There is No Need For a Hair Scare, Just Be Aware

urlWho doesn’t use a comb or brush in their daily routine nowadays? When it comes to hair, we don’t really think much of anyone else’s but our own. And let’s face it, that’s not selfish, but there are some things we should still keep in mind when buying a new brush for our hair; to make sure it isn’t someone else’s.[spacer]

But unfortunately, these animal hair brushes are not only common in hair brushes but makeup brushes, as well. “Makeup brushes are commonly made from squirrel, mink, sable, horse (sometimes called “pony” or “camel”), or goat hair.” What about hair brushes? Boar is very common. You can even find badger hair! It seems like they will use the hair off any animal… And the worst part is, that this hair is mostly coming from the fur industry. Therefore, if you buy these brushes you are also supporting animal being skinned!Boar bristles, too? Yes, in fact these boars are told to be “sheared” like sheep after they are slaughtered. Though some people still argue that sheep have to be sheared, raising an animal as property and then killing it is far different than shearing it because it needs to be. You can learn more about wool here.[spacer]
Here’s some quick tips so you don’t accidentally end up buying an animal hair brush:[spacer]
  • Check the label, if it says 100% boar bristle for example, or really any percent, NEXT!
  • Check to see if the company labels it vegan. Of course a hair brush can be vegan and not labeled as such (i.e nylon, plastic, etc.) but there is still a possibility that it is labeled as such.[spacer]
When it comes to makeup brushes, seeing “vegan” or “cruelty-free” is a bit more common than with hair brushes.Lastly, why else should you be aware of the hair used in your brushes? Because you could be highly allergic! And what’s better than applying makeup to perfect your skin and end up getting hives or a rash!? Also, forget bacteria, well maybe not completely, but there will sure be far less of it building up on your brush! Besides, when no animals were harmed, the quality is superior, the price is cheaper, and they last longer, that is a beautiful thing! Finding synthetic and taklon brushes may be difficult at first but it can also be very easy. Here are some great companies that carry vegan brushes of all kinds:[spacer]

Again, these are just SOME of the many companies that offer cruelty-free brushes and the chances are you may have been using them all along, but there’s also a chance you were using animal hair without knowing. Either way, there’s no better way than to educate yourself and become aware of what things are made of and how they made. It’s your body it is going on (or in) and you deserve to know! But then again, it’s the animals’ bodies, too!

Luckily, making the change can be simple once you are educated with the information you need to know to make that right decision. If the box isn’t very useful when it comes to knowing what the brush is made of (it should be) then check online under the description of the brush. Still no luck? Contact the store personally and demand an answer!

Chances are, if they sell vegan or cruelty-free products, they will sell vegan brushes, but it’s best to be safe than sorry.

Remember “natural hair” is only nature on the animal it belongs to! And for those of you wondering how to clean your cruelty-free brushes, check out the video below.

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