09-26-2019, 11:19 AM
#1
User Info
So I have seen on different websites and heard from different people that drying a badger brush on a towel will damage the bristles. Other people recommend drying a brush on a towel. I know it may not be necessary and in fact I don't use a towel for this purpose but I am just curious what you all think. Maybe you believe this is true, maybe you think this is ridiculous, or maybe that this may apply to specific grades of hair. Thoughts?

2 4
Reply
 09-26-2019, 11:44 AM
#2
  • SCOV
  • Senior Member
  • Minnesota
User Info
I would also love to learn the best way to care for brushes.  

I assume towel drying shortens the drying time.  Guessing for someone that uses the same brush daily/every other day or stores in closed door cabinet, quick drying time is important.  I am not sure how brush knots are subject to mildew, bacteria, etc., - if yes fast drying time could be beneficial.

17 858
Reply
 09-26-2019, 11:50 AM
#3
  • Mr_Smartepants
  • Senior Member
  • Cambridgeshire, UK (CONUS post address)
User Info
I've read that it's actually excessive pressure (soap loading, lathering, etc.) which damage bristles.

Moderator Note:  Link to website not affiliated with TSN removed. 

48 2,136
Reply
 09-26-2019, 12:01 PM
#4
User Info
Rinse, Shake, Stroke across towel, set upright to dry. No problems at all.

Not shaking out the water is fearmongering, if the epoxy gives up because of that the brushmaker really messed up.

0 19
Reply
 09-26-2019, 12:08 PM
#5
User Info
For years I have shaken the excess water from brushes, then dried them on a towel.  In my experience, there is no harm to the bristles as long as one is gentle.

60 9,699
Reply
 09-26-2019, 12:26 PM
#6
  • chazt
  • Senior Member
  • Queens, NY
User Info
I give the knot a squeeze, a couple of flicks of the wrist and stand it on the shelf. No toweling involved.

15 3,794
Reply
 09-26-2019, 01:32 PM
#7
User Info
(09-26-2019, 12:08 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: For years I have shaken the excess water from brushes, then dried them on a towel.  In my experience, there is no harm to the bristles as long as one is gentle.

I have been doing this for the past nine years and I haven't noticed any damage to any of my 2 and 3-Band badger brushes.

91 21,284
Reply
 09-27-2019, 01:37 AM
#8
User Info
Thanks all for the responses!

2 4
Reply
 09-27-2019, 05:49 AM
#9
User Info
I've tried drying them in all angles and have to yet to see any damage. Rinse, Flick and best option hang upside down, second option just lay flat on a towel and last resort just straight up on the base of the handle.

0 56
Reply
 09-28-2019, 07:11 PM
#10
User Info
I squeeze the knot very gently to let the water out.
Then I do light motions on the towel vertically & horizontally (once to twice each) and no issues so far.

0 20
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)