Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Paddle brush

Paddle brush

Paddle brushes are commonly used for styling hair fast and lots of hair. Due to it's larger head it has the capacity for more bristles and therefore with each brush stroke it can cover more hair. If you have lots of hair you need a paddle brush.

Why you should use a paddle brush

Generally speaking a paddle brush can cover approximately 25% more hair as compared to a regular oval brush. So the end result is you are finished 25% sooner. It's ideal for all styles of hair (notably longer and thicker hair) and good for tangles, smoothing and defrizzing. You can also use it with your hair dryer to speed drying time and add some additional volume and fill. To know more about paddle brushes and detangling hair you should read my article called is the wet brush good for your hair. The Wet Brush makes several types of brushes and one is a paddle detangler. This article goes over how to brush wet hair and want are the best products to use to prevent damage. In addition, another popular questions that is asked Is The Wet Brush Good For Curly Hair? As you know curly hair can be difficult to handle and style so in this article I go into a little more detail.

DeVille Boar Paddle
DeVille Boar Paddle Brush
Paddle brushes are great for people who have lots and lots of hair. It shapes your hair but generally does not do well for adding volume or curls. There are better brush types for that. If you have thin hair then you can benefit from a paddle brush with lots of bristles. The more dense the bristles the better tension and control you will have while styling. If you are interested in other brush types then you will want to read a great article I wrote describing the different brushes, click here: What Different Hair Brushes Are Used For.

Advantages of a paddle brush

  1. Covers more hair, about 25% more with each brush stroke
  2. Can be used for any hair type depending on the bristle type
  3. Great for straight hair
  4. Great for smoothing and defrizzing hair
  5. Great for adding volume
  6. Great for blow drying

Disadvantages of a paddle brush

  1. Most are large, so not ideal for travel
  2. Not ideal for adding curls and waves
  3. Not ideal for short hair
  4. Not ideal for people who don't have lots of hair 

Paddle brushes come in many types for use in most all conditions. For example, you can get ball-tipped bristles for detangling, boar bristles for adding shine and conditioning hair, a boar and nylon combination and even a vented paddle for speed drying hair.

What to look for in a quality paddle brush

Many of us think very hard about hair care in order to find the best products for our hair type. But how many of us have actually chosen a hairbrush in the same way? Just think of all the money you spend on hair care products like shampoos and conditioners through out the year. I bet this adds up to $100 or so. It make since then to spend some money on a quality brush that will last for years, right?

The Wet Brush Flex Dry Paddle
The Wet Brush Flex Dry Paddle
Don't be fooled into thinking every brush does exactly the same in the beauty aisle, this is not the case at all. I say it's one of the best things you can do for yourself is to choose the right hairbrush. I wrote an excellent article called why are boar bristle brushes expensive. You should read this if you are interested in knowing more 18 of the top reasonably priced quality brushes.

  1. QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: You want a paddle brush crafted from durable and premium quality material. Material that can take the heat from a hair dryer. Keep in mind there is no way a $5.00 brush is going to have the same fit and finish as a higher dollar brush. There are going to be places on the brush where it's not smooth and you are going to see imperfections. These are all places where your hair can get caught and pulled out or damaged.
  2. ONE PIECE HANDLE: Uniquely designed one piece handle that won't break. If you have long hair and you put tension on the handle while brushing you can easily snap a two piece cheap plastic handle.
  3. BALL TIPPED: Ball-tipped, heat and chemical resistant brush with a non-slip handle. The ball-tipped ends help protect your scalp from damage. Look for balls that are smooth and will not catch your hair. Most detangle brushes are going to be ball-tipped like The Wet Brush. I wrote an excellent article comparing The Wet Bush to a comb. If you are interested click here: Does The Wet Brush Work On Dry Hair?
  4. DOES NOT SMELL: You do not want a brush that smells of chemicals. Many cheaper brushes sometimes have a heavy chemical smell. I believe this has to due with where they are manufactured, as some countries do not have strict environmental constrains and allow for a greater latitude in the manufacturing process.
  5. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany makes excellent brushes, as does England. These are the countries that have an excellent reputation for making very high quality brushes. You may end up paying more but you get consistent quality. Meaning if you choose to buy a brush 5 or 6 years later from the same company you will most likely get the same high quality brush.
  6. PRICE: Handmade brushes can cost 2-3x the price of a machine-made brush, but will last longer. If it's a boar brush then a handmade brush will lose fewer bristles over time. Always buy from trusted well know manufactures.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Round Brush

Round brush

A round brush is generally used on long hair but can be used on short hair provided you use the right diameter brush. Read my article what size round to use on short hair, increasing volume using a round brush for short hair and what round brush to use if you have thick hair for more information. These brushes are used under your hair to increase volume and add waves or curls. The more bristles the more tension you can put on your hair while styling. Round brushes are excellent to incorporate bounces, curves or waves. The round brush diameter is important in terms of results and the style which you can achieve. You can read my article in round brush diameters and sizes if you want to know more.

What diameter is best?

Round brushes come in many sizes but the main thing to remember is the shorter the hair you have the smaller diameter brush you will want. This is because you will need the small size to be able to work with the length of hair you have to get enough tension for styling. Generally speaking the larger diameters are going to excel at giving you waves and curls while styling. Read more see best brush for fine hair blowout and best brush for long fine hair blowout.

Round brush size guidelines:
  1. 17mm or 1/2 to 3/4 = very short hair, ear length 
  2. 23mm or 3/4 to 1 = short hair, above chin 
  3. 32mm or 1 to 1.5 = shoulder length 
  4. 43mm or 1.5 to 2 = beyond shoulder

Round boar brush
 Spornette Deville Boar Rounder
What kind of bristles are best?

Round brushes can have bristles made of boar, nylon or both. Nicole Contrastano, hairstylist at Pierre Michel Salon, recommends a round brush with boar bristles. I believe you get much better hair tension with boar. And, my personal choice is brushes that have one piece wooden handles due to they are less prone to break as compared to two piece plastic handles.

