During blow drying, the Head Jog High Shine doesn’t do a bad job at all. In fact, I really thought they handled the job very well. Especially on thinner sections, you could really see how the nylon bristles divided the hair into little sections which laid across each tuft of boar bristle, giving a nice visual representation of the polish that these boar bristle brushes are famed for. I used it exclusively for a couple of days and didn’t come across any snags and it always felt smooth through the hair. The tension is quite a gentle medium so you never get that tugging feeling which some more rigid boar bristle brushes will give you and I’d be happy to use them even on pretty damaged hair. The outcome always looked soft and smooth, overall I was very pleased with its performance.
The wood construction as noted earlier is nice, I’m a big fan of natural materials and my initial concerns of gripping them sufficiently with their varnished finish didn’t materialise to anything as I found them perfectly comfortable and confident to use, with the rubber grip helping when turning the brush in your fingers. In terms of craftsmanship, the varnished finish is a little ropey in places, but that’s fair enough at this price in my eyes. Personally I don’t use the sectioning pin and leave it tucked away inside the handle, but it’s nice that it’s there for people who do. If you prefer a meatier brush in your hands then you’ll be pleased to know they’re a little on the heavier end of the weight spectrum. This is going to be personal preference, but I found it just a shade too heavy as I do prefer flimsier brushes, though after five minutes of use I’d gotten used to it. I only own the 116 personally, which weighs in at 132g, though I did get my hands on the 114 and 115 briefly from a friend and they did feel considerably lighter.
In conclusion it’s hard to criticise what Head Jog have got here. At only £7 per brush, that’s nearing a steal and though I was sent mine from Head Jog, I was genuinely shocked when I looked the pricing up online and found out how cheap they were. I don’t think I’d change this review if they were double that cost, so these are definitely hitting a sweet note. There are small niggles like the weight and finish, though the weight is more personal preference and unless you’re willing to pay a significant premium, then I think that this sort of thing with the finish is fair enough and I don’t really see how this can really count against the Head Jog High Shine as an overall package. Simply, it’s a great brush which belies its budget price point, where things can often be not so great at all.
UPDATE: This brush is featured in our round brush round up video, which you can see here.
The unit in this review was sent to me, though not exclusively for a review from Head Jog. At LEMON/SODA I’ll always give my honest opinion no matter the manner of acquisition, as well as taking cost into consideration whilst writing any review.