Sunday, December 1, 2019

How to use a hairbrush

Basic Steps On How To Use A Hairbrush

If you know how to use a hairbrush then you are going to be much more effective when it comes time to do your styling, right? For example, just knowing which hairbrush to start with can save you a lot of time. This article covers the basics of brushing your hair with links to other pages on this site that gives you in-depth information on related topics.

There are 6 basic steps on how to use a hairbrush.The first step begins with choosing the right brush, taking a stance, make use you have plenty of time and not in a rush, be gentle with your hair, always think about brushing direction and finally detangle. Your hair should not be tangled when you start brushing.

6 basic steps on how to use a hairbrush


  1. Step 1: Choose the right hairbrush – I already mentioned all the brush types you have at your disposal, so it’s time to get one that suits your need. See the main menu and home page of this site to visit other articles or scroll down to see a list of brush types links. Whether this is a paddle or a radiant brush, it’s important that it’s made from natural hair, not only because it won’t create as much static as nylon, but because it’s also better for the health of your scalp and hair.
  2. Step 2: Take a stance – Stand straight for a minute or two and then bend over so the tip of your head is as parallel to the ground and you are as far you can go. This isn’t something only people with long hair should do as it has nothing to do with the length of your hair. This way you make your blood flow faster under your scalp while bent over and you get the opportunity to increase the levels of oxygen by taking this bent over position.
  3. Step 3: Take your time – Don’t rush. A good brushing routine should last anywhere between three and five minutes. Once you’re done, you can repeat the process again. Obliviously the shorter the hair you have the faster you will be done brushing.
  4. Step 4: Be gentle – Don’t push too hard. Creating more pressure on your scalp won’t help you with anything, it will just scar the gentle skin on your head. Dead skin cells and debris are not so hard to get rid of, you just need to be as detailed as possible and work in sections. Hair can break or snap when pulled to hard by your comb or brush so take you time and work slowly and gently as not to pull too hard. Hair that snaps usually cause split ends. So the more hair that snaps the more split ends you are going to have.
  5. Step 5: Think about direction – Start from the closest point to your neck and move your way up to the top of your head. After you’re done, go in the opposite direction. Usually you always start at the ends of your hair and work your way up to the top of your head or your roots but if you want to spread the natural oils from your scalp you need to brush from your scalp toward the ends of your hair.
  6. Step 6: Detangle with a comb – Don’t try and using a thick boar bristle brush to detangle your hair, instead you can use a rat tail comb to get rid of any swirls and tangled hair before starting to brush. Use the pointed end of the rat tail comb to get rid of any big tangles. Or you can use a wide tooth comb and gently guide the comb through your hair several times to unravel unwanted tangles. Also there are two other products that I have used with great success in get tangles out of your hair. The first brush I will mention is The Wet Brush and the second is the Denman D5 9 row brush. The wet brush works great for most people and I would definitely try this brush first. The bristles on the brush are firm but flexible thus allowing the brush to detangle a little with every brushing. But the brush may not work well for those who have very thick and naturally curly hair. This this case I recommend the Denman D5 9 row brush. I've have one for over 20 years. The only reason why I do not have it any more is because I lost it. Sad face. The brush is practically indestructible. For thick and curly hair they are great at detangling because they offer a much stiffer bristle. These bristles are able to detangle your naturally curly hair much faster then using The Wet brush.

Types of hair brushes and how to use them


It's important to understand the different types of hairbrushes ans what the purpose is for each type of brush. For example if you have long hair and a lot of hair the best brush to use is going to be a paddle brush. A paddle brush is going to let you brush trough your hair approximately 25% quicker than using an oval brush.

A paddle brush has a larger head therefore allows you to brush though your hair faster. Here are links to internal web pages on this site going over each of the major types of brushes and discussing the benefits of each brush. You might want to book mark this page or each of the pages below for reference.

The major factor in determining brush type is the density of bristles. Bristle density also helps in determining it's purpose. Based on bristle density and shape (round, oval or concave) you have the following types of brushes:

  1. Vent brush
  2. Round brush
  3. Paddle brush
  4. Teasing brush
  5. The Wet Brush - Does the wet brush work on dry hair? and Is the wet brush good for your hair?

How to use a boar brush for healthy looking hair


Boar brushes can be expensive especially the really good ones. This is one area I would not skimp on. You might get lucky and get a decent boar brush at a cheap bargain basement price but just remember you got lucky.

Paying a little more for quality in my opinion is worth it. Check your brush once you get it for burs and sharp edges. By brushing your hair with a brush that can grab, rip or snap your hair is just going to give you a lot of split ends. Why pay for expensive conditioners and treatments and then use a cheap brush with sharp edges?

When using a boar brush there are a few things you should know to get the most out of your brush. After-all you took the time to do the research to find the right brush and now you want to get all it's value, right? In the article I below I discuss how to do just that plus give you a few of my favorite boar brushes. Please read: How to use a boar bristle brush

How to get more volume from your hairbrush


I already provided you a link to another webpage on this site for vent brushes but I also want to provide you with additional information on how you can get even more volume using a vented brush.

This article is one of my favorite articles because ti gives you so much information on creating volume in your hair. You can create volume at the ends, in the middle or at the top of your hair and all you have to understand is a few basic principals. These basic principals are covered in the article. So if you are one of those folks with thin hair you are definitely going to want to read this article. Please read: Vent brush adds volume

Videos for a few common hairbrush types


I rounded up a few videos which contains helpful information on how to use some of the basic types of hairbrushes. I listed each one below along with a link to another webpage on this site.

A round brush is probably the most common type of brush and is the first brush I would look to purchase since it can do most anything. It's a great styling brush. The trick is to get the right size. Honestly, I would start by purchasing at least 3 sizes instead of just buying one size. The more sizes you have the more versatile you are going to be in your styling. To start, the 3 sizes I would look to purchase are small, medium and large. With these 3 sizes you can do just about any style for most any length of hair. And if you get a good quality brush it can last you a lifetime.

Paddle brushes and basic types of brushes explained
Round brushes and basic techniques for blowing drying use a round brush
Teasing comb and how use one to get more volume

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