A Hairy Confusion: Choosing the right hair brush

You’ve probably never put much thought into it before but with the increasingly large range of hair brushes to choose from, how do you know you’re choosing the right one?? Here’s a basic guide to help you along…

photo credit: Bridal flower crown-heirloom vintage lace headpiece via photopin (license)
photo credit: Bridal flower crown-heirloom vintage lace headpiece via photopin (license)

Choosing the right hair brush for your hair

You’ll need to take into account the length of your hair and what you need the hair brush to do.

Everyone needs something to take the tangles out of your hair so if you have an exceptionally tangly barnet, then you might benefit from a large wide-toothed comb. It’s the equivalent to getting the knots out with your fingers, so work some detangling lotion or conditioner into your hair and start detangling from the ends of your hair. You can also use on wet hair and to comb through any products.

What every long haired individual needs is a paddle brush, it smooths and detangles at the same time to prep your hair for any styling that you’ll be doing. Hair naturally tangles as you go about your day, from friction, wind, and rolling about in bed (bed head), they accumulate, so a smooth with this type of brush will get you looking polished! The general rule is the longer the hair the bigger the brush size; so if you have hair that reaches below your shoulders, you may benefit from the largest size available. Medium length hair i.e. from ear to shoulder length, a medium sized paddle hair brush. And for shorter hair a small brush will do just fine.

You can use a paddle brush whilst blow drying your hair to add some body and volume, but if you’r looking for something that adds more curves and curls, you may want to stock up on a few round brushes for a beautiful curly blow! The similar rule applies when it comes to choosing the size, the larger the brush, the bigger the curls! The bristles are there for gripping your hair, and the metal body is to act as the heating wand that will curl your hair. Using this with a blow-drier involves some skill, but practice makes perfect if you plan on doing it on yourself!

Other brushes that have specific uses such as pocket combs, tail combs, and back-combing are all styling combs that make it a lot easier to manoeuvre your hair into the style you want. Think Grease and their pocket combs for smoothing over their royal quiffs!

My Favourites:

TANGLE ANGEL BRUSH – PINK. – There’s now an amazing range of tangle brushes available to teeze those tangles out! But due to the nature of the soft bristles, you may been to team this with a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb to really get all of the tangles out!
Goody Quikstyle paddle brush boots
Goody Quikstyle paddle brush. – This paddle brush is a god send if you have long and thick hair! The microfibres soak up all of the excess water from your hair after you’ve towel dried it and cuts drying time by a load!
Mark Hill Big Blow Out! Moroccan Argan Oil Large Round Brush boots
Mark Hill Big Blow Out! Moroccan Argan Oil Large Round Brush. – I’m still testing the new oil infusion technology, but so far so good! It adds a little perk to your hair with a smooth and shine finish. Round brushes are not cheap if you’re using a few to blow dry your own hair, but it’s a great investment as they last for many blow outs to come! Boots offer – triple point on Mark Hill hair brushes.

Love your hair!



A Hairy Confusion: Choosing the right hair brush

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