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Rufflebutt
February 3rd, 2013, 05:03 PM
I've seen BBB mentioned on here many times but I can't seem to really find why a BB would be used. They really aren't great for detangling and I've never had much luck with trying to distribute oils down my hair shaft with them. Does it have to do with my method of use? Does the quality of the brush make a difference?

What exactly are BBB's used for?

ravenreed
February 3rd, 2013, 05:16 PM
I only use them for brushing out dry shampoos. Otherwise they have a tendency to make even my clean hair look slicked down and oily.

jojo
February 3rd, 2013, 05:38 PM
A BBB is not meant for de tangling, a comb has that job. Love my BBB as it gives me a lovely scalp massage, is great on wash days as it takes my sebum away from my roots, makes my hair very shiny and as a Brucie bonus it increases my growth slightly!
i have a large Mason Pearson and i love it!

jacqueline101
February 3rd, 2013, 07:23 PM
I like mine for scalp massage and to distribute oils. Quality is everything and you would have to buy it in person to get the best brush for you.

ravenheather
February 3rd, 2013, 07:45 PM
For me it's only good for making the top of my hair look greasy and the bottom half frizzy. My tangle teezer gives a much better scalp massage.

lapushka
February 3rd, 2013, 07:51 PM
I have one, a regular "no brand" one which is a mixed one, boar bristles mixed in with nylon bristles as normal full-on BBBs don't get through my hair, at all. The biggest downside to them is that my hair gets oilier a lot faster just from brushing the hair. So: no. I love my Tangle Teezer way better, at least that one -on top of a comb- can detangle.

Chromis
February 3rd, 2013, 08:47 PM
I only use them for brushing out dry shampoos. Otherwise they have a tendency to make even my clean hair look slicked down and oily.

Haha, that is my main use for mine! I love how slicked down it makes even clean fly-away first washday hair look.

I really only use mine on my scalp to tame the frizzies and it does a great job.

maborosi
February 3rd, 2013, 08:50 PM
For me, I use it for two things:

Brushing out a dry shampoo and to 'sleek' my hair. I suppose it's good for scalp massages, too.

Definitely not for detangling.

~maborosi~

longforthis
February 4th, 2013, 10:04 AM
-"Scalp Therapy". It doesn't really give my scalp a massage but brushing with it in different directions, and brushing with my head down, is therapeutically. lol
-It does make my ends frizzy, so I stick using it with my scalp.
-Smooths hair down.
-Distributes oil down the hair shaft. It makes my hair look like an oil slick at first, but give it a few minutes and your hair doesn't even look oily!
-They're a pain to clean. I have to clean it every time I use it. I now use it right before my shower, so I don't really have to mess with it, but when I do want to use it, it can be a pain, lol.

My list of pros and cons for the BBB.

minxe
February 4th, 2013, 10:35 AM
I use mine to smooth my hair after I detangle it. I also like to drizzle a veeeeery tiny bit of oil on the bristles and work it through my hair. I feel like it's distributed better that way than when I use my fingers.

jojo
February 4th, 2013, 10:55 AM
^^ now thats an excellent idea. I will try that thanks!

LadyLongLocks
February 4th, 2013, 11:11 AM
Always comb the hair before you use a BBB.It is not meant to detangle hair. If you find it makes your hair greasy, then use it before you wash it. Give yourself a good brushing, distributing the oils down the hair. If you use any type of oils in your hair as a leave in, it will attract dust and lint more. The BBB REMOVES this from your hair! Not only does it smooth my hair, it feels nice.The lint and dust can create knots! I have several BBB with stiff to medium firmness. The George Michael/Madora Brush reaches the scalp and is firm, where the others I have are more for general brushing and are softer bristles. Here is an album of my BBB if you are interested.It includes my wide tooth combs too.
BBB and WTC ALBUM (http://jjjlonghairphotopage.zoomshare.com/2.shtml/Boar%20Bristle%20Brushes%20and%20Wide%20Tooth%20Co mbs)
Details & PHOTOS of the George Michael/Madora BBB are HERE (http://jjjlonghairphotopage.zoomshare.com/2.shtml/George%20Michael%20-%20Madora%20Boar%20Bristle%20Brush) in a separate album.

melusine963
February 4th, 2013, 01:10 PM
-Distributes oil down the hair shaft. It makes my hair look like an oil slick at first, but give it a few minutes and your hair doesn't even look oily!

This is exactly how it works for me, so I make sure to only use by BBB just before I go to bed. By morning, the greasy look is gone.

Madora
February 4th, 2013, 03:13 PM
All boar bristle brushes are not created equal. It boils down to a question of what kind of bbb you use, and HOW you use it.

Some bbbs have longer and thicker bristles that are not as easy to get through the hair. Others have shorter, thinner, more flexible bristles.

In general, the bbb is used to:

distribute the hair's natural sebum down the strands
remove dirt/lint from the hair
help with circulation among the follicles (when done in the bent at the waist position)

A boar bristle brush is NOT a detangler. You use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair before touching the brush.

Daily brushing with a bbb leaves my hair healthy, shiny and soft.


I've seen BBB mentioned on here many times but I can't seem to really find why a BB would be used. They really aren't great for detangling and I've never had much luck with trying to distribute oils down my hair shaft with them. Does it have to do with my method of use? Does the quality of the brush make a difference?

What exactly are BBB's used for?

silverthread
February 5th, 2013, 08:08 AM
I've been reading that BBB is not for detangling, but I have to disagree to a certain extent. I have very fine hair, which likes to get tiny tangles on the very ends. I find using my baby BBB (from Bass) on the ends of my hair beforehand prevents snags with the comb afterwards. I also use it on the 3rd and 4th days after washing to distribute oils.

charalito
February 5th, 2013, 09:16 AM
I love my BBBs. Have a couple of no names and a Conair, so nothing fancy. I BBB at night, sectioning my hair. It really helps "clean" the hair, removing dust and lint. As for the oilyness, it does look that way at first, but after a couple of hours my hair goes back to normal. Always always always use a clean BBB, they have the gunk/dust/lint from the previous brushing and you don't want that back on your hair. You can wash your BBB with warm water and diluted shampoo.