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Dear LJ braintrust
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Dear LJ Brain Trust,

Since you gave me such good advice on the sleeping bag issue (well, I assume it was good advice; I've yet to actually try it), I was wondering if you could help me again. My current hairbrush is old and extremely delapidated. I have decided that I really need to buy a new one. I'm unsure, however, what features to look out for when buying a hairbrush. What makes for a good hairbrush? What makes for a crappy hairbrush? Does it even matter at all? If it matters, I have long, curly/wavy hair which tends to tangle easily.

Please advise.


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I've got the same sort of hair, and I alternate between using a wide-toothed comb (if I want to preserve the curlitude) and a brush with round-ended bristles (if I just want to pull it back quickly and tame it). The round-ended bristles really, really help prevent further tangling and snagging yourself. Does that help?

I use that sort of hairbrush (when I happen to use one). Mostly I use various combs that are lying around. I don't have a picture of one, but the brushes with clumps of bristles that look sort of like toothbrushes are absolutely useless on my hair which, based on the pictures I've seen of you, is very similar to yours.

I like brushes with the rounded ended bristles too. They don't hurt until they fall off. Flat brushes I prefer over rounded ones and I like ones with sturdy bristles, not the ones that feel like I'm brushing my hair with a cat's tail.

Big, flat, chunky rounded bristles, and easily de-haired seems to work for me (as you know, I've got uberlong not-straight-enough hair). Preferably with an assistant to do the inacessible bits and therefore reduce hairloss and shoulder wear, but I appreciate that that's not the sort of thing you can usually sort by going to Boots with a fiver.

If your hair develops nice strong tangles, avoid the brushes which have a cartridge-like plasticky bit holding the bristles in which is not entirely surrounded by some other material (for instance, wood). These 'cartridges' have a tendancy to slide out, completely wrecking the brush, when faced with only moderate tangledness.

In other news, rounded-end bristles rarely work for me because my hair pulls them straight out of the brush, too. OTOH, my hair is particularly mean-spirited and also dead straight, which means I can use a toothbrush-style brush on it just fine.

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