Your guide to hairbrushes
Ever looked at the hairbrush section of your local beauty store and just thought, ‘what the hell?!’ Being greeted by a towering wall of brushes is often so confusing it’s enough to send even the most Marcia Brady-esque groomers into a dreadlocking decline.
I personally had no clue what half of them were, so I decided I’d…erm…brush up on my brush identifying skills. With more than a little help from Sebastian Professional Design Team Director, Joey Scandizzo.
1.) Cushion brush
Best on hair that is already smooth and fairly straight, it can be used to detangle and smooth the hair. Ideal for all hair lengths, and for everyday use and styling.
Try: Elite Cushion Brush with 100% Boar Bristles.
2.) Fine-toothed comb
Mostly used to create definition on short hair – definitely not for thick hair, unless your hair is wet and the comb has a detangler in it. This brush is also handy if you ever wanted to trim your own fringe (but I wouldn’t recommend that unless you know what you’re doing!).
Try: Mason Pearson Comb Styling.
3.) Vent brush
These are great for use with hairdryers as they have actual vents in them to let air pass through, meaning faster drying. They also help add volume and detangle the hair.
Try: VS Sassoon Opti-Heat Range Vent Brush.
4.) Round/radial brush
Perfect for adding volume, or for curling your hair at the ends (think: styling the bottom of your bob inwards, so it doesn’t stick out). Roll your ends around the brush, blast with your hairdryer, then remove the heat but keep your brush in your hair for an extra minute to allow your hair to set while it cools.
Try: Lady Jayne Brush – Thermal Radial.
5.) Paddle brush
Makes styling long, hard-to-manage hair much easier, especially if you’re after a smooth result, as it straightens, flattens and tames flyaways. Use it with your hairdryer pointed downwards to get a result similar – but slightly more natural – to that of straightening irons.
Try: ghd Paddle Brush.
6.) Hot tube brush
Also great when it comes to volumising, the metal in this brush heats up with your hairdryer and acts like a hot roller through your hair. Perfect for adding volume at the top of the head.
Try: Be-Bop by Brushworx Ceramic Hot Tube Brush.
Boar bristles vs. porcupine bristles
Boar brushes have really soft, naturally flexible bristles that help close the cuticle of your hair, promoting shine and hair health. They are usually mixed with nylon bristles to give a greater styling ability, and because they’re so soft, you can use them on all hair types.
‘Porcupine’ is actually just a term for the way the bristles are put together – they’re grouped in a way that looks like big, porcupine quills. These brushes are usually a combination of boar and nylon bristles and are great for controlling fine hair, or giving thick hair a really thorough brush.