I used to only have one hairbrush. It was an Aveda paddle brush. I used it until it looked like a 3-year-old had gotten a hold of some scissors and given it a bad haircut – patches of missing bristles, most of the end nubs missing. I finally decided to branch out and see what else existed in the hair brush world and I haven’t looked back since. Conair recently sent me a few of their new brushes to try and I was more than up to the task. One didn’t work for my type of hair but happily two did – I wonder which of these brushes is perfect for your hair?
Brushes aren’t always easy to review because success or failure absolutely depends on the suitability for my personal hair type. So keep in mind that your mileage will vary from mine. I have mid-back length fine hair. While it’s fine, I have a ton of it, which means lots of tangling issues. Conair sent me three brushes, all with very different purposes: the Round Ultra Detangler, the Dry Shampoo Brush, and the Flip Side Brush.
The Ultra Detangler ($18.99) is a large round wooden brush that works on wet and dry hair. It’s a good detangler – my long hair easily separates, even when it’s wet and matted. The flexible ball-tip detangling bristles don’t pull or break hair and I love this brush for styling. I section my hair and use this right at the root for lots of volume and then at the ends for a slight curl. This is a winner for medium to long hair lengths…those of you with short hair will find the barrel too large.
I reviewed the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush ($7) about a year ago and I filed it into the ‘I never knew I needed this, but now I will never be without it’ file. I use dry shampoo all the time – probably four or five days a week on average. I spray along my hair-line all the way around as well as on my part. Sometimes I will use dry shampoo on first day hair for a little more texture and volume. And sometimes I use it because I am, as usual, running late and I just don’t have time for anything but hair triage.
Dry shampoo is awesome, but it has drawbacks if it’s not applied properly. That’s where the magic of the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush comes into play. This brush has a combo of boar bristles and nylon bristles. The boar bristles are on the inside of the brush and they distribute the dry shampoo into the hair while brushing out the dirt and oil. The nylon bristles on the outer portion lift up the hair and give it lots of volume. So hair is lifted while the dry shampoo is evenly distributed, making those tell-tale white patches a thing of the past.
Whether you have short, medium, or long hair, the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush is a must-have brush.
Now on to the one that didn’t work so well for me –
Such a cool concept – the Conair The Flip Side Hair Brush ($6.98) is a doubled-sided brush with nylon bristles on one side and boar bristles on the other. The nylon bristles detangle wet or dry hair. The boar bristles give hair lots of shine. Unfortunately, the smaller size didn’t work well for my long layers. My hair actually kept getting tangled in the brush. It’s not the choice for those of us with long hair. Those with short to medium length styles will probably love the time and space-saving design.
Whether you are a one brush woman or you like to play the field, I think Conair has lots of cool brushes to choose from — which ones look good to you? – Lisa
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