Finally, the brush you have been waiting for!
If you have long hair, you’ve probably noticed how the lower part often tends to become “frizzy,” when you brush it. Eventually, it also tends to lose shine. This is because the lower part of the hair, the part that’s not attached to your scalp, moves much more freely and frequently gets tangled. When we encounter tangles, most of us tend to force our way through them with our brush or comb, resulting in frizzy hair. If you think that using a brush is being kinder and gentler to your hair, think again: Look at the rows of bristles on a brush. A brush is just a bunch of parallel combs, which makes things even worse for your hair. Instead of just one comb going through those tangles, it’s like multiple combs forcing their way through, damaging the surface cuticles of your hair and creating split ends and frizz.
While there are several detangling brushes currently in the market, most of them have bristle patterns similar to a regular hairbrush, which isn’t going to help much, in terms of preventing frizz while detangling your hair. But if you look at the image below, you’ll see a new type of detangling brush that stands out from the rest, in your local drugstore. One side of the brush (marked R) is meant for brushing the hair on the right side of your head, the other (marked L) for the left. This brush requires a lot less force to break apart the tangles, when you’re styling your hair, resulting in a lot less pain and frizz.
Fig. 1. The bristle design of the new detangling brush.
In this brush, we can see the detangling rows with fewer bristles placed farther apart. The two sides are meant to brush the right and the left sides separately. When properly designed, this type of brush gives brushing forces 50-70% lower than those for a regular brush, resulting in far fewer broken hair. The brushing force curves for a regular brush compared with that of a detangling brush – the new design, as shown above (not exactly the same brush), is shown in Figure 2.
Fig. 2. Brushing forces of a regular brush _____ vs. that of a detangling brush____ .
We can see a dramatic decrease in the brushing force, which will result in considerably less hair damage during grooming. As mentioned above, the cause of the decrease in the brushing force is due to the reduction in the number of bristles. These would otherwise create a large number of tangles at the end of the brushing stroke. When the brush is forced through this tangled plug of hair, it damages the tips and in some cases breaks the hair that are weak. This is the reason why the tip ends of hair generally appear dull (due to cuticle damage and split ends). These brushes with the new bristle design should be helpful in reversing these damaging trends.