Choosing the Right Hairbrush



Selecting the right hairbrush for your situation may seem overwhelming at times. With all the various options at your disposal, it can be hard to determine exactly which one will best suit the needs of your hair. Learn the differences between the different options to determine which hairbrush will be best for your length, style, and thickness of hair. Not only are these factors unique to your hair, but they will change as you get older. Change the brush you use as you age to better suit the needs of your hair.


The Shape



There are three main shapes of brushes that can be used. Each of these works better for a different purpose, fulfilling a styling task for your hair. Before making your decision, determine what purpose you need the brush for, and from there decide which will work best:


  • Paddle – this is also known as a flat brush. The paddle brush is designed to deliver a straight look for both long hair and straight bobs. The most common material used is nylon bristles, which can help to smooth areas of the hair. Use this brush while blow drying to increase the body of your hair.
  • Round – the round brush is most popularly used coupled with a blow dryer to give volume and curl to your hair. These come in a variety of sizes which will determine how much volume is delivered to your hair. Start this brush under the root of your hair and lift here for the best results.
  • Teasing – a teasing brush is one that is thin that includes rigid nylon bristles. This brush is most often used to add maximum height to your hair, especially with up-dos.


When to Use a Brush



Not every situation calls for a brush to be used. There are some cases, such as when your hair is wet, that a comb should be used instead. Those who have short or curly hair can use only a comb to take care of their hair, but those with longer hair that is straight or slightly wavy will benefit from using a brush as well.
Make sure before you use a brush that your hair has been detangled with a comb. This will prevent hair loss during the brushing process, helping to keep your hair thick and full. As with anytime you brush your hair, start at the bottom and work the tangles from here. Move slowly to the top to prevent excessive breakage. This is an effective way to distribute the natural oils of your scalp to the rest of your hair, keeping it healthy.