Round brush advantages

100% natural boar bristle brushes creates the perfect tension for getting lift and bounce at the root. It also is great for creating a smooth clean and natural shine with every brush. Boar bristles distribute your natural oils from your roots down the hair shaft. This the best natural conditioner you can use. Boar bristles can also stimulate your scalp and thus increasing blood flow with every use. For more red my article benefits of brushing and boar bristles for men.

How to use a round brush?

By starting at the root of your hair you can increase lift and volume quickly. This also has the extra benefit of not having to use a great deal of styling product. a round brush can create texture and movement throughout the hair by curling and waving each section by wrapping then around the brush, heating the hair then cooling it back down to set the curl.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Vent brush


Vent brush

A vented brush is used to help in drying your hair in combination with your hair dryer. It is also used as a styling tool. It's great at light styling and drying hair because the bristle count is very low as compared to other brushes. The lower bristle count allows air from your hair dryer to reach you hair through the vented brush. You hair dries faster. Most vented brushes have just enough bristles to provide tension for light styling and volumizing.

Vent Brush Pros and Cons
Pros Cons
Aids in drying hair Limited styling
Great penetration Not ideal for short hair
Light styling Ball tips can fall off
Light volumizing Mostly made of plastic
Light detangle
Scalp protection
Lightweight
Low static

As you can see by the Pros and Cons listed below almost all the brush have problems. Even the highest priced vent brushes have issues. So price is not always a good indicator of quality. The most common problem is most vent brushes loose bristles or the ball tips come off. Even the most expensive brushes loose bristles and or ball tips come off. If I were to have to recommend a high quality vent brush I would be hard pressed to do so. There are some that I would buy and if the ball tips came off I would cut the bristle off and continue to use with one less bristle. This is a little know tip that works well until the vent brush loose too many bristles. At that time I just throw it in the trash and purchase another one.

There is one exception. This brush does not loose bristles and the ball tips never come off because it does not have ball tips. This is the brush I would recommend and is my first pick out of all the vent brushes listed below. The Denman classic styling 9 row brush for $21.99 is just about perfect. I owned one for more than 20 years and the only reason I do not have it today is because I lost it. Yea, I know, how do you lose a brush that stays in the bathroom. Well, don't ask me how but I managed somehow. The Denman classic 9 row is not exactly a vent brush but it comes very close and can essentially do the same thing plus more. It can also be used to detangle hair as well. And you can take the brush apart with no problem. You can even take out a row if needed. It's a very versatile brush. This is my first choice. Read my article on the Denman 9 row brush by clicking here: Denman Brush. In this article I review other Denman brushes but most importantly I show you how to take apart the Denamn 9 row brush and put if back together. Watch the video to learn quickly. The instructions are about mid-way down the article. Every Denman 9 row owner should know how to take the brush apart.

My second choice is the Conair pro hair brush with nylon bristles for $5.99. For a measly $5.99 you get two brushes. The price is a major advantage and deciding factor. So if I am on a strict budget this is the brush I would get and if it looses a few ball tips I would cut the bristles and keep on styling.

Top Vented Brushes Pros and Cons
Product Description Price Pro Con
Conair Pro Hair Brush with Nylon Bristle $5.99 Price, Includes travel size Bristles and Ball tips come off
Conair Velvet Touch Vent Brush $7.80 Good handle Ball tips come off
Wet Brush Flex Dry, Pink $7.99 Great flexible bristles Handle can break
Cricket Hair Brush Static Free $8.12 Good handle Ball tips come off
Conair Gel Grips Vent Hair Brush White $8.48 Great flexible bristles Handle can break
Baasha Hair Brush, Vent Brush $8.99 Ergonomic handle Bristles and Ball tips come off
FIXBODY Curved Vent hair Brush for Blow Drying $8.99 Great for a fast blow dry Ball tips come off
Wet Brush Speed Dry Hair Brush, Pink $9.90 Very good heat flex bristles Bristles can melt
Spornette Anti Static Vent Brush #9000 $9.93 Great for a fast blow dry Bristles and Ball tips come off
Wet Brush Pro Epic Quick Dry Hair Brush $10.70 Paddle style great for long hair Breaks under tension
HSI Professional Premium Quality Ez Flow Vented Hair Brush $11.99 Paddle style great for long hair Two piece handle breaks
Wet and Dry Detangler by Osensia $13.99 Paddle style great for long hair Breaks under tension
Spornette Ion Fusion Vent Brush (#176) $15.65 Great for a fast blow dry and light styling Water can get inside the brush
Denman 7 Row D100 Vented Hair Brush $15.95 Great for a fast blow dry Hard to hold handle
Denman Flexible Vent Brush D200 $15.95 Great for a fast blow dry Handle is hard to hold
Denman The Skeleton Vent Brush White D200 $15.95 Great for a fast blow dry Hard to hold handle
Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Xl Pro Hair Brush $19.95 Paddle style great for long hair Bristles and Ball tips come off
Olivia Garden NanoThermic Ceramic + Ion Styler Hair Brush $19.95 Paddle style great for long hair Ball tips come off
Denman Classic Styling Brush 9 Row $21.95 Can take a row out & take apart for cleaning None
T3 - Dry Vent Hair Brush $27.99 Paddle style great for long hair Bristles and Ball tips come off

Conair Pro Hair Brush with Nylon Bristle - $5.99


  1. Includes 1 full size & 1 travel size vented brush, perfect for blow drying & styling of all hair lengths.
  2. Ball-tipped bristles mean wet or dry hair won't snag or pull.
  3. Good for all hair types.

Conair Velvet Touch Vent Brush - $7.80


  1. Vents circulate airflow for faster blow dry styling.
  2. Velvet touch handle for no slip control.
  3. Ball tipped bristles prevent snags and pulling.
  4. Use for blow dry styling and volumizing.
  5. Ideal for straight hair styles for all lengths and textures.

Wet Brush Flex Dry, Pink - $7.99


  1. Great for in the shower or with conditioner.
  2. Bristles glide through any hair type combing out tangles effortlessly.
  3. Can be used on wet or dry hair and works on extensions and wigs.

Cricket Hair Brush Static Free - $8.12


  1. Static free fast flo hair brush.
  2. Made in the United States.

Conair Gel Grips Vent Hair Brush White - $8.48


  1. Vented inner core distributes blow dry heat evenly.
  2. Vented airflow means faster drying and styling.
  3. Soft gel grip conforms to your hand for more control.
  4. Ball tipped bristles prevent snags and pulling.
  5. Available in more colors.

