Not For Long Extremely Fine & Tangly Hair!
During a move I lost the very first expensive gift a boy ever gave me (besides the kid in kindergarten who used to give me his mother's jewelry, including her wedding ring)! It was a custom made boar's hair round brush :(. I was devastated. It gave 30+ years of good service & although worn looking it was in great shape. Well, you know how it goes, find a house, fall in love with it & only after the deal is sealed & you move in you find out that you actually bought the money pit, right? That was where I was at. My only other round brush was a mediocre 2" round that head would sometimes come off the handle. Couldn't rationalize spending almost $200 for a brush of similar quality or even half that. Not when there was so much work to be done. Even $50... just couldn't do it at the moment. Was extremely delighted when I came across the Spornette 964-XL & all the rave reviews. Saw it on another site for triple the price at Folica & almost ordered immediately. Just so happened Folica had a sale & I was able to nab this baby for next to nothing. Thanks Folica for your great deals!
Was counting the seconds until the brush arrived. I knew by the previous reviews that this wouldn't be anything to look at, but who cares as long as it handles well & makes your hair look great. Not so much for me. I've had the brush for less than a week and used it 3, maybe 4 times & the brush looks like it has been through the ringer. Black paint from the top has chipped away some of the bristles are all tweaked & bent up. I expected it to last longer than that, even for a cheapie.
Everyone was right, the brush is unimpressive looking, but I eagerly went to use it & ended up getting in caught in my hair in a NASTY way. About 6 hrs. of working on it before having to start snipping hair. There goes 3" worth of healthy hair that took forever with my slow growth hair. All it took was a fraction of a second from the time I thought I better stop, something could go wrong here to flicking off the hair dryer it made a matted mess that 3 people couldn't figure out. Was so lucky it was only 3", because the brush was up by my ear & my hair goes, or USED to go to my bra strap. Okay, I chalked it up to new brush inexperience. I tried it a few more times. Once it started to snarl I was able to stop it in time & work it out of the hair. I've ended up with a hair brush stuck in my head a few times before, usually when traveling & didn't want to lug my beloved big monster around. Only a couple of times during a lifetime (last time over several years ago) & certainly nothing that took over 10-15 minutes to resolve, unlike this mess.
I went to the salon to have my chop work blended & styled. The hair dresser had a similar type of brush in his bag of tricks & asked me to show him what I was doing (so he could point out the wrong). Turns out he didn't see anything wrong. I was able to use his brush well. So, I don't think it is me... it's the brush. I have to admit the stylist brush didn't have nylon bristles. Maybe that is the difference. I don't know, but now I'm thinking it would have been cheaper in the long run to just buy a good replacement rather than getting the "for now." I was seriously thinking all the rave reviews must either be from people with shorter hair or maybe they've just just never had a REALLY good brush before. Perhaps there were even a few sadist in the crowd that just wanted others to go through the heck they experienced! I don't know, but this is a hideous item for my hair. Irregardless of it was me using the brush correctly the darn thing shouldn't have paint flaking off or bent up bristles. Bad brush!