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All About Hairbrush Bristles: Part Five

Over the past week or so, I've given you the details on everything you've probably ever wanted to know about hairbrush bristles, from the ionic to the synthetic to the natural to why they're spaced the way they're spaced. For the final installment of this series, I've gathered up the miscellaneous facts I've learned about this handy tool. Check them out when you


  • Mix it up: If you like the benefits of a boar bristle brush, but it's too soft for your medium, thick, or curly hair texture, consider a boar/nylon blend. It's the best of both worlds. Try the classic Mason Pearson Boar Bristle and Nylon Hairbrush ($80) or the more affordable Swissco Pro Large Oval Mixed Nylon and Boar ($9).
  • Time to vent: Ever wonder why bristles are placed upon a "vented" base? Because of the gaps in the design of this type of brush, air from your dryer more easily circulates, reducing your drying time significantly. Check out a large selection of vented brushes here.
  • Extra padding: And what about those cushiony bases? The bristles on cushion brushes are attached to a rubbery or synthetic pad that gives a little slack when used. These types of brushes are therefore excellent for sensitive hair and scalps, although they work wonderfully on wavy, fine, and medium-length hair, too. Often oval- or paddle-shaped, cushioned brushes can also be used to create volume, depending on how large or small the base of the brush. Here is a selection of cushioned brushes for your viewing (and scalp's) pleasure.
  • Down to the wire: Wire brushes? Avoid them, unless you wear a synthetic wig. By design, they're too harsh for your delicate locks.
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