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Put Some Thought into Choosing your Brush

December 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is one hair tool that most people don’t give much thought at all which is very unfortunate since it is a very important tool, and one that is used every day, regardless of what style is trying to be achieved. That tool is the hair brush. So how come it isn’t given any thought? What is it about the hair brush that people take for granted?

Well, all too many people simply pick up their hair brush at the local drug store, or Wal-Mart and don’t make their choice based on any important factors. Instead of looking at the important features, the decision may be based on price, or color instead of what really matters. So why would you put more thought into choosing a hair tool such as a hair straightener, and not give your brush the same thought and consideration?

There are a few things to consider when you are choosing a hair brush. And the first thing you need to do is to find a brush type that is right for your hair, because not every brush is the same.

A boar bristle brush is an excellent choice for women who have long, thick hair. These brushes naturally stimulate the scalp and redistribute the natural hair oils that are in the scalp throughout the ends of the hair. Also, these brushes do a great job of cleaning out any dust or debris that has built up in the hair. These brushes are perfect for African American hair and other thick, dense hair because the bristles can work their way into the hairs and brush them out perfectly.

You will also need to decide what style of brush you need. Do you want a flat, straightening brush? Or a rounded brush to help with styling? Thermal brushes are excellent for using with a hair dryer to help lock in the style you are trying to achieve. And the latest type of brush is the ionic brush which uses the power of negative ions to help eliminate frizz and create smooth beautiful hair every time it’s styled.

If you have thin or damaged hair, a cushioned brush is probably the best choice. Sometimes this type of brush is called a paddle brush, but the one distinguishing feature is that the bristles are in a rubber cushion that is easy on the hair when you’re brushing, perfect for those with thin hair.

Whatever brush you decide to try, just remember that you do not have to limit yourself to one type. In fact, brushes are so inexpensive that you can and should a variety of brushes for every styling need. Why not have a vent brush for drying your hair, an ionic brush for reducing the frizz and some rounded brushes when you are styling? Try out a few brushes to find what really works for you and your hair and remember to put the same thought into brush shopping that you would any other hair styling tool.

The Benefits of Boar Bristles

October 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Proper hair care and perfect styling starts at the very beginning – with the proper brush. All too often, women do not give the proper thought to the type of brush they are using and it can even become an after thought with most of the attention going to hair styling tools such as straighteners or blow dryers. But don’t let yourself fall into this trap because a quality hair brush can be your most essential hair styling tool.

When it comes to brushes, there are three main types. A plastic brush with bobble ends, synthetic fibers or a boar bristle brush. You can also find any combination of these three types with the most common combination being a mixture of synthetic and boar bristle brushes.

You may have heard a lot of talk about boar bristle brushes, and if you’ve checked out hair brushes recently, you’ll have noticed that boar bristle brushes tend to be more expensive than other types. Why is that? A boar bristle brush is about a lot more than simply brushing your hair. It’s about creating healthy, shiny and manageable hair. Some even say that a boar bristle brush is an entire experience and treat that you can give yourself every day.

Boar bristles are quite hard and densely packed in the brush. This may scare you off at first because you’re afraid of ripping your hair. But don’t worry. The hard bristles are very tough and they are perfect for thick, dense hair. In fact, these brushes are perfect for African American hair that is typically hard to manage.

The hard boar bristles are very effective at removing dirt, dust and debris from the hair because they are so densely packed. When you are using your brush to clean your hair, it’s important to start away from the scalp first and then you can progress to the scalp to receive even more benefits from your brush.

The other excellent feature of a boar bristle brush is the massaging effect. The hard bristles stimulate the scalp, increasing the blood flow which can be very relaxing and soothing. The stimulation of the scalp also spreads the natural oils of the scalp – the sebum through the hair and down the hair shaft. This results in smoother, healthier hair that is soft and manageable. Increasing the blood flow to the scalp has been linked to stimulating hair growth, creating thicker and longer hair as well.

Many people who take a natural approach to hair care like using a boar bristle brush because you can effectively clean your scalp and your hair without using shampoos. Simply remove the debris, dust and build up with your brush and then clean it before using the brush for massaging benefits.

Because it is so effective at trapping dirt and dust, it is very important to clean your brush periodically. It’s very simple to clean your brush, simply turn it over and use a comb to remove any lint or debris that gets caught in the bristles. Occasionally, you may want to give your brush a thorough cleaning by rinsing it under running water or even by soaking it in a bit of shampoo.

It is important to remember when you are using your boar bristle brush to be careful. Because the bristles are so hard, you can cause damage to your hair if you try to force your brush through tough knots or tangles. Also, it is crucial to never brush your hair when it’s wet or you will cause unnecessary damage.

Because you are distributing the natural oils through your hair with the brush, you are sealing the hair cuticle which means that you will see an improved appearance with dead ends, breakage and dry frizzy hair. Your hair will be softer, more manageable and generally much healthier with the repeated use of a boar bristle brush.

Hair Brush – Choosing the Best Hair Brush for You

March 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

With so many hair brushes to choose from it can be overwhelming on deciding which one to purchase. Many of us may think that the type of hair brush we use won’t make a difference but the fact is that it indeed will.

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Types of Hair Brushes to Choose from;

Straightening Brushes

When it comes to straightening brushes you have a few choices. These brushes can be used before using your hair straightener to help straighten the curliest of hair.

1. Barrel Brush

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These brushes are round and are for used for finishing meaning straightening and shaping. These brushes are also great for adding volume. A professional Barrel Brush will offer great control, faster drying and styling as well as be sure to look for a Barrel Brush made with 100% Boar Bristle-First Cut as this part of the boar bristle provides shine and and smooths hair by closing the hairs cuticle.

These brushes are available in different sizes for different lengths of hair. They are great for all hair types.

2. Ceramic Styler

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A Ceramic Styler is designed to be used with your hair dryer and features a vented design to allow for quicker drying time. The ceramic plates work to leave hair smooth and shiny by locking in moisture. A professional Ceramic Styler will usually be made from 100% Natural Boar Bristles.

This type of hair brush is best for medium to long hair of all hair types. Can be used to straighten as well as add waves and loose curls.

3. Ionic Hair Brush

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These brushes use negative ions to rid of frizz, add shine and make hair smooth and soft. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes so you can choose what you prefer to use be it a barrel or paddle brush.

These brushes usually come made with either nylon or boar bristles. If you have thin, weak, fragile or damaged hair it is best to go with nylon bristles as boar bristles are known to ‘grip’ hair which could break weak strands.

Massage Brushes

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These brushes are meant for for brushing the hair than actually styling the hair. They are great for providing a gentle scalp massage as well as helping stimulate circulation. They are often used when shampooing or applying other hair styling products.

These brushes are a great way to help promote healthy hair growth and are great for all hair types.

Styling Brushes

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These all purpose styling hair brushes usually feature 6-8 rows of straight tufts of bristles. They are sued to style, smooth and shape the hair. Made with nylon pins these brushes offer snag free styling and are best for thick hair types.

Vented Brushes

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These brushes are designed to make drying hair quicker and the help to add volume and texture to hair. These brushes are also available in barrel, ionic and ceramic styles making them great for all different hair types and lengths.

Cushion Brushes

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These brushes are made with a soft rubber base and are gentle on hair and scalp. Also known as a paddle brush these hair brushes are perfect for those with thin, damaged, fragile and fine hair types. Can also be used on other types as well, great for hair that needs to be brushed out before styling and for finishing styles.

Available in a variety of bristle types, shapes and sizes.

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