“ Type: Hair Brush / Brand: Boots / Product line: Boots Essentials „
I've been dying my hair for some time now, and have always complained about the fact that you have to use gloves and your fingers to dye your hair. The gloves are always too big and the dye was messy to apply, so I looked for a solution. I remembered that at the hairdressers they used to dye my hair with a brush and bowl, and I saw that they did this very quickly and efficiently, with virtually no mess on the floor or on me for that matter.
I looked around the shops for a tinting brush, and I've got to say, its very hard to try and find a tinting brush, you have to look very hard for one, but I managed to find the Boots Essentials Tinting Brush in Boots for £1.69. I thought this was a very good price, and was expecting to have to pay more so I was very pleased. I also bought a box of pharmaceutical gloves to protect my hands from hair dye and also because the gloves provided in hair dye boxes tend to be terrible. Its also just a good idea to have a spare box of gloves around the house.
I have to say, this brush is incredibly efficient. I dyed my mother's hair with the brush, and it took nearly half the time it normally would. My mother has long thick hair, and the brush got through it very easily. I didn't understand why the brush was angled but now I realise that it's easier to use an angled brush than a brush that would be straight.
The thin end is very good for sectioning while dying hair so you don't have to struggle with using a separate tail comb to separate hair into sections when you have dye all over your hands.
The angled brush is very good for getting your hairline and those pesky baby hairs that are practically impossible to get when you use gloves.
None of the bristles have ever fallen out of the brush and it seems to be very good quality.
A very good brush overall, makes dying hair SO much easier, its a godsend. Very cheap too, definitely recommend!
Whilst I normally have my hair colour carried out professionally at my local salon, there are times when I will choose to apply a shop-bought hair dye myself, which I will occasionally carry out between my visits to the salon. I have used home dye kits on my hair for a number of years, so am very used to carrying out this practice. I have found that there is a little tool that does go some way to helping me with the process.... a Tinting Brush.
I have purchased a variety of different brushes over the years, with my most recent find being from Boots. I paid around £1.70 for the "Essentials Tinting Brush" from a local branch of Boots. The packaging is fairly simplistic, comprising of a plastic 'pouch' which holds the brush quite neatly, and is made of see-through plastic on the front. The brush is available as part of a whole rang of haircare accessories in Boots. You can also purchase online at www.boots.com, although postage costs may apply here.
The Boots Essentials Tinting Brush is very similar to most other tinting brushes that I have used before, in that it has a very long handle and is made of thick, sturdy plastic. I believe it is only available in one colour, which is black, and it's long bristles match the handle's shade perfectly. The Boots brush has a slightly 'angled' shape and design to its bristles, although this is quite slight.
Using the Boots brush is very straightforward, and I haven't found any difficulties with doing so. As is usually the case with any other tinting brush, the long handle is very pointed at the end, which allows it to be used to 'part' the hair into sections prior to applying the tint - or dye in my case. This pointed end is slightly easier than using an 'average' comb or hairbrush to create a parting, in my experience, with a 'neater' parting being unearthed by the use of the Tinting Brush's pointed end. This makes it a bit easier to apply the hair dye to the required area, particularly around the roots, where (in my own case, at least) a little more dye may be required than at the ends of my hair.
**(A word of warning here though; I'd strongly recommend that you exercise a little caution when using the pointed end to part your hair AFTER you have started to apply the hair dye to your hair. Obviously, as the brush bristles start to 'accumulate' more and more hair dye/tint during the re-colouring process, the brush's bristles will become messy... This means that you need to be careful when 'rotating' the brush back to front to use the pointed end to create your 'parting' or 'section'... The other end, of course, being the 'bristled' end that you will be holding onto during this process, will no doubt be covered in hair dye at this stage, so please be cautious of any 'dripping' from the brush that may cause staining..)**
I find that most home dye 'kits' these days have some sort of applicator or 'nozzle-tipped' bottle contained within them. Whilst these will often provide a satisfactory end result, I do find that the odd hair here and there has often been 'missed' during the process of applying my hair dye via this method. Whilst the thickness of my hair must take some of the blame for this result, I do feel that some of the odd stray hairs that are 'missed out' are such because the applicator or 'nozzle' provided with the hair dye bottle is inferior in its design. It is for this reason that I will usually chose to mix my hair dye solution in a tinting bowl and apply it with a brush... particularly when my root area is in need of attention. With the use of a tinting brush, I find I am able to really 'coat' the hairs' roots thoroughly and properly - and on both sides of my 'parting' too, in just a few moments. After using a brush during the dye-ing process, I do find that there are less hairs that have been missed, than the times when I have applied the dye without the use of a brush.
