Brushes 103: Hair

Like makeup brushes, there isn’t necessarily a “one size fits all purposes” hair brush out there. Femilady uses 3 different types of brushes: Sephora’s Paddle Brush for detangling; Round Boar Bristle Brush for styling, and my grandma’s Mason Pearson brush for smoothing.

But what types of brushes would work best for you? Refinery29 consulted Anthony Sorensen, senior stylist at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in NYC, for the lowdown on hair brushes:

Flat
Also called a paddle brush, Sorenson says this type of brush is best for detangling or flattening out the ends of the hair during a blowout.

Round
Sorenson says this brush is best for blowouts because “it’s universal and can be used on all types and lengths of hair.” The size of the brush really matters here as it will determine the type of look that you achieve. “Use a bigger brush to get straighter hair, and a smaller brush to get more bounce,” he says.

Natural Bristle
A boar-bristle brush is the gold standard for all stylists because of it versatility. “Natural, boar-bristle brushes works best with all hair types, as they close the hair cuticle well and get a better grip on hair,” says Sorenson. Best used for straightening out your roots or achieving a sleek look, he says you want to get as much tension as possible with the section of hair you are working with in order to get the smoothest look possible.

Synthetic Bristle
Made from, you guessed it, synthetic materials, you’ll find that these type of brushes tend to be cheaper. That’s because, according to Sorenson, they create a lot of static in the hair. As such, he doesn’t recommend using them.

Once again, variety is key. You don’t have to go out and spend a wad of cash on a huge collection, but it’s important to remember that, more often than not, there isn’t a “one size fits all purposes” in the land of beauty brushes!

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