To some, it's just another item in your handbag, but the perfect hairbrush can literally make or break your locks, as Trichologist Anabel Kingsley reveals
Here's what to look for when buying your hairbrush...
Use a smaller brush to add body to your roots. A more compact surface area allows you to easily and gently manipulate your stands. For styling, Maplewood is ideal as it is lightweight, making it less cumbersome to hold.
Look for a brush with widely spaced pins. Pins that are farther apart are better for your hair, as they gently grip strands without pulling them. Widely space pins also allow for smoother detangling than those that are closely grouped together. Detangling with a gentle brush is important, as harsher ones are a very common cause of hair breakage.
Flexible, plastic prongs are kind to your strands as they don’t heat up like metal ones, and their bendiness allows them to move with your hair, rather than tear through it. Philip Kingsley plastic prongs are also anti-static, which discourages frizz formation as you style. In terms of the shape of the prongs, rounded are best as they are gentle on your scalp and hair cuticle. Harsh tips, as found on boar bristle brushes, can scratch the scalp and tear away sections of the hair’s outermost layer, which can leave your ends split and the inner cortex weak and exposed.
A soft, cushioned base helps ensure only gentle pressure is placed on the scalp, reducing the likelihood of irritation. Your scalp influences the health of your hair, so keeping it in good condition is key to any haircare routine.
Your hair can burn just like your skin – you simply can’t feel it! This makes a vented brush invaluable when styling as it allows for rapid heat dispersal and a faster drying time. All of these minimize the risk of heat-damage, helping to ensure that strands retain their moisture and remain healthy and elastic.
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