There are five main types or classes of brush (vent brush, Denman, pad/cushion or paddle brush, thermal brush and round brush), each designed for a specific purpose. Brushes are often refered to by brand name Denman is an example and so is Mason and Pearson. It is what you can create shape wise with the correct hair brush that is important. The right brush will give you height, volume, bounce and curl for big hair or smooth, flat, sleek and straight hair. The right hairdressing tools do make a difference.
.........but so do a few tips from professional hairdressers!
Regular brushing with a
through to the scalp will stimulate the blood supply and promote
healthy growth. You must use a ball-tipped bristle or scratching
- Brushing not only removes dust
and grime from your hair, but also helps to distribute the natural
oils that your hair needs for protection along its lengths.
- Brush out any tangles before shampooing.
It not only makes life easier but avoids unnecessary stress
on your hair later.
- Never use a brush on wet hair,
always use a wide-toothed
- Heavy wooden brushes are easier
to straighten hair with.
- Moulded brushes are much lighter
so are easier on the arm muscles!
- The best finishing brush for that
smooth silky look is the
Bennie Tognini, top session
stylist, past president of the Australian Fellowship of Hairdressers, industry icon
and owner of the famous salon "Tognini's" in Brisbane has given
us a few of his secrets to good brushing:
"To brush your
scalp without scratching it, use a brush that has soft plastic
knobs on the end of the bristles. This also stimulates and lifts
a dry scalp. Denman brushes from England are the best flat brushes
and I prefer one with 9 rows of bristles. This allows for more
control of the hair when blowdrying to produce a higher quality
and smoother finish. Beware of imitation brushes made of plastic,
which tend to fall apart quickly.
"The size of the
brush really depends on the length of the hair. Finer hair should
use a brush that is the size smaller to give more support than
a large brush. The smaller the brush, the greater the root lift,
bristles should be more open and not closer together to allow
the air and heat to penetrate the hair".
"When using a round
brush, each section should be less than the width of the brushes
to avoid tangles".
is very important and can be done by using another strong bristle
brush in a criss-cross action. Don't soak wooden brushes in water
but rinse and use a brush or comb to take out the build-up". Shampoo
can be used to wash bristles"
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