Knot a problem

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am


Do you brush your hair? Or are you one of those people who just uses their fingers to 'style' it in the rush to get to school every morning?

Well, take note, your crowning glory depends on you using the correct brush to make your hair look healthier and shinier.

There're a wealth of brushes around, ranging from a HK$1 plastic brush or comb to one that could set you back a whole month's allowance.

So what brush do you need?

Paddle brushes

These are usually square-shaped, wide and flat with short-to-medium length bristles.

Suitable for: long thick hair, straight and smooth hairstyles

Not suitable for: layered hair

Cushion brushes

These are usually oval-shaped and the head where the bristles are attached is padded.

Suitable for: daily brushing for any hair type, but are especially good for medium-length fine or thin hair.

Styling brushes

These are usually slightly rounded with five to eight rows of nylon pins, nylon/boar mixed or boar bristles. Many styling brushes are also padded.

Suitable for: styling, shaping hair, adding volume and smoothing out and detangling all hair types.

Boar bristle styling brushes are good for damaged or fine hair. Nylon bristles are suitable for thicker or wavy hair.

Vent brushes

These have flexible bristles which are wide apart. The tips of the bristles have protective round tips to prevent hair damage. There are openings in the head of the brush to allow airflow during blow-drying.

Suitable for: drying hair faster, creating volume near the roots and adding texture to shorter hairstyles.

Thermal round brushes

These usually have aluminium barrels which heat up like a curling tong when you use a hair dryer. They come in different sizes and shapes.

Suitable for: curling hair if you choose the small round brush. Larger round brushes help to create smoothness while flat thermal brushes help your hair to shine.

Do you need a comb?

A comb can be used to detangle your hair when wet. A brush should never be used on wet hair as it can damage the hair shaft and cause your hair to break.

If you have long hair and need to detangle without damaging it, use a wide tooth comb starting near the ends of your hair first and then working upwards to smooth out the knots before brushing.

For those of you with curly hair, only use a wide-toothed comb, and only when your hair is wet. Never brush it. If you have short hair, a comb is all you need for grooming.


1 Hair doesn't grow on which part of the body?

a. underarms

b. lips

c. back

d. thighs

2 Why do we have eyebrows?

a. to make us look good; it would be odd without them

b. to protect our eyes against damage from sunlight

c. to protect our eyes from sweat, dirt and rain

d. so that we can express our emotions

3 What pigment gives hair its natural colour?

a. melanin

b. melatonin

c. melanocyte

d. melodrama

4 What's the name of the protein that forms the structure of hair?

a. melanin

b. keratin

c. cartilage

d. kerosene

5 On average, how much does hair grow in a month?

a. 0.63cm

b. 1.27cm

c. 1.9cm

d. 2.54cm

6 What's another word for hair bangs?

a. parting

b. bob

c. wave

d. fringe

7 The sebaceous glands in the hair produce an oil that moisturises and makes your hair waterproof. What is this oil called?

a. dermis

b. sebum

c. keratin

d. stratum

Answers: 1. b, 2. c, 3. a, 4. b, 5. b, 6. d, 7. b