Product Type: Avon hair care products
Newest Review: ... great to look at, a brilliant idea..it fits neatly in your handbag only slightly longer than a credit card and about an inch and a half wid... more
POP- and it's a brush!
Avon Pop Up Brush
Member Name: norton501
Avon Pop Up Brush
Disadvantages: Brush can fold back in on itself without the support of your fingers in thick hair
According to everyone I know when I excitedly waved this brush in front of them as if it were some new magic trick I was particularly proud of, these pop-out brushes have 'been around since the 1980s' (or earlier) and 'everyone used to have one at school'- both boys and girls. Not me. I seem to have completely missed out of this whole 'brush revolution' that I am led to believe, happened at some point in the 1990's. Still, it is 'never too late to have a happy childhood' and so my relationship with this brush began.
When I saw this pop out brush in an Avon brochure I had to buy one immediately as I had been making-do with a very sad and worn out looking snapped round hair brush (the handle had snapped off so I only had the round head part and most of the bristles on that had come off) so I really really needed a new brush. As I liked the size of the 'snapped' old brush, this appealed to me as it is half the size of a standard round brush when folded and it is almost flat (1 inch high x 4.5 inches long x 1 inch wide when closed).
You get a plastic handle half made of solid plastic and a flexible rubber part that has pop up bristles on the other side that forms the brush. When open, the hard plastic side has a mirror (see picture) so you can check your hair (handy!). The brush is activated by a gentle push, 'thus popping' the brush up to use as you would a normal hair brush.
This is easy to use. Since this product arrived and I flipped it open and figured out that you push the rubber part and 'whoop' you have a brush I have been like a child with a new toy. I must admit for the first few uses, I did find the flexible brush part folding back in on itself when I used it. My hair is very thick so any brush with a flexible section is going to struggle. I found by placing my fingers underneath the rubber part of the brush when using it it prevents the brush from folding in on itself- this is just a matter of how you hold the brush when you use it to make it more sturdy. This is only an issue when I am using the brush on the back of my hair as my fringe is not so thick so the brush copes fine.
Mine cost me 99p but these can be bought for 69p in Wilkinson's and for 70p plus postage on Amazon. I think this is really cheap for the convenience this product provides.
**Does it Work?**
Yes, it does. I carry this everywhere with me- it is smaller than any brush I have had so fits really well in a small clutch bag or handbag or even a coat pocket. As I have quite a 'new' fringe that is supposed to look even and 1920's style and I walk to and from work- any hint of a breeze and my hair is all over the place. So, a discrete brush to hand that I can just pop, swoosh, brush and fold back up in a flash is perfect for me.
**Would I recommend it?**
YES. Yes I would. The only drawbacks to the product I have found it that it is not actually stuck together as you may expect. I have had this for 6 months now and use it several times a day and on two occasions (only two) the tiny bits holding the flexible rubber brush part have flown off and I thought the brush had broken. It was easy to fix, but this does raise the issue of if you have small children who like to pull at and chew on things- keep this away from them.
In time I do expect the flexible rubber part (that you push on to form the brush bit) to tear or perish/ deteriorate in some way, but for 99p, this is a bargain. I've already had more than what I would consider 99p's worth of use from this and I will definitely be buying 'spares' (one to leave in my drawer at work, one for home...).
If you like to carry a brush around with you or have a hair style that suffers in the wind/rain then this is perfect for keeping in the car or your bag or desk drawer etc., It is a cheap and convenient product so bear this in mind, and i'm sure at some point it will break or fall apart where I lose a bit but for the price it is awesome.
Summary: Small, convenient, practical, carry around, on-the-go brush