The claim that a brush is all you’d need to go from mouse to runway model might be a bit exaggerated, but fact is that a hair brush can actually change (or at the very least, ease) the process of creating a hairstyle. We aren’t talking about gruesome ivory combs or even the hard boar bristles of hair’s past (still considered something of a superstar for thick strands). Technology and a reassessment that there is more variety of hair out there than just thick and thin, has resulted in an explosion in the kinds of hair brushes available. These promise everything from an even distribution of oils on the scalp to minimum hair breakage, and have actually proved to be decent game-changers.
Knowing your way around your hair brush translates to fewer visits to the salon and less stress between those visits, because now you know exactly what you have to do to keep that style or even change it entirely. We picked a few of our favourite hairstyles, and matched it with a brush that will help you pull it off in a few minutes with minimum effort.
Little Braid on the Prairie
Middle parting? Check. Straight braids on either side. Double check. For reference, Prada channelled Wednesday Addams and created a sleek and easy take on braids. “This year, braids with small fishtail strands are very popular,” says Michel Baltazar, creative director training and education at Jean-Claude Biguine India.
Our pick: “The Wet Brush is a great pick as its bristles are flexible enough to bend over knots and tangles without snagging, but still strong enough to glide through thick and unruly curly hair,” adds Baltazar. For the super sleek look that braids need (no flyaways or frizz!), a brush that’ll nix them is important.
Attack of the scrunchies
Love ’em, hate ’em—you can’t escape them. Sex and the City homilies aside, the scrunchie is back as a supreme saviour rescuing us from terrible hair days. The trick to making it 2019-appropriate is by making it part of a half undone, half updo situation—gathering up the hair at the crown of head, teasing it a bit and leaving a fair bit at the nape of the neck.
Our pick: The Drybar Texas Tease Teasing Brush is a hairstylist favourite for a reason. You can add volume without leaving the hair looking shellacked, as the boar and nylon bristles provide the right amount of tension, optimising brush without needing to pull or tug. The end result is a softer take, with strands easily back-combed and sectioned without much damage.
Return of the 1980s
Louis Vuitton resort 2020
Remember the big blow-outs of the ’80s? Louis Vuitton’s take on it was sleek and voluminous—with an easy side parting. The idea is to keep the hair more cotton candy soft than hay stack stiff, and the way to achieve that is by using less hair products—so stick to just hairspray. The OG here is the large barrel round brush. Use a ceramic coated brush to minimise hair damage. If you have long hair, choose the brush with the largest diameter. “You can achieve any style with the round brushes, but it will always add a little more roundness in the hairstyles, a more natural curved effect,” says Baltazar.
Our pick: The 44mm Natural Double Bristle Hair Brush is a bit of a giant but delivers so much volume, you might find yourself taller by a few inches at least.
Hair a la Euphoria
It’s impossible to talk about hair and makeup these days without referencing the new HBO show Euphoria, which has showcased some of the most covetable beauty looks we’ve seen in recent times. As an antithesis to the less-is-more principle, we’re bringing out every hair accessory we ever owned—accidentally or otherwise. If you want to repurpose old jewellery, here’s your chance. Take a cue from Ashley Graham at the MET Gala and pile on the accessories. “Don’t be afraid to exaggerate the sizes, textures and accessories!” says Baltazar.
Our pick: The Conair Copper Detangle Comb glides through your hair with wide enough teeth to smoothen and untangle but never tug hard. You can piece out the hair and leave it sleek enough to apply clips.
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