Last updated on July 1st, 2021
If we’re going to pronounce on whether a curved wave brush is “better” than one that’s uncurved, we have to know what we’re dealing with. What does “better” look like?
What about the experience of brushing wavy hair could make it “better” than everything we already know?
- Taking less time?
- Causing less pain?
- Precise brushing to maintain the wave?
- Not being harsh on the scalp or the wave?
- Exfoliation, and other hair and scalp benefits?
If that sounds like a reasonable definition of better brushing for wavy hair, let’s take a look at what curved brushes do.
Lots of people claim they use curved brushes on their wavy hair because the contour of the brush fits the contour of their head. What that means is that when you use a curved brush on your waves, you get more coverage per stroke.
More coverage translates to a better pull. And a better pull means both a better, less painful brushing experience, and in all likelihood, a faster brushing regime, without losing or weakening the wave.
Score 1 for curved brushes.
2. The isolated crown
This is not a universal feature of curved brushes, but it is becoming more and more usual that curved brushes have pointed tips.
Pointed tips can isolate your hair crown. That’s another thing that will speed up your brushing regime and give you less hassle.
3. Curved versatility
Waves are by no means limited to one ‘type’ of hair. Using a curved brush will frequently give you the same results irrespective of your hair type and texture. Whatever kind of hair a curved brush meets, its job is to give you precision bushing, with just enough strength to be effective while maintaining the wave.
That versatility should give you stimulation of the scalp without pain and should pull through your hair to leave it tangle-free but wave-intact, whatever kind of hair you have.
4. Wave maintenance
Why consider a curved brush in the first place? Because you have wavy hair and you want to maintain it, right? The bristles in a curved brush are distributed evenly. That’s designed to give you a good and thorough brushing while maintaining the integrity of the wave.
What’s more, if your waves have lost their luster or shine, you can bring those qualities back by brushing regularly with a curved brush. That even spacing of the bristles gives you unexpected effects that can help your wavy hair regain any lost shine it used to have.
There’s some thinking that says a brush is a brush is a brush.
Check the hair of people who say things like that. Not judging, just saying.
When you get a curved brush that’s made for wavy hair, you get some unexpected bonuses thrown in. Many curved brushes work on your scalp as you brush – you get an exfoliating action, and the brush may even remove any excess oil or grease from the scalp which can otherwise lead you to duller hair and a less healthy scalp.
After all, a build-up of excess oil or grease on facial skin would stand out as pimples, zits, or even acne. Minimizing the excess any way you can is good. And one of the most regular ways of doing that is to use a curved brush that exfoliates the scalp gently.
Most curved brushes, with their evenly-spaced bristles, fall into the Goldilocks category – just vigorous enough to exfoliate, not harsh enough to hurt!
The benefits don’t stop there, either. If your curved brush is exfoliating as it goes, there’s every likelihood it will root out any leftover product and even dandruff.
But won’t the excess product have been washed out?
Mmm, maybe. Probably. But not always – some of that stuff is ridiculously tenacious. Give your wavy hair a good brushing with a curved brush and you’ll break up and shake out any leftover product from hairstyles past, without compromising your current wavy glory.
If you’re using a curved brush, you’ll also be getting close enough to the scalp to stimulate some blood flow down in the follicles.
Like, what, you’re gonna brush till you bleed now?
Of course not – but all the science says the more blood gets to the follicles, the more stimulated they are to grow thicker, more lustrous hair. And truth be told, brushing is one of the few things you do regularly that can get that blood flowing, so why not use a curved brush to get closer to the scalp and give your follicles a wake-up call?
And, while you’re at it, the fact that the bristles are evenly-spaced and go down to the scalp in curved brushes means you’re also spreading the natural hair oils that help build strong hair strands throughout your hair, from root to tip.
Now – it would be a mistake to say “all curved brushes are the same, and this is what they offer your wavy hair.”
Your waves, of course, are your waves. There will be a curved brush that can offer your waves all this, but you may need some pointers to find the right one for your hair.
It seems obvious to say, but the length of the bristles that will be ideal for you depends on the length of your hair. Longer hair? Longer bristles. Using longer bristles on shorter hair and you could be in painful brushing territory. Likewise, when it comes to bristle-spacing, the tighter your hair and its waves, the closer you’ll need the bristles, so you can get dynamic, pain-free, time-efficient brushing.
Similarly, the shape and the contour of the brush will determine how easily it works with your head shape. There’s a degree of trial and error involved in finding the perfect share for your head.
Bottom line, curved brushes can speed up the brushing process for wavy hair, while keeping the wave intact, minimizing pain, and delivering a host of scalp and hair health bonuses. But take the time to choose a curved brush that’s right for your hair.