Ever wonder why you can’t get the same hairstyle results as your hairdresser, when you do the job at home? Chances are the culprit is your hairbrush.
Hairdressers have an array of brushes, and they rely on the right hairbrush to achieve the results specific to their client. With a little knowledge about the types of hairbrushes available, the investment you make in purchasing the correct brush for the job at hand will pay off in your wallet as well as the finished style you are hoping for.
Vent Hair Brushes
This choice of brush is used while the hair is it’s wettest. The long plastic or rubber bristles act as fingers to open and lift the heavy wet hairs, allowing more air inside your scalp area. A large paddle is best for long or thick hair, while a smaller base is more useful with short or fine hair. A Denman hairbrush is also used in much the same way.
Round Thermal Hair Brushes
These brushes are available in numerous sizes from jumbo sized to a base as small as a dime. The important feature in these brushes is the base: metal base and ceramic base brushes conduct heat, so they shape and curl hair while drying. These are most effective once the hair is damp and not wet.
Paddle Hair Brushes
Paddle brushes are flat and often wide. The base can be made of plastic or wood. The bristles vary also, and can be designed in nylon or natural boar bristles. Bristles on this type of brush are close together and give the scalp a slight massage while disbursing your natural oils throughout your hair. This brush is wonderful for the ‘100 stroke’ theory of brushing before going to bed or shampooing.
Sculpting Hair Brushes
These brushes come in various sizes and are designed for styling, teasing/backcombing hair to give more volume. Backcombing is as effective on long hair to give volume to the root area, as on short hair to create an avant-garde look.
- Ionic Hair Brushes
- Ceramic Hair Brushes
- Tourmaline Hair Brushes
- Natural Boar Bristle Brushes
Don’t let all of these choices seem overwhelming. Just remember that hairbrushes made of natural materials are going to be more gentle on your hair and usually cause less static electricity.
The best brush for your use is the one that achieves the look you want, with the least effort.