Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by all the different shapes, sizes, and bristles that hair brushes come in these days? Most of us don’t have the slightest clue about the correct tools for our hair style or texture, so we end up using the same brush with 5 years of buildup then wonder why we can’t recreate the salon look. Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh wants to help! Read below to find the right hairbrush for your hair and make your next hair tool purchase with confidence…
FIRST THINGS FIRST – LET’S TALK BRISTLES.
Boar bristles tend to be softer then synthetic or plastic bristles. That doesn’t mean plastic bristles are bad. There is a time and place for each. The purpose of a boar bristle brush is not to detangle hair. In fact, these brushes should never be used on knotty hair. Because of the density of the bristles, tangles will get caught in the brush and cause unnecessary breakage. (This is the perfect territory for plastic or nylon bristles.) Boar bristle brushes are designed to clean, polish and condition hair. Plastic or nylon bristles are great for detangling or working with layers since they don’t add volume.
IF PADDLE BRUSHES WERE DOGS, THEY WOULD BE THE LAP DOGS OF THE BRUSH WORLD.
Paddle brushes are generally large, wide and adaptable to any number of hair styles and textures. They’re great for smoothing naturally straight hair or finishing off your style after you’ve used a round brush to straighten frizzy, wavy, or curly hair. Ionic bristles are a nice “extra” since they reduce static and help close the hair cuticle. And using this brush is as easy as it gets: Simply sweep the brush down the length of your hair in a paddle motion.
KIDS, DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
If time is your primary concern, a thermal brush may be just the ticket. They have a metal or heat-conductive material as the center that gets hot from the heat of your hair dryer. As you increase the heat, the brush will be working not only on the surface of the hair, but from the inside-out as well. These brushes can get really hot, of course, so be careful! Or read on…
CERAMIC ISN’T JUST FOR DISHWARE ANYMORE
Ceramic brushes offer all the benefits of thermal brushes without the pesky danger of burns.
NOT YOUR MOMMA’S CURLERS ANYMORE
A radial hairbrush features bristles around the entire head of the brush. Think porcupine meets roller brush. Radial brushes come in a ton of different shapes and sizes. Vent holes in the barrel aid in allowing heat to circulate from the roots throughout the hair while simultaneously drying the hair quickly and creating added volume. And note: The correct blow-drying technique for these brushes is almost as essential as the benefits of the brush itself. Wrap your damp hair around the brush and roll towards the base, keeping the blow dryer directly on the hair. Extra hint: Give your hair a blast of cool air at the end to help set the style. These brushes are perfect for creating curls and volume quickly.
JUST BECAUSE WE CAN!
Here a few last minute helpful hairbrush hints.
* Regardless of the quality of the hairbrush, you always need to use heat protection on your hair before heat styling. We love Sebastians Trilliant.
* Wash hairbrushes regularly in warm water and a little shampoo and let dry naturally.
* Don’t brush thick, frizzy, or damaged hair. Use a comb instead.