!
- Using The Brush -
The brush is really easy to use, made of a solid durable plastic handle which is easy to grip and operate. It glides through my hair (and hair extensions) with no trouble at all and even though it is a smaller brush compared to my large paddle brush I keep at home, I don't find myself needing to consistently brush through the same sections to achieve the desired look. Granted it takes me a lot longer, if using this brush to do my all my hair (which is quite thick and plentiful!) but as a little brush to do a quick top up at making my head look decent when out and about it really is perfect.
It combats knots well, without me pulling on my head/scalp to leave my hair tangle free and pretty straight. Sometimes I don't have the time to straighten my hair, so as lazy as it sounds, brushing it is actually the next best thing!
Overall this is a handy brush, and I got it for about £3.29 which is more than I would usually pay for a brush but I think it must've been payday and I was splashing the cash! It's a handy little handbag sized brush, that is great for detangling and that gets through my hair with no qualms and is brilliant for styling and straightening my matted mess. I can't complain so I'd definitely recommend this!
~ The Styling Brush ~
I was in need of a new hairbrush so I decided to have a look at the range in my local Boots store seeing as I had to go in there for a few products anyway. I didn't want a large brush as I wanted something that would be able to fit into my bag. I wasn't bothered about how well it styled my hair as I literally wanted a brush to brush my hair in the morning before going to work. I noticed Boots do a lot of their own branded hair brushes and styling tools so I took a look at their range. They had a small styling brush which was £3.29 so I thought I would give this a go to see how good it was. The brush is black in colour and has a silver ring between the handle and the actual brush head. The styling brush is flat with a rather chunky base to it. It has flexible ball-tipped bristles to keep hair tangle free, manageable and looking fantastic. The brush also has a comfortable handle for precision grooming. The whole brush including the handle is black. The handle of the brush feels slightly soft and has a soft texture to it. The brush and the handle are both made from a strong, black plastic.
~ Using the Brush ~
I have now used the brush on a number of different occasions. After combing leave in conditioner through my hair with a wide toothed comb I often run this brush through my hair to ensure the conditioner covers all my hairs from root to tip. The brush glides easily through wet hair and it doesn't get caught or tangled. The bristles to the brush are soft against my head and don't feel scratchy. I have also sued the brush on my dry hair before using straightening irons on it. The brush goes through my hair just as easy on dry hair as it does wet hair. The brush glides through my hair easily leaving it looking neat and tangle free. The handle to the brush is very comfortable to hold and fits in my hand nicely. The brush also fits into my handbag as well without any problems, and I'm not one of these who have a huge handbag. I have dropped the brush a few times when standing in the mirror styling my hair and the brush simply bounces on the carpet without breaking. I have done this a few times and a recent time I did actually drop it on a hard surface, which means the brush actually broke. The top part of the brush snapped away from the handle so I was able to use it again. I take the blame for this though, as the amount of times I have dropped the brush has probably made it slightly weak anyway. When using this brush daily I never seem to get tangles or knots in my hair and my hair is left looking smooth and tidy.
~ Overall Opinion ~
Although the brush is part of boots own brand it's really good value for money. The brush is a lot cheaper than other brands available and it does a great job of my hair when using it on wet or dry hair. To keep my brush clean I do regularly remove the hair from it and also wash the brush using some shampoo to ensure it stays clean and grease free. The brush is perfect for popping into your handbag. The brush does mark slightly if it comes into contact with things in your bag. I always have mine in my bag along with other products and things and there are a few marks on the handle, how-ever this doesn't really bother me and isn't really a problem. I think this brush deserves 4 out of stars for quality and value.
(review also on ciao)