There are few things better than finally finding the right hair care routine for yourself, but that comes with finding out that not only does the product we put into our hair matters, but the tools that we use to handle the hair itself matters. Something as simple as the way you brush your hair everyday could be causing the damage that you desperately want to fix. Fortunately, there are a few tools that can help, rather than hurt, your hair.
The first thing you should do to try and stop any further damage is to get rid of your old hairbrush, or at the very least clean it thoroughly. Hair brushes harbor lots of bacteria, germs and old skin remnants that can end up being deposited back onto your hair and scalp the next time that you brush your hair. If you brush your hair when wet and do not leave your hairbrush somewhere well-ventilated to dry, the best option may be to start with a fresh hairbrush (and to stop doing that).
One hairbrush to always have handy for hair styling and maintenance is a round hairbrush. Round hair brushes have detangling spokes attached to all sides of a rounded barrell in 360 degrees. This hairbrush is commonly used by hairdressers to get their clients looking model-ready without the use of a heated wand or straightener. This type of brush allows for less breakage and helps you achieve a great hairstyle from home.
What Kind of Round Brush Should I Get and Why?
A round hairbrush does all of the good work that a heated curling wand does, but only comes without the damages if you pick the right kind of round brush. A metal round brush can exacerbate hair damage, especially if the hair in question has already seen some bad days. Pick a round brush with a different type of media besides metal for the barrell.
The longer and more dense your hair is, the larger circumference size you want (for example, if you have the option to pick between the 1″ brush and the 3″ brush, take the 3″ brush). If you have bangs or areas of the hair that are thinner, a smaller sized brush of 3/4 inches in circumference will make styling much easier to do rather than trying to use a bulky hairbrush.
Another thing to consider when getting a round brush is the size and type of bristles that it has. Short, plastic bristles are not conducive to hair health and wellness as they often cause tangles that are nearly impossible to work out and pull on the hair harshly. Pick a round hairbrush that has wide boat or nylon bristles that grip the hair without causing any snarls. Boar bristles can also help to distribute hair’s natural oils, which often get trapped at the top of the scalp and can cause irritation and an oily look. For people who have increased sensitivity on the scalp, there are round brushes that offer all-natural bristles with thermal elements so that no hair blower is involved in the styling process and there is less harsh tugging on the hair.