02-27-2013, 06:10 AM
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I have seen this question asked a few times, but have not really seen an answer.

Do horse hair brushes require a break in period? What are the characteristic changes after a dozen or two uses?

I am surprised that my 14095B 50/50 white has much more backbone and not as soft as my 12651 35/65 natural brown since the mane is supposed to be softer than the tail.
Both are set at ~49-50 loft.

I prefer face lathering, but just may have to use the white with a bowl if it doesn't break in.

I have only used both ~5 times so far.

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 02-27-2013, 06:14 AM
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I'm curious as well. Keep us posted on your results.

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 02-27-2013, 07:19 AM
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When new I wash them 1st with a solution of Borax and water. Then Dove dish soap. Find that after that they're ready to be used.
Have 3 in my rotation like them better than the boar.

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 02-27-2013, 10:29 AM
  • tgutc
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There pretty much ready to go out of the gate IMO no break in period like a boar.

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 02-27-2013, 01:13 PM
  • Johnny
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I washed mine once with TABAC Shampoo, then one hand lather using MWF, and it was ready to go. I still prefer boar though.

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 02-27-2013, 02:17 PM
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(02-27-2013, 10:29 AM)tgutc Wrote: There pretty much ready to go out of the gate IMO no break in period like a boar.

That is not what I wanted to hear. Does anyone have a white 50/50? Is it soft?
I just wanted to see how anyone else's compared to a brown natural. I wonder if it is just mine being so prickly.

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 02-27-2013, 04:10 PM
  • blzrfn
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I have a Vie Long Beehive LE 50/50 and I find it works best using painting strokes. Face lathering in circular motions can cause mild irritation from the scritchiness this brush possesses, but the painting strokes eliminate this almost completely. I am pretty sensitive to scritch and this brush is what I would consider pretty mild in that department.

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 02-27-2013, 05:25 PM
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I have a 50 50 also. Mine is soft from day on. I do circles then strokes to smooth out the cream/soap. As far as break in I've noticed a change in scent but that was expected

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 02-27-2013, 08:21 PM
  • Shaun
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I have noticed they are prickly, too, but only a bit, really. It may have to do with the mane/tail ratio. Perhaps the tail is thicker hair? I also imagine the tips are clipped, giving them and sharp tip, but I just don't know. I, too, was hoping they'd dull a little, but so far I have noticed no change.

I like them because of the fact that they are horse, but I'm not mad about them. I also like the claim the horse doesn't suffer because the mane and tail are clipped as part of the grooming process, but again, who really knows.

Otherwise they are soft, sure. I prefer boar, too. They soften nicely.

I'd like to hear if anyone has managed to get around the 'prickly' problem.

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 02-27-2013, 09:07 PM
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If I said that there is no redemming for horsehair. I am only saying its a back seat to boar and Badger. Not verry good at either. JMHOÀ

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