Thursday, March 26, 2020

Boar Bristle Brush

You may be wondering what a boar bristle brush (BBB) is. It's easy and exactly what it sounds like. It's a brush made of boar bristles—or boar fur/hair. Why you would want such a brush?

Back in the "Good Old Days," these brushes where used by all women who used to gently stroke their mane one hundred times a day. It was believed that this practice made hair healthier and grow faster. Is this true?

I can't speak for everyone. My personal experience is that it isn't true.

A while back I used a BBB on my hair for daily brushing but my hair was too thick so it really didn't do anything.

What I did notice is a lot of breakage when I used it like a regular brush. Therefore, I do encourage you to not use it as such.

I do think a BBB is great for is spreading oils and smoothing. I personally use my BBB about once a week maybe more depending on how many times I apply oil to my hair.

When using oil, I separate my hair down the middle into two parts. That way my hair is thinner and the brush does its job a lot better.

I have also used it to smooth down some crazy hairs after I have styled my hair and it does work really well for that purpose.

I recommend that you clean your brush regularly as it will pick up a lot of hair and dust. You can just pick the hair out. You can also clean it in order to wash the oils out.

Why would you want to wash the oils out?

I recently started using different oils and didn't want them mixed on my brush. I want to know which oil my hair likes best and cleaning it between oils helps me to make that determination.

Moreover, over time the bristles can get pretty gross.

This is the cleaning process I use:
Get a bowl that is the same height as your brush so when you fill it with water none of the wood will be in the water. Fill the bowl with warm water and add a tiny amount of shampoo. Allow the brush to sit for ten minutes then rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pin Curls on Long Hair

I have a crush on the old style of the brushed out curls women did back in the 40s and 50s. My problem is that this style was always done with shorter hair—not tailbone length.

I was really curious to discover if it would work on hair as long as mine.  Would it be comfortable to sleep with that many pins?

I tried it one night.

It wasn't as hard as I thought it may be to roll my hair. It just took a long time and I used a lot of pins. I used small sections since my hair is so long and I didn't roll them as high as I would have liked.

I sectioned my hair starting from the bottom and I smoothed my hair with a BBB (boar bristle brush) on which I had sprinkled a little oil. I then wet my hair and applied a small amount of mousse made by Giovanni.

My hair doesn't care for that mousse. It leaves my hair with a yucky feel once my curls are brushed out. However, it does hold the curl really well.

As for sleeping with that amount of pins in my hair, it should not have been a concern. I slept amazingly well.  I found the pins far more comfortable than the Sleep Styler because the stylers are so much bigger than the pins—which lay flat on my head. Also of note is that the Sleep Styler also gives fatter curls compared to pin curls.

The curls did hold really well so I left them alone for a while. However, I was curious to find out how they would handle being brushed. Not well.

I ended up with a large curl clump leaving my hair very dry and tacky.

I can't wait to wash my hair in a couple of days.

Overall, I really like the look the curls gave me as well as how defined they were. I think if I want smaller bouncy curls, I will use this method again. Moreover, if I want/need them to last for a long time, I will use the mousse. Otherwise, I don't intend to use any mousse.

Here is the video I used to learn how to roll my hair.

Below are pictures of my hair before curling, after curling, and brushed out, as well as the curls I get with Sleep Styler.

Sleep Styler curls

Before pin curls

After pin curls

Brushed out

As you can see with the pin curls, I lose a lot more length than I do with the Sleep Styler.