How to Determine Which Brush is Best for Low, Medium and High Blowdryer Settings

Lauren Salapatek | November 14, 2014 | 10:24 AM
High Heat: These brushes are designed to be used with high heat hairdryers. The Thermoceramic and Head Hugger brushes have heat-retaining barrels allowing sections of hair to be wrapped around the barrel to create soft curls and waves in the hair. The Head Hugger brush has an hour-glass shaped barrel to get close into the roots and create maximum root-lift and volume in the hair. The Thermoceramic Boar Bristle Brushes are great to use in conjunction with hair oils and blow outs.
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Low to Medium Heat: Classic Styling and Vent brushes can be used for blowdrying hair on a low-to-medium setting. The Classic Styling Range consists of four brushes: D14 Handbag, D3 (the brush Vidal Sassoon used to create the classic bob style), D4 large and D5 heavyweight handle. These brushes have a half-round rubber pad for smoothing hair. The two vent brushes are great for blowdrying the hair quickly and effectively. The D100 Tunnel Vent allows the hot air to circulate directly at the roots of the hair while the D200 Flexible Vent can be used for fast drying and detangling.
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Paddle brushes are ideal for blowdrying hair straight on a low-to-medium heat. The D83 is a large paddle brush for grooming long thick hair while the D84 small paddle brush can be popped into a handbag for on-the-go styling.
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Low Heat: The Denman Grooming brushes should only be used with low heat; otherwise the high temperature will distort the bristles. The D80 range is ideal for detangling hair extensions and wigs. The D81 range has boar bristle with nylon quill which can be used for smoothing and polishing it, while the D82 range has 100% boar bristle for smoothing, polishing and brushing out curls.
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Low Heat: The D90 Tangle Tamer brushes are mainly used for detangling hair as well as hair extensions and wigs. You can use heat on these brushes but use low heat. The super-soft nylon bristles gently glide through the hair, removing tats and tangles. An air-cushioned pad follows the contour of the head for smooth damage-free grooming.
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No Heat: The Denman D6 Be-Bop brushes should not be used in conjunction with heat. This brush is designed to be gentle on the scalp, so it is made from extra-soft plastic material and would distort if exposed to high heat. These brushes are available in classic black and silver as well as six bright colors.
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With so many brushes available, it can be confusing. In beauty school, most of us learned which brushes were best depending upon hair type, but things have changed over the years with newer technology, materials and shaping. Are you using the right brush on your clients? Use the guide below to determine which brush is best for each heat setting.





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