It may be the most important tool in a girl’s handbag, which is why you shouldn’t compromise on quality! Pearl Mathias & Khevna Pandit are here to help you pick out the perfect hairbrush
Brushing your hair is the first step to getting rid of that crazy, out-of-control bed hair and giving your look a little update before a meeting or smoothening it out after an evening outdoors. Your hairbrush is an extremely handy tool, and there’s a surprising amount of variety available in the market — more than you might think! Whether it’s the classic flat brush or a round one, we’re obsessed with getting the best of the best, and you should be too! As important as it is to have a good brush or comb at hand for different hair situations, it’s also essential to use the right type for your hair. If you’re not sure what that means, we’ve put together a list of brushes and combs to make picking one out an easier task, and tell you how to care for them.
Not so fine-toothed
When your hair is soaking wet from a shower, the last thing you want to do is go at it with your usual hairbrush. The bristles that pull and stretch out your strands will make your hair weak and cause breakage. Instead, pick a wide-toothed comb, which detangles knots without pulling at your hair.
The round brush is perfect when you want a blowout with major volume and just a little bit of a curl. These are available in a range of sizes. Remember: the smaller the brush, the tighter the curl. Blast a section of your hair with cold air before you comb through it with the brush. This will help to set the style.
Paddle your way
This basic, everyday brush helps flatten out frizzy hair. If you’re looking for a brush that will help create some volume, the paddle brush won’t be of much use. But, it will help you to style a good blow out.
Usually made of boar hair, the natural bristle brush is super soft. It can be a little expensive, but it helps to distribute the natural oils in your hair more evenly when you brush it out. Though you can use the brush on any type of hair, it works best with fine, straight and relaxed hair because it tends to be gentle on delicate strands.
The long handle on a rat-tail comb helps section your hair to create braids or a flawless curl. The fine teeth of the comb are also a great way to smoothen out any cowlicks and bumps in your hairstyle.
Synthetic brushes are usually made of nylon and are best suited for thick hair. They don’t cause as much static as more natural versions, like boar. And, stiffer bristles help with easier detangling after a shower.
HAIR BRUSH CARE
A clean hairbrush, especially one that isn’t full of stray strands, is not only more useful but also looks better on your dresser! In fact, a dusty and dirty brush can damage your hair. To keep your hair happy and your hairbrush free of the fuzz, follow these tips.
Keep stray hair away
The first step to keeping your hairbrush clean is to clean the hair that gets stuck in it from time to time. Skin and dirt particles tend to remain on the surface of your brush, making it an unhealthy breeding ground for infections. Use an old tooth brush or a pair of scissors to clean your hairbrush.
Shampoo your brush
Just like your hair, your brush requires a little clean up every now and then. Shampooing it is the easiest way to keep it clean. Squirt some shampoo on the bristles and use your fingers to gently rub the surface between them. If you don’t want to waste precious shampoo, you can also use a body wash to clean your hairbrush. Avoid using conditioner or a solid soap, because these are stubborn and may be difficult to get out of your brush. If the brush is made of wood, use as little water as possible when you’re cleaning it.
Rinse & dry
Hold the brush under running water in order to rinse it off well and to get rid of every last bit of the soap. Make sure that it is completely clean. Soap residue can make your brush greasy. Use the cool setting on your blow-dryer to dry your brush, or simply towel-dry it and set it out overnight. Only when the brush is completely dry, should you use it again.