Ladies, Movember is upon us. And while we can't exactly go with the boys and grow out our mustaches (or, at least, perhaps we wouldn't want to), we can still celebrate with the best of them. The Wet Brush has rolled out its appropriately named Hipster Collection, with the cornerstone being its Mustache Brush ($14). It's the same Wet Brush you know and love, with its flexible bristles for breakage-free brushing on wet hair, but with a little more personality. From big and bushy 'staches to twirly handlebars, this version of The Wet Brush is dotted with a bevy of facial hairstyles. It's a fun way to get into the spirit without succumbing to facial hair; and the best part is they won't scratch at your face or tickle your nose. If only the main man in your life were so considerate.
The first step to a good blowout is finding a quality hair dryer, but without the proper brush, your hair is never going to look Kate Middleton-esque. That's why I reach for the Fekkai Large Round Brush ($65) every time I pick up my blow dryer. This multitasking tool is handmade in France from European olive wood (so fancy!) for a lightweight and comfortable grip. The boar bristles create the perfect tension to smooth down the hair cuticle for shiny, healthy hair without any static. It's ideal for fine hair, because the round shape helps build volume, while it's also perfect for coarser hair types to smooth away frizz and curls. Now you'll be able to walk out of the house with just-went-to-the-salon hair anytime. And who wouldn't want that?
Let's face it; there are so many hairbrushes in the world that it can be hard to figure out which one to buy. But one brush that should definitely be on your shopping list is Goody's Tanglefix Gentle Detangling Brush ($8). Its quirky shape (which sort of looks like what trainers use to detangle a horse's mane) is easy to grip and control, and its flexible bristles mean tangles come loose in a snap.
Since the brush and bristles are made of plastic, it's an ace option for your beach bag and for pulling into the shower to comb conditioner through your hair. Tiny, durable, and tough on tangles? This brush is an all-around winner.
Over the past week or so, I've given you the details on everything you've probably ever wanted to know about hairbrush bristles, from the ionic to the synthetic to the natural to why they're spaced the way they're spaced. For the final installment of this series, I've gathered up the miscellaneous facts I've learned about this handy tool. Check them out when you read more
Buying the right hair brush, shape, and bristle size for your hair type can be daunting. And that's why I'm here to give you the specifics. Earlier, I told you how ionic blow-dryers work by offering up negatively-charged ions to the positively-charged water molecules in your hair.
Ionic bristles work in much the same way. Manufactured with a specially-treated synthetic material that gives off negative ions, this type of bristle attracts water, helping the hair to dry faster, all while resisting static. Ionic bristles also give a shinier, softer finish as a result of its ability to seal the hair cuticle and restore the water balance in the hair. So long, flyaways.
Here are some ionic hair brush suggestions: Spornette Icera Ceramic Ionic Hair Brush ($13); Bio Ionic iTools Nano-Ionic Conditioning Brush ($35); or Olivia Garden Ceramic and Ion AntiStatic Square Cushioned Paddle Brush ($11).
Hairbrushes are such simple, everyday tools, but do we ever put that much thought into which ones are the most appropriate for our hair types? That's what I'm here for: to teach you the brushin' basics. Last year, I gave you the scoop on which hairbrush is right for your hair type and styling needs, and now I've got you covered on bristles. So far, I've explored why bristles are spaced the way they are and the advantages of boar bristles. Next up are synthetics.
This type of bristle is almost always made from nylon and comes in varying textures. Soft and flexible work well for sensitive scalps and finer hair. Stiff, less-bendy types are best for thicker and/or curly hair. While nylon is typically more inexpensive from its natural counterparts, the biggest disadvantages are that synthetic can melt under excessive heat and they're not biodegradable.
Did you ever wonder why some hairbrushes are more wiry and others were soft to the touch? Well, you're about to find out. All this week I'm exploring everything you ever want to know about hairbrush bristles. I've already covered how and why bristles are spaced apart and what those little ball-like endings are there for — read about it here. Next up? It's all about the materials from which bristles are made, whether synthetic, natural, or a little of both.
Natural bristles are typically comprised of hair from an adult boar. While boar bristles work for all hair types, those with very curly or thick hair might find them to be too soft to penetrate through their hair. The advantages of boar bristles are that the scaly texture of the bristles helps to clean the hair and scalp and distribute shine-enhancing sebum. They're also easy on the scalp, cause little to no breakage, and reduce static. The biggest disadvantage? Depending on the cut of the hair, boar bristle hairbrushes can be expensive, like the classic Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Hairbrush ($170). Fortunately, there are more affordable versions, like the Swissco Oakwood Oval Boar Bristle Hairbrush ($12).
As you stand in front of the wide array of hairbrushes at the store, do you become baffled? Last year, I told you about the different types of hairbrushes, and now, I'm giving you the lowdown on bristles. Do you ever wonder why some bristles have balls on the ends or why some are spaced apart? Well, you're about to find out.
While it's uncertain what early hairbrush bristles were made from, historians believe that natural materials like wild boar and porcupine quills were used to detangle and style hair. The patent for the modern-style hairbrush that we know today, however, was issued in the 1850s. (Check out the patent here.)
When it comes to spacing, bristles are set closer together for fine hair and wider apart for curly or thick hair. They're also often shorter in length for shorter hairstyles. This is all so the bristles can more easily penetrate the hair to detangle and smooth. As for those balls on the ends of bristles, they help protect the hair and scalp against damage while also providing a massaging effect. If the ball tips start falling off, it's time for a new brush because the exposed ends can cause breakage. Wondering why some brushes are soft, some are made of metal, and why we still use that wild boar? Stay tuned to learn more about bristles in upcoming posts.
When faced with the wide array of hairbrushes at the store, it can all be a wee bit overwhelming. Well, fret no more. Take a look at some of the basic brushes below and find out all about the who, what, where, and why of these detangling devices. Happy brushing!
Paddle Brush: For smooth styles
Round Brush: For body and wave
Styling Brush: For sleekness and lift