A cousin to the
comb, hair brushes were once only accessible to royalty or the rich. Lucky for
you, you don’t have to be a royal or a sheik to own a brush nowadays. In fact,
most women own more than just one brush and more than likely own two or three.
Not all brushes
are the same, however, and some serve a very specific purpose. Although you’d
probably find a drawer full of brushes in every one of our homes (we ARE in the
hair biz; wink, wink) there’s just some even we couldn’t live without.
The 4 brushes
every woman should own, include:
unique flexible bristles, the Wet Brush easily brushes out wet, damp, and dry
hair without any pulling or snagging. The company’s website claims, “Finally,
the tears (and curses) stopped,” and we couldn’t agree more. This brush glides
through hair, particularly wet hair, like skates on ice and is a favorite of
ours for prepping hair for styling.
Just as the
name implies, the round brush has a round barrel head. The round shape of the brush
helps create volume – think big and bouncy blowout. There’s an almost endless
variety of round brushes available. You can get them in different sizes,
(ranging from extra small to extra large) and different bristles.
The length of
your hair will largely determine the size of the round brush you choose. Choose
a smaller barreled brush if your hair is on the shorter and vice versa for
Mixed bristle brush
brushes are made with both nylon (synthetic) and boar (natural) bristles. Why
two different types of bristles? Nylon bristles help detangle locks while
natural bristles, which are usually shorter in length, help distribute oils and
smooth cuticles. Regular use of a mixed bristle brush can help remove
impurities like uric acid from the scalp and increase blood circulation.
overlooked, but a must for keeping your mane in tip top shape, the travel size
brush (or any smaller sized brush for that matter) is a must in our book. Although
small, there’s a number of options when selecting a travel size brush – round,
foldable, and encased. Keep in mind; because travel brushes are often thrown
into the depths of purses or carry-on bags, you may need to replace it more
often than a regular hair brush.