Baasha Hair Brush, Vent Brush - $8.99


  1. Soft gel grip conforms to your hand for more control and comfort.
  2. Vented design allows air to pass through the brush for faster drying and styling.
  3. High quality vent brush for blow drying, hair brush for styling, soft hair brush for men and women.
  4. Vented brush with sturdy but soft bristles that make detangling wet or dry hair a breeze. Works well for all-purpose styling on all hair lengths and textures.
  5. Ball tip bristles deliver scalp massage effect through hair brush which can stimulate scalp circulation, promote hair growth, and help keep your scalp and hair healthy.
  6. I like the ergonomic handle-soft gel grip conforms to your hand for more control and ease of quick and gentle blow drying. The ventilated design allows air to pass through the brush for faster drying and styling. Grooming with ease-a high quality vent brush for blow drying, a hair brush for grooming, a gentle hair brush for men and women.
  7. Non sticky soft bristles-ventilated brush with strong yet flexible bristles that allows the detangling of wet or dry hair a breeze. Works well for all-purpose fashions of all hair types and textures.


What others are saying about the Baasha vent brush

"Not only does this brush detangle my hair, it does a pretty decent job at a scalp massage too! Wow! Definitely worth the price. I don't use it to blow dry my hair, just to brush it out at the end of the day before bed. I'm hoping to donate my pony tail this coming January so I want to make sure my hair is in great shape and this brush is really helping out."

"I love this brush! It's the size I was looking for and the vented base helps to dry my hair quicker. The curved brush head makes styling easy and the bristles are sturdy but comfortable."

"My husband loves this brush. It helps his hair to dry quickly and doesn't tangle. He uses it in combined with a blowdryer and it works really well."

"It's very hard to find a brush that doesn't have rubber backing, holding in the bristles. This product is exactly what I was looking for. It's lightweight, but durable. The shape (curve) conforms to your scalp nicely. Like the extra boar bristles. The magnet in the handle works well. I highly recommend this quality product!"

"Awesome brush for thick and curly hair. It has replaced my usual paddle brush."

"I love this brush!! I only use it when Im straightening my hair and it helps keep everything smooth! Cant praise it enough."

FIXBODY Curved Vent hair Brush for Blow Drying - $8.99


  1. This vented design is perfect for blow drying, the vent allow airflow move through section, make your hair a uniform heat, reduce blow drying time, prevent hair damage from overheat. High temperature resistance material.
  2. high quality curved vent brush is specialty of styling, the curved design is designed to follow the contours of the head that allows every pin to be fully engaged during brushing. 
  3. The Nylon pin can get through thick even tangles hair, straighten, curling or added extra volume, easy to make any type hair styling.
  4. Specially weighted for easy grip, the ergonomically-designed handles are very comfortable.
  5. Ball tip bristles deliver scalp massage effect, stimulate scalp circulation, promote hair texture, avoiding damage to the scalp.
  6. For men or women

Wet Brush Speed Dry Hair Brush, Pink - $9.90


  1. Vented design speeds drying time.
  2. Less drying time equals happier hair.
  3. Works wonders on all hair types.


What others are saying about the The Wet Brush Vent Brush Speed Dry "Not sure what makes it so great. I'm a dad. I have dad hair. I've never needed a brush like this in my life. Then my wife and I had a daughter. She's beautiful, don't get me wrong, but brushing that beautiful hair....ugh. I heard someone mention their Wet Brush, and my ears perked up like there was water cooler talk about a Red Sox vs Cubs World Series. We got one. And I can say it has helped tremendously. Her curly, tangled up hair seems to come apart without the tears and drama of a 3-4 year old dragon child of brushing hel......Dad approved!"

"Can you say MIRACLE?!?!? My daughter and I both curly hair and this brush GLIDES through wet hair like butter. It's unbelievable how well this brush works on wet hair. My daughter no longer screams when we have to brush her hair after a shower. I recently went to a new hairdresser and even he uses one! He agreed it was the best brush EVER for wet hair. I tried to blow dry my hair with this brush but it didn't work well. Could be my hair is just too thick and the brush didn't straighten as I prefer when I blow dry. We only use it to comb out wet hair."

"I want to give this brush a 5 star review BUT in one dry the bristles started warping and bending. My hair dries super fast and smooth with it. It ends up way smoother than with my previous drying brush. But with the bristles warping like they are it makes it harder to brush through because they aren’t catching hair. I assume that they’re warping from heat from the hair dryer but that defeats the purpose of them having heat resistant bristles. It would be one thing if it was over the course of a year but they were bending and warping after ONE dry. If they didn’t do that I’d give it 5 stars. The first photo is after one use. The second photo is after about 5 uses."

"According to the description, this brush has intelliflex bristles to withstand blow dryer heat up to 450°. This is what my brush looks like after my first use with my hairdryer. The whole reason I got this brush was so the bristles would not melt and bend in the heat!"

"I always hated the round brushes- but this one did the trick! It's easy to manipulate, and facilitates hair drying without overheating and burning your hand. As someone who is a beginner at blow drying her very curly hair, this has made life a lot easier! And all the bristles have stayed intact so far. It's also slightly curved in so you can actually fit the hair dryer or nozzle into the nook and get a closer dry."

"This brush was advertised as cutting down on the amount of time it takes to blow-dry your hair. Though it doesn't cut down on my blow-dry time, it does cut down on my styling time afterwards. Because it is contoured to my head and has such wide slats for airflow, I can point the blowdryer on the back of the brush (non-bristle side) while I brush directly against my scalp. The result is a much straighter, flatter blow-out, which means less time straightening."

"I first saw this brush at my son and daughter-in-law's house. They had purchased two; one for my 7 year old grand daughter and one for my daughter-in-law. They both have long, thick hair. Like most little kids, my grand daughter has a tender scalp and getting the tangles out, even with a detangler, was torture for her. This brush ended the tears and her fear of hair grooming.
I tried her brush; loved it and bought my own. My hair is coarse and shoulder-length. I love the way it feels on my scalp and use it everyday. It's called a 'Wet' Brush, but your hair doesn't have to be wet to use it. I purchased the Wet Brush used for blow drying, but the basic style Wet Brush is just as wonderful!"

