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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.

Using The Right Brush

September 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

So many women carefully consider their shampoo and hair styling tools yet they give very little thought to their hairbrush. Different brushes have different effects on the hair so using the right one for the style you are trying to get is essential.

    Round hairbrushes are perfect for adding curl and definition to your hair. With different barrel sizes to choose from in these brushes just like a curling iron, the smaller the barrel the tighter the curl.
    The half round brush is perfect for when your hair is wet and as a everyday brush to comb out your hair.
    A paddle hairbrush is perfect for straightening your hair when you want to remove curls and definition for sleek hairstyles.
    For quicker blow drying with your tourmaline hair dryer use a vented brush to encourage air flow through your hair while you style and dry at the same time.

Hairbrushes are so affordable there is no reason why you can’t have several so you can always use the brush that is right for the current look you want to get. Style your hair and treat it well for the absolute best looks available by using various hair brushes.

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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