Hair Tools 101
From the famous Mason Pierson brush to thermogenic ceramic flat irons, how are we to know if a) the product is meant for our hair type, and b) if the product will do what it says it will do based on our hair needs. Well let’s put all that mystery aside and give our luscious locks some love by going through a quick overview of hair tools. Consider this your intro to hair tools and be prepared to impress your stylist with all kinds of jargon and hair knowledge.
Managing naturally curly hair or curls you’ve styled into your hair is a tough task that can lead to long-term damage if you don’t do it properly. Take care of your strands by utilizing ionic tools to tame the frizz and define curls that much more. Be prepared for the #powerb!tch of curls.
TIP: The hair products you put into your hair should be hydrating, because curls can quickly look dry and limp.
YOUR BRUSH: 100% Natural Boar Bristle Brush. It’s hard to find a brush that’s perfect for just those with curly hair so I opted for a brush that’s great for everyone. It works as a daily brush for all hair types, so whether you brush your hair 100 times before bed or casually during lunch with your bestie (#nojudgement), this is the brush for you. Soft boar bristle brushes are made from natural boar fibers and grips your hair better than any synthetic brush can. The bristles helps to distribute your natural scalp oils through your hair so you’re not left with a tar pit on top and Texas humidity toward your ends.
YOUR HOT TOOL: A Clampless Interchangeable Styling Wand. Maybe you’re feeling like a southern belle one day and a beach babe the next. The interchangeable styling wand comes with different sized barrels so you can face the world with a different style every day. You can also mix and match curls to customize and add some more movement and dimension to your hair. Lastly, if you you want your curls to look as natural as possible, use a clampless curler. Have you ever used a curler with a clamp and it leaves concerning lines around your head? You know people know and we all just pretend it didn’t happen. Avoid these awkward situations and go clampless.
YOUR PRODUCT: Hydrating conditioner and leave-in-conditioner. Did I say hydrate? Oil doesn’t travel as well on curly hair so you can have a slick look up top and frazzled dry hair toward the end. Doesn’t paint a pretty picture does it? Bring uniformity back into your life by hydrating your hair from the get go in the shower. Use a hydrating conditioner and follow-up with a leave-in-conditioner or spray that doesn’t contain much alcohol to keep your hair treated throughout the day.
Your pin-straight hair is what curly haired girls try to achieve every morning with a hair straightener. Your shiny locks are the envy of every girl out there but you hide its unruliness quite well. What those without straight hair don’t know is that your hair can’t hold a curl! It lays flat and may even lack volume. #thestruggleisreal.
Gain the confidence of Anna Wintour by using these hair tools made for straight haired girlfriends like yourself.
YOUR BRUSH: Round Nylon Brush. The blow dryer is the round nylon brush’s BFF. This type of brush helps add volume to your hair during a blow out and comes in various sizes; pick the size depending on your hair’s thickness. But why do you get the fake brush and not the awesome boar bristle brush? A round nylon bristle brush holds heat better than a round bristle brush with 100% boar bristles so you can blow in some volume and know it’ll carry throughout the day. Girl, we all know the mantra: fake it ‘til you make it.
YOUR HOT TOOL: 2” Barrel Curling Iron. This iron is amazing for anyone with naturally straight hair who want to add a little more dimension instead of having intimidating pin-straight hair. Use it as you would a straightener and curl a bit towards the end to that add that little flirtatious bend. It’s a good way to fake that round-brushed look or that you get a blowout every day.
YOUR PRODUCT: Light Texturizing Spray. Avoid heavy gel or mousse in favor of a light texturizing spray. This helps hydrate so your straight hair stays shiny and adds a little texture (like you came from the salty air of the beach).
It’s like your hair has a mind of its own. Sometimes it can frizz and other times, especially when it matters least, you can have the best hair day of your life. Fake the best hair day every day with these products and tools to tame that unruly beast.
YOUR BRUSH: Your fingers. One less thing on the counter! Comb dry hair with wet fingers (combing wet hair can cause split ends). Finger combing can tackle frizz and tame tangles.
YOUR HOT TOOL: Ionic Hair Dryer. If you air dry, hair absorbs humidity and we know frizz can prey on humidity as easily as we can binge-watch Netflix. Blow-dry it soon after the shower or rewet your hair before you blow-dry and make sure you dry it 100% before you tackle the day.
YOUR PRODUCT: Silicone. No, not implants. Style with serum that includes silicone to manage the unruliest tresses. If you have thicker hair, go for a serum but if you have thinner hair, opt for a cream or lotion. Apply to really wet hair so it’s not just sitting like grease on dry or even damp hair.
No two heads are created equal and what works for someone else with a similar hair type to yours may not work for you. Test out a few products, find your holy grails and share your adventure with us nosey girls. We want all the details!