As a stylist, your tools are your paintbrushes. People know that hot tools and mists go a long way, but many clients fail to recognize the importance of the brush itself. We’ve all been there before: We’re at a friend’s house and need a hair touch up. So, they hand you a gnarled brush or comb that looks like it’s been around since the 80s. Brushing is, of course, way more than just detangling. It influences the style, quality, and overall feel of our hair or look. Use this article to brush up on your knowledge about which brush to use for which job or occasion.
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The Prep Brush
To many stylists, brushing through a client’s wet tangles is the least appealing part of the process. Sure, you can use a comb, but that might prove difficult depending on the coarsness of your client’s hair. Instead, pick up an UNbrush. The UNbrush Detangling Hair Brush works with any hair type. Detangling is the name of the game. Brushing wet hair can be challenging and damaging when done incorrectly. The Unbrush gently untangles without breaking the strand. With thinner hair, a proper wet brush is paramount as it’s more susceptible to damage.
The Round Brush For Blowouts
What you need is a Blow Out Ceramic Boar Bristle Brush. It’s coated nylon and boar bristles glide easily through your client’s hair as you style. The ceramic barrel adds up to more consistent styling, and the nylon and boar bristles distribute the hair’s natural oils evenly, giving your client a luxurious shine. The long weighted handle also helps stylists with balance and protects your wrist as you blow dry. Choose from 1’, 1.5’, or 13/4’ depending on the length of your client’s locks, and the type of curl you are trying to create. The smaller brush creates a tighter curl and the larger one creates more wavy looks.
Comb For Cuts
Most stylists will opt for a thin-toothed comb with their shears, and this is the right move. There’s no more important time to utilize sharp, precise tools then when you are giving your clients a style change, even if it’s a trim! Your shears are just as important as the comb as well. These Kore Stone Damascus Steel Shear Scizzors are precise, but also extremely comfortable for stylists. FHI Heat also offers lefty shears.
The Best Of Both Worlds
Ok, let’s talk thermal brushes. Some stylists are still wary of using a thermal brush while styling a clients hair. However, when you’re working a busy station, a thermal brush can save you major turnover time and produce brilliant results for your client (or yourself!). Among our favorites is the Platform Sphere Retractable Thermal Brush. This brush is made of tourmaline-infused ceramic and contains soft retractable bristles. Because they’re retractable, it’s a nice compact addition to your styling station and offer a multitude of styling opportunities. They also are tangle-free, meaning they won’t tug at your clients head as you use the brush to style!
The Platform Stylus Pro Heated Brush is also fantastic for stylists and their clients. It offers sturdy nylon teeth that will easily detangle hair. This brush is a magician, able to create a myriad of looks with a single tool. Whether you want to curl, straighten, flip, or just add more volume, this thermal brush is the perfect way to do that quickly.
Do you know the optimal temperature range you should be using to not only style your hair, but to protect your hair from unnecessary damage?
Different hair types call for different temperatures on your flat iron or curling iron to ensure your tresses can withstand daily use.