The Top 4 Brushes For Hair Coloring
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You saved screenshots of celebrity colorists’ formulas for the prettiest sun-kissed shades and beautiful bronde hues, but unless you have the proper paint brush to stroke your clients’ strands, those covetable concoctions are useless to your craft. And if you thought we didn’t care to acquire such crucial information about hair coloring brushes for you up-and-coming colorists out there, you were mistaken. In the gallery below, discover the ride-or-die hair coloring brushes celebrity hairstylists utilize in the salon everyday, including the one thing you can do to avoid damaging them.
The Goldwell 1-inch is my favorite brush. The actual one I use has been discontinued and I love it so much I’m trying to hang on to it as long as possible.
I love this brush because the bristles hold their shape very well. They are stiff without being hard. It allows the product to be transferred from the brush onto the hair without trapping the lightener in the bristles of the brush.
I only use it for hair painting/balayage.
I never keep my brush in my bowl of lightener. I believe that sitting in the lightener in between sections damages the bristles and also is just too messy. With balayage I think the neater you are the better. It’s a precise application and if there is too much product on the brush you cannot paint an even highlight.
–Kimberly Cannon @kimberlycannon
My favorite hair coloring brush today is the Power Painter from Framar. The bristles are long and much wider than most other color brushes which makes them ideal to paint my signature COLORMELT™️ technique. I initially used the Power Painter strictly for the balayage because it allows me to paint with more freedom which is the essence of true balayage. Now, I use the Power Painter for all of the techniques & steps that comprise my COLORMELT™️ : Balayage (HighLights & LowLights), HairStrobing, Depth-Building, ShadowRooting & GlobalGlossing. The bristles— extra-long, densely-populated with a broad-width— allow me to paint the hair with a soft, feathered look which in turn helps me create the hyper-natural COLORMELT results. I should add that the Power Painter is also ideal for applying ammonia-free permanent hair Color that requires 100% saturation and a bit of extra pressure when applying.
I recommend these Power Painter brushes for all colorists, but for balayage beginners I recommend the smaller non-angeled color brushes from the Framar Tri-Colored Brush Set. These brushes ensure precision which is essential when learning balayage which requires mastering intricate hand movements, varying the pressure if brush strokes and experimenting with hair tensions.
Never let the Power Painter dry with the bristles going every which way or they will dry that way.. The smooth, long bristles translate to smooth fluid balayage.
I am extremely careful when washing the Power Painters because the long bristle need TLC if you want your color work to be pristine. I make sure they are washed with hot water and soap and rinsed thoroughly, then dried with a cotton towel by grabbing the bristles from the base and pulling directly down to the bristles’ tips THEN I clip two small single prong clips at the ends of bristles to ensure they dry uniformly for precision balayage.
—Chad Kenyon @chadkenyon
Redken Coloring Brush is my favorite for painting highlights or tips and blending up. The bristles just work for me. There’s something about the way I can hold it like a pencil that it just allows me to paint with ease.
My tip for avoiding damage is do not store it sideways or bent while wet! Just make sure to lay it flat or standing up in a way that the bristles can dry straight.
—Cherin Coi @mizzchoi
I love Paul Mitchell and Diane hair coloring brushes, my favorite for a single process. I like them very stiff for painting.
The Product club brush is great for double processes as well because it has short bristles which are better for precise application.
I literally cringe when I see someone smashing the bristles to clean them. All brushes should be treated like paint brushes— washed gently with cool water.
—Aura Friedman @auracolorist