Has your fresh haircut ever gone from 50s starlet vibes to wet-dog limpness? Is the air in the salon different from the one you have at home? Are the curling wands secretly magic? Well you don’t need a fairy godmother to recreate that salon blowout that adds life to fine short hair. All it takes is a hair dryer, a little upper arm strength, and the perfect round brush.
While a paddle brush can be great for smoothing and detangling, a rounded brush gives your hair a curl that’s not so tight or obviously manipulated by a curling iron. If you’re not the type to use heating tools like a flat iron or curling wand, using a round brush and hair dryer styles your hair without the risk or expertise usually required.
But not all round brushes are created equal. For people with fine and short hair, a brush below 4 inches in diameter will suffice. While a wider brush is ideal for thicker hair, fine hair pairs well with fewer bristles that can grip hair without pulling off delicate strands.
Aside from the size, a round brush can also vary in composition. Boar bristles are the most commonly heard name in the world of round brushes and they certainly have earned their fame. But they aren’t the only option and certain materials, like a combination of boar and nylon, can do wonders for blowouts. On the other hand, you’ll probably still need a brush with plastic bristles to untangle wet hair.
With that said, here are our picks for round brushes that will help your thin hair achieve sky-high volume.
#1 Diane Small Thermal Hair Brush for Blow Drying Curly Hair, Mini Round Wood Brush, 3/8″
Despite the name of the Small Thermal Hair Brush for Blow Drying Curly Hair by Dian, its narrow diameter can be perfect for girls Internet hair guru Brad Modo favors this type of brush for blowouts because they’re easy to use and the ability of the ceramic body to heat up while being blow-dried, which helps add the volume need to achieve nice airy waves. This 3/8” model from Diane is perfect for those who find it hard to wrap their short hair around chunky brushes, and medium-length hair for when you want to create lots of thin curls. The stiletto tip of the brush also doubles as a hair-sectioning tool.
#2 Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Thermal Brush $18.95
This round brush from Olivia Garden is popular among women with fine hair and for good reasons! The ceramic coated barrel heats up faster and retains heat longer than most brushes, which means for faster styling. The larger holes manage the airflow to make sure hair dries quickly and evenly. It’s also available in 8 sizes so it can be enjoyed by different hair types.
The tourmaline ion claims to hydrate the cuticle, give hair some shine, eliminate frizz and flyaways with its anti-static technology, and have soft bristles that are gentle on the scalp. As with other brushes mentioned in this list, this brush is equipped with an unique handle and retractable sectioning pick.
One reviewer commends the brush, saying “this is a salon type styling brush that I discovered from my hairstylist and searched for online. I loved the fact that the bristles did NOT tangle my fine textured hair when I rolled the brush thru as I blew my hair dry. I also loved the volume that the medium size brush gave me and how fast I was able to style my hair with this brush due to the ion metal component of the brush.” But she did warn that the tip of the brush is also metal so users should refrain from accidentally putting the tip of the brush on the body while it is heated up.
#3 Fagaci Small Round Brush for Blow Drying with Natural Boar Bristle, Round Brush $16.97
This Fagaci round brush combines the heating powers of a ceramic brush with the convenience of natural boar bristles mixed with nylon bristles to give you that volume and lift. Did we mention that they cut the boar bristles from live animals, so you can style your hair guilt-free? They even throw in a quartet of hair clips to keep curls in place while they cool.
This all-around brush promotes healthy and shiny hair by redistributing the sebum in the scalp to the tips of the strand. Its mix of nylon and boar bristle give you the healthy look of the natural bristle while serving the untangling powers of a synthetic bristle. A five-star reviewer raved about bristles by saying that “The bristles have enough grip to allow you to properly work with your section of hair, but move smoothly through your hair without tugging or tangling your locks.” The negative ions emitted from the ceramic cylinder protect the cuticles. The brush also features a retractable splitting needle that makes it easier to section hair while blow drying. The brush’s rubber handle makes it easier to grip which can be useful when you’re holding a hefty blow dryer in the other hand.
#4 Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. $59.99
If at-home blowouts tend to feel like arm workouts after a while, then you’ll love this wonder brush from Revlon that makes blowouts as easy as brushing your hair. This crowd-favorite, with four and a half stars and a whopping 47,464 reviews on Amazon) is built with vented holes that dispense hot air at two possible levels while you wrap your hair around the nylon bristles, allowing the air to circulate and thoroughly shape every strand.
