You can use good quality brushes for half a decade or more if you take care of them well. They should even be able to withstand a level of abuse, because that's why you're paying so much for them to begin with! But no matter how expensive or cheap your brushes are, you'll notice that some of them will start to have fly-away bristles after frequent cleaning. How do you prevent this?
Simple! Just use a brush guard. :) It's basically a fine plastic net that you place on top of your tools while you're drying them. It keeps all the bristles in good shape while still allowing them to dry properly. I'm sure you've heard of this before, but you probably think it's something you can live without. Well, yeah you can, but your babies need one!
The one I have is called the Charm Makeup Brush Guard (P250). It contains twelve pieces of brush guards - in different sizes but any size can fit even the biggest face brush. You can even cut them up to use with your smaller eye brushes.
These guards are also handy to have if you like carrying brushes in your bag. Just place one on top to prevent the hairs from being roughed up by the other items in your kit! Lord knows how annoying it is to insert a narrow plastic cap or even those flat plastic thingies to protect the brushes.
This brush from Studio Makeup has crazy bristles but after an hour drying with the guard, it looks behaved at last
So there you go, a simple and affordable solution to a hair-raising problem (pun intended). Have a great day girls! :D