Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The right tool for the job

beautique brush
[excuse my amateur Photoshop skills! I'm just playing around.]

I have been without a hair brush for about 7 months. I had an Aveda wood paddle brush with plastic bristles that was battered and bent out of shape. It lasted me a long time (about 6 years!), but it was time to replace it. I got rid of it before my Paris trip, thinking I would find the perfect one in a pharmacy over there. Well, it never happened. I did pick up a Mason Pearson comb, but I couldn't justify the price of one of their hair brushes, as it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Their brushes seem more like smoothers, and I needed something tough to handle a blowdryer.

My requirements:

- round, so that I can smooth and straighten with a blowdryer
- somewhat aesthetically pleasing. No chunky plastic handle- wood or at least nicely shaped plastic
- a barrel that can handle heat from a blowdryer
- a mixture of bristles: plastic to grip and get through the hair and boar or equivalent to smooth

I was recently in Salt Lake City and noticed that there was a Sally Beauty Supply in the strip mall by my hotel. I had always heard about this place but never been to one. It was there that I found the perfect hair brush, and for $7. I picked it up thinking it was probably at least over $20 or $30.

It is made by Beautique and features a wood handle, ceramic barrel and a mix of boar and plastic bristles- all my requirements have been met. It is the most amazing brush I've ever used and the best $7 I've ever spent. If you can't tell, I'm thoroughly impressed.

It's dramatically cut down the amount of time I spend messing about with my hair, and I think it's even cut down on the time it takes to dry my hair. Unfortunately I don't have the kind of hair that air dries well on its own- It would turn into a frizzy mess.

Upon further research, there is actually a Sally's Beauty Supply if you feel like venturing out to Surrey/Delta (C165-12477 88 Ave, Surrey, BC). I might have to visit soon and check it out. I can't see this exact brush model on their website, but you might be able to find it in store if you're interested in trying it out.


Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

I'm particular about brushes, myself. It's essential to have the proper beauty tools.
If I still had long hair, I'd be keen to try this brush.

Stephanie said...

It seems like kind of a no-brainer now, but I was so surprised about what a difference it made!

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

I know what you mean. :)
FYI...Thanks to a post you wrote last year, I visited Reborn in Montreal this month- linked to you and posted here- if you're interested:
Good thing my shopping time was limited; I could have spent nearly all my travel money in that store! (They had quite a sale going on...)

Stephanie said...

Glad you were able to check it out! I love your purchase too! Looks great on you.

la femme said...

Thanks for the tip! Good brushes make such a difference - um, and $7 - that's awesome.