The Best Hair Brushes & How to Clean Them

Friday, December 26, 2008

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Mason Pearson Boar Bristle and Nylon Hairbrush
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Hair care is always such a dilemma and process for me. Not just because I have curly hair, but mainly because it’s the brushes that can give your hair that super model look or prevent it from getting there because they have damaged your hair. Brushes can literally make or break your hair. There are three essential brushes every woman should invest in, and they can last a long time, making the investment worth every penny.

Every woman should purchase a Mason Pearson paddle brush. These brushes are amazing and have been around for a long time, all the way from London, England. Mason Pearson brushes are known for their excellent quality and longevity. They massage the scalp, and their bristle and nylon paddle brush helps to evenly distribute oils throughout the hair, creating healthy shiny hair. This brush works wonders by detangling the hair without causing damage or breakage. Mason Pearson has different kinds of paddle brushes that cater to different hair types. But, overall I recommend getting a brush that has both synthetic and boar bristles unless, you have very thin hair, then going for pure bristle brush may be better option. Mason Pearson makes every different kind of paddle brush you can imagine.

The Frederic Fekkai Round Brush is also a must have! This brush is perfect for getting that beautiful blow out you have always dreamed of, but without going to the salon. As long as you part your hair in sections and know how to blow dry correctly this brush will do the rest. This brush is great because it’s got the boar bristles and the wooden handle. This brush will boost the volume of your hair without snapping the strands, at the same time ensuring maximum height and a much wanted lift. But, it can also be used to smooth and straighten your hair. The three point handle ensures styling control along with that glistening smooth finish we are all yearning for.

Frederic Fekkai Large Round Brush
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The next item that I always use when styling my hair is a good comb. This is especially true when I’m doing an up-do, when I use a smaller comb. There are all different sizes and shapes when it comes to the comb as well. Combs can do wonders when it comes to little details. I always have one handy in my purse. And, at least you’re getting a price break compared to the brushes! The comb I’m spotlighting is The Body Shop's Detangling Comb. It's wider than my styling combs, but it’s great for all to purchase. It’s wood and it’s used to detangle and comb through hair after the shower. It prevents static frizzy hair because it’s wood. Wooden combs also feel more calming on the scalp. This is an excellent comb to have handy, and you will use it a lot more than you’d think.

It is very important to remember that good brushes may be expensive, but they will last 5 years or more, as opposed to the cheaper versions that need to be replaced every 6 months. These investment-quality brushes prevent damage-- cheap metal-tip brushes will make you pay a higher price in the long run, after you get stuck dealing with broken strands and dried out hair. In order to help brushes to last longer, you’ll want to clean them regularly. The best way to do that is to dip them in warm soapy water several times, rinse it with cool water, remove all the hair, and then let the brush air dry. You don’t want to leave the brush in the soapy water because it can damage the boar bristles.

These hair styling tools will change the way you think about doing your hair, because there will be a better result after you get your hand on these luxury bristles.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.