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(This post was last modified: 06-25-2019, 11:56 AM by ScientificShaves.)
Hello all,

I am in the works on a personal project to make my own super luxury brush.

This project whilst costly will be more for fun but also to finally put to rest in my mind what one can do with a badger brush.


To summarize the project I am planning on buying 10-20 bundles of premium HMW badger hair and slowly sort them under a microscope one by one to find the best of the best hairs and use them exclusively in my brush.


However as I do not work for Kerastase and also the fact that I doubt traits of healthy human hair is a 1 for 1 match to badger hair I am curious to hear what one would consider to be top grade hairs?


The requirements seems to be near infinite to me. Example cosmetically we often find ourselves enamored by the whitest of tips however M&F Blonde badger is quite popular. Also from old Plisson HMW brushes an Auburn band is more desirable then a darker band.

In terms of stands what truly equates to softness? Are thicker strands more desirable as they are more durable whilst also containing less hair per density so as to reduce surface area. This reduce surface area will in turn reduce the friction/drag across ones face. However smaller strands produce less friction individually so I wonder if a multitude of smaller hair will be more preferential seeing as if the co-efficient of friction is small enough the count of strands would nearly by irrelevant and produce a better end product vs the benefits of larger strands and it's reduced stand count.

Wanting to see what others consider as to look for avenues that I possibly have yet to think of.


Sincerely,
Henery

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P.S. Might also consider letting others try depending on interest. Would be enlighten to see if the additional sorting makes any relevant difference.

Also does anyone have a recommended handle maker that can take on complex projects? Seem like most of the big names are more focus on their own products vs any truly custom work.
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Great project! While I have no idea what makes an individual hair desirable...may you can take a sample from a brush that you already think is awesome and look at that one first to give you a reference point as to what to look for. Either way best of luck and keep us posted.
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(06-26-2019, 02:57 AM)Marcos Wrote: Great project! While I have no idea what makes an individual hair desirable...may you can take a sample from a brush that you already think is awesome and look at that one first to give you a reference point as to what to look for. Either way best of luck and keep us posted.

Thanks, still pondering it over. I have some contacts that I might be able to reach out to in the hair industry and get some findings there; so that is a potential avenue. I have a few other projects in the works along side this one so I might have other post to come haha. To be honest this might be the last project that comes to fruition as the manual sorting is going to be a feat of patience in that of itself. Much easier then a custom razor per say.

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