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Are you using the right hairbrush?

By: Julia McEwen

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Beauty

Are you using the right hairbrush?

By: Julia McEwen
Good hair days are elusive. When your mane is misbehaving, it’s easy to blame the hair type we’ve been blessed—or cursed—with, or the shampoo, conditioner and styling products on our shelves. But, while they do contribute to a good or bad hair day, the unsuspecting culprit is often our tools, specifically brushes. We talked to Kristjan Hayden, creative director for Aveda Canada, to break down the most common brushes and the hair type and task for which they’re best suited.

For detangling wet hair

Proceed with caution when using a comb or brush on drenched strands. “Hair is more delicate when wet. The cuticle swells, which makes it susceptible to breakage,” says Hayden. For thick, coarse, long hair, try a square nylon paddle brush to detangle post-shower. Hayden even suggests bringing it into the stall to help evenly distribute a hair mask or treatment. “It’s more effective than using a comb because the number of bristles cover more area.” For fine, thin, medium-length hair, use a comb with wide-set teeth to untangle snarls. Start at the ends and work your way up.

For your blowout

What's the special ingredient in perfecting a bouncy blowout? A round brush. For thick hair, try a ceramic round brush with ball-tipped bristles. Once heat is applied, the tourmaline and ceramic blend emits ions to help flatten, smooth and speed up drying time. For fine to medium hair types, a soft boar-and-nylon bristle brush will provide gentler tension, creating volume without the damage. If you’re looking for a speedy blowout with no bounce, try a vented brush.

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Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

Best for detangling thick hair

For thick, coarse, long hair try a square nylon paddle brush. If you are a frequent hair mask user, keep this brush in the shower and use it to brush through the mask. It will ensure that every parched strand is drenched with hydration. Professional Black Paddle Cushion Hair Massage Brush Hairbrush Comb, $4, amazon.ca.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Amazon Credits: Canadian Living

Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

Best for detangling wet hair

For fine, thin, medium-length hair, use a comb with wide-set teeth to untangle knots.  Ghd detangling comb, $27, sephora.ca.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Sephora Credits: Canadian Living

Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

Best for blowing out long, thick hair

If you like the rounded ends of a bouncy blowout, use a round brush. To cut down on drying thick hair, make it a ceramic round brush. Once heat is applied, the tourmaline and ceramic blend emits ions to help flatten, smooth and speed up drying time. Ion Cermanic Round V Pin Brush, $7, sallybeauty.com.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Sally Beauty Credits: Canadian Living

Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

Best for blowing out fine hair

Fine-haired women should steer clear of metal brushes because they can heat up too fast and potentially burn the hair. Instead, opt for a boar bristle round brush. The bristles are gentle and will increase shine, while the rounded shape will help boost volume. Spornette Porcupine Boar-Bristle Nylon Bristle Round Brush, $20, birchbox.ca.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Birchbox.ca Credits: Canadian Living

Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

Best for a speedy blow dry

If you're in a rush and need to dry your hair quickly, try a vented brush. It allows more heat from the blow dryer to blast the hair directly. Goody Start Gel Vent Brush, $12, londondrugs.com.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Goody Credits: Canadian Living

Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

Best for teasing

If you're after major boost of volume, enlist the assistance of a boar bristle teasing brush. Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Teasing Brush, $36, moroccanoil.com.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Moroccanoil Credits: Canadian Living

Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

Best for all hair types

If you're looking to invest in a hair brush that will last you decades—seriously, it will—a Mason Pearson brush is what the hair professionals recommend. Mason Pearson Pocket Bristle All Boar Bristle Hair Brush, $120, canadabeautysupply.ca.

By: Julia McEwen Source: Mason Pearson Credits: Canadian Living


For teasing tresses

To create a voluminous updo or bestow a second life on your day-three blowout, you’ll need the assistance of a teasing brush. Using rows of boar bristle at varying heights, these brushes are designed for backcombing. The trick to using this tool is to work it through small sections of your hair with long even strokes. “Start at the mid-shaft and run the brush through hair towards the scalp,” says Hayden. Continue with short strokes until you reach your desired volume.

For everyday and everyone

An all-purpose brush doesn’t exist, but the next best thing is a medium paddle brush with a mixture of nylon and natural boar bristles. The Mason Pearson is a favourite amongst hair pros, including Hayden. This Rolls Royce of brushes never pulls or snags, works on damp and dry hair, and distributes oils throughout the hair, which helps add shine.

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