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Beauty Review: Hairfree Brushes

Round hairfreé brush ($15.95) shown here in regular combing position (left) and "self-cleaning" mode (right).

The Budget Babe's resident beauty expert Kiki Bella tests a new brush that's easy to clean and helps smooth your tresses without high heat. —BB

by Kiki Bella
I hate cleaning my hairbrushes. It's annoying and time consuming, and I regret having to admit this but more then once in my life I've thrown a brush away rather than clean it. So not green of me. So when I received my hairfreé brush samples, I was sold on the idea of a brush that virtually cleans itself! Simply put, it's simplified brush-hygiene—and I like it. Here's how it works: The hairfreé brushes have this clever mechanism built-in, such that, when you pull the handle, black plates that were previously flush to the body of the brush lift off and as they lift off, so does the hair. You still have to pluck off the hair but it's a whole lot easier.

Hairfreé brushes are also a great alternative to using a flat iron daily. The previously mentioned plates are ceramic coated, and so they retain the heat from your blow dryer and get warm enough to straighten hair. There is a lot of information about the technology of the brushes on their website (check out this brief video), and it's fun to hear their spokesmodels talking about hairfree (I still get fascinated by little people that pop up on my computer screen and start talking).

While the hairfreé brushes didn't get my hair quite as stick-straight as my flatiron, these brushes seem like a good idea compared to daily flat iron use, which we all know is damaging to hair. They were a little sharp on my scalp, but a friend of mine who also gave the brush a whirl doesn't agree, she thought they felt great (maybe my scalp is sensitive, who knows, brush texture is a personal preference). I also wish they were a little more durable in the hand (they felt a little shoddy) but for the price they are worth a go. Try out hairfreé if you're lazy about cleaning your brushes, or burning your hair off with too much flat ironing!


For more details on hairfree hair brushes, visit

or one could take a comb and take 30 seconds to comb it out.
#1 really on 2009-11-03 18:07 (Reply)
#1.1 Nicole on 2009-11-04 14:23 (Reply)
I get the feeling someone paid you to write this... or gave you a free brush and you felt obligated to endorse it.
#2 bri on 2009-11-03 18:57 (Reply)
Hi Bri,
Thanks for your comment. I'm just curious as to why you thought I was paid to write this review? I have never been paid to write a post. If I ever choose to do so moving forward, I will definitely let readers know. The brush was a free sample --it says so right in the post. However, I never feel obligated to write positive reviews simply because I was given a free product to test. Companies don't expect this either as it benefits neither the reader nor the writer nor the company. We write impartial reviews and if you look back at all our beauty articles, some are more positive than others.

Anyways, I would like to know what gave the impression that this review was in some way biased so that I can remedy the tone or presentation to avoid any and all confusion moving forward.

Sincere thanks,
The Budget Babe and Kiki Bella (aka my sister Chantal who prefers to go by the alias Kiki Bella)
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-11-04 12:08 (Reply)
hate cleaning my brushes too, but not sure if i'm too impressed by this idea lol .. guess i'd have to try it myself
#3 fashion court (Homepage) on 2009-11-03 21:26 (Reply)
I would never have believed how much easier these brushes make it. Round brushes especially always drove me crazy with how the hair gets twisted at the base. This simplifies the job!
#4 Val Fisher on 2009-11-04 09:18 (Reply)
I am interested in giving these a go. I have very, very long hair (which comes off in sheets, I swear) and is such a pain to remove from my round brush that I've basically given up. However, it's so embarrassing to use a dirty brush. It's a little expensive for my tastes but if it would get me to clean my brushes it's probably worth it.

As for if the article was biased or not, I didn't get that feel. I thought it was very informative.
#5 Lisa on 2009-11-04 14:12 (Reply)
Oh my! I need that NOW!!!!! What a great invention!
#6 jeannie (Homepage) on 2009-11-04 16:46 (Reply)
the first brush look like it hurt .. i never use that kind but the new one .. i think that i want to try it ..thx for the review
#7 INAS (Homepage) on 2009-12-08 22:32 (Reply)
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