September 4, 2014 Erin Laine Spotlight

Everything You Need to Know About Hair Brushes

When it comes to hairbrushes, we have to admit — we don’t always give them the proper attention they deserve (that neon green plastic comb from middle school? Yeah, that’s still in rotation). But the truth is that investing in the right brushes is just as important as investing in the right hair products. Not only can the right brush transform your look, but it can also cut down your styling time and help your hair grow longer and stronger. It’s finally time to ditch that neon green comb and give your hair the brush it needs and deserves. We’ll tell you all you need to know to brush up on your hair-brush knowledge!

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Round Nylon Paddle Brush. These brushes are the BB Creams of hair brushes. They are most commonly used for detangling hair, but they can also add volume and help you with a perfectly smooth blowout. They’re great for any hair type, which means you should definitely keep one of these babies in your hair-care arsenal.

Square Nylon Paddle Brush. Perfect for those lucky girls with long, thick hair, these brushes can be used for detangling wet hair. Just remember to brush gently!

Bristled Paddle Brush. These brushes are great for fine, thick hair that’s prone to breakage. The natural bristles will massage your scalp without creating static or frizz.

Bristled Round Brush. Another great multitasking brush, this one is perfect for adding waves and shine to your blowout. MDC Quick Tip: Use a small bristled round brush for perfectly styled bangs!

Round Metal Brush. These brushes are usually vented, which drastically cuts down on drying time. They are the perfect brush for creating volume and smoothing strands. Be sure to protect your hair first with a heat protectant like Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer to get the shiny locks you want.

Wide-Tooth Comb.  Need to detangle wet hair without damaging it? The wide-tooth comb is for you. MDC Quick Tip: make sure to start at the bottom and make your way up to the top to avoid breakage.

Backcomb. This awesome brush helps evenly distribute product through hair and is essential for teasing! Just sprinkle a little texturizer powder like L’Oréal Professionnel True Grip Texturizing Powder at the crown and tease the hair with the backcomb.

Parting or “Rat Tail” Comb. The head can be used for styling, while the pointed handle is perfect for parting hair and increasing volume in teased hair by sliding the thin end under the teased crown and lightly pulling upward.

What brushes do you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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