"I bought one of these for myself a few months ago in the store, and I loved it... so did my daughter - who kept coming into my bathroom and stealing it from me! We both have long hair that can knot easily. This brush is amazing. No more pain or knots when brushing out our hair after a shower. And, now, no more battles over the brush. It was for my daughter, and she was so, so excited when I handed her the package and said, "I got you a surprise!" Don't second guess it. Just buy it."

"My favorite new hair brush. I've have to hide it from my sister and niece when they visit.. although I doubt it would fit in their purses if they tried to steal it! My hair drives very quickly while using it. It massages my scalp and feels good to use. I love the color too. It is a little big, but I've gotten used to it and am able to style my hair with it too."

Spornette Anti Static Vent Brush #9000 - $9.93


  1. Vented brushes allow air to pass instead of having it reflect off of the brush and cause the hair to frizz and not sit smoothly. 
  2. Fly away hairs and static are eliminated leaving soft, straight and silky hair every time you blow dry. 
  3. Start your day with a frizz free blow dry every day.
  4. This brush is simple, lightweight and comfortable. Perfect for anyone looking for a good quality styling brush. 
  5. These comfortable and soft bristles make blow drying and brushing easy for any hair type. Comfortable for children.
  6. This brush design is to be used with your blow dryer to maximize the benefits of the heat and air. The body allows air flow to move through the section and dry hair faster than with a traditional brush. 
  7. Tourmaline Ionic bristles help to condition and smooth the hair.
  8. This brush allows air to pass through the section and decrease the amount of time it takes to blow dry. 
  9. Eliminate frizz while smoothing and straightening your hair with a blow dryer. Ideal for use with keratin treatments.
  10. Brush through hair easily either wet or dry. 
  11. The flexible nylon bristles ensure hair is never pulled broken from too much tension on the hair. Good for people with sensitive scalps and children.

Wet Brush Pro Epic Quick Dry Hair Brush - $10.70


  1. Works on wet or dry hair.
  2. Men or women.
  3. Heat resistant to 450 degrees.
  4. OmniFlex brush head flexes in every direction to contour to scalp.

HSI Professional Premium Quality Ez Flow Vented Hair Brush - $11.99


  1. Well hello there, tapered brush! Just by looking at you we imagine our hair shiny and smooth, like velvety silk. 
  2. Amazing changes are about to happen to women with any hair type when using this brush with soft flexible ionic bristles. 
  3. It detangles hair so smoothly, it glides on both wet and dry strands and it creates luxurious long-lasting hair styles that it will make women ask for your hairstylist’s address.
  4. Really light and easy to use thanks to its anti-slip handle, the tapered brush boasts a ionic complex that minimizes split ends and breakage, removing build-up at the same time. 
  5. The heat resistant bristles are infused with minerals that transform water clusters into hydrating molecules which penetrate the shaft and hydrate hair. 
  6. Well, this sounds like a 5-star treatment. 
  7. A must-have!

Wet and Dry Detangler by Osensia - $13.99


  1. Some hair brushes pull at every little knot, causing frizz, breakage, and pain. Transform your tangled hair into lovely locks minus the torment with Osensia’s Detangling Brush! 
  2. Every stroke tames frizz and rids tangles without you experiencing pain.
  3. Brush your way to long, smooth, and healthy hair with help from this boar brush! 
  4. Boar bristles leave your locks looking luscious since they promote healthy hair growth, naturally condition and clean hair, reduce breakage, and more!
  5. This isn’t your normal nylon hair-detangler brush. The unique nylon bristles hydrate, protect, and nourish your hair thanks to the 17 rare elements infused into the bristles. Combined with detoxifying, neutralizing, and anti-static germanium, hair grows more beautiful with every brush.
  6. Your hair and head shape are like no one else’s, so why have the same tangle-free brush everyone else owns? 
  7. This detangler brush’s flexible head bends to you, giving you a soothing scalp massage and swift yet soft brushing.
  8. Untangle unruly hair without the pain with the straight and curly hair brush by Osensia!
  9. 1-year guarantee.

Spornette Ion Fusion Vent Brush (#176) - $15.65


  1. The tunnel vented head of the Ion Fusion brush allows heated air from your blow dryer to do double duty, drying and styling your hair faster. 
  2. By shortening the time your hair is exposed to heat, this vent brush also helps prevent damage.
  3. This tourmaline ion fusion brush features tourmaline nylon bristles that easily detangle stubborn knots. Ion charged, anti-static bristles feel great on the scalp, while smoothing dry or frizzy hair. 
  4. The tourmaline bristles also help to reduce dry time.
  5. his important feature on the Ion Fusion Vent brush allows for gentle detangling. The ball at the end of the bristle allows for a soft and gentle feeling on the scalp. 
  6. No more pain for people with sensitive scalps and children. 
  7. These bendable bristles also make sure that there is never too much tension that could possibly damage the hair.
  8. The Spornette Ion Fusion Vented Hair Brush takes blow-drying and volumizing your hair to the next level. No matter your hair type - thick or thin, straight, wavy or curly - this ion vent brush is exactly what you need to achieve bouncy, smooth, full, luxurious hair.
  9. With no ridges or gaps in the one-piece molded handle, there’s no space for hair to get caught or snagged while styling. 
  10. This lightweight and ergonomic brush is great for everyday use and detangling.

Denman 7 Row D100 Vented Hair Brush - $15.95


  1. The gentle nylon ball tip bristle takes care of your scalp while styling, drying or detangling your hair.
  2. Chevron vents and tunnel increases air flow at the roots which makes curly hair blow drying faster.
  3. The ball tipped bristles glides through the hair without pulling or snagging which ease the process of detangling and styling.
  4. The triangular shape brush handle provides excellent grip & control while styling or drying your hair.
  5. The nylon bristle are easy to wash by warm soapy water. 
  6. Need to keep away from direct sunlight or heat source.
  7. Ball-tipped heat and chemical resistant brush with a non-slip finish.
  8. De-tangles hair without snagging and allows the hair to dry faster when blow drying.

