Get the most out of your hair style with the right selection of brushes to get the job done.
There are very few in the world born with perfect hair (we're looking at you Jennifer Aniston and Blake Lively). The rest of us have to work at it, but we found the secret to making the job less tedious -- the right hair brush. Armed with the right brush and proper tools, your mane will be just as envious as any celeb's. Rabi Bazzi, a hair stylist at Bruno Desjardins salon in Montreal, shares the key brushes you need to achieve whatever you want with your mane, whether it’s big, bouncy waves à la Victoria’s Secret model or a shimmering sheath of straight hair.
Mane hair style goal: Volume
Tool to use: A spider brush. Not familiar with that name? It’s flat and thin, similar to a paddle brush except the bristles are often plastic and have a little ball at the tip of each bristle. To use it, once you’ve worked some volumizing hair product into your hair at the roots, push hair with the spider brush in the opposite direction of where you want it to lie and this will create a little wave and lift at the root to give you the volume you want.
Mane hair style goal: Shine
Tool to use: A paddle brush with natural bristles. “A paddle brush won’t grab the hair, it slides on the hair and it makes it great for untangling and polishing the hair,” says Bazzi. This brush also works well if you want to straighten your hair and your hair naturally is not kinky or curly, as you don’t need the tension a round brush provides, but just a little bit of brushing effect, he says.
Mane hair style goal: Flyways control
Tool to use: A paddle brush with natural bristles. As for what type of product to pair with using the brush, it depends on your hair type. “If you have thick hair, use an anti frizz serum to help calm those flyways, and if your hair is more thin and fine, use a styling hairspray,” says Bazzi. Finishing your blowdry in this way will give you a day-after a blowout look—casual and relaxed.
Looking for a tousled or backcombed style? Read on to the next page for your best brush selection ...