If you have a brush that is bent or splayed, completely coat the bristles with either hair gel (the gel type not the foam type) or honey!! Pour a little honey into your hand and work the bristles thru it til well coated, reshape bristles to a point then store laying flat or sitting up for at least a week. Then use Dawn original or a good brush cleaner to clean honey from the bristles. If the brush is still bent, reapply. Most of the town, it only takes one application. I find that honey works best because it holds the shape more tightly.