When I first saw the table set up for Hairfree at a BeautyPress product showcase, I assumed it was a hair removal product. Upon closer inspection however, I realized what I was looking at were unique hair brushes. I what made the round brush, and flat brush, different from any other brushes. It quickly became clear. Pull the handle of the round brush, and the brush transformed itself into a vented barrel brush for styling. Another twist, and a plate pulls up against the bristles, nearly to their tips. The flat grush has a push-pull level on the handle. Another bonus is that you can use it as a full-sized bristle brush, or release the vents to help airflow while you’re styling. And it works well, too!
If you’ve ever tried to clean the hair out of a brush, you know it’s a disgusting, messy, nearly impossible job. If you have a lot of long, thick hair as I do, the chances of cleaning a brush successfully without ruining the bristles by running a comb through it over and over again, is slim. The average human head has around 100,000 hair follicles. Blondes ten to have the highest density of hair: 140,000 hair follicles, redheads the lowest at 90,000 follicles, and those with black hair have on average 110,000 follicles. While there is no way to determine how many strands of hair you lose a day, brushing and styling, especially after shampooing, is sure to leave some strands in your brush. On a round brush, the hairs get wrapped and knotted around each other. These are especially difficult to remove from a traditional brush.
] Hairfree brushes either have the push/pull mechanism on the side of the flat brush above, or on the round brush, you simply pull the bottom of the handle out and twist it. The platen on the brush pushes UP towards the very tip of the bristles, as you can see in this phot. You simply wipe away the hair that has accumulated in your brush with a swipe of your hand!!! The idea came from a design for a pet brush so I’m told, and the result is literally, magic! .
Another feature of the Hairfree brushes are their ceramic plates. Most blow dryers reach a top heat of about 175 degree while the heat generated from a flat/curling iron starts at about 200 degrees and can reach a top heat of upwards to 450 degrees, depending on the make and model of the flat/curling iron. The Hairfree brushes, used with a blow dryer, should give you the same sleek, shiny hair as if you’d used a curling or flat iron. That’s the theory, anyway. This may be the case if your hair is fairly straight to begin with, but on my thick, frizzy hair, I still needed to use a flat iron and styling products. What I did notice was that the brush helped to dry my hair more quickly, but it didn’t eliminate frizz nor would I walk out without styling products and my trusted flat iron, But honestly, who cares? It’s a brush and the point of it is that it’s super easy to clean. I’d buy these because they quickly and easily solve a knotty (pun intended) problem. Also, since they are plastic, you can clean them quickly and easily in the sink (they are not dishwasher safe) and they’ll be dry and perfect in a flash. The flat brush has a mirrored back, so you can take it with you and it multi-tasks as your makeup mirror.
One thing to note. These brushes, including the bristles, are plastic, and the bristles are a bit stiff, so if you have a sensitive scalp or thin hair, you need to be careful not to scratch your scalp as you’re brushing. The brushes could benefit from ergonomic, rubberized handles (the smooth plastic is more challenging to grip for a long time). These issues aside, the brushes are remarkable.
There are some videos that will give you more information about these unusual brushes, and show you how to use them.
…get these for yourself or maybe get the set for your mother for mother’s day (coming up soon). You may never throw away another brush! Visit the HairFree Web site to learn more and to order
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