Bristles and brushes

Monday, 28 May 2012

Bristles and brushesWith so many brushes available, do you ever wonder which one you should pick? Using the correct brush for your hair will help create smooth, shiny hair, and spending a little more on a good, quality brush will definitely be worth it.

We’ve rounded up a few must-have brushes…

Type: Paddle brush

Use: As it is large and flat, this brush is best used for creating sleek, smooth hairstyles on longer lengths. Use when blow-drying or when you want to create the perfect pony. If you have thick hair, this brush will become your best friend. Try Denman Paddle brush, R149,95.

Type: Styling brush

Use: This is your every-day kind of brush. Gentle on hair, it can be used on mid-length to long hair. If you want to create volume at the roots, this brush will do the trick. But it’ll also add shine as you brush your hair. Try ghd Oval Styling brush, R320.

Type: Radial, round or vented brushes

Use: Available in a variety of sizes, bristles cover the entire head of the brush. Most of them are ceramic and have natural or nylon bristles, and are perfect for creating luscious curls and volume when blow-drying. Ceramic brushes help reduce static and heat damage. The size of the barrel you choose to use will depend on how tight you want your curls to be. Try ghd Ceramic Vented Radial brushes, available in four different sizes.

Type: Thermoceramic

Use: Yes, it’s a mouthful, but these brushes are designed to retain heat, making your hair easier to style. Thermoceramic brushes reduce heat damage by allowing air to flow freely through the ventilated area while the ceramic centre becomes warm, smoothing out the hair strands. Available in barrel/round brushes as well as straightening options, try Denman Thermoceramic Straightening brush, R99,95.

Type: Tail comb

Use: This little guy is great at performing many tasks. Best used for sectioning hair and creating defined partings, it also doubles as a comb you can brush through wet hair. Alternatively, if you’re creating an up-do, use this comb to tuck in bits and pieces of hair. Try ghd Tail Comb, R105.

Type: Detangling comb

Use: With a wide-toothed design these types of brushes gently detangle wet hair, preventing follicle breakage. Great to use in the shower to distribute your conditioner evenly, try Denman’s detangling comb, R49,95.

Type: Tangle teaser

Use: If you’ve got stubborn knots and tangles, then you definitely need one these babies. This simple design and easy-to-use tool, detangles knots in seconds without pulling the hair. You can use it on dry hair too, to add extra shine, and even on hair extensions, weaves and wigs. Try Tangle Teezer, R159 or the compact Tangle Teezer, R199 from

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. AndreaM

    Where can we get the denman products?

    5 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Andrea, the Denman brushes are available at selected Dis-Chem stores nationwide.

      5 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I have a Tangle Teezer and would definately recommend it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Going to get me a Tangle Teezer! Wearing up-do’s a lot seems to get my hair tangled constantly!

    5 years ago •

  1. blackrose

    Interesting… I always find it difficult to replace a brush to blow dry my hair… not all of them have the same effect.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Very interesting – love the tangle teasers!

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    the tangle teezer, it’s brilliant. Got one at hamleys and so glad it’s in SA. Use it on my daughters long hair with no complains after combing out knots.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I want that large Denman paddle brush!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I only a styling brush and 1 comb … maybe time for a Thermoceramic brush

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Thanks for the info! Much needed!

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Nice article! Im using DENMAN paddle brush and im happy and satisfied and its serving me for wow! Couple of years already! Considering ive it long hair through out the time.
    I certainly need one of those tanle teaser. Is there any shop where we can avail the product? Thanks

    7 years ago •

  1. Mia

    @Mpoyi – Selected salons may stock a few tangle teezers, but Takealot is your best bet.

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyi

    Besides Takealot, is there somewhere else that one can find the tangle teaser?

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Thx for the article. A Tangle Teezer is now on my shopping list!

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    i only use a paddle brush but i habe been looking for a Thermoceramic everywhere with no luck

    7 years ago •

  1. Carolynmcm

    I have a Denman Squargonomics Brush and was very disappointed as every time I used it I would to dry my hair it would break y hair. I really expected better results from a well known brand like that. My regular every day brush that I use is a TRESemme and it is a really nice brush that is also affordable. The Tangle Teezer sounds like something I need. My hair is long and I get quite a bit of knots. Thanks for the great article!

    7 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    R320 for a brush?????lawd have mercy.probably works though

    7 years ago •

  1. Futcher

    Good advice about brushes i did not know about.

    7 years ago •

  1. Visagie

    Very informative. I need to get a Denman Thermoceramic Straightening brush

    7 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    Like the Thermocermic and the Radial

    7 years ago •

  1. honey_child

    This article has been informative.Need to buy the tangle teezer today!

    7 years ago •

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