The benefits of using an amazing men's hairbrush or comb are undeniable. But you may not realize that hairbrushes and combs are designed with specific purposes in mind. Some are great for hair drying others are great for long hair and so on... Making sure you’re using the right one is key to unlocking truly Bueno hair.
If you ever wondered, what hairbrush is right for me? this is the article to read. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to make sure the comb and hairbrush in your arsenal is tailor made for your hairstyle.
Combing and Hair Brushing Tips
- Be gentle. Regardless of how great a hairbrush or comb is designed; you can still cause damage to your hair. Take it easy with those passes. If you ever feel like you need to force the pass, back up and realign. Your hair will thank you.
- Let your hair air dry first. Some styles really require you to style your hair while it’s wet. But that doesn’t mean it should be dripping. Wet hair is weaker and more prone to breakage. So even if you’re styling with a comb, give your hair follicles some time to dry before you start.
- If you’re styling with wet hair, make sure to use a comb first, and save the hairbrush for when your hair is dry.
- If you use a blow dryer to style, make sure to use a good heat protection spray to protect your hair from frizz and heat damage.
- Limit the strokes. Combing and brushing your hair is key to achieving healthy hair. But just like anything, you can go overboard. There’s a point in which the benefits of brushing are no longer worth the damage you could be doing with excessive passes. Focus on quality passes when combing or brushing. The goal is to achieve the desired effect, in the least number of strokes as possible.
Now if you're pressed for time you can check out the quick run down in this video. But if you want the complete 411 on everything you need to know, read on!
A classic comb is perfect if you’re rocking any type of part in your hairstyle. The comb is by far the easiest way to make sure your part is straight and uniform. The comb is also recommended for styling when your hair is wet. So, if you style your hair without drying it, you’ll want to make sure to use a comb as multiple bristles from a brush can cause breakage and split ends. In addition to being a bit gentler on those luscious locks, the comb provides for much better control as a single row of teeth allows your hair to flow more naturally in one direction.
Wide Tooth Comb
A wide tooth comb is excellent for detangling long or short hair - especially if your hair is wet. The wide teeth mimic hand styling which provides a much gentler styling experience with less pulling, snagging, or damaging strands. Because of the gentler nature of the brush, it’s also great at reducing split ends, and will keep the hair loss caused by combing to a minimum. As with your hair follicles, it is also much gentler on your scalp. So, if your scalp is prone to irritation, this is the one for you. It also works amazing if you’re going for more of a messier style, as the wide teeth allow for less noticeable comb lines, giving your hair a much more naturally styled look.
Classic Hair Brush
The classic cushion hair brush is all about versatility. If you want a hairbrush that can tackle all hair types, textures, and styles well, this is the one for you. If you prefer to style your hair when it’s dry, you tend to change your style up often, or you go while between cuts, you’ll want to stick with the classic hairbrush in order to effectively handle your hairs style and length in any situation.
Like we said, the classic hair brush is all about versatility and this bad boy never goes out of style. If you're budget only allows for one brush, this is the one!
Vented Hair Brush
If you style your hair with a blow dryer, this one is a must have for your grooming arsenal. The vented hair brush easily allows the air from the blow dryer to pass through the brush as you style so that the air can reach all layers of your hair. This not only allows for super quick drying times, but can also increase the amount of volume and texture your hair holds without the help of styling products. The static and frizz free design incorporated into most vented brushes adds negative ions to the hair follicles to reduce the frizzing that naturally occurs with blow dryer use as well.
Paddle brushes are ideal for creating straight hair styles for long to medium hair. The surface area here is a huge plus. If you have longer hair and want something that’s going to be able to handle that majestic mane, the paddle brush is the one for you. It’s not only amazing for detangling longer hair, but by making your hair cuticles lie flat, it will also provide your hair with some healthy, natural shine.
Beard & Mustache Comb
Listen gents, beards need attention too. A scraggly, unmaintained beard can be a huge turnoff. But a well-kept, healthy and clean looking beard can make all the difference. Using a comb through a wet beard is a great way to reduce tangles while avoiding any breakage. Getting your beard flowing in one direction is the key to giving it a well-kept look; and there is no better tool than a comb for that job. Also, beard dandruff is a thing. Giving your beard a thorough combing is a great way to eliminate flakes and increase blood flow to the often-neglected skin underneath your beard. Look for something small and compact. Beards tend to get disheveled throughout the day. A quick freshen up of your beard mid-way through the day will make sure you’re looking amazing all the time. If you really want to take your beard game to the next level, apply a high-quality beard oil before combing.
Military Hair & Beard Brush
Military brushes are designed for buzz cuts, crew cuts, and other very short hairstyles. They are particularly useful for achieving a flawless, slicked-back hair style as well, since the density of the bristles will leave behind no defined comb marks. Even though it may appear that super short hairstyles aren’t worth combing, the benefits of a great brushing can’t be denied. A great military beard brush, much like a comb, can help stimulate blood flow for healthy hair. It also conditions the scalp, evenly distributes natural oils in your hair, and eliminates flakes from dandruff. A great bonus feature on this bad boy is it also works amazing for beards, and can even help stimulate facial hair growth to fill in those patchy areas.
Combing and Hair Brushing Benefits
- Combing and brushing encourages increased blood flow to your hair follicles. This increased circulation not only brings more oxygen and nutrients to nourish your hair, but also promotes healthy hair growth.
- Combing and hair brushing also activates your sebaceous glands which regulate your hairs natural oils to keep your hair and scalp healthy and moisturized. Along with activating your sebaceous glands for healthy, natural oil production, using a great comb or brush is an easy way to evenly distribute that oil across your hair strands to ensure that each strand is getting all the moisture it needs.
- Combing and hair brushing can help loosen and remove dead skin which can clog the pores in your scalp. Clogged pores can lead to ingrown hairs, scalp irritation, and can even lessen hair growth. So, get on a consistent combing or hair brushing routine, and keep those pores clean.
- Combing and brushing can help eliminate flakes from dandruff or dry scalp. Now if you have flakes, we’ve got a dedicated article to help you eliminate them once and for all. But for now, just know that combing and brushing is a great way to remove any lingering flakes you may have when its convenient for you, instead of them sporadically falling out throughout the day.
How To Clean Your Hair Brush and Comb
Combs and brushes, just like anything, need some routine cleaning. Here’s the steps you should follow to keep that comb or brush looking brand new.
- Loose hair stuck in the bristles is a tell-tale sign of an old brush. Not only that, but it will limit the effectiveness. So, before cleaning, you’ve got to remove those loose hairs. Using a pen or pencil is an easy way to remove the old hair. Simply, slide the pen or pencil down each row to pull the loose hairs out.
- When it comes to cleaning, old-fashioned soap and water is all you’ll need. Just use a touch of hand soap and your fingers to get the brush clean. If you have some extra troublesome build up, using a Q-Tip for a little extra scrubbing power works like a charm.
- Rinse the comb or brush in cold water and towel dry.
That’s our rundown on hairbrushes and combs. You are now officially a comb and brush professional. Take a look at your grooming tools and see if you’re using the right comb or brush for you. The correct brush or comb is a super simple upgrade that can make a huge difference!
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