I’m in love with Life Without Plastic’s new plastic-free wooden hairbrush. Bald people, please don’t run away. This post has something for you too.
This is not the perfect hairbrush:
My old beat up plastic brush has served me well for many years. I would continue to use it except that the little plastic balls on the ends of the plastic bristles are coming off, and without those balls, the bristles are murder on my hair. (Don’t worry. I have another use for the old plastic one. And it’s cute, as you’ll see at the end of this post.)
So I went looking for another brush that wasn’t made of plastic and didn’t have little plastic balls to come loose in the environment. About a year ago, I bought this one.
It’s not the perfect brush either.
I used that boar bristle brush maybe twice. I wish I could have tried it in the store before bringing it home. In addition to the fact that it’s an animal product, and nowadays I’m trying not to support the exploitation of animals, it just doesn’t work for me. It barely gets through my hair, just kind of grazing the surface.
Other wooden brushes I found came packaged in plastic boxes. Sure, I could ask the companies to send me a brush without the plastic, but most likely that plastic box would simply be tossed out on the seller’s end. So I was excited when Jay from Life Without Plastic contacted me to let me know about his new completely plastic-free hairbrush made from wood and natural rubber. He shipped me one to try out. I didn’t have to ask for no plastic packaging because Jay doesn’t use it.
This is the perfect hairbrush:
The bristles are made from wood, not plastic or animal sources, embedded in a natural rubber base. The brush is manufactured in Germany, so it comes quite a distance to North America, but I’m planning on having mine for a long time.
The brush works beautifully and actually feels like a cross between a comb and a brush. The wood bristles detangle well and give your scalp a massage at the same time. In fact, Jay told me that he uses it for just that purpose since he doesn’t have much on his head that needs to be brushed. (Here is Jay’s round head along with mine at the Green Festival last year.)
So, what about that plastic brush that I’m not throwing away? I may not like it, but I know a couple of critters who do. (Only with supervision of course. It’s not food, Arya!)
Jay is giving away one plastic-free wood hairbrush to a lucky Fake Plastic Fish reader. To enter the contest, please leave a comment with your favorite natural, plastic-free personal care product. I’ll choose a winner next week and announce it on this page.
For those who would like to go ahead and order a brush now, Jay says that he is running low on brushes and expects a shipment in November. But please go ahead and order to add your name to the wait list. You’ll be notified as soon as the brushes arrive.
In addition to giving away a brush, Life Without Plastic is offering a 10% discount to Fake Plastic Fish readers now through November 15 for every item on the site. Use coupon code: BETHWITHOUTPLASTIC. Life Without Plastic is one of the few companies that meets the standards for advertising on Fake Plastic Fish because every product they carry is carefully considered for its impact on the planet. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email Jay and ask.
Do you want the boar bristle brush? I really have only used it twice. Let me know in the comments, and I’ll send it to you (or to the randomly drawn winner if multiple people want it.) I want it to go to a good home, and I’m betting that there are people whose hair does better with boar bristles than mine did. Maybe people with straight, sleek hair?