The brush comes with a lot of features that make it easy to use. THe 6-feet swivel cord at the end allows for continuous styling without worrying about the brush entangling into itself. Its oval shape allows more lift at the roots and its ceramic technology reduces heat damage from daily use- all things you’d want to best care for your short hair. Though we should mention that due to the brush’s larger size, it’s best to use some product to aid short hair to be shaped around the brush.
#5 Osensia Professional Round Brush for Blow Drying 1.3”. $14.99
The Osensia Professional Round Brush for Blow Drying claims that its smaller brush gives the user maximum volume by gripping every section of hair and with the help of the section pin tip. The polished bristles also gently massage the scalp and prevent damage and breakage, while the wavy bristles help you style the most amount of hair with the least amount of effort.
The brand believes in their brush so much that if the brush doesn’t satisfy you, Osensia promises to give a full refund or replacement. But four and a half stars and 3,198 reviews, that doesn’t seem to be a common occurrence. One reviewer shares that “I have short layered hair and I love this brush! My hair is also fine, and using this brush gives me more fullness and “style”. I do not hesitate to recommend it.”
#6 Conair Mega Ceramic Hair Brush, Boar Bristle, Round, Small $7.99
If you’re looking for something that’s purely boar bristle, then Conair has got your back. This brush is made of a ceramic round brush body but is composed mainly of boar bristles to distribute the scalp’s natural oils. According to their Amazon page, the ceramic barrel retains heat to help encourage faster blow drying. Conair claims that the brush is suitable for all hair types and uses such as detangling wet hair or creating a blowout.
One customer writes “I have short, fine hair that I blow dry so I hoped this brush would not damage my hair and give it a lift. It does that in spades, really great quality little brush. I got rid of several plastic ones that I just don’t like; and I caught my husband ‘borrowing’ this one. I’m going to order him one of his own!” This brush is surely a treat for every mane!
Heidi Klum Hair and Makeup Tips
As a longtime model and television personality, Heidi Klum knows a thing or two about putting her best face forward. And Heidi, recently shared with us some beauty tips and tricks she’s garnered over the years. Let’s see her favorite products, her go-to look, and a what fashion accessory she counts as a beauty must have once you keep reading.
What have you learned about hair care from working with Clear?
Heidi Klum: “What I thought was amazing is that no one has thought of nourishing the scalp before. Once the hair is already split, it’s split. You have to cut it. But because I have colored hair, I think it’s especially important to nourish hair from the scalp. Even if you don’t color your hair, it’s good to do that, because your hair gets stronger and shinier. You’re basically feeding your scalp and therefore your hair.”
Do you like playing with your hairstyles?
HK: “I always like to play with my hair, with my styles, and haircut — I go from bangs to growing it out again. I usually cut it and then I want to grow it out immediately! I think hair is our accessory. It’s like a great pair of shoes, like a great purse, or a bracelet. So I think you should take care of your hair and play with it and not always have it the same. You don’t always want to wear the same shoes or the same handbag either, so I think it’s fun to change it up.”
What’s your go-to look when you’re not working?
HK: “When I go on the red carpet or if I go to dinner, I dress up. I always try to do something special with my hair. When I’m just running around during the daytime, not so much. I’m usually wash-and-wear; I put it in a bun or ponytail.”
Any makeup tips for the real woman?
HK: “What I think is most hard for women is to find the right foundation. I think the BB creams really help because they’re much lighter with SPF, and they have coverage. My favorite is from a European company called Astor. It enhances your beauty, but it’s not necessarily completely covering you up. You don’t have to go crazy and wear too much makeup. Just pick a brown or shimmery eye shadow, always a little bit of mascara, and I think an eyelash curler is key. Have a nice glossy lip, and maybe a little rosy cheek. If you have a special date night or event, then try a little bit more with a cat eye or something, but not too much.”
What’s your favorite skin care product?
HK: “I do like Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer ($18) because I don’t like a lot of perfume on the skin. It’s not very complicated and fake and heavy.”
Is there a beauty product you always have in your handbag?
HK: “Not really so much but I have a lipstick that I like, just to have a bit of sheen on the lips so they don’t look too dry. I’m low maintenance. One of my biggest beauty products are my sunglasses.”
Kendall Jenner Hair care Tips
Kendall Jenner may be one of the world’s highest-paid models [earning a cool $10 million this year alone) – and taking over every major catwalk show this season – but when it comes to her beauty buys she prefers to keep things very low-key.
So, how does she get her million-dollar locks to look so good? “I wash my hair every day and for some reason it works for me. I’ve been doing it since I was a baby,” Jenner shares, recognizing that her hair care secret isn’t all that groundbreaking, but one that she swears by.
