When it comes to brushing my hair I have never really thought about the brush I use. Being a freak about the quality of my hair (and constantly wanting it to grow)… you’d think I’d have a better idea about which type of bristle is best for my mane. Nope, not a clue… until now!
After some hair brush investigation I realized I am totally using the worst brush possible on my hair and that I need to make a switch immediately! Check out this hairbrush showdown and see if your hairbrush makes the cut…
- Types of Bristles
- + Boar: Boar bristles have a lot of hype when it comes to be the best, and from what I’ve read… I am not going to refute that statement. These bristles are much more gentle on your hair, and they are known for being great at distributing your hair’s natural oils and coating the cuticle.
- + Nylon: Nylon bristles include those that are rubber, plastic, or nylon (duh). These types of bristles can either be soft or firm- depending on the brush.
- + Porcupine: No, this type of bristle isn’t going to hurt your head as you are most likely imagining. In the world of brushes, porcupine actually refers to the fact that a group of bristles (boar & nylon) are grouped together. This brush is extremely popular and gives you a good amount of control when brushing.
- + Metal: Now these are a big no-no. Avoid using metal bristles, even if they do have a soft tip- they are too flimsy and could end up damaging your hair.
- Types of Brushes
- + Round: This brush will be your best friend when blow drying your hair, as it can straighten or curl your hair. If you want your hair straight or you want large curls- a larger round brush would be your best bet. If you are looking for tighter curls, opt for a smaller barrel round brush.
- + Paddle: If you have thick and/or long hair, the paddle brush is your best bet as it can manage a lot of hair and help it look sleek and smooth. If volume is your desired look, this probably wouldn’t be the brush for you.
- + Vented: These brushes are mainly used for blow drying one’s hair due to the fact they provide for a great amount of airflow- making dry time quicker. They are also great for creating volume on all hair types!
- + Cushion: When you brush your hair with one of these, you will understand the name, as it provides a cushion like feeling. This type of brush is also good at smoothing away any unwanted hairs .
- + Thermal: From the name you can probably conclude these brushes have something to do with heat. Well, you’re right. Thermal brushes work with the your dryer to lock in the heat and get your hair styled in a timely manner. These brushes work with your dryer because they lock in heat helping to style your hair quickly.