Sunday, December 1, 2019

Hair Brush Types

Types of brushes

Using the right brush for the task is important. Also important is using the right hair brush for your type of hair and the style you want. But sometimes it can be a little confusing on which brush to choose for the style you want to achieve, right? After reading this article on hair brush types I would advise you to also read my other article on this site called what different hair brushes are used for. In this articles I go into more details and the different hair brushes and exactly what you need to know. When you get done reading this article and what different hair brushes are used for you will be able to choose the perfect hair brush for your specific needs.

For example, some brushes are much better on wet hair than others. A classic example is you would not want to use a boar brush on wet hair. A boar brush will tear and rip your wet hair to pieces. You may very well end up with a bad case of split ends. Instead you would want to use a wide tooth comb or a Wet Brush if you have to comb wet hair.

My best advice is not to comb or brush wet hair at all. Instead you should wait till its at least 80% dry before brushing. 

Another important point or question you should have an answer too is what bristles should you choose in a brush? There are many types, for example, there are boar bristles, nylon bristles and bamboo bristles. In a nutshell boar bristles are going to create a nice smooth shiny look while nylon is going to create a nice bouncy blowout look.

And of course bamboo can detangle to some degree and give you a nice head massage to stimulate blood flow to your hair follicles.

Types of Brushes Pros and Cons
Brush Types Pros Cons
Vent Brush Drying hair Styling
Round Brush Styling, waves and curls Need the right size
Paddle Brush Fast styling Not for short hair
Teasing Brush Volume Teasing only
Detangling Brush Detangling Styling
Oval Brush Styling Not for really short hair
Straightening Brush Styling, straightening, curls & waves Hard to use on short hair
Bamboo Brush Head massage and static control Not for damp moist conditions
Rat Tail Comb Sectioning Not for short hair
Wide Tooth Comb Applying treatments Not really for short hair
Boar Brush Styling and shine Detangling & static

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 or concave) you have the following types of brushes:

1 Vent Brush

Vent Brush
Vent brush - A vented brush is usually used to aid in drying your hair. It's also used as a styling tool. It's perfect for drying because because the amount of bristles is very low as compared to other brushes, enabling the hair dryer to dry your hair quicker. Most vent brushes have just enough bristles to provide light detailing and less friction.

2 Round Brush

Round Brush
Round brush A round brush is usually used on long hair, but it can be used on short hair if you use a brush with the correct diameter. These brushes are used under your hair to increase the volume and to create waves or curves. The more bristles you have, the more stress you can place on your hair when styling. Round brushes are ideal for integrating rolls, curves or waves. The diameter of the round brush is important in terms of the performance and the look you can achieve.

3 Paddle Brush

Paddle Brush
Paddle brush Paddle brushes are widely used for styling lots and lots of hair faster than a regular brush. Thanks to its larger head, it has the capacity to hold more bristles and thus, with each brush stroke, it can cover much more hair than an ordinary brush. You need a paddle brush if you have a lot of hair or hair longer than shoulder length.

There are many popular websites that recommend a paddle brush for detanlging. I would caution against using just any paddle brush to detangle your hair. generally speaking paddle brushes are not good for detangling. 

There are much better options out there. Instead you should choose a brush specifically made to detangle hair. the Wet Brush Detangling Brush mention below is a perfect example of a great detangling brush and would perform much better than a paddle brush.

Another great example of a better option for a detangling brush is a wide tooth comb like the Ultra Smooth Detangler Comb by Cricket pictured below. these wide tooth combs excel at gliding though your hair untangling with every pass.

As you can see these brushes the Wet Brush and Wide Tooth Combs are far superior for detanglng than an ordinary paddle brush. I am not sure why some very popular web sites advise paddle brushes specifically for this purpose. My only guess is they want you to purchase one.

The one thing you need to remember about paddle brushes is that they are great for efficiency due to they can brush through lots of hair much faster than other brushes. If you remember that one point you will have done good!

4 Teasing Brush

Teasing Brush
Teasing brush Teasing brushes are often used to generate volume, usually on the top of your head, and are great for people who have thin hair. By using a backcombing method, you can generate more texture for thinning hair and adding a lot more lift to hair. Those hairstyles, such as beehive or bouffant styles that were very common in the 1960s and 1970s.

I have seen many popular websites recommend using a teasing brush as a finishing brush. And while it may be true, you can do this in a pinch, there are much better options.

Why use a tiny teasing brush with a handle made for sectioning hair to smooth and condition your hair?

