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Hair brushes, hair brushes, which one do I choose?

We generally don’t give much thought before buying a hair brush. We just purchase it on our whims and fancies, not realizing that it plays an important part in giving us a flawless hairdo. A hairbrush is a must-have tool when it comes to looking after and styling your looks. But despite its importance, we don’t generally put in a lot of effort while picking a brush for ourselves. But the fact is there are as many different types of hair brushes as there are types of hair. There are cute round hair brushes, and sturdy square hair brushes; hair brushes made of plastic and those made of wood; thick hair brushes, thin hair brushes, and flimsy hair brushes.

A hair brush is much more than a mere tool to help you keep your tresses in check.  Not all hair brushes are right for every woman. A hair brush should be purchased keeping in mind the individual hair needs of a woman. Some brushes are better for smoothing, others for volume. So next time you want to purchase a hair brush, don’t pick any one just for the heck of it. Think, analyze, and then decide which one you want to have according to the texture of your hair.

1. Paddle Hair Brush: A paddle hair brush is usually quite large, flat and wide, and is generally made of plastic, timber or ceramic. It helps your cuticles lie flat, thereby making the process of smoothening and detangling your hair easy and convenient.

paddle hair brush

Paddle hair brush

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With this brush you will no longer have to wrestle with your tangled hair every day or spend hours to give yourself a perfect hairdo. This type of hair brush is perfect for all different hair types and textures, as its main purpose is to detangle hair and make it look even.

2. Half Radial/Round Hair Brush: A half radial hair brush is ideal for those who like to keep their hair flicked up or flicked under. It gives an extra bounce to your curls and makes your hair look lively and stylish.

half radial or round hair brush

Half radial or Round hair brush

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It is ideal for girls with thick hair who wish to flaunt stylish curls without making their hair look too messy or too voluminous. It smoothens up your hair, while giving it that extra lively tinge at the same time.

3. Natural Bristle Hair Brush: These hair brushes are usually made of boar bristles, and are super soft in texture. The purpose of these brushes is to distribute your hair’s natural oils all the way to the end, thereby nourishing your hair from the roots and preventing them from drying up.

natural bristle hair brush

Natural Bristle hair brush

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These brushes give you really shiny strands; hence they are a bit expensive. But they are worth every penny because they give hair a healthy and lustrous look.

4. Mixed Bristle Hair Brush: This hairbrush is a perfect combination of boar bristles brush’s shiny hair benefits, and a synthetic brush’s magical detangling powers.

mixed bristle hair brush

Mixed Bristle hair brush

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If you want the best of both hair brushes, go for the mixed bristle brush because they are so good at everything, and work well on almost every hair type. They are extremely easy to use, and that’s the reason why they are so popular.

5. Rattail Comb: The long handle on this type of comb makes sectioning hair to create cool braids or a flawless curl set a total breeze! Plus, the fine teeth of the comb are great for smoothing out any cowlicks and bumps in your style.

rattail comb

Rattail comb

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It is an easy to carry, simple hairdo tool, that can be used on the go to smoothen up your tangled hair.

 Some Hair brush tips:

  • Ensure that you have the type of hair brush that suits your hair. While baby soft bristles are good for fine hair, coarse bristles work well on thick hair. So it is highly recommended that you choose your hair brush carefully. If you are confused while choosing your hair brush, we’d advise you to consult your stylist.
  • Cleaning your hairbrush regularly is very important, both for the durability of the brush and for your personal hygiene. Wash your hair brushes regularly in warm water with a little shampoo and allow the bristles to dry naturally.
  • It is good to use a hair brush that has bristles long enough to reach your scalp. This way they would help release the natural oils of your hair making them smoother, softer, and shinier.
  • Instead of a brush, use a comb to detangle wet hair. If possible, just use your fingers to detangle your strands, because it is not advisable to use a comb or brush on wet hair as hair is weak at that time.
  • Regardless of the quality of your hair brush, you always need to use heat protection products on your hair before blow-drying.

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How to choose the right hair brush for your hair type
Hair brushes may seem like an inconsequential little tool which helps detangle hair. But there is more to it than that. Here's a guide to pick the best one.
Nishtha Sood

Nishtha Sood

Nishtha is a highly opinionated female, who is extremely vociferous about her beliefs. She likes to read, write and dance, in that order. She loves to talk about politics, sports and relationships, and has lofty revolutionary ideas in her mind, waiting to be materialized. She loves Tarantino's dark humor and Kafkaesque endings, but would like a fairy tale relationship for herself. When she is not busy making plans to change the world or exploring her new-found love for selfies, she likes to eat ( hog would be a better word!).