Unless you work in the hair industry, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t pay attention to the hairbrush you use. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say the majority of people we know probably snagged their last brush from the hair aisle at CVS. Now, we need to be clear—it’s not mandatory you own a Mason Pearson, but on the flip side, quality hair brushes are important.
Whether you peruse CVS or your head to a professional salon, you’ll want to pay attention to some factors that contribute to cheaply made hair brushes. For more on what you need to know, keep reading.
Quality Hair Brushes Vs. Cheaply Made Hair Brushes
Determining quality hair brushes from those that are poorly designed isn’t necessarily something you can spot without knowing what to look for. For example, THIS $4 Conair brush has no fancy frills, but it’s a best-seller that comes highly recommended by Harper’s Bazaar. That’s because it has all the components of quality.
“It really comes down to the quality of construction,” explains Ann Leibman, L’ange Director of Education. “Things such as seams or gaps between the handle and paddle are areas where your hair can potentially get caught and cause breakage. The materials the brush is made out of can also make a difference, such as the type of bristles and handle construction. It also comes down to the design, comfort, functionality, weight and durability.”
Key Focuses of Quality Brushes
If there’s anything we’ve learned, it’s much less about the actual cost of the brush, but rather, its formation.
“Look for a durable, sturdy handle, whether it be plastic or wood, preferably with a solid finish,” Leibman suggests. “Find one that fits comfortably into your hand. I recommend handles that are both smooth and have grooves. This will help prevent the brush from slipping out of your hands when they’re wet or have styling products on them.”
On the flip side, “look out for plastic that has no ‘give,’ ” she says. “It can become brittle and weak. I’d also recommend staying away from brushes with metal bristles.”
Selecting the Correct Quality Brush
Now that you know what to look out for in general, it’s time to get a bit more specific. Just because you have a “quality” brush doesn’t mean it’ll give you the results you’re after.
There’s the wet brush (made to detangle and evenly distribute product); thermal round brush (aids in blow-drying); vent brush (ideal for blow-drying and using hot tools); paddle brush (most versatile: helps stimulate scalp, can be used on wet or dry hair, creates smooth, straight base when used to blow-dry); oval brush (similar to paddle brush except shaped rounder); finishing brush (used for back-combing, smoothing and polishing a finished look).
When in doubt, obviously speak to your hair stylist or a professional at a beauty supply store. But don’t disregard a brush solely based on the price tag!
Now that you know the right brush to purchase, HERE‘s how to avoid hair-brushing mistakes!