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Are You Using the Best Brush?

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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Blow Me! The Perfect Blowout


We all long for that perfect salon blowout that we see in commercials. Here are some tips to get you there.

First, you need the right tools. A good blowdryer seems obvious, and is key. There are several things that make a good blowdryer; it should have a nozzle to concentrate the air, it should have a diffuser though we’ll talk about that another week, you should be able to change the speeds and it should have a cool button. You want a good brush. For curve and bounce you want a round brush. However, we have all had roundbrush nightmares, so you feel free to use a flat brush. My new favorite brush has thick plastic bristles to detangle and then shorter boar hair bristles for shine. Don’t forget product. It will protect your hair from heat and make blowing it out

You’ve probably heard a lot about negative ions and tourmaline as well. When your hair gets damaged, either through wear and tear or chemical processing, it gets a positive charge. You may notice that it gets staticky much easier and that’s why. Tourmaline produces negative ions which cancels the charge in the hair. It also makes your hair dry faster without drying it out.

Now that you’ve got all your tools, you’ll get in there with your most important ones, your hands. Start blowdrying at the roots at the top of your head, using your hand that isn’t on the blowdryer to slide your fingers into your hair and hold it the direction you want to while you blowdry it frequently using the cool button. If you want the most body, start on the side where you part your hair, if you are trying to make it lay flat pull it in the same direction that it lays. Direct the air toward the ends of your hair so you’re not roughing it up. Dry the center of your head, from front hairline to your nape on one side first, then move down the side of your head. Repeat on the other side of your mohawk and work down the side of your head.

After all your roots are dry over your whole head, use your brush in sections, again directing the air down your hairshaft toward the ends, to brush through and dry your hair. Dry your mohawk section first in slow, long strokes. Use clips to make it easier. Dry the sides the same way, directing up for the most volume, straight down for none. Because you got the roots first, it will go fast and easy.

As you get more comfortable, it will go faster.


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