Natural makeup brush

All you need to know about natural hair brushes

There comes a time in every woman’s life (or man’s life), when she (or he) decides to buy a set of make-up brushes. The options are endless nowadays, but it is important to learn about the different types of hairs. This is why, today, we have decided to tackle the subject of natural hair brushes. Below are some of the categories that we have decided to take a look at.

  • Definition

Natural hair brushes are brushes whose bristles are made of animal’s hair. This does not necessary imply torturing the animal in order to get that hair. The hair is normally cut, without causing any harm to the animal.

  • Advantages of  natural hair brushes

One of the main advantages of opting for natural hair for your brushes is that they can be super soft. This means that they will feel very good on the skin. In addition, they provide a good powdering effect, which we all know can make or break a make-up look. Also, these types of hairs make it possible to have an even blending of the product, which might not be as easily achieved with a synthetic brush. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the fact that compared to other types of bristles, natural ones ensure that powders do not drop. This is a great advantage, especially when you use a dark eye shadow on your lid, which we all know can cause a mess if not applied properly.

  • Disadvantages of natural hair brushes

Unfortunately, natural hair brushes are not perfect. As with everything else in this world, they also come with some disadvantages. The first, and probably the most obvious one is their smell. It will probably take quite a while before you get used to the smell or it fades away. However, it might be worth the try if you want that perfect blend. Another problem with natural hair brushes is that the hairs might sometimes break, which can lead to a bad application of your make-up. In addition, they are easy to scatter, so you need to use them with care. Finally, for people who are sensitive to natural hair, these brushes might not be the best option.

  • How to store natural brushes

Natural hair make-up brushes are a bit more sensitive than synthetic ones. This is why it is recommended to keep some things in mind, while storing them. One of them would be to keep them in a dry place. Just remember the smell of a wet dog when you ask yourself why it is important to keep them dry. It also helps the longevity of the brushes. In addition, try to expose them to the sun as least as possible, as it can damage them. If you want to store them in a safe environment, you can put them in your bag or brush holder.

  • How to clean natural hair brushes

Natural hair brushes should be cleaned once every 30 to 40 days. The main product that you should use to clean them should either be natural hair cleaning soap bar, or a liquid version. One thing that you should keep in mind after you have washed your brushes is to maintain their shape. This can be done by drying them upside down, in a special stand. You can use a tissue to absorb the excess water, in order to both protect them, and give them a longer life. No matter how rushed you are, do not use a blow dryer to dry them, as it will damage them, and you might end up not being able to use the brushes.

  • Classifications according to the type of hair

Goat hair

Goat hair depends on the area from which it was selected, and this can have a great impact on the price of the brush. For example, the hairs collected from the chest area are more expensive, as it is rare.

Saibikoho (Chest)

This type of hair is picked from the chest area of the goat, and only the finest and softest hairs are selected. It is similar to squirrel hair, and it is very expensive, due to the fact that it is rare.

Sokoho (Chest)

This type of hair is long, thin, and soft.

Saikoho (Chest)

This type of hair is softer and more delicate in comparison to Sokoho. In addition, it is rare and expensive.


In comparison with Sokoho, this hair is thinner, and more delicate.

Hakutotsuho (Shoulder and Forefoot side)

This type of hair is moderately elastic, and durable.

Otosuho (Shoulder)

This type of hair is short and thin, but it is elastic, and has a nice coloration.

Squirrel hair

This type of hair is really soft, with a little spring. However, squirrel hair can also depend on the type of squirrel that it comes from.

Blue squirrel

The hair is ultra soft, and thin at the tip. It has one of the smoothest textures, and can be used to make any type of brush. It is great for offering a natural, but sheer finish, and it is recommended to be used with powdery products in order to achieve the best results.

Kazan Squirrel

This type of hair is one of the rarest. The texture is similar to that of blue squirrel, however it is softer. It can be used for the same purposes as that of blue squirrel.

Tree squirrel

This type of hair is similar to the one of weasel. It is elastic, and works well with both liquid and powder products.

Pine Squirrel

This type of hair is soft, and thin. It is ideal for shorter bristles such as those used in smudging brushes.

Canadian Squirrel

This type of hair is rare and expensive. It is mostly appreciated for its uniform body, and controllability. It is shorter that the one of blue squirrel, limiting its usage to eye shadow and highlighting brushes.

Pony hair

This type of hair is usually used for blush and eye brushes. It is also considered a great option for contouring. One of the advantages of this type of hair is that it is more on the inexpensive side.

Weasel’s hair

This type of hair is usually soft, but resilient, and it is known to last a long time. It is an excellent type of hair for picking the right amount of product, and the great advantage is that it can be used for both liquid and power products alike.

I guess that your knowledge about natural brushes has improved after reading this post. What I would recommend you to do is to try them. Get at least one natural brush, and see if it is worth it. Try for example a blending brush for your eyes. Buy the same brush with synthetic bristles. Compare the two. Try to use them both the same, and store them, clean them in similar conditions. Try to see which one of them resists the test of time. This, of course if you follow the steps mentioned above. The results might surprise you. You might either end up buying more natural brushes or more synthetic ones. This only depends on you.

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