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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. 

How to Braid Hair

May 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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There are many types of braids, most of which you yourself can do at home. We are forever pulling our hair back into a messy bun or a ponytail. Try something new, try braiding. There are outside braids, inside braids, reverse french braiding, I could go on and on. I will tell you how to do a regular braid:

Step 1: Add some gel or mousse to your hair while still damp and then blow dry your hair. You want your hair to be as smooth and flat as possible, try using a straight iron to get all flyaways down.

Step 2: Separate your hair into 3 even sections. Place the left section between your left index finger and thumb, let the middle section hang free and place the right section between your right index finger and thumb. This will start the process of braiding.

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Step 3: 3Grab the middle section with your right middle finger and pull it so it passes behind the right section. Extend your right thumb and index finger so that portion of hair becomes the middle section.

Step 4: Use the left middle finger to pull the middle section behind the left section. Extend or straighten the left index finger and thumb to make the left section become the middle section. Pay close attention to the smoothness and tension of your hair sections.

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Step 5: 5Shift the portion of hair hooked in the right middle finger so it sits between the right index finger and thumb. Repeat the process, then shift the portion of the hair hooked in the left middle finger so it sits between the left index finger and thumb

Step 6: Continue until you achieve the desired length of the hair braid. Make a tighter, more compact braid by pulling the middle section into a horizontal line as you pull it to the right or left. For a loose, or longer looking braid just shift the middle section to the right or left, letting it remain in a straight line.

Step 7: 7Tie off the ends of the hair braid with a covered rubber band.

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Till next time Good Luck,

niki

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