- From thick hair to fine hair, different hairbrushes work well for hair types
- The wrong type of brush can in fact damage your hair follicles
- FEMAIL decodes the brushes with the help of an award-winning hair stylist
- Thick hair works best with nylon brushes; thin hair likes a vent hairbrush
- The best all-round hairbrush is a Mason and Pearson bristle brush
Most women use it every day, thinking it’s a fast track to looking groomed, glossy and glamorous.
But did you know that something as simple as your hairbrush could be sabotaging your hair?
From damaging the hair cuticle to causing micro tears and split ends, it’s not just a case of a poor workman blaming his tools.
In fact, using the wrong hairbrush can lead to damaged locks.
With the help of the award-winning international hair stylist and founder of RAW SALON in Sydney, Anthony Nader, FEMAIL decodes what sort of brush you should be using depending on your hair type.
- Perfect tresses: In order to make the most of your natural hair style, you need to use the right type of brush for your hair – FEMAIL reveals what you should be using with a hair stylist’s help
If you’re lucky enough to be aesthetically blessed with thick, luxurious tresses, you’re winning when it comes to the hair stakes.
Your hair is naturally more resistant and can handle a stronger pull from your hairbrush.
Hair stylist, Anthony Nader, recommends a brush with a nylon combo for a smooth, sleek look.
‘The nylon has more power than any other brush to get through to the roots and the scalp, and this is exactly what you need for thicker hair,’ he tells Daily Mail Australia.
Wide-spaced bristles are best for fine hair as they protect your hair and stop the thin strands from shredding, causing split ends.
A vent brush, therefore, should be your best friend.
‘Wide bristles are good for this hair type as the thinner or tighter the bristles are on the brush, the less volume you’re going to accomplish,’ says Mr Nader.
The vent brush popularised in the Nineties is also good for styling short haircuts, since its wide bristles de-tangle and style without making your hair look fluffy or poufy.
WHICH BRUSH FOR WHICH HAIR TYPE?
* THICK HAIR – A brush with a nylon combo.
* FINE HAIR – A wide-spaced bristle brush like a vent brush.
* COARSE HAIR – A round brush with a mix of boar and nylon-like bristles.
* CURLY HAIR – A fine tooth comb.
* WET HAIR – A tangle teaser.
* EVERY HAIR TYPE – A Mason and Pearson hairbrush.
- Which type? Hair stylist, Anthony Nader, recommends a natural boar bristle brush (second from left) for thick hair, or a vent brush (left) for fine hair
Trying to blow dry your coarse hair into submission? A round brush with a mix of boar and nylon-like bristles might just be the answer.
‘Boar bristles help distribute the natural oils from the roots, which help lubricate the mid lengths and ends,’ says Mr Nader.
‘They also massage the scalp surface and stimulate the underneath layer of the scalp, giving a wake-up-call to the hair.’
Curly hair can be a nightmare to tame.
But armed with the right tools, there can be no style to beat it.
The paddle brush is a good all-rounder for keeping your strands and scalp healthy without giving you too much volume
‘Unless you want to embrace a hippy Woodstock Seventies vibe, you don’t want to pick a brush anytime soon,’ recommends Mr Nader.
‘A brush will only turn your beautiful curls into a big frizz ball, whereas a wide tooth comb will do what you want and un-knot the hair, without disturbing the hair cuticle.’
Paddle brushes are also regularly recommended for this hair type, because they generally work with all hair types:
‘The paddle brush is a good all-rounder for keeping your strands and scalp healthy without giving you too much volume,’ says Mr Nader.
‘I know a lot of women who keep a pocket-sized Mason and Pearson brush in their handbags.’
- Soft and silky: In order to get silky, luxurious-looking hair (pictured), a round brush with a mix of boar and nylon-like bristles might just be the answer – especially for taming coarse locks
When you hair is wet, the last thing you want to do is tear it while trying to get rid of tangles.
I tend to use a tangle teaser in the shower to brush through my hair when the conditioner is on
Enter the tangle teaser.
‘I tend to use this in the shower to brush through my hair when the conditioner is on,’ says Mr Nader.
‘We also use this method in my salon on every client. The bristles work well on every hair type as they’re firm and get through even the thickest of manes.’
For all-round hair brilliance, Mr Nader says Mason and Pearson hairbrushes win every accolade.
‘While you might think they cost a pretty penny, they are the hallmark of excellence and longevity,’ says Mr Nader.
‘I’ve had the same brushes for over a decade now, and they still look brand new even though I use them every day.
‘When you invest in a hairbrush, it’s always worth remembering that you should buy quality. A good brush won’t break down within a year.’
By Sophie Haslett for Daily Mail Australia