When transitioning to a cruelty-free beauty routine, products are usually the first to pare down, and next, makeup brushes. Makeup brushes are commonly made with goat, squirrel, sable, badger and pony hair. Some people are sensitive to animal hair and have allergic reactions.
Mink and sable brushes are products of the cruel fur industry. Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild and strangled, electrocuted, or beaten and skinned alive on fur farms. Horse hair is commonly obtained from horses who are slaughtered for their flesh. Squirrels are hunted or trapped, and goats are shorn like sheep. Workers are often paid by volume, so they shear the goats quickly, which can result in serious injuries.
Many makeup brushes are manufactured in developing countries where there are few or no animal welfare regulations.
Synthetic & Taklon brushes are more hygienic than real hair brushes. Natural hair has an irregular surface which traps powders, dead skin cells, bacteria and chemicals. Cleaning may not necessarily remove these particles. Because of this, regular cleaning with disinfectants is required to prevent skin irritation and acne.
Taklon lacks these surface irregularities, making it easier to clean properly. This decreases irritation. Because Taklon is synthetic, animal cruelty is not an issue.
Taklon is made in several sizes, ranging from 0.08 mm to .15 mm, which mimic hair, to .20 mm, which mimics boar bristle. The diameter affects the stiffness or softness of the brush. Diameter variation in the Taklon fibers creates more space between the filaments, allowing the brush to carry more liquid or powder.
Synthetic brushes also dry faster giving less time for bacteria to grow & making it less work in the long run.
Besides, when no animals are harmed, the quality is superior, the price is cheaper, and they last longer, that is a beautiful thing!
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Sources; PETA, Wikipedia