Although I am still unable to put my hair in a full ponytail for a few months, the after-pixie cut growth phase has raised an old but familiar puzzle. What are the best hairbrushes for me? I need something that unravels without pulling out too much hair, but also something that is hard-wearing enough to cope with my thick texture.
I realize this is a pretty basic question, but as someone who has literally split even the strongest brushes in two, I would say that this is a necessary one as well. When I got a chance to chat with Kendall Dorsey, a celebrity hair artist, about three of my favorite structured hair chameleons (Solange, Lizzo, and Nicki Minaj), we talked about it.
As it turns out, selecting the best hairbrush is more than just choosing the cheapest option in Target or Sephora (my personal method of choice). As with other styling products, the selection depends on your texture. For example, a paddle brush is suitable for curly hair, but is probably not the safest for sensitive, finer streaks.
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According to Dorsey, fine hair is particularly susceptible to damage, and rough hairbrushes are the main cause of breakage. If you fall into this category, think less of the shape of the brush than the type of bristles. "
"Wild boar brushes are best for fine hair, they're gentle and they do not tear the hair out," says Dorsey, styling or blow-drying without pulling on the strings. And though electronic stylist brushes are really suitable for all hair textures, they are especially useful for adding volume and reducing ripples. They can help the hair to give volume and reduce ripples.
When it comes to curly hair, using a wrong brush can also cause ruffles and breaks. If your texture is curly but unstructured, Dorsey recommends "looking for intelligent bristles that are gentle enough for wet hair or extensions to slide through the hair without getting caught." Brands like Wet Brush or Olivia Garden are great for this suitable.
"Also, look for a brush with a mixture of boar and nylon bristles that will disperse the natural hair oils of your scalp that unravel them. This is incredibly important for curly hair to prevent breakage, "he says.
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Thick / Structured Hair
After all, Dorsey loves a good, old-fashioned paddle brush for those with thick or textured hair like me (and Solange) because "the nylon bristles reduce slippage and static while the brush's side gets all the angles and brushes the hair evenly."
Of course, if Dorsey had to describe the perfect brush, it would be inevitable with a few custom adjustments. "I would say a paddle brush because you can use it on any kind of hair," he says. "I would love to have a hook-free neck ring to protect fine hair, curly hair and enough hold for thick hair. The best thing would be if it had antistatic properties. "
In the meantime, he would like to settle for all these. Keep browsing to get a short but meticulous list of hairbrushes recommended by celebrities.
For all hair textures: Eco Hair Bamboo Collection Paddle Brush
"I love Olivia Garden Brushes. They are quality brushes for all hair types at an affordable price. My favorite is the paddle brush Eco Hair Bamboo Collection because it is gentle and environmentally friendly for all hair types. "
$ 20.50 at Olivia Garden
To unravel: Olivia Garden Natural Boar Bristle Divine Brush
"And the Olivia Garden Natural Pig Bristle Divine Care Brush, which is great for fine to even hair extensions and curly hair and is gentle enough even for the nastiest hair."
$ 26.95 and Ulta
For heat styling: With the Gina infrared styling brush
"As far as electronic brushes are concerned, I love the infrared styling brush by By Gina. It reduces the frizz and the infrared smart technology adds micro-moisture particles to revive dry, brittle curls. "
$ 169 at By Gina