Last updated on July 1st, 2021
If you’ve been blessed with wavy locks, then it’s important to keep in mind that not all brushes will be suitable for your individual hair type. So much so, that if you were to use a regular brush on your wavy hair, then you’ll likely find that you end up with unwanted frizz, not to mention being unable to properly brush through any tangles without causing you pain.
Waves brushes are specifically designed for those with wavy hair and are usually made with hard bristles or soft bristles. These types of brushes are designed slightly differently than regular brushes and tend to feature natural bristles (regardless of whether they are hard or soft) in order to effectively detangle and brush through your natural wave pattern.
If you’re currently on the fence about whether or not to use a soft or hard brush in your wavy hair, then it’s important to note that the two types of brushes are made to serve slightly different purposes. So, to help you decide which is best for you, let’s take a look at the main differences between the two:
Hard Bristle: A hard-bristle wave brush is a type of brush that is made with all-natural bristles that are slightly harder than a standard brush. They are specifically designed to be able to bring out the waves of those who have thicker or coarser hair, which means that they tend to not be gentle enough for those with finer, thinner hair. Nevertheless, hard bristle waves brushes are very effective at getting through tangles and knots and can bring out waves more quickly than a soft bristle brush can.
Soft Bristle: A soft bristle wave brush tends to be made with very soft, flexible bristles that are super gentle on the scalp. This makes them suitable for those who have short or fine hair, and don’t want to cause the hair to break. Additionally, soft bristle brushes can also be used for those with thicker hair, especially if you want to create a sleek and flat wave appearance.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that those with thicker and coarser hair won’t be able to detangle their waves with a soft bristle brush, as the bristles will not be strong enough to comb through any knots. Instead, a soft-bristle brush will only be useful as a styling brush to keep the waves neat and tidy.
How do you soften hard wave brushes?
There are plenty of reasons why you may want to use a soft bristle brush. For starters, they’re more gentle on the scalp than hard bristle brushes, easier to use, and are also able to create sleek, defined waves after just a few strokes.
In contrast, hard wave brushes are specifically designed to be able to work through thicker or coarser hair, which means that they often tend to be a lot harsher on the scalp when used. The good news is that softening hard wave brush bristles is easy as can be, and we’re going to show you how to do it! Follow the steps below to soften up your hard wave brush’s bristles:
- Take your brush and place it gently in a container large enough to lay the brush lengthways.
- Pour warm water into the container, making sure that you are covering all of the bristles so that they have all been submerged in the water.
- Once you have filled the container with warm water, mix a little bit of olive oil into the water. Olive oil is key to this method, as it will be able to soften up the bristles.
- Allow your brush to soak in the oily water for around 5-10 minutes.
- After you have given the bristles enough time to soak, take the brush out of the water and gently pat the bristles dry.
- As soon as you have patted away all of the excess oil and water, you should then proceed to immediately dry the bristles with a blowdryer to make sure that all of the moisture is removed from the bristles. To avoid damaging the bristles, we recommend using the blow dryer on the lowest heat option.
- Blow Dry the bristles for around 5-10 minutes.
- Once you have finished blow-drying, check your bristles to see if they still feel damp or oily. If they do, you will need to use the blow dryer once again for another minute or two.
- Once you are satisfied that the bristles are totally dry, you will now have a soft wave brush ready to use on your hair!
How do I make my wave brush harder?
Regardless of whether you’re using a wave brush or regular brush, over time, hairs and dust will inevitably become trapped in between the bristles, which will then cause the rows to become clogged. Thanks to that, the bristles will then become bent and softer than they once were, which will cause them to then struggle to brush through tangles and knots.
If you’re currently in this predicament and the bristles of your hard wave brush are in need of a little rejuvenation – don’t swap it out for a new one just yet! It is possible to harden the bristles and bring them back to life. Read on for the step-by-step instructions:
- Fill your sink with boiling water (making sure that you’ve put the stopper in!).
- Then, gently place your hairbrush into the water. This will allow all of the trapped dirt, debris, and hair to come out.
- Once the water has cooled, take out the stopper and retrieve your brush.
- Grab a plastic bag and place your clean hairbrush inside.
- Place the hairbrush inside the freezer, and allow it to freeze overnight. This is key to making your bristles harder again, so it’s important to not skip this step.
- In the morning, take your hard wave brush out of the freezer. You should now find that the bristles are significantly harder and more difficult to bend.