Brushing your hair produces several benefits for your hair beauty!
It massages the scalp, removes the loose scales accumulated on the scalp and distributes the sebum (oily substance) evenly through the hair.
Regular brushing with a ball-tipped bristle brush through to the scalp will stimulate the blood supply and promote healthy growth.
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On the other hand, over-brushing can make your hair greasy and may damage the hair and scalp. Keep in mind that the wrong tool and the wrong technique can tangle or tear your hair.
The type of the hair brush that we use is important in getting the right style and preventing damage. There are five types of brushes, each designed for a specific purpose.
Types Of Hair Brushes
• Vent Brush
• Cushion Brush
• Paddle Brush
• Thermal Brush
The Vent Hair Brush
It is the simplest brush to use but gives only the simplest of effects.
It has vents through which air flow.
The Styler Hair Brush
No vents and easy to use. But it cannot provide enough tension so you will not be able to get the smoothness you want.
The bristles are on one side only and form a slight half circle bend. They are best used on bob shape cuts and mid length hair.
With this type of brush you will straighten the lengths and ends of your hair.
The Cushion Hair Brush
Very simple to use and popular with men.
Have a soft cushion base with bristles on one side.
If your hair is short to medium lengths and not too thick or dense, use this brush to smooth, without lift or volume.
The Round Hair Brush
They are not just for creating curl.
For achieving maximum height and lift use the more open bristle type.
If your hair naturally has a wave or curl, the densely packed real bristle round brush is great at smoothing and straightening your hair with the tension needed.
The size of the brush you need depends on the length of your hair and the effect you want. Your hair needs to be long enough to rap around the brush once.
The Paddle Hair Brush
The paddle brush is larger and flatter than the cushion brush.
Use this brush if your hair is long.
After using a round brush to straighten wavy or curly hair, use this type of brush to finish off. Also use the paddle brush to smooth naturally straight hair.
With this type of brush you won't create volume if you sweep the brush down the length of your hair with a paddle type motion.
The Thermal Brush
There are round thermal brushes but they also come as vent or styler types.
A heat conductive material is the center of the brush. This material gets hot using the heat from your hair dryer.
As you increase the heat that is drying your hair it will be working not only on the surface of your hair, but internally as well.
Be very careful, it is easy to scorch your hair if the brush gets too hot!
How to Brush Your Hair
For short hair use a Paddington brush with soft protective bristles.
For medium length straight hair, use a Paddle Brush with soft protective bristles. For smooth silky look use the large paddle brush.
For medium length wavy hair, use extra large round brush to blow out the kinks and curls.
For long hair past your shoulders use a thick, loose toothed brush. Mason Pearson hair brushes are renowned for the pure boar bristles which don't tear hair or leave static.
Never use a brush on wet hair, always use a wide-toothed comb from end to root. Try not to touch the root at all.
Some suggest not even to comb it in wet condition. Hair is three times weaker when it's wet.
Heavy wooden brushes are easier to straighten hair with.
The size of the brush depends on the length of the hair.
Finer hair should use a smaller brush. The smaller the brush, the greater the root lift.
For thick hair use a paddle brush to make it straight.
For thick frizzy hair, never brush it! Use a pick comb to style.
Don't buy cheap plastic stuff! It causes electrostatic. Don't use metal combs and brushes.
Ensure that your hair brush and comb have rounded bristles.
Cleaning brushes is very important. It can be done by using another brush or comb to take out the build-up. Shampoo or soap can be used to wash bristles. Wash once a week.
Brushing Your Hair
If you brush your hair very often, it's important to do it right.
• Start to comb your hair before you start to brush.
• Combing has to be done bottom up.
• Start combing at the end of your hair.
• Go through some inches until all knots are combed out, and then restart some inches higher.
• If your hair is really messy, separate it and comb each strand.
• After this use a brush to go through the whole length, top down.
• Use a firm, regular stroke.
• Don't brush rude.
To get rid of static or flying hair while brushing spray some water onto your hair. This will discharge your hair. After brushing apply a spray.
To prevent catching static or flying hair during the day, use a hairspray to protect long hair.
Long Hair Brushing
1. Bend forward, allowing hair to fall;
2. Use a wooden base natural bristle brush to bring hair from the nape of the neck over the head and down to the ends;
3. Stand straight again with hair falling normally and brush from the underside of the hairline down the strands to the ends;
4. Brush the top layers into place with long, even strokes.