So let’s talk performance, how well do they get things done? In short, I love using these brushes. I’ve used them for sleek straight drys as well as larger blowouts and soft curls to beachy waves. One really impressive thing about these brushes, which is quite rare for a boar bristle brush, is that I have never, not once, got hair snagged in the bristles. You know it happens, you take all the care in the world but sometimes you get those small snags. Well not with these brushes. They glide really easily through the hair, I think they have a really soft feel and don’t feel like they’re tugging too much. I’ve used boar bristle round brushes before that have felt like I was dragging a pack of razor blades through a clients hair and hated them, but the Ibiza EX just slide through really gently. Worth noting too is the weight, being made from wood and cork, they are really comfortable and lightweight in your hands. Once you get used to their weight, they can make heavier brushes feel like a bit of a chore. To put a figure on it, I weighed mine and the EX2 weighs in at 54g, EX3 at 74g and finally the EX4 at 95g. That’s not a small detail at all. Not naming names, but my other two boar bristle brushes that have barrel sizes around the same as the EX3 weigh in at 124g and 132g. Quite a significant difference. When I use these brushes, the outcome has always been a really creamy gloss finish and I genuinely have had at least a couple of handfuls of clients ask me for more details where they can buy the brushes after their service is finished, who have then come in next time and been thankful for introducing the brushes to them.
So in conclusion, what needs to be said really? Ibiza Hair EX round brushes, with their natural materials and fantastic feel in use really cannot be recommended by me highly enough. Are there nicer brushes out there? Sure there are some really beautiful brushes in the market. If you are happy to pay the premium, the YS Park G-series for one, run this brush close, but this brush is more affordable for most and absolutely kills it. Highly recommend that you give these brushes a crack if you’re looking for one of the best round brushes on the market at a fairly reasonable price.
UPDATE: This brush is featured in our round brush round up video, which you can see here.