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.

5 comments:

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: http://styleodyssey.blogspot.com/2011/08/reborn.html
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.