Are you using the right brush for your hair?
For me, the answer for a long time was NO. I just used a cheap plastic comb. Terrible, I know! When I combed my hair, I wondered: Does the type of brush that I use matter? What kind do I really need?
We were friends, my blue comb and I, but it was time for him to go. He hurt my hair. He pulled it. I know he didn’t mean to. If I told him the pain he put me through he would blush to the end of his bristles.
A Little Background
My hair is long and straight. When I was in seventh grade, I got a perm (mistake!) and my hair has never been the same. It’s frizzy now when I brush it out, whereas my mom used to say it looked like spun gold. It makes me sad. The ends are still a little dry, though oil treatments have helped somewhat.
(Speaking of, if you know of a good moisturizing treatment for the ends of your hair, PLEASE share!)
I’m looking for a simple, high quality brush that won’t damage my hair and is great for everyday brushing.
Hairbrushes come in every size, shape, material, and price imaginable. Can you imagine a brush that costs over $100? It’s out there…
There are brushes for daily brushing, blow-drying, volumizing, detangling, and styling. Brushes for short hair, long hair, curly hair, and sleek hair.
Brushes for old hair, new hair, red hair, and blue hair! Oh, sorry, I’m getting a little carried away…
Each type of brush helps you create a different hairstyle, so the brush that you need depends on your hair (or lack of, if you’re Larry the Cucumber) and how you style it.
What should you look for in a quality hairbrush?
According to Hotcombs, Here’s what to look for in a quality brush:
- Quality boar or natural bristles
- Nylon, not plastic bristles
- Ball tips on nylon bristles that are molded, not glued
- Ergonomically designed wood handles for best grip and control
- Bristles set in a pneumatic cushion for all paddle brushes, whether oval or square
- The cushion releases the excess air through the small vent hole if too much pressure is applied, thereby allowing the hair to slide through without grabbing or tearing.
A quality brush should help evenly distribute the oils in your hair, taming frizz and leaving hair smooth and shiny.
What kind of brush is right for you?
For daily brushing, go with a cushioned, oval or square paddle brush with natural boar and nylon bristle. This is the one brush that everyone should have. From Hotcombs.net:
“This combination of boar and nylon bristles polishes hair perfectly. Nylon bristles won’t stretch or break hair as it slides past, while boar bristles easily slide through to stimulate blood circulation under the scalp and distribute the natural sebum from the scalp throughout hair length for shiny, healthy tresses.”
If you’re looking for a brush to acieve a certain hairstyle, check out this article. It will help you choose a brush for de-frizzing, volumizing, detangling, and styling.
Oh, Where Is My Hairbrush?
I considered several brushes online including the Sephora Collection Paddle Brush and the Denman Large Boar Bristle Paddle Brush before settling on the large Hercules Sagemann Square Paddle Brush. This brush got a good review here, and the price was reasonable. I also liked that it had both boar and nylon bristles, not just one or the other. I chose the large size over the small because the large brush is suited for medium to long hair.
For more information on choosing the right brush for your hair, check out these links:
- Hotcombs: How to Choose the Right Brush
- Dummies.com: Choosing the Right Brush For Your Hair
- About.com: Top 5 Hairbrushes