Denman Flexible Vent Brush D200 - $15.95


  1. Detangle brush has specially located air vents to circulate air at the root level.
  2. This brush can be used with a hairdryer.
  3. Uniquely designed curved head of our vented wet brush creates naturally loose shapes and styles.
  4. Brush features ball ends on tips that protect the scalp and are kind to hair.
  5. Soft hair brush provides a comfortable grip while using. 
  6. Features the iconic tear-drop handle in a matte finish.
  7. This wet detangling brush is crafted from durable & premium quality material.

Denman The Skeleton Vent Brush White D200 - $15.95


  1. Specially located air vents to circulate air at the root level. This brush can be used with a hairdryer.
  2. Uniquely designed curved head of our vented wet brush creates naturally loose shapes and styles.
  3. Ball ends on tips that protect the scalp and are kind to hair.
  4. A comfortable grip when in use - it features an iconic tear-drop handle in a matte finish.
  5. Wash in warm, soapy water. Rinse and leave to dry away from direct heat and sunlight & can be used with a hairdryer.

Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Xl Pro Hair Brush - $19.95


  1. The anti-static, ion-charged bristles with comfortable ball point tips, allow for curls, waves, as well as adds volume.
  2. Totally vented barrel for quick drying.Anti-static. Ionic bristles. 
  3. Comfortable ball point tips. Ergonmic handle.
  4. Can be used with or without a blow-dryer, use on wet or dry hair.
  5. Olivia Garden Ceramic + ion Vented Hair Brush Pro Small 2" Barrel gives your hair volume, waves, or curls just like salon professionals. 
  6. This one-of-a-kind hair brush combines both ceramic and ion technologies to make styling your hair a breeze. 
  7. The ceramic surface heats up faster and retains heat better while the top-quality tourmaline ion technology gives your hair unbeatable smoothness and shine.
  8. This salon brush has a unique vented design to provide more airflow than other brushes. These vents help cut down your drying and styling time, so you spend less time in front of the mirror getting ready for work or an evening out.
  9. Its vented hair brush design, combined with the ergonomic handle, makes this styling brush lightweight and easy to hold for a more comfortable styling experience. 
  10. This ceramic hair brush also has as snag-free ring at the neck to prevent your hair from catching and breaking while you're brushing and styling.
  11. The ionic technology of this vented hair brush extends to its bristles, which are ion charged and anti-static to smooth out frizzy hair and flyaways and to prevent static from forming. 
  12. The bristles also have ball-tipped ends that are gentle on your hair and scalp to prevent hair breakage.
  13. This ceramic hair brush has a built-in styling pick which makes it easy to achieve the latest hair styles by helping you easily separate, section, and part your tresses. 
  14. The pick is retractable, so you can keep it out of the way when you don't need it.
  15. Keep your hair healthy, shiny and stylish with this Olivia Garden Ceramic and ion Turbo Pro Vented Hair Brush. 
  16. This unique styling brush combines ceramic and tourmaline ion technologies, allowing it to heat up faster and retain heat better than other brushes, giving your hair luster and shine in less time. 
  17. The vented design also provides better air flow to cut drying time, helping you achieve your ideal hair style faster. 
  18. Don't worry about snags and hair breakage with this ionic brush - its snag-free ring and ball point tip bristles make brushing a gentle and comfortable experience. 
  19. The bristles of this vented hair brush are also designed to be anti-static to give your hair a smooth finish every time.

Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Xl Pro Hair Brush - $19.95


  1. This brush that can be used for daily brushing & styling for all hair types especially for short to medium hair lengths.
  2. Ceramic & Ionic Technologies, Ergonomic Snag-free handle, sectioning pick. Vented for quick drying.
  3. Can be used with or without a blow-dryer, use on wet or dry hair.
  4. Latest Ceramic Technology (Vent Brush)Heats up faster & retains heat longerFaster & better stylingExtra large vents maximize airflowSuperior & long-lasting hairstyles. Tourmaline Ion TechnologyHydrates the cuticleAdds more shine to the hairEliminates frizz & flyawaysAnti-static.Hair is healthier & easier to style.Gentle Ball Point TipsComfortable on hair & scalp.Ionic Soft Cushion (Paddle Brush)For total scalp comfort. Unique Handle DesignRetractable sectioning pickSnag-free ringEasy-grip ergonomic handleLightweight for effortless styling.
  5. Olivia Garden manufactures high end professional styling tools for salon & home use. We focus on quality, innovation, ergonomics & styling performance. Style your hair better, faster,more comfortably with longer lasting results .

Denman Classic Styling Brush 9 Row - $21.95



  1. 9 rows.
  2. Smooth nylon pins in an anti-static, natural rubber pad.
  3. Perfect for smoothing, shaping and polishing the hair.
  4. Perfect for smoothing, shaping and polishing hair.
  5. Large styling brush with 9 rows of nylon pins.
  6. Anti-static rubber pad that provides maximum grip and control during blow-drying for shaping hair.
  7. Ideal for thicker, longer hair.

T3 - Dry Vent Hair Brush - $27.99


  1. This professional vented styling brush for blow drying is the perfect hair styling tool, serving as both a hair detangler and smoothing brush while speeding up the hair drying process.
  2. Vented design allows air to circulate freely for fast blow drying while detangling and smoothing hair.
  3. Perfect for daily use, the vented design is ideal for detangling and smoothing hair while blow drying.
  4. Vented Detangling Brush for Fast Blow Drying.
  5. Prepare to enhance your flow. The vented design of this professional styling brush enables air to circulate freely, which accelerates speed-drying. Its widely-spaced bristles maximize styling power, eliminate tangles and defy static.
  6. Vented body allows air to circulate freely for fast blow drying.
  7. Soft non-slip handle ensures better control and effortless styling.
  8. Widely spread, heat-resistant bristles detangle and gently smooth hair.
  9. Ideal for all hair lengths and types.
  10. T3 revolutionizes hairstyling with innovative technology and custom crafted hair tools that create shiny, healthy hair. From dryers to styling irons, T3 is the tools of choice for celebrity hair stylists and beauty addicts alike.
  11. Designed with a vented body, this professional styling brush allows air to circulate freely for fast blowdrying.
  12. Widely spread, heat-resistant bristles detangle and gently smooth hair.
  13. Soft non-slip handle ensures better control and effortless styling.

