Even at most grocery stores, there is a huge selection of hair brushes and when you add in department stores and salons, the number is truly staggering. So how do you know if you are using the right one for the look you want? Let me be your light in the dark. ;> Here is a sampling of brushes and how you would use them, as well as my opinion on them.
Flat brush: This is a good detangler on dry hair, particularly thick hair because it gets all the way through. It also doesn’t break apart the natural pattern of your hair as much as other options. You can use it for a blowout after using a comb and a cream or other product of your choice to detangle, however, there are better options. Paul Mitchel makes a narrow version of this that is the exception, it works great for a blowout and I just got a new haircut, so this might be my new go to.
Flat brush with plastic and boarhair bristles: This is also a good detangler. The wooden one is turned over to see the pretty scroll work on theh back, but is close to identical to the other. This gives almost no pressure on the scalp with brushing long hair, so it’s ideal for the ones with a tender head. It’s my five year old niece’s favorite brush. It really gives grip on the hair and smooths it, so it’s my favorite for making hair very straight in a blowout.
Small(ish) round brush: This is probably my most used brush. It gives some pretty strong curve, good grip on the hair, although the bristles are not boarhair, they are soft enough to not be scratchy. This is great for blowouts.
Large roundbrush: Generally for a large roundbrush, I use the larger version of the brush pictured above. I decided to post this one instead because even though it is a great brush, it has some drawbacks. Of course it gives a larger curl than the one above, it mostly works for volume with only a little curve. However, it’s plastic bristles have nubs at the ends that fall off and when they do, they become very scratchy. Also, because of the nubs, the grip is awesome, but it’s really easy to get caught in the hair. It works well, it’s just far from my favorite.
Large boar hair roundbrush: This is also not my favorite brush because usually the payoff is not worth the effort and time. Let me explain. This is awesome for thick curly hair that you want to be very shiny and smooth (I can get this with another brush, if it was my own hair, I -might- feel differently because it’s harder to work on your own hair). On the other brushes, I can takes a section of hair the width of the brush. However, on this one it works much better if you take sections that are the length of the bristles, so you’re taking a lot more sections, and it can tangle more easily. I do love this brush sometimes, but I don’t use it as often.
Let me know what you think! What’s your favorite brush?
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