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Monday, July 21, 2014

Paddle Brushes: Size Does Matter!

When to use a small paddle brush or a traditional denman brush?

  1. Blow-drying Type 4 curl patterns - You need a smaller brush to get in and control the roots.
  2. Blow-drying smaller areas like the nape, around the ears, and side burns or use a smaller round brush.
  3. Blow-drying resistant hair regardless of the length.

When to use a large paddle brush?

  1. Blow-drying fresh relaxed hair.
  2. Blow-drying wavy and slightly curly hair.
  3. Blow-drying very long straight hair when straightness is desired for final styling.
  4. Wrapping a roller set for final styling to remove the partings.

Rule of Thumb
The size of the brush should give you an idea of the parting size or sections that you will take to blow-dry.  So if you have a bunch of small plaits to blow-dry, then you pick a smaller size brush even if the hair is very long. On the flip side, if you are dealing with naturally straight hair, then larger sections are fine for speed drying.


  1. Which tool is best for fine to medium hair, regarding avoiding damage while blow drying?

    Also, will you do a post on when it's appropriate to use a fine tooth rat tail comb vs. the medium tooth comb? In relation to curly, kinky, afro textured hair. TIA. I love your blog!

  2. Hi MileHIghDiva! A quality Boar bristle flat or round brush is the most gentle for fine hair that is not resistant. I used a boar bristle for compromised relaxed hair as well. It helps to distribute the natural oils and serums throughout the hair.

    As far as combs, I will work on an article to present that topic. The funny thing is that if the comb does not slide through the hair, then I move up in tooth size, but you are right - I do have about three different rattail tooth size combs. Great article idea! LOL! Thanks for the support! I will work on it!