01-21-2016, 04:51 PM
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I scored a big, floppy Kent BK8 for a good price secondhand. It's in good shape but the knot is a bit unruly. I've seen people say they comb their brushes to straighten out the hairs. How does one go about doing this? What type of comb? I'm a little scared to take a comb to it. Is this really a thing or is there a better way?

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 01-21-2016, 04:56 PM
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  • ben74
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Combing a brush is generally for removing loose hairs, usually when a brush is new or appears to be shedding. 

Any comb will do, but a fine tooth will be more effective. Gently comb from the base of the knot where it meets the handle to the end of the knot.

I don't think it will straighten hair, though...

I'd be inclined to wash it with something like MAC brush Cleanser or just give it a lather. Then rinse thoroughly, lightly brush on a towel and allow the bloomed knot to air dry. The knot should settle back into shape as it dries.

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 01-21-2016, 04:58 PM
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(01-21-2016, 04:56 PM)ben74 Wrote: Combing a brush is generally for removing loose hairs, usually when a brush is new or appears to be shedding. 

Any comb will do, but a fine tooth will be more effective. Gently comb from the base of the knot where it meets the handle to the end of the knot.

I don't think it will straighten hair, though...

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 01-21-2016, 04:59 PM
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Great information here..I am going to use this as well

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 01-21-2016, 05:04 PM
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proceed very gently with a sparsely toothed comb.

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 01-21-2016, 05:09 PM
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Never had the need and never considered combing one. Good to know just in case.

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 01-21-2016, 05:10 PM
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There is a cattle grooming tool called a SCOTCH COMB with wide set steel teeth to groom livestock without breaking hair. An icepick, done slowly will have the same effect.

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 01-21-2016, 05:11 PM
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Thanks for the help guys! I will give your suggestion to hand lather and brush on a towel a try Ben. If that does not help I'll show it the comb.

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 01-21-2016, 05:16 PM
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(01-21-2016, 05:10 PM)kav Wrote: There is a cattle grooming tool called a SCOTCH COMB with wide set steel teeth to groom livestock without breaking hair. An icepick, done slowly will have the same effect.

scotch comb, that's a good idea!

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 01-21-2016, 05:19 PM
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I can honestly say that I have never combed any of my brushes but then again I only have 4 at this point

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 01-21-2016, 05:22 PM
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(01-21-2016, 05:19 PM)Oasisdave Wrote: I can honestly say that I have never combed any of my brushes but then again I only have 4 at this point


Me neither but this is the first used brush I've bought and it's pretty tangled.

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 01-21-2016, 05:23 PM
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WOW, only at TSN would a Californian and Norwegian know about scotch combs

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 01-21-2016, 05:29 PM
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Nook is a magical place kav!

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 01-21-2016, 05:53 PM
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Thats too funny...I have one of the combs pictured and I never put it together like this

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 01-21-2016, 05:55 PM
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I've never combed a brush.  Also, I've been fortunate and never had to deal with a shedder.

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 01-21-2016, 06:05 PM
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A normal hair comb is fine, I use a small pocket comb from Kent on the odd occasion I need to...

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 01-21-2016, 06:13 PM
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The only brush I've ever combed is my horse, but just preventative, because some of them are known to tangle.
If I were you, I'd use a wide toothed comb, whatever you have laying around. I know there must be 7 or 8 combs floating around our bedroom/master bath.
As mentioned, proceed gently. I'd start at the top and work my was carefully inward.

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 01-21-2016, 06:15 PM
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I only comb a brush when I put it through my full cleaning routine. I don't see the need to do more than that.

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 01-21-2016, 06:15 PM
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dumb question..do you add a conditioner to the brush wet.....or is this done dry

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 01-21-2016, 06:17 PM
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Fine hair = fine comb IMO...

Shaving brush knots are relatively small, wide tooth combs will do little IMO.

I've read of some users that comb their brushes after every use, I'm not one of them however.

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