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    Secret snob#17: The most tasteful combs and brushes

    Say what you like about us middle class, but we have taste. Different taste from each other, yes, but a common appreciation of its value. So when a manufacturer has as its mantra ‘Love of beauty is taste. Creation of beauty is art’, even though what they are manufacturing is an unglamourous everyday item, we are going to sit up and take notice. And thus it is with Kent Brushes, or GB Kent & Sons Ltd to give them their formal title, the most tasteful – and, yes, beautiful – combs and brushes we’ve found.
     
    Founded in 1777, just in time for all those Regency dandies (the original aspirational middle classes who Baudelaire described as ‘elevating aesthetics to a living religion’), Kent now makes more than 250 different types of brushes – which we think shows impressive dedication to fine-tuning a workaday item to cover some very specific brush-related activities. The top-of-the-range ones even come in their own box. Those that have caught our eye, however, are the cushioned bristle brushes, super-smooth handmade natural-acetate combs, cherrywood clothes brushes (far classier than a cheap plastic lint roller, we’re sure you’ll agree), the pocket moustache-and-beard comb and the beechwood and boar-bristle ‘up-do’ brush, laser etched with the above motto.
     
    If you want to talk trichology, experts at their Hertfordshire factory shop will explain the minutiae of good brush design – such as why natural bristle is good (something about it cleaning the hair) and why injection-moulded plastic combs are bad (the ridges from the mould tug your hair). Alternatively you can pop along to John Lewis, like you usually do.

    kentbrushes.com

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