Listed below are the best hair brush and hair brushing tips to consider:
1. When it comes to purchasing a brush you always get what you pay for.
Invest in the very best brush you can afford in order to treat your hair with the very best styling tools. Mason Pearson and Kent brushes hand crafted with 100% authentic boar's bristle brushes will last for many years, offering your hair the very best styling tools. If you can't afford to invest in a Mason Pearson or Kent, search for a 100% boar bristle brush designed to be as hair friendly as possible.
2. Never brush hair when it's wet or damp.
Hair is most fragile when wet. Strands can be more easily ripped, torn or snagged when brushed damp.
3. Use a hair brush sparingly when finger picking won't do.
Even the best hand made 100% boar bristle brush can still damage strands, even when completely dry. It's always best to use fingers lightly coated with coat, cream or similar moisturizing products to detangle, remove snags and arrange in place. Don't use a brush every single day unless absolutely necessary.
4. Brush from the bottom towards the top in pre-separated sections.
If and when you brush your hair, always brush from the tips of the hair up towards the roots. Separate hair into 2-4" sections. Hold the target section of hair with one hand as you brush with the other to avoid unnecessarily pulling hair from the roots. Brushes work best to lightly detangle.
5. Avoid brushes with rough bristles or little knots on the ends.
Razor sharp bristles will slice into delicate strands causing snags and rips. Brush bristled with little knobs on the ends may get stuck in your strands and pull and shred them. 100% boar bristles are the best but mixed boar and synthetic bristles may be a good secondary choice. Avoid bristles that are 100% synthetic or feel rough or scratchy to the touch.
6. Brushes consist of different key parts.
The different parts of the brush include a head, a handle and the bristles. Make sure that the head and handle feel good in your own hand so that you will be able to easily use the brush in a hair friendly manner.
7. There is no right or wrong type of brush for different hair types, textures and lengths.
8. Round brushes may also be referred to as radial brushes.
They are often used in conjunction with a blow dryer to build in volume at the roots. Round brushes can also be positioned along the hair shaft as a type of large roller. Be careful when using a round brush since they sometimes they can get tangled in strands.
9. Untangle a brush carefully.
When a hair brush is tangled in your strands it can be carefully removed by using the long tail of a comb to slowly lift off individual strands and unwind them from the brush. Don't panic, pull or wet the tangled hair section. When in doubt see a hair professional immediately. Don't wait too long or sleep on the tangled brush.
10. Paddle brushes work best for some types of hair.
Paddle style brushes are ideal for medium to long hair, especially when it's medium to thick. They can be used to detangle, in conjunction with a blow dryer or to simply arrange strands.
11. Vent brushes dry hair quickly.
Vent brushes are designed with strategically placed slots to encourage dryer air flow to quickly dry target hair areas. Vent brushes also offer the option to focus blow dryer air flow to specific areas along the scalp.
Textured hair should preferably use fingers to smooth and detangle, but if a brush is used, make sure the brush head is well-shaped and the bristles are smooth and widely spaced. Some curly hair experts discourage against using brushes of any kinds to detangle, heat style or smooth.
13. Use a long tail comb to remove loose hairs.
Use the long tail of a comb to carefully lift loose hairs off your brush to keep it clean and free of debris. Clean your brush according to manufacturer instructions. Some brushes can not be completely immersed into water but others can.
14. Replacement bristle may be an option.
Some expensive brushes can be refurbished with replacement or new bristles. When in doubt inquire through the original distributor or manufacturer.
Some people believe you should spray brush bristles with hairspray or other styling products. This can actually damage the bristles over time or cause product build-up which can then be transferred to strands.
(Image of Rene Furterer 100% boar bristle brush - All Rights Reserved)
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