HAIRBRUSH 101 (Because Chubacca and Rapunzel have different needs.)



So by vehement request I have taken some time to lay out the different brushes, when to use them and what each hair texture needs!

Detangling/wet brushing
The first thing to know about detangling is that you always start at the bottom of your hair strand (started from tha bottom now we hea). That is where all of the tangles live! If you begin at the scalp you are only creating a bigger challenge for yourself and risk pulling and damaging your precious locks.

Show Me Dem Wide Teeth
Even if a paddle brush or fine tooth comb can easily guide through your hair when wet and when you have the best detangling products in your hair, I beg of you, put it down!! You could be causing unknown stress to your hair! The ideal option here is to use a wide tooth comb or a detangling brush.


Style brushes that finish/complete/soften a style
Despite what Marcia Brady may have taught you, there is no need to be brushing your hair 100 times a day. In fact it’s the opposite! Because brushing causes tension on your hair you really only want to do it when absolutely necessary.

Boar bristle
A boar bristle brush is made from the hair of a hog (oink oink) and is considered ideal because it closes the cuticle layer down and creates an immense amount of shine. Because the bristles stay more on the outside of your hair and doesn’t penetrate all the way down to your scalp, there are many companies who combine boar bristle and nylon bristle to give you that extra control.

My favorite use for boar bristled brushes is in coming through and relaxing heat styles. It adds a fluffiness and shine to cooled down curls that is stunning and elegant. Also, when you have a ponytail or other kind of up-do where you’re wanting to achieve smoothness through the shape, the boar bristle is perfect for refining your up do’s.

Nylon bristle
These bristles can include plastic, nylon, rubber and many other material as well. Depending on the spacing of the bristles you can achieve maximum control over your hair.

Round brushes
The main thing to know is that size does matter! Especially when it comes down to the amount of volume that you want placed throughout your style. In general, the smaller the brush, the more volume you are going to be able to achieve. Just keep length in mind, there is no way a 1 inch barrel is going to work on hair that is shoulder length or longer, try to make it as easy on yourself as possible.

Metal core
Metal core round brushes are my favorite for in salon and at home use. When blow drying, you are heating this core up and can then use and manipulate it in similar ways to a curling iron and to some extent like a flat iron. It brings in that extra element which really helps to achieve shine and control.

Wooden/bamboo core
Admittedly, I haven’t spent a lot of time with wooden core round brushes. Most of them come with the boar bristles and so you definitely do gain that extra shine and polish that comes with that boar texture. In general though, when it comes to round brushing, the boar bristles are mostly reserved for when you have coarse-curly or wild hair. The reason is that the bristles are placed so closely together that it creates a lot of tension. Tension is great at straightening and smoothening the more difficult textures, but can be way too much when dealing with finer hair textures. You know your hair the best, so definitely choose with confidence and the knowledge of the “why”.

Hopefully now that you know more about what you’re doing, brushing your hair will at least suck exponentially less than when your day started today. If it doesn’t… track me down! Email/comment/yell at me.

Let’s detangle this world one person at a time!


  1. mamanellie · October 11, 2013

    Love reading product reviews! Thanks for sharing this post.


  2. Chas · June 5, 2014

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    • sarastylestampa · June 5, 2014

      Thank you so much! I am very happy that you’re enjoying the blog and content.

      I am definitely open to the idea of collaborating and featuring guest writers! Email me, and we can see about working together. 🙂

  3. Kailey · February 6, 2015

    This is so cute! I recently learned from my hairstylist that I was damaging my hair by brushing it wet. It brushed easily and I didn’t think anything of it till she said something. Now I use a wide toothed comb or my hands and the brush is off limits till my hair is dry. I’ve noticed great improvements and so has my hairstylist. I wish I would have seen this post sooner! Great information! =)

    • sarastylestampa · February 6, 2015

      It sounds like you have a really great stylist! Thanks for checking out the blog! I’m dedicated to providing information so keep checking it out!


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