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    Default Are boar bristle brushes good or bad for hair?

    I know that they distribute natural oils, which is good. But I noticed they also seem to break some hair off. I have voted not to use mine anymore because I pull hair out of it and I am afraid it will damage it. I have a good boar bristle brush too. I bought it from whole foods. And my hair is in really good condition, no splits that I can see pretty strong too. So what is everyone's take on this?

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    As a wavy, I stay as far away from BBB as I can. I have one that's half nylon, half BB and it's nice for having the waves brushed out before a wash, but I still prefer my Tangle Teezer for that. I often think my hair's too F and wispy for a BBB, it sort of gets tangled in there.
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    I only use a BBB when I'm trying to get my hair nice and smooth for a prim and proper librarian bun. I've never noticed a noticeable difference as far as distributing the oils, and when I use it, my hair is already completely combed out so there's really not much for it to grab on to. It's great for making my hair shiny, erasing comb strokes, and straightening it out quite a bit (which makes for little to no fly aways - best results with water)

    But, my hair is more at a 1b at the top, and that's usually the only place I use it so... I guess if you don't get the same results, that's why
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    Some people think BBBs are the neatest thing ever invented, and think everybody should use them. Some people think they are the worst thing you can use on your hair. As so much related to hair, it all depends...
    In general, curlies and wavies find that they don't work for them - they just end up with a big ball of fluff attached to their head, and the more wave (or curl) they have, the worse it is. But not even all straight-haired persons like them. For me, they have never rated more than a "meh" - I don't hate them, but I find that my hair likes combs and Tangle Teezers much better. What I have noted, when I have used one of my brushes, is that my hair gets very staticky! It does behave well enough when I have "calmed it down" after its encounter with the brush. So usually I just use a comb.
    Since you are in the b-range, it is likely that you will fare better with combs, but YMMV.
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    One of the things I purchased when I started really caring for my hair was a MP BBB. I have maybe used it 5 times. My hair even though it is fairly straight just didnt seem to do that well when I used it. Seemed staticy, more oily than normal, flatter. Then I got a tangle teezer and havent picked it up since. I also use a comb many times. A shame as it is a really nice, expensive brush. Oh well.
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    I had a BBB with nylon bristles. It worked fairly well at it's intended purpose (to get the occasional flakes out of my hair). But I realized that my hair was getting caught on the nylon bristles, so one night I got bored and yanked them all out with pliers. I then realized that the bristles are too short and soft to do much, so I need to go find a firmer bbb at Sally's.

    Now I use it just for oil distribution and smoothness. I am a wavy-curly when my hair is wet and drying, but mostly straight when it is dry. I flip my head over (after detangling) and gently run the brush over my hair starting at the nape and doing small-ish sections until it is all smooth and pretty. HTH!
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    I use a BBB on the scalp area (up to about ear-length) before braiding the hair for sleep (I really like how it feels), or when I need to smooth the hair for making a really sleek bun. I also read somewhere it can stimulate the blood circulation to the scalp, so figured it's worth a try, lol
    Brushing the length doesn't work too well for me, so I avoid doing that...
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    I have one and love the feel of it but I've noticed it does break off hairs. I avoid it if I can.
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    Yea I think I'll stick to my horned comb and tangle teezer. But I usually just use my horned comb and my fingers.

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    Yeah, I really dont like them for my hair- rather than make it shiny, my hair ends up feeling flat in a mated-grease sort of way (if that makes sense haha!) and I find it kind of rough on my split-prone ends!
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