Pros: Boar and synthetic, easy to grip and use, ceramic for even heat distribution.
I once had an amazing round brush. It was boar bristle, wood-handled, and it did amazing things for my hair. Or I did amazing things to my hair with it. I don’t know—maybe a little of both. That brush came my way via a hairdresser I once lived with. It was stolen from me by a subsequent roommate. I’ve never found another of its ilk.
Recently, after years of not, I decided to really get a hairCUT. Not a trim, but a total slash and burn. The hairdresser took a little over 12 inches off (which went to Locks of Love), and, for the first time since I was a teenager, my hair was just barely brushing my shoulders. With this new cut, which had a decidedly “bob-ish” feel, came the need for a new round brush. After years.
The first brush I picked out was a disaster and has been relegated to dog grooming (a duty it fulfills admirably). The second brush?
The Nexxus Volume Effexx Round Brush. Yes, that’s the brush in the picture. While it is a fairly large-bore brush, it’s actually exactly what I needed for my newly shorn hair.
The Nexxus Volume Effexx Round Brush has a rubbery, textured handle for easy grip and no-slide—helpful when twirling a round brush between the fingers and thumb. The brush is predominantly grey/silver, and I suppose it’s fancy enough looking, though that’s really not the point for me.
The bristles here are a mixture of boar and synthetic, with the synthetic bits topped by small, round ends. It’s got a good grabbiness without being prone to tangling when the hair is curled around it. The bristles are firm enough to stand up to the job while being flexible enough to not yank or stretch hair. Contrary to what you might think, the brush is actually pretty easy to clean old hair off—I just use the “rat tail” of an old comb and work it easily under the wound hairs, then work them up and off. Doesn’t take long, and doesn’t hurt the brush.
Now, like Conair’s John Frieda Paddle Brush, this brush comes with all sorts of amazing claims. Again, we have the tourmaline to “eliminate frizz and seal the hair cuticle locking in moisture.” Again we have “ions” to “tighten the cuticle layer and seal in natural oils.” Plus, we now have “nano silver” to “help eliminate hair pollutants to help keep hair from drying or frizzing.” Oh, and ceramics, which actually do help more evenly hold and distribute heat (as this is, after all, a brush designed for heat styling). The rest of that stuff? Well, again, all I can say is that my hair wasn’t any MORE frizzy, dry, or . . . polluted (?) than usual. But any good feelings I have about this brush have to do with the bristles, the handle, and the even heat distribution. The rest of that stuff? I dunno—I was just looking for a solid round brush, and I found one. The magical stone dust, ions, and precious metals didn’t influence my decision to purchase, and don’t appear to make any difference in my styling.
In all, I think this is a fantastic round brush. Obviously, if your hair is very short, the barrel will likely be too wide for you. But for folks with medium to long hair—this is a really good brush for setting curves, waves, and broader curls. While it’s not quite the mythic brush of my youth, it’s pretty close. If you’re in the market for a solid, easy-to-use, effective wider-bore round brush, I definitely recommend the Nexxus Volume Effexx Round Brush!