The Ultimate Hair Brush Guide

Everything you ever wanted to know about hair brushes!

ESSENCE.COM May, 29, 2014

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“For natural curly hair (that is worn curly when dry), you only use a brush to detangle your hair when it is wet,” says Maza. “When you hair is dry, you should not use a brush in order to avoid disturbing the beautiful curl pattern. A wide-tooth comb would be the only tool to use when absolutely necessary on dry natural curly hair.”

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“If you're relaxed, select a brush based on your desired look—for big soft curls or waves, use a thermal brush,” says Maza. “For a smooth, sleek look, then a brush [with] 100% boar bristles and ionic bristles is the optimal tool. The boar bristles will smooth the hair, control any flyways and add a touch of shine. The ionic bristles will penetrate through the hair gently massaging the scalp and helping to style.”

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When is the best time to use a comb? “If you want something to prop up a mane full of tight curls, then a comb is your best option," says Maza. "For anything else, a brush will far out perform the comb. A brush will provide you with optimal styling control, speed and extend the duration of your style.” 

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Hairbrushes should be cleaned at least once a week, or more if you have frequent buildup.

Denman, a popular hairbrush line in the hair community, has a unique brush that cleans brushes of all shapes and sizes. “The brush ends are perfect for removing dust and fluff, and the pointed end is ideal for raking out loose hair,” says Karen Batley, Marketing Executive at Denman. “The stiff bristles have been incorporated to get through any type of hairbrush without causing any damage to the pins."

After raking, soak your brush in warm water with a few drops of shampoo.


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