There are so many type of hair brush available that choosing one can sometimes be hard. Then once you have one you like the tendency to hang on to it as long as you can kicks in which can actually end up causing you to damage your hair with a worn out brush.
A hair brush, just like a toothbrush is actually good for only so much time before you should consider replacing it with another. The optimal lifetime of a brush will vary based on many factors including; material it is made from, hair type being used on, as well as the use of the brush. A good rule of thumb is to get a new brush at the very least every year. One thing you can check is the ends of the bristles to see how worn they are. If you rub the hair brush on your arm if the bristles feel scratchy then this is a good indicator it is time for a change. Scratchy bristles mean they are pulling on your hair causing broken follicles, which result in split ends. This will give your hair the appearance of a frizzy out of control look no matter how often you brush your hair.
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.
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.