1. Tease: This brush is a life saver when it comes to finishing! I never show up to a wedding without it and I also put one in every single one of my bridal goody bags. Mostly, I use it to backcomb because it’s small and it grabs onto every single hair. I take sections throughout the crown and work towards the root, combing two to three times in each section. With this fabulous tool, I can create a “layer” of hair that’s been teased at the root and then once I bring down all the hair I’ve backcombed and mold the style into place, I can use this same brush to smooth out and shape the volume so that it looks flawless and natural. I also love this brush for smoothing pesky fly-aways on the part line or hairline. Holding my brush, I spray a bit of hairspray onto the bristles and then immediately comb over the pieces I need to lay down. This helps tame those baby hairs that can make a look seem messy and unfinished without creating a helmet head effect with the hairspray.
2. Paddle: Paddle brushes are absolutely amazing for detangling. The bristles extend from a soft cushion which allows for easy, painless brushing. Use it at night to brush out those tangles before bedtime, before a blowout to ensure your round brush will effortlessly slide through your locks, or to blowdry hair into a straight, sleek look. Use the round of the head to dry, similar to how I suggested using the sculpting brush in our first Brush It Out segment, and you will have natural volume and a straight, shiny mane. I also love, love, love this brush to comb through curls. Kevin Murphy has a great “Screen Siren” look with beautiful, retro curls and though he uses a different brush to create the look, any anti-static paddle brush works great to do the same. After setting curls for the appropriate amount of time and letting them loose, shake them out with your fingers and then section by section, brush through. You’ll get a beautiful vintage style a la Rita Hayworth.
3. Boar: We also covered this in our previous segment, but I added this boar brush because, though I don’t use it often, it is crucial for my clients that have a specific hair type and style. Think Anna Wintour with her perfectly sleek, beveled bob. I don’t know Ms. Wintour’s hair type, but if it’s coarse and prone to frizz, this little boar bristle miracle is exactly what I’d use to create her signature look. The brush is so small that it can get into every tough spot and smooth out frizz, including the neckline. Also because of it’s size, it doesn’t give much volume, just a perfect bend to the ends and frizz-free shine throughout the rest.