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Brush Browsing – Choosing the Right Brush for You

October 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When you open your hair styling drawer in your bathroom do you find it stuffed with an assortment of hair brushes? Many women collect hair brushes because they are never sure what the best brush is for their hair type. Other women however, are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They may be holding on to a hair brush that they’ve had for years, but they’re not really sure why they have it or if it’s the right brush for their hair. Do either of these scenarios sound like you?

 

When it comes to choosing the right hair brush, it can be very overwhelming. Just head to any beauty supply store and check out the wall of hair brushes. The come in every size from large paddle brushes, to tiny back combing brushes that look almost like combs. Some have holes in them, while others are curved. Never mind the round brushes! They come in all different sizes, from only ½” around to an absolutely massive 6” inches in diameter. And when it comes to bristles there are natural boar bristle brushes, synthetic or plastic bobble heads. It can be almost impossible to know what brush to choose.

 

The first thing you need to do before you even head to the supply shop is to decide what you’re trying to achieve with your brush. Are you using it to style your hair? Or just to smooth it and achieve shine? Once you have the basic understanding of what you want to do, you will be able to make a more informed decision.

 

Paddle brushes- You can find paddle brushes with synthetic bristles, natural or a combination of both. These brushes are great for people with long hair who are trying to achieve shine and smoothness. They’re also especially nice for women with thick hair because the bristles will give the scalp a massage while it brushes. If you’re looking for volume however, this is not the brush for you.

 

Cushion brushes – These brushes are named because when you push on the bristles they give way like a cushion. If you have medium hair and you’re looking for a smooth style, these brushes are a good choice. They’re also especially good for fine or thinning hair because they offer the extra cushioning.

 

Styling brushes – These brushes are also called back combing brushes. They come in a variety of sizes but are very typically smaller with a slightly curved head. These brushes are perfect for shorter styles and are useful for styling specific styles because they are easier to handle.

 

Vent brushes – This type of brush is great for drying your hair because the large holes allow air to move freely through the brush, helping you to dry your hair. They are great for short style and add volume to all hair styles.

 

Round brushes – These brushes are available in all sizes. They are best used with your hair dryer to create the style you desire. The smaller the brush, the tighter the curl it will create. The larger brushes are generally used to add volume and create a smooth look. For extra styling help, look for thermal round brushes that use the heat from the hair dryer to help lock in the style.

 

Thermal brushes – These brushes work with your dryer because they lock in heat helping to style your hair quickly. Thermal brushes are available in round sizes or flat brushes. The round styles help to style your hair just as a brush that is not thermal, while a flat brush will act as an iron to create straight hair.

 

Use this simple guide to help you with your next hair brush decision so you can choose the best hair brush for the style you are looking to create. No longer will you need a drawer full of useless brushes. 

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.

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