How not to use a vent brush

Many people use a vent brush right after they get out of the shower. I believe this is not optimal due to wet hair is at it's weakest point. It's better to wait until you hair is at least 80% dry then finish it off with a vent brush and hair dryer.

If you are interested in adding more volume to your hair then check out my article called: Vent brush adds volume. In this article I tell you how to get more volume in your hair using a vent brush. I teach you 3 techniques you can do at home to get more volume, more bounce and more curls. And I also tell you which hair product will work the best in combination with these techniques.


Also, I have seen many people use a vent brush as a detangler. Although it can be used to detangle hair and depending on your hair type it can work, there are better options available.

For short hair, using a vented brush to detangle would most likely work just fine, but for longer hair I would recommend a Wet Brush Original Detangler or a Tangle Teezer. Tangel Teezer makes diffident types of brushes depending on your hair type. For example, Tangle Teezer has one specifically for thick and curly hair and another to detangle thin or fine hair. These options are much better, faster and less prone to damage your hair while detangling.

Vent brush
Denman 7 Row D100 Vent Brush

Denman 7 Row Vent Brush - $15.95


How to use a vent brush 


If you are in a rush in the mornings then you have no choice but to use it on wet hair. In this case make sure you use a good leave in conditioner to help the brush glide through your hair without pulling and stretching your hair. Then proceed slowly and gently. This method reduces the potential for damaging your hair.

  1. Apply a leave in conditioner to wet hair and gently brush through.
  2. If you have longer hair, work in sections and start blow drying at the root. 
  3. Keep the hair dryer at a slight distance, there is no need to press the nozzle against the bristles.
  4. For longer hair make sure your ends are protected with a heat protectant.
  5. Over direct and under direct the blow dryer to get the desired volume and lift for your style.
  6. For added lift for men, finger tousle your hair. For women Velcro rollers can be used to provide extra lift and volume.

Advantages of using a vented brush

  1. AIR CIRCULATION: Vented brushes have specially located air vents to help circulate air at the root  of your hair and is designed to be used with a hairdryer.
  2. SCALP PROTECTION: Most vented brushes features ball ends on tips that protect the scalp and are kind to your hair.
  3. LIGHTWEIGHT GRIP And CONTROL: Most vented brushes are very lightweight and provide a comfortable grip while using.

What to look for in a quality vent brush

  1. QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: You want a vent brush crafted from durable and premium quality material. Material that can take the heat from a hair dryer.
  2. ONE PIECE HANDLE: Uniquely designed one piece handle that won't break.
  3. BALL TIPPED: Ball-tipped heat and chemical resistant brush with a non-slip handle.

Conclusion and Two Other Brushes

 

Vent Brush By Osensia Is Almost a Vent Brush But With Bristles


I wanted to brefily mention the Osensia brush because it has charistics of a vent brush and a boar brush all in one brush which is kind of interesting. The boar bristles are spaced farther apart, more like the spacing you would find with a vent brush. Due to the design it looks as if this brush could serve to purposes. One being a vent brush and two having benefits of a baor brush. Just remember, do not use a baor brush on wet hair.

Vent Brush By Osensia

Vent Brush By Osensia Features

 

  1. No pain detangling – some hair brushes pull at every little knot, causing frizz, breakage, and pain. transform your tangled hair into lovely locks minus the torment with osensia’s detangling brush! every stroke tames frizz and rids tangles without you experiencing pain. 
  2. The beauty is in the boar bristles – brush your way to long, smooth, and healthy hair with help from this boar brush! boar bristles leave your locks looking luscious since they promote healthy hair growth, naturally condition and clean hair, reduce breakage, and more! 
  3. Nourish with nylon – this isn’t your normal nylon hair-detangler brush. the unique nylon bristles hydrate, protect, and nourish your hair thanks to the 17 rare elements infused into the bristles. combined with detoxifying, neutralizing, and anti-static germanium, hair grows more beautiful with every brush. 

What others are saying bout the Osensia vent brush

"I have been searching for a brush that would detangle my daughters' hair for years and THIS IS IT! The brush is flexible, contains nylon and boar bristles, and these properties help the brush to accommodate to the persons head/hair as it's being brushed. Both of my kids (5,8) LOVED IT! They say it is their favorite brush ever. I pair it with the Suave Kids Swirlberry Detangler Spray, which actually works, and so far there have been NO TEARS and no hair breakage. I'm buying a second one for myself!"

"I love this hairbrush! The bristles are short, but they go through the hair easily. The head of the brush is a little bit flexible, which makes the brushing very comfortable. Also, the brush is easy to clean. Some brushes have little knobs at the tips of the bristles, which catch lint and make it impossible to get the lint out of the brush. This brush has smooth bristles, and it's easy to pull or comb the hair and lint out of the brush. Every time I used it, I thought of a friend who has long, beautiful hair, and I kept thinking she would like one, too. So I have bought one for her as well."

"My seven year old daughter loves this brush! All her other brushes pulls or yanks her hair, even when I used the detangler spray. She would leave the house miserable for school every morning. Just so that she didn't go to school sad or teary, I would skip the brushing and just fixed her hair with water and my fingers. After getting this brush... Oh my goodness! No tears! No pain! Soft, smooth, shiny hair every morning. Doesn't matter if it's wet or dry, the brush does it's job effortlessly, painlessly and in less time than it took me to brush all the knots out of her hair with a regular brush. Great product, great price, I highly recommend it."

"Really great wet hair brush, although good for dry as well. The materials on this are top notch and cutting edge technological properties. The whole brush allows flexibility in order to form to each individual scalps. No tearing hair! Great detangler brush with no tugs or no breaking with hair. I love it!"


The SiHong Vent Brush Is No longer available


As with so many off-brand products they pop up on the giant online popular shopping web sites only to disapear tomorrow.

