Why Buying an Animal-Hair Paintbrush Is Like Buying Fur ..

Companies have developed synthetic alternatives but not everyone is aware of the harm inflicted on animals when harvesting their fur. Animal hair brushes are usually imported from other countries which often have more lax regulations when it comes to animal welfare. This enables a cheaper product, but it comes at the price of animal suffering. Please enact a ban on the trade of animal hair brushes, and show that America stands up for the freedom and rights of all species.

Have you tossed your animal-hair brushes for synthetic alternatives? Give us your recommendations.




: A polymer that replaces horsehair. Its features of toughness and high temperature resistance resembles those of Nylon, but Polyester is noted for its ability to recover without whip or slapping action – it will not mat. Polyester has excellent resistance to all acids, alkalis, alcohols, gasoline, benzene and most cleaning solvents. It is a medium-priced filament that resists mildew, bacteria and fungus growth.

: A durable thermoplastic that offers good chemical resistance and is ideal for high heat and corrosive environments. Peek provides excellent flexural and tensile strength up to 480º F and is a great alternative to Nylon.

POLYETHYLENE: a soft durable material suitable for applications where abrasion is to be avoided. These flexible bristles are very efficient for thorough washing and polishing of delicate fruits and vegetables. Polyethylene is ideal for soft wiping instead of a brushing action.

: A versatile low cost filament used for a wide variety of applications. Polypropylene will not absorb moisture or odors and sheds dirt easily. It has excellent wet stiffness, abrasive tip cleaning action, non-brittle, and is inert to most solvents, oil, acids, and chemicals. It is, in fact, one of the most chemically resistant synthetic filament materials.

POLYSTYRENE: This material has replaced natural bristles for use where chemical resistance is needed. Its stiff aggressive properties make it ideal for utility brushes, coffee urn brushes, deck scrub brushes, floor and garage brushes. Polystyrene bristles wear longer, perform better, and yet carry a comparable price tag to natural bristles.

PTFE: A Polymer that is inert to most chemicals, resistant to strong mineral and oxidizing acids, along with alcohols, ketones, ethers, amines, esters, chlorinated compounds and common cleaning solvents. PTFE has excellent property resilience up to 500º F.

PVC: An economical material with a reasonable flex life, low friction resistance and no loss of stiffness in water.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Ends Use Of Animal Hair In Brushes, Goes Synthetic

Miscellaneous Animal Hair, including badger, rabbit, and tiger, is used in Oriental brush making. has equipped this slicker brush with a convenient push button that retracts the bristles to easily remove the hair that is caught in them. Trust me, you won’t truly appreciate this self-cleaning feature until you use it, but once you do you’ll never want to go back to pulling hair out of a brush with your fingers again! It’s also fitted with a rubber handle, making the brush strong, durable and comfortable to use, and many with the results of this deshedding tool.

Shaving brushes made from animal hair once carried anthrax risk

All my natural bristle brushes have a very slight animal smell when I was them. That being said I think the only way you can get the animal smell out is by conditioning the brush that will help close up the hair shaft. Treat your natural hair brushes as you would your own hair that should minimize the "smell" and will help keep the integrity of your brush.

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