Some of this weight saved is due to the G-Series short length. The barrel size is a pretty standard 100mm, but the handle is much shorter than most round brushes on the market. The Ibiza brushes are close, but it’s still about a half inch shorter than those even. What this means in use is that the stub of the YS Parks handle sits nestled into the palm of your hand, rather than pass through and out the other side, which makes it really very comfortable and allows your fingers to rest naturally on the upper, contoured grip area of the handle. The bristles of the YS Park G-Series are white boar and polyamide, with the boar and polyamide alternating around the barrel. The polyamide being there to retain a uniform tension and aid in straitening, with the boar to smooth and curl. Typically, white boar bristles are softer than black and this is reflected here, but don’t be fooled, the G-Series is no slouch and can certainly pull a head around. If you’re looking for a brush which has the ultra high tension of black boar bristles in this price range, I hear the YS Park Carbon Tiger brushes will pull your scalp clean off.
So now we’ve learnt all about it’s construction how does the thing actually go through hair? Well, unsurprisingly at this juncture, it’s up there at the very top of the pile. As mentioned, the tension is certainly enough to straighten out anything thrown its way, whilst it never feels anything less than smooth and easy to pull through the hair. I found it to create bevels with ease and no legwork from me as a stylist at all. In curling, it was just the same, giving big, soft and smooth curls and waves and it seemed to do it all with such little effort on my part. The hair was, as you would expect from boar bristle, smooth and shiny in the end and the G-series always maintained the beautiful creamy texture you would hope from a quality boar bristle. It was, it has to be said, nothing short of a pleasure to use and I’m not a huge fan of blow drying so I would say that that says a little something.
The YS Park G-Series is a beautiful brush, not only in construction but also in function. It’s a breeze to use and get great results and it certainly looks gorgeous with it’s Teak construction and keen attention to finish and detail that you’d expect from any YS Park tool. Is it worth the premium price tag? That’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself. If you’re looking for a brush with the money to get into the premium market, you won’t go wrong here, the craftsmanship is second to none, with a performance that is absolutely top drawer. If you’re a little more hesitant to drop a sizeable lump into a brush then I’d say have a think about how often you’re blowing out your or your clients hair. If it’s on the regular, then I would certainly recommend giving the YS Park G-Series serious consideration as you’ll be hard pressed to find better.
UPDATE: This brush is featured in our round brush round up video, which you can see here.