It seems that as soon they get a few bad reviews they drop off only to resurface again under another name. If you are buying a $4.99 hair brush it might not matter that much but when you start getting into higher priced items it maybe wise to stay away. Especially if there is a warranty involved.

Howerver, there are in some rare cases where an off-brand is really good and it's worth checking out and purchasing. The SiHong was one such product. For under $10.00 you got a very nice all-around, all-purpose hair brush. It serves the roll of a vent brush and a regular brush for uner 10 bucks!

Anyway too bad, because at the time of this writing it's not longer avaialbe online. Maybe it will pop-up again, who knows.

The SiHong Vent Brush

The SiHong Vent Brush Demonstration 



  1. All purpose styling brush - special designed for blow-drying and styling faster, no matter straighten, curl hair or make any hairstyle, you'll get that look salon look at home with this brush. This brush can be used as your essential styling hair brush.
  2. Boar bristles & 9-row tunnel unique design - vented design allows air to pass through the brush for faster drying and styling.boar bristles is good at massaging your scalp safely and distributing sebum - which is the oil from the scalp. It's able to make more smoothing and gloss and keep your hair healthy.
  3. Ergonomic handle - soft gel and non-slip grip conforms to your hand for more control and comfort.
  4. Anti static soft bristles: the comb for hair is made of anti-static material, soft pins bring superlative toughness and durability. perfect solutions to hair winding, electrostatic problems and easy to clean. 

What others are saying about the SiHong vent brush

"So I was not sure when I ordered this would be a good brush for my short thin hair. I could not have been more wrong. I love this brush. It lifts my hair as I dry it and adds body like not other brush I have used. I love the bristles too."

"I never knew what volume meant until I purchased this."

"This thing is so hard that my boyfriend won't use it."

"This is an awesome brush and delivers as stated! My kids fell in love with it."

"Just what i wanted - nylon pins, boar bristle and half round. works well. too bad it's so small. it's ok for my husband, but not for a woman with average amount of hair. i am keeping it, but will look for another hair brush that is bigger and better for styling."

"I like mine a lot, easy to clean the dried hair gel out of it."

Great product. Very happy with the purchase.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How to protect hair from damage

If you have ever had hair damage then you know one big question is how to protect your hair from damage. After all you do not want to have hair damage again, right? In this article I'll discuss tips to help prevent damaged hair.

The main point to remember is prevention is the key. Once you already have hair damage the job just got a lot harder. For more on how to deal with damaged hair be sure to read my other articles on this site that is jam packed with great information. After reading you might be surprised what you may have learned. Here they are: Broken hair on top of head, Damaged hair men and Does damaged hair grow back healthy?

According to Ashley Adams a Licensed Cosmetologist and Hair Stylist in Illinois and Eugene Toye a stylist at Rita Hazan salon who has styled has styled hair for countless designer runway shows, from Versace and Valentino to Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier:
Pro Tip: One of the first steps to taking care of damaged hair is keeping it moisturized. Dry hair is often very brittle, which leads to damaged hair.
Top 7 Pro Tips on how to stop damaging your hair original

Top 7 Pro Tips on how to stop damaging your hair

        1. Use the right tools
          1. Use a detangle brush to detangle your hair
          2. Get a high quality hair dryer with a negative ion feature
          3. Keep your tools clean
        2. Use the right techniques and proper methods
          1. Let hair dry naturally before styling
          2. Do not style wet hair
          3. Do not comb wet hair in the shower
          4. Do not use a boar brush on wet hair
          5. Do not use a curling iron on wet hair
          6. Do not use a hot brush straightener on wet hair
          7. Do not use a flat iron on wet hair
          8. Bush your long hair from he ends to the roots
          9. Do not vigorously rub your hair with a cotton towel
        3. Avoid coloring and harsh chemicals
          1. Avoid using ammonia, look for ammonia-free hair dyes instead
          2. Avoid using sodium lauryl sulfate shampoos
          3. Know your alcohols
          4. Wear a swim cap
          5. Wash your hair after swimming
        4. Protect your hair from UV rays
          1. Use UV protectant spray
        5. Avoid overdoing it
          1. Stop over washing
          2. Stop over brushing
        6. Consider using a deep conditioning treatment
          1. Use a high quality conditioner
          2. Deep condition your hair on a regular basis
        7. Avoid high heat
          1. Set you styling tools to the lowest heat setting you can
          2. Use a heat protectant spray

              To prevent damaging your hair use the right tools
              To prevent damaging your hair use the right tools

              Do not use a boar bristle brush to detangle your hair. The bristles are too close together and you will end up ripping your hair out. Instead use a good brush like the The Wet brush. The Wet brush is specifically designed to detangle hair. Knowing what I know about The Wet brush, if you do not already have one I would just go out and buy one. You will be glad you did. Another option is to use a wide toothed comb. Revlon, Denman and Cricket make great combs to mention just a few. Read my article called "Should I comb my curly hair in the shower" to learn more.


              Using a high quality hair dryer can make a big difference in the quality of the outcome. Plus it can save you time and save your hair in the long run because it will give you precisely the right amount of heat you need to set your style.

              Use the right techniques and proper methods to prevent damaging your hair

              You should always try to let your hair dry naturally as much a possible before styling. Your hair should be a bout 80% dry before you go into your styling routine. Wet hair is at it's weakest point. You can easily stretch your hair and then it can snap if you choose to comb or brush while your hair is still wet. But if you must comb your hair while wet then at least use a leave-in-conditioner to help slide the comb through without pulling or creating too much tension.

              If you have longer hair then always start brushing your hair from the tips and work your way to the roots. If you start at your roots the brush or comb will pull your hair thus creating much more tension. The tension can actually pull out your hair. By staring at the ends you work through the tangles and by the time you reach your roots the comb or brush should glide through much easier. I wrote a great article called "best brush to avoid split ends" you should read for more information.

              Cotton towels have micro fibers that can catch your hair and pull it out or create so much tension it causes your hair to snap. Try using an old T-shirt or letting your hair air dry while you do something else for a few minutes. Avoid at all cost vigorously rubbing your hair using a cotton towel.