In the case of the Boots Brush, I find it copes well with my needs, for the most part. I don't find that the black-coloured bristles are particularly rough or 'scratch' on my sensitive scalp, nor do I find they are so stiff or brittle that they are more un-flexible than my previous few tinting brush products from rival brands. This means that I can 'dip' the bristles into my tinting bowl, 'coat' the bristles with dye and then 'wipe' the tips of the bristles on the sides of the bowl. I can then 'dab' the colour along my hairline or roots, before repeating the process until all of the required area is covered in dye. I have used cheaply-branded tinting brushes before that had rather un-flexible, stiff bristles, and I found that their design made the dye application process slightly more difficult... so much so that I have actually discarded one brush around half way through the process and used the application bottle instead. This has really not been an issue with the Boots brush, however and I do feel its bristles are more suited to its required task.
There have been a few occasions of 'stray' bristles falling out during the brush's use, although I don't find this has been particularly excessive, with the results comparing to most other tinting brushes that I have purchased before. I can't deny that this is annoying, particularly when the stray bristle clings to just-dyed hair - which usually sees me fishing around in my root area with a gloved finger in a bid to locate the stray! - but I DO tend to think that it is a side-effect of using a product like this one, rather than being an issue with THIS product's design or quality.
After using the Boots Tinting Brush to apply my home dye, I usually wash the brush out with plain hot water at first, before eventually applying a small amount of shampoo once the water begins to run clear. I then rinse it out, and repeat the whole process over again. By doing this after use, I am able to 'preserve' the bristles a little, which allows me to obtain a few uses from the brush, perhaps three or so. It then usually needs discarded and replaced with a new brush, as the thin bristles start to 'warp' after repeated use. Taking the low price of the brush into account, I do think this result is quite good, and certainly it is on a par with many of the other tinting brushes that I have purchased before, some of which cost double the amount of the Boots product. I do think this result reinforces the theory that the product is actually of a fairly good quality, rather than being inferior or poorly-made.
Taking everything into account, I don't really have anything negative to report about the Boots Essentials Tinting Brush, and it is a product that I have repurchased on-and-off for around a year now. I will continue to do so, and therefore feel that top marks in Dooyoo's product rating score are appropriate on this occasion.
For some who may know, I have been trying to grow my hair and help it generally be more healthy, thick and shiny. I bought some extra virgin coconut oil as I had read lots about it online being good for hair and I had googled a home made conditioner which consisted of coconut milk, extra virgin coconut oil and some avocado or papaya oil all mixed together and then applied from root to end. After watching a tutorial video on youtube where the lady used it on her head with a brush, when I was in boots I saw this brush and it looked pretty similar so I decided to buy it!
The brush costs £1.69 and comes in a simple plastic wrapping where it is hung on the shelf instore. It is easy to tear open and use the brush inside. The brush is actually really basic, a with a long slim black plastic handle which is easy to hold. Being a long handled brush, this allows for the tip to be used for me to part my hair, then I can use the brush head to dip in the bowl and apply the conditioner from root to end of my hair. It's easy and swift to use and parts my hair effectively.
As for the brush head, the bristles are black and a bit tough and rough as through the packaging they looked less coarse. The brush is plentiful, not scrimped on the head. One negative however is that after just the first use I started to notice some of the hairs were already coming off and in the bowl of the conditioner! I have used it on a few occasions and each time I've noticed that strands are falling out, especially after I wash the brush under some warm water to rinse the product out. I am aware that this brush is for tinting but I was feeling a bit let down on this aspect.
Needless to say though, this brush has served me well and overall I would give it a 3 stars. It's been handy at applying my homemade conditioner to my hair from root to end and is an effective parting tool too! It's not perfect due to the brush feeling a bit on the cheap side but I would still recommend it.