How to use a flat hair brush

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Hair-styling tools have come a long way over the years, and hairbrushes have evolved with the times as well. The dizzying array of hairbrush options on the market is astounding. Today's hair consumer will find flat, round, boar bristle, nylon brushes and more. Flat hairbrushes, also known as paddle brushes, are flat, wide brushes that are primarily used for creating straight looks on medium to long hair. Flat hairbrushes add shine and help flatten long locks. Curly hair should be straightened prior to using a flat hairbrush.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towel
  • Leave-in conditioner or thermal protection spray
  • Comb
  • Blow-dryer
  • Round brush
  • Flat brush

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Instructions

    Using a Flat Hairbrush on Curly Hair

  1. 1

    Wash and thoroughly condition your hair with the shampoo and conditioner of your choice.

  2. 2

    Squeeze excess water from the hair and carefully pat hair dry with a towel.

  3. 3

    Spray a leave-in conditioner or thermal protection spray on the hair. Detangle the hair gently with your fingers. A comb may be used for additional detangling, if needed.

  4. 4

    Use a round hairbrush and hair dryer to blow out and straighten any curls in the hair. Because flat brushes are intended to add sleekness to long, straight hair, curly hair should be straightened prior to using a flat brush.

  5. 5

    Lift the hair at the roots. Move your flat brush down the hair shaft using gentle, downward strokes. To remove lingering curls, follow the flat brush with a blow dryer aimed down at the hair shaft. The flat brush will smooth the hair and add shine.

    Using a Flat Brush on Straight Hair

  1. 1

    Remove loose, shedding strands of hair by working the flat brush through the hair starting at the ends and working upward toward the scalp. Brush down through the entire length of hair.

  2. 2

    Wash and thoroughly condition your hair with a shampoo and conditioner of your choice, squeezing excess water from the hair and carefully patting it dry with a towel.

  3. 3

    Spray a leave-in conditioner or thermal protection spray on the hair. Detangle the hair gently with your fingers. A comb may be used for additional detangling, if needed.

  4. 4

    Move the flat brush in long, steady downward strokes through the hair. This will make your straight hair sleeker, add shine and reduce unwanted volume.

Tips and warnings

  • A flat brush is a good brush to use for a nighttime brushing routine. Flat brushes stimulate the scalp and are great for scalp massaging.

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