Are You Using the Right Brush?
Let's face it: there are SO many hair brushes on the market these days. How do you know which one is right for your hair type? What's the difference between brushes besides their shape?
Here is a basic breakdown:
Hair is more delicate when it's wet. A detangling brush has flexible bristles to comfortably comb out knots. This brush is great for the whole family, including kids.
TIP: brush hair from the ends up. This is more comfortable for you and less damaging for your hair.
Round brushes are probably the most commonly used brushes both at home and in salon. Vents in the brush allow for heat retention, which means a faster blow dry. They come in a variety of sizes. The smaller the barrel size, the more round of a curl and more volume you will achieve. The bigger the barrel size, the smoother your blow dry will be.
TIP: when you finish styling, use the cool setting on your dryer; this will close your cuticle, smooth frizz, and maintain the look of your blow dry.
Bristle brushes are becoming more common. Women like them because they gently glide through the hair. A bristle brush distributes the hair's natural oils, providing a longer lasting blow dry and a lot of shine. (As you can see, they come in different shapes and sizes).
TIP: bristle brushes build up oil more quickly than round brushes. I suggest shampooing them once every week or every other week to keep them clean.
Paddle brushes have several uses. They too can detangle hair. A paddle brush is great for either a rough dry before throwing up in a bun, or for providing a smooth blow dry for women with thick hair.
TIP: for dry ends, apply a few drops of oil to your hair. Use the paddle brush to distribute. If you've applied the right amount of oil, your ends will be smooth and static free.