It seems like such a simple and obvious thing — using the right tool for the job — and yet few people do it. The choice of brush can affect how fast your hair dries, how smooth it is and how much volume you can create. Good- quality bristle A protect hair from splitting and stretching, making styling and combing easier and painless, while poor-quality brushes and combs will scratch the scalp and damage the hair shaft. When choosing a brush, always check that the teeth and bristles are smooth.
Broad and rectangular, it smoothes hair and works best on long, straight styles. The rubber cushioning on the paddle ensures extra-smooth, static-free hair.
Roller and curling brushes
Used with a hairdryer, roller and curling brushes become mobile curlers and achieve volume. Some have a metal barrel that conducts heat from the dryer to reduce drying time. These can be detached from the handle to form a roller, which is ideal for creating long- lasting volume. If your hair has a tendency to be static, then lightly spray the metal barrel with hairspray.
These are the ones with an -open” head and fewer bristles or teeth than most other brushes. The holes work like air vents to circulate warm air from a hairdryer and increase volume and bounce.
An essential day-to-day brush that often has a rubber cushion holding the bristles, helping to counter static electricity. It is good to have a mix of natural and nylon bristles — nylon ones will grip, while natural will smooth.
Used for sectioning hair when blow-drying or setting, they are the only way to create a perfect Kt.
These “open” up curls and separate kinky, wavy hair.
Fine And Medium Combs
Both of these are used for backcombing and delicate detangling, but are best used by a hairstylist.
Use these to comb conditioner through wet hair.
Hair is elastic to some extent, but harsh brushing will overstretch and ultimately break the hair.
1- Always brush your hair before shampooing to massage the scalp, help loosen dead skin cells and detangle any knots (the hair becomes more fragile and thus more difficult to detangle when wet).
2- Always brush from the tips up, not from the roots down. This is the best way to detangle hair.
3- To remove a tangle, comb from the base of the tangle to hair tips, working upwards slowly.
4- Once hair is tangle-free, brush from the roots to the tips to distribute sebum along the hair shaft and increase its natural shine.
5- Ignore the “100 brushstrokes a day” credo. Too much brushing will over stimulate sebum production and increase the chances of oily hair, breakage and split ends. In Victorian times when this old-wives’ tale was coined, 100 strokes a day was a good way of preventing hair lice from multiplying because it destroyed the eggs and damaged the insects. Yuck! Times have changed and now so should our grooming habits. Rapunzel had more time on her hands than you.
6- Keep brushes and combs clean and free from stray h4igs and product build-up. Add a little shampoo to lukewarm water and soak them for about five minutes, then leave to dry naturally.
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