Get to know the different types and their functionalities!
Brushes, brushes, brushes.
I finally asked Clarissa, founder of The Hair Routine why she carries with so many brushes in her purse. Her answer was:
– “You should see how many I have at home.”
Why though? I couldn’t understand why it is important to have different types of brushes to take good care of the hair. I own one single comb. It’s pink, it’s made out of plastic, and I honestly don’t really use it because I rather use my fingers! Oh dear, so much to learn.
She was kind to explain to me the different types of brushes and their functionalities. Of course, we talked about her favorite ones and what not, but this is why I decided to make a list of the types of brushes every hair obsessed person should own and why.
Types of brushes
1. The natural wooden/bamboo brush.
It can be made out of any type of wood, that’s up to you. Because of the firm and stiff wooden bristles, this type of brush is perfect for massaging your scalp acupressure-style, which increases blood circulation in your scalp = hair growth. It is also great to use throughout the day because the wooden bristles do not produce any static. The paddle style brushes (square shaped) are great for long thick hair. Finally, they are more resistant and durable.
2. The boar-bristle brush
Attention! This one is not a vegan brush. Nevertheless, I will mention it because it is, apparently, a “must” for this list. So here it goes: the bristle-boar brush goes way back to the origins of brushing. It was originally invented because hunters didn’t want to waste the extra fur of the animals they ate, and this is how they invented brushes. Of course, nowadays this is not sustainable. Why are they so famous and good? The fact that the bristles are so thin and close together helps distribute the natural oils from your scalp to the ends WAN-DER-FU-LLY. Plus, it gives a tickling kind of massage that is amazing for relaxation before your shower or before going to sleep.
3. The wide tooth comb.
This is probably not the first time you’ve read this: wide combs (or your fingers) are the only things you should be using to untangle your hair when it is wet. When wet, your hair is three times more fragile than usual. It is normal that you want to brush it after a shower, but try to dry it out with a soft towel first and then comb it with a wide comb to avoid damage. If you can get your hands on a wooden one, even better!
4. The hand-held brush/massager
Or how everyone calls them these days: “tangle teezer”. Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Brush is actually a brand, but I have seen more brands come up with the same type of brush and there’s a reason why. They are easy to grab, you get more control, they help increase circulation to have a healthier scalp and hair. Plus, they come in all types of brilliant colors that are super cute.
5. The rat-tailed comb
Ideal to section your hair, nothing strikes a line better than the rat-tailed comb. I dreaded this comb when I was younger, but I am pretty sure it is not the best idea to use it to comb from scalp to ends when your hair is curly with this brush…thanks a lot, mom.
6. The afro pick
The perfect frizzy-puffy afro hair can only be obtained with this short tooth comb. This is such a cultural statement accessory, or at least it used to be back in the 70’s. Normally, the people that use this kind of comb, like to use the metal-toothed one… probably works better for kinky hair.
Ok, so maybe you don’t have all these types of brushes. Maybe you have 11 brushes and combs like someone I know (hmmmm Clarissa), or maybe you have zero. Remember that brushing too much, well, it’s too much! The experts affirm that detangling your hair or massaging your scalp using only your fingers, is as good as doing it with a brush. Conclusion? I think Clarissa should donate one of her brushes to me so that I can explore better this side of hair care, and she should try using only her fingers for three days, so she can explore this side of the hair care routine. What do you think?
‘till next time,