The only reason I guess is those websites recommend using a teasing brush is maybe they want to sell you one. Anyway, a much better and far superior option for a finishing brush would be a Harry Josh Oval Finishing brush or a Desert Breeze Distributing oval boar brush as pictured below. Either of these brushes will run circles around trying to use a teasing brush for finishing!

5 Detangling Brush

Detangling Brush
Detangling brush - The Wet Brush - Does the wet brush work on dry hair and Is the wet brush good for your hair. The detangling brush smooths wet or dry hair without causing breakage. The brush is ideal for everyone and even kids. A detangling brush is perfect for wet and dry hair, and is ideal for all hair types and is pain-free while detangling. The biggest drawback is it's not to be used with a blow dryer, due to a dryers high heat can melt the bristles.

6 Oval Brush

Oval Brush
Oval brushes are very similar to paddle brushes in that they are used for styling. It's smaller than a paddle brush therefore can be used to style shorter hair as compared to a paddle brush. In addition do to it's smaller head size it's also better for travel. It's just a great all around hairbrush to use to help with a ponytail for just use to smooth out your hair.

There are many oval brushes that are also boar brushes like the one picture above, the Spornette DeVille Cushion Oval Boar Bristle Hair Brush (#342). These brushes are a perfect choice for either a man or a woman. These brushes are perfect for finishing or smoothing hair. The 100% boar bristles redistribute your hair’s natural oils, leaving it shinier, healthier-looking and more manageable with each brush stroke. You hair will be conditioned with no greasy buildup. These brushes can be used as part of you regular daily grooming routines.

My choice would be oval brushes with a wooden handle due to their high strength that resists breakage. Wooden handles are built to last. In addition look for a brush which has a ergonomically shaped handle. This way your hand and wrist does not get tired and cramped while styling your hair.

For more reading you should read my article called choosing a boar brush on this site. In this article I go into details on how to choose the perfect boar brush. What kind of bristles to looks for, the difference between expensive brushes and cheaper ones, brush shapes and advantages and disadvantages between Boar, Nylon and Bamboo bristle bruhses.

7 Straightening Brushes

Straightening Brushes
Straightening brushes or hot brushes are used to straighten your hair or add curls and waves. Hot brush is a great way to style your hair when your hair is dry but damp. Most hot air brushes have a rounded head that is used to add volume. Did you know the volume can be quickly applied by using a hot brush to create waves and curls?

8 Bamboo Brush

Bamboo Brush
Bamboo brushes are great for head massage, plus it reduces static and fly-a-way conditions. Wood is not the conductor of electricity, so it will not promote the development of a static. But it's not going to do as good a job at spreading the natural oils as a boar brush will do. Bamboo is can be used to detangle hair, somewhat. But there are much better options out there.

9 Rat Tail Comb

Rat Tail Comb
Good for sectioning off hair to then be brushed or styled as needed. Usually these combs are made of plastic but many are also made of steel. The plastic ones should not be used in high heat conditions. The rat tails come in a variety of sizes and points. Some have more blunt point and other usually professional models have a sharp point.

Well there is not much really to say about a plastic comb, right? Plastic need to be made not too hard and not so soft as to be able to bend some without braking. The last hing you want is a plastic comb that is too hard. The handle can snap or if dropped on a hard floor it can break. One comb that comes to mid that will break easily are carbon fiber combs. Nice idea but just does not work, at least not yet.

Another thing to look for in a comb is the teeth and surface area. It needs to be very smooth as not to snap your hair. If you want to read more you can real my article on this site called best comb for women's hair. In this article I review some of the most popular women's combs all from plastic, wood to steel. After reading this article you will know how to choose the best comb for stylish hair.

Also don't forget to real my other informative article on the best wide tooth comb for detangling. Don't forget you can use a comb in the shower. There are many advantages for having a good shower comb. And some are much better than others. To find out more read my article on this site called shampoo comb. This article I will help to choose the right shower comb for your needs. I'll also provide my 3 favorite shower combs to help you work through those impossible hair clumps!

10 Wide Tooth Comb

Wide Tooth Comb
A wide tooth comb will evenly distribute products such as deep conditioning therapies, hair treatments and color toners. You can also use the comb as a gentler way to detangle damp, brittle and processed hair when you get out of the shower.

11 Boar Brush

Boar Brush
Boar brushes will excel in conditioning polishing, producing shine and styling, like blow-outs. Boars brushes are good at collecting your natural hair oils and spreading them from your roots to the ends of your hair with regular brushing. In reality, the best natural conditioner is your own hair oil. It might save you from having to buy the conditioning items. Through spreading natural oils from root to tip, it helps keep the hair shaft moisturized and healthy.

Hair brush types and choosing the right one

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