Another reason? She loves her bedhead. Because Jenner was born with such straight strands, her other hair trick is sleeping with her hair wet. “I already was doing it all the time, but this hair stylist on set [reaffirmed that] if you just go to bed with your hair wet, you wake up in the morning and have texture. I have an issue with volume, so it always falls really flat. When I go to bed [with wet hair], I get little bumps and I love that,” she explains.
Additionally, ‘Kim [Kardashian West] likes Finesse shampoo, and now so do I,’ Kendall revealed. ‘I’ve tried all the expensive things, too. It just works for my hair and makes it so silky.’ Finesse shampoo contains active silk and soy protein, promising to ‘penetrate deep into the hair shaft to help restore and strengthen hair that’s damaged, dry or just straight up stubborn.’
Adding: ‘My hair has held up so much that every hairstylist has been like, ‘Why is your hair still so amazing?’ And I’m like, ‘I literally don’t do anything. I just use Finesse.’ And everyone’s like, ‘What?’”
Jenner has always looked to Kim and her other sisters for guidance, ever since she was little including skin cares and hair tips. But although she looked different than they did, in no way did they make her feel like an outsider, contrary to what was concluded in a recent interview she had with The Telegraph.
“I never said that in a way of like, trying to pull a pity party. I just meant we had different body types. I had to figure out what suited mine and what made sense for me,” Jenner explains of her interview. “My sisters were obviously, [and] still are, the people that I looked up to and when I was younger. I was much more impressionable, so I was trying to dress like them and then I’d [be like], ‘Why isn’t anything fitting me like it fits them?” she tells me.
And Kendall’s not the only A-lister who prefers to keep her beauty cupboard basic. Blake Lively admits to using mayonnaise in her hair to strengthen her bleached ends. And Miranda Kerr gives herself a weekly tea-steam facial to tighten her pores.
Best Hair Masks in California for Less Than 10 Dollars
Dry, brittle strands may well be an indication your hair needs some TLC, and weather during the colder months can be making it worse. Enter hair masks. Although all hair types can enjoy an honest mask, these deep-conditioning, nutrient-rich formulas are especially great for dry hair, which may more easily split or break at the follicle.
Like face masks, hair masks aren’t necessarily for everyday use but as another step once you notice your hair could use a lift. Start by masking once per week, and adjust frequency looking on what your hair needs.
These 6 masks deeply condition even the foremost parched strands so hair looks and feels softer, shinier, and hair-commercial healthy. And these are also available around California!
Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin by It’s a 10
The nourishing it is a 10 formula lived up to its name when it earned an ideal score for its ability to condition hair and forestall damage within the Lab’s wet-combing test on hair samples.
It also rated highly for creating hair look smoother without leaving it greasy after application. “This mask definitely made my color-treated and damaged blonde hair softer and more manageable,” a tester said.
Intense Rescue Shots by Pantene Pro-V
Pantene’s innovative mask in ampoule form contains concentrated lipids to repair hair for barely more than a dollar a pop. “My dye- and hot tool–damaged hair felt stronger and even looked healthier once dry,” an expert tester said. Bonus: The small, single-use mask tubes are travel-friendly, too.
3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner by Pantene
Deep conditioners and masks are famous for his or her hydrating, repairing superpowers — but also for his or her heavy, volume-deflating weight. This is a breakthrough formula effective, yet light enough to nourish even the best strands.
Your hair will be softer than with any conditioner you have used before. The mask made hair noticeably silky, smooth and sleek without weighing it down, Lab evaluations found.
Royal Oils Deep Moisture Masque by Head & Shoulders
This next-level Head & Shoulders mask treats hair and scalp at the same time, softening strands with coconut oil and fighting flakes with active pyrithione zinc. Many Beauty Lab testers praised its scalp-itch relief. “Flakes disappeared” and “hair was softer than it’s ever been,” two said. When we Lab tested on women with textured strands, this hydrating mask scored high for reducing scalp and hair dryness.
Keraphix Gel Treatment
Get a salon-style deep conditioning treatment at home with Nexxus’s keratin protein formula, which fortifies damaged, split, and breakage-prone hair.
Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask by Briogeo
This nutrient-rich formula is safe for all dry hair types including chemically treated, relaxed, and keratin-treated.
All Soft Mega Mega Mask by Redken
This unique deep treatment is among her all-time favorites, for its ability to deliver immediately noticeable results.
It contains dual chambers that dispense hair-softening ingredients like soy and vegetable proteins and botanical extracts simultaneously.
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