              Coloring and harsh chemicals can damage your hair instantly

              Harsh chemicals are everywhere and unfortunately they are included in many products we use every day. But by reading the ingredients you can avoid harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate and others. When looking for a shampoo look for ones with natural ingredients. I am still searching for the perfect shampoo, so if you have any that you sear by please leave a comment. I would love to know more.

              Some alcohols are OK, so when reading the list of ingredients just because you see alcohol listed as an ingredient does not mean the shampoo contains hard chemicals.

              These are damaging or bad alcohols:
              1. Isopropyl alcohol
              2. Propanol
              3. Propyl alcohol
              4. SD alcohol 40

              These are OK alcohols:
              1. Cetearyl alcohol
              2. Cetyl alcohol
              3. Stearyl alcohol

              The damaging alcohols will dry your hair out and make it brittle and susceptible to damage. Please comment below if you know of other hard chemicals.

              Protect your hair from damaging UV rays and swimming

              When the weather is nice it's time to get outside and have some fun. But this is also a critical time when UV rays can damage your hair. According to the NCBI:

              Pro Tip: Excessive sun exposition is the most frequent cause of hair shaft's structural impairment. Photochemical impairment of the hair includes degradation and loss of hair proteins as well as degradation of hair pigment. Hair protein degradation is induced by wavelengths of 254-400 nm. UVB radiation is responsible for hair protein loss and UVA radiation is responsible for color changes.
              The bottom line is it's a good idea to use a UV protectant sprays like:

              1. It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In plus Keratin Spray 10 oz - $26.79
              2. HSI PROFESSIONAL Top 5 Heat Hair Protector & Conditioner | Flat Iron & Hot Blow Dry Thermal Guard | With Argan, Coconut, Macadamia, Olive Oil & Vitamins | Made in the USA | 8 Ounce - $12.74  

              Overdoing it can case hair damage

              Many times we just don't realize it that washing your hair too often strips away all your natural oils. Especially when you are using harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate in your shampoo. If you have dry hair or even frizzy hair this could be the reason why. You are just over doing it with shampooing. And the answer is simple just cut back. Maybe you just need a good dry shampoo like:
              1. Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo, Volume & Fullness, 5 Ounce (Pack of 1) - $4.88
              2. Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Fragrance, 6.73 Fl Oz,Pack of 3 - $14.90
              Over-brushing can also damage your hair. By brushing your hair too much you can actually cause split-ends. I'm not sure how many strokes you would need to brush before building up too much friction that would cause split-ends. I'm am guessing if you had healthy hair to begin with you would have to bush it an awful lot to cause any damage. Now on the other hand if you already have damaged hair I am guessing it would take less so it makes more since to cut down.

              Deep conditioning treatment can help damaged hair

              Consider using a deep conditioning treatment after your shampoo. a deep conditioner is different than your regular conditioner. Often deep conditioners contain more or a more concentrated amount of ingredients needed to repair and protect your hair. If you find you hair is always dry then you can use a deep conditioning treatment more than once a week. For hair that is mildly dry once a month should work just fine.

              When in doubt ask your stylist. What you want is a deep conditioning product that also detangles, hydrates, improves manageability giving you a beautiful shine without feeling and looking oily. With most deep conditioners, unlike regular conditioners, you want to leave in you hair for at least 10 minutes. This gives the ingredients time to work. Some deep conditions work even better the longer you leave it in. Here are two that I like:

              1. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner By Arvazallia for Dry or Damaged Hair - 8.45 Oz - $12.95
              2. Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment, 3.3 Fl Oz - $28.00
              3. Amplixin Hydrating Hair Mask - Deep Conditioner Hair Treatment With Coconut & Argan Oil - Sulfate Free Hair Repair Conditioner For Men & Women With Dry, Damaged Hair, 8Oz - $25.50

              High heat can damaged your hair

              Let your hair dry as much as possible naturally before picking up your hair dryer. The less heat you have to apply the better. Always start with the lowest heat setting you can possibly get away with to set your style.

              Professional hair dryers cost more but they do have benefits above and beyond normal hair dryers. I consider one of the most important features of any hair dryer is the ability to adjust the temperature.


              Look for a hair dryer with the ability to regulate the exact amount of heat to set your style. In my opinion have a hair dryer with just an on/off switch is not acceptable.


              I like the Sam Villa Light Professional Ionic which has  a built-in ceramic/tourmaline Ion generation which is great at creating shine while reducing static and frizz. the end result is you have a nice smooth and shiny finish. Ionic hair dryers emit negative ions which breaks up water droplets quickly thus allowing your hair to dry much faster. It also leaves your hair looking and feeling much softer and shinier with less heat.

              The reason why I like it is because it allows you to turn on/off the Ionic technology. There are times when you do not want or need this feature depending on your hair style and this dryer puts you in control. To learn more about ions be sure to read and watch my video, What do negative ions do for your hair? Also to learn even more read my other article called, Is a ceramic hair dryer better?

              And yes it's going to cost a lot more than a cheap blow dryer but You are going to be able to control when you want the ionic generator to be used. You can turn it off and on when needed to suit your style. Really when you think about it how many times do you buy shampoo costing $15.00 per bottle or more per year. You probably spend more on shampoo than you do on a nice styling tool.


              tip on hair dryers
              One last tip on hair dryers. Make sure you clean the back filter from dust and debris. This will make your dryer run smoother and last longer. And when cleaning take a good look at the condition to make sure nothing is worn or broken.


              Always apply use a good heat protectant before your dry your hair. And here is why. You hair is made up of water and keratin so when you apply heat you are causing the water inside your hair to evaporate and thus changing it natural curl pattern. So by applying heat you have altered the properties of your hair and this can lead to dry, frizzy or even hot spots if you applied too much heat.


              By applying a heat protectant you reduce the chance of damaging your hair. The heat protectant forms a barrier between the heat and your hair. The protectant contains ingredients that are called humectants which helps preserve the moisture in your hair.


              Most heat protectants also contains other ingredients to help strengthen your hair like antioxidants and oils. The main point to remember is that protectants are not super formulas that once applied can protect your hair from high heat.

              They only help reduce the change of damaging your hair. The key word used here is reduce and not prevent. Be sure to read my article Broken hair on top of head to learn more and to see my top 5 protectants.

              Please comment below

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