New Year, New Tools

Hair tools are great for giving your hair that perfect look, however tools do not last forever... It is important to replace them when necessary, as if not, this can be at the expense of your hair.

Our Founder Maria gives you her Top Tips on all things brushes and combs...


Things to buy:

  • There is no need to have a huge selection of brushes, a well-made brush is an investment that helps to maintain the health of your hair.
  • Depending how often you use a brush to blow dry, they should last an average of 9-12 months.
  • Boar bristle brushes have a lot more tension when being used so are great for thick/curly/frizzy hair. To keep this tension, replacing brushes as soon as they deteriorate is best.
  • Boar bristle brushes are the best for delivering shine and lustre to hair, they also distribute natural hair oils better than any other brush.
  • Avoid resting the hairdryer nozzle directly onto the brush whilst blow drying hair, as this will deteriorate the condition of the bristles, as well as damage the hair.
  • If your hair is thick, avoid having a brush with short bristles. The thicker the hair, the longer bristles should be.
  • Boar bristle brushes are the best for delivering shine and lustre to hair, they also distribute natural hair oils better than any other brush.


Things to avoid:

  • Avoid overly heavy brushes as blow drying will be difficult and tiring. This will likely lead to resting your dryer and brush too close to your hair and scalp, which causes heat damage. Your tools should always feel comfortable in your hand, and enjoyable to use.

When to replace Boar Bristle Brushes...

  • If bristles have split or flare at the tips.
  • When bristles are falling out.
  • If the bristle bed is cracked.
  • If there are cracks or the original surface finish look has been lost.
  • If bristles are worn down resulting in the change of shape of the brush.

When to replace Plastic / Ceramic Brushes...

  • Plastic bristles that have worn down because of the heat from the dryer.
  • If the plastic suffers from snags, which can rip the hair when used
  • Plastic bristles are bending and don’t stand vertically around the brush, which causes tangling.
  • If the ceramic cracks or loses its original surface finish look.
  • If your hair gets twisted into any part of the brush, the brush is probably not well designed.

When to replace Combs...

  • If teeth are missing.
  • If there is any snagging on the surface, this will be something that can rip the hair.
  • If the comb scratches when you run it over the back of your hand, then throw it away. You should feel a smooth glide and not a scratching sensation.
  • Look to always purchase combs with a smooth bevelled finish throughout the spine and teeth of the comb.


Maintaining tools

  • If using same brush each week, remove hairs from bristle bed after each use. This is so the brush can work at its best.
  • If using every week, wash with a bowl of warm water and shampoo once a month.
  • It’s always a good idea to rub two brushes together very gently in the water to dislodge stubborn dirt. The aim is to remove dead skin, hair product, oils, bacteria and dust.


Love, SILKE xo

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