I guess hair really *is* hair: dumb trick to revive an old badger knot
I bought an old butterscotch Stag planning to replace the knot with a TGN Finest. When I got the old brush in the mail, its knot was a beautiful, high loft, a little yellowed with age, but nicely shaped. It must have really been a fine brush when made. I *really* wanted to save that knot. The hairs were brittle, though. A few snapped just from brushing it across my hand.
Sitting on the sink edge was a bottle of conditioner. WTH, you know? Hair is hair. And I had nothing to lose; I was prepared to replace the knot anyway. So I saturated the knot with conditioner, and let it sit overnight.
In the morning, I rinsed out the conditioner, gave it a quick wash with Dove dish soap, and it was like new. Soft, silky, not at all brittle. Nearly the equal of a Rooney. And it lathered wonderfully.
After about ten uses, the knot started to seem a bit dry, not bad, but I repeated the procedure anyway. It has been fine since, and I'm about fifteen uses on.
I don't know whether this would work for anyone else, or how long the effect lasts. But since it's essentially free, and I don't see how it could hurt, you lose nothing by trying it. After all, hair is hair
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