Hello again. We have decided the time has come to help with a question that gets asked time and time again in the salon, ‘What is the best brush to use to smooth out my hair?’.
There are many options out there to choose from but there are a couple of things worth discussing first: The bristles and the body of the brush.
Firstly, the bristles. The more the better. The only kind worth considering are natural boar bristle brushes. This may sound a little grotesque at first – especially if you are vegan or vegetarian – but we can assure you, NOTHING can smooth the hair out like these bristles can. The tension that boar bristle gets on the hair helps to create unbelievable shine. The density of bristle is important too so, of course the more expensive the brush when it comes to boar bristle, the better.
Secondly, the body of the brush. A single piece of wood is the best. A plastic body with ceramic plated shaft is all well and good but different materials mean joins in the body and that means your hair will get lodged in these joins when you are using the brush. Ouch. Metal plated brushes can super heat and damage the hair beyond repair. So wood is the way to go.
There is only one drawback – it takes time to master. Due to the density of the bristles, the hair can easily become tangled in the brush especially if you have particularly tuggy hair. It really is worth persevering and figuring out a technique that works. Essentially, a great smoothing product (like Redken All Soft Argan-6 which it just so happens we supply), a tail comb, some section clips and a bit of time. Brush through the hair thoroughly after washing, then work section by section smoothing the hair before applying the heat.
What brands do we recommend? Well there are four main brands:
Firstly Kent make beautiful brushes and are pretty reasonable.
Next up is the great value Denman.
Mason Pearson have been making brushes pretty much since the beginning of time.
Lastly, by far and away the best brushes on the market are YS Park
YS Park make very high quality professional tools but these come with a hefty price. The brushes in this range go from around £35 to £65. This can seem like a huge sum but these brushes should last a lifetime if looked after.
We hope this helps make your life a little easier.