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Hairbrush Guide

Hairbrush Guide
In one fell swoop: The right brush cares for, pampers and styles your hair
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They are the must-have for routine care and styling: Combs and brushes are simply indispensable for everyday hair care. But which beauty helpers are best for what hair types and hair styles? Find out here. Plus: Tips for using and cleaning the Denman, Tangle, Teezer & co.

  • Stroke after stroke, hair brushes and combs do important work day in and day out: They remove styling residue, detangle the hair and give it pep, volume and gloss. But one cannot lump all hairstyling helpers together: Every hair type and beauty application requires the right brush. Check-up: What can each tool do, and where is it best used? The answers are provided in our gallery:

  • Hairbrush Guide

    Hairbrush Guide

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    Paddle Brush

    The usually rectangular and flat paddle brush (or cushion brush) is especially well suited for mid-length to long hair. It can handle broad strands thanks to its shape. That means fewer brush strokes, thereby protecting the hair roots and texture. The paddle brush is ideal for blow-drying to create smooth, gleaming looks. For those with naturally fine hair, this brush is best all around

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    Detangler

    The name is the game: With flexible bristles of different lengths, these little detanglers release every knot in your hair. The handy brush glides gently through your mane without pulling uncomfortably or stressing the hair – a big plus, especially for freshly washed manes!

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    Denman

    This model features a rubber cushion holding strong plastic bristles. These bristles help detangle wet hair quickly and easily. The cushion in turn makes sure that hair does not slip through the brush too easily while blow-drying – giving you full styling control! It is especially well suited for styling a bob cut

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    Round Brush

    The all-rounder – literally: A round brush lends smooth looks their resilience and is the number one choice to pep up your mane. The narrower the brush, the more wavy the look will be. Wide models on the other hand conjure up grandiose volume. Top professional trick: Use two brushes at once. Twist up a section while blow-drying and leave the brush in the hair as it cools. During this time, style another strand with the second round brush and so on – adding volume to hair in next to no time

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    Skeleton Brush

    This lightweight beauty helper which is permeable to air quickly pre-dries the hair in preparation for styling. Especially advantageous for long and very full hair. Applied at the hairline, the skeleton brush also creates a nice push-up effect

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    Back-Combing Comb

    This little tail comb is a true volume marvel: Individual strands can be selectively separated with the pointed end before being combed against the direction of growth with the teeth on the other end. This back-combing adds volume and fullness to the hair

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    Pick

    When wavy or curly hair is brushed, it often becomes scrubby since the individual hairs in the curls are pulled apart too much. This makes the hair look unattractively baggy. A coarse comb is the way to go here: Applied with caution, it detangles the hair without destroying the curls

  • Tips: Application and Cleaning


    From bottom to top
    To avoid painful pulling and hair breakage, it is better to always start brushing at the ends. If you start at the hairline, already tangled hair is pulled even tighter, forming small knots.

    Brush before washing
    This removes dirt and styling residues even before shampooing. The hair also does not tangle as much while washing, making it easier to comb afterwards.

    100 strokes a day?
    The much-cited rule of thumb says we should pamper our hair with at least 100 brush strokes a day to keep it strong and glossy. Those strokes have a positive effect: Brushing stimulates circulation in the scalp, promoting the supply of nutrients to the hair roots and therefore hair growth. Oil from the scalp is also distributed through the hair, acting as a protective film. But a few strokes of the brush are sufficient for that. Avoid overdoing it, since that stimulates increased sebum production in the scalp and may lead to greasy hair.

    Brush care is required too
    Clean hair out of the paddle brush, Denman & co. after each use. This prevents the excessive accumulation of oils and styling product residues. You should also clean your brushes regularly, otherwise dirt and sebum are spread through the hair. Ideally brushes should be washed once a month. Here’s how: Moisten the brush with lukewarm water and lather it slightly with a mild shampoo. Then rinse thoroughly and lay it on a towel with the bristles facing down to dry.