The hairbrush is used everyday to untangle and style hair. I chose the hairbrush because it is such a common tool. I use my brush about four times a day. I like the feeling of the silkiness of my hair after brushing. I brush my hair in the morning when I wake up and also at night before I go to bed. Having long hair, it is more common to brush my hair more often during the day. It is very easy to get tangles, the longer the hair is.
This is what my hairbrush looks like. It is silver with a thin black stripe around the edge of the brush. The back of the brush is flat, except for the handle where the hand holds the brush. About 4 ½ inches of my 9-inch brush consist of bristles. There are 14 bristles across the brush and 17 downward which gives the brush a total of 238 bristles. The bristles are evenly spaced a part, and they are made of nylon. The black rubber holds the black bristles together. There is a breather hole near the top of the brush to allow flexibility in the rubber slab containing the bristles, which allows more cushion when brushing your hair. The whole brush is made of plastic.
The brush is used mainly for brushing and styling hair. It can also be used to cut the hair, and curl. Brushes aren’t used only on human hair. Brushes are used for horses, dogs, cats, as lint brushes, toothbrushes, toilet bowl brushes, vegetable brushes, and brooms. There are many kinds of brushes.
To use the brush, have one hand hold the handle, then place the brush on top of the head and pull it backwards through the hair in a downward motion. When using the brush to cut hair, start the brush at the top of the head and pull the brush up and outward to get an even section of hair to cut. While drying the hair, the hairbrush can be used to curl the hair by placing one hand underneath your hair and pulling the brush towards the bottom of the hair. When the brush reaches the end of the hair, put the hair dryer on the
Quietly, these hairbrushes play a role in shaping their users’ identities. In various places and at various times in history, hair has been seen as a signifier of status or a means of identifying with a certain community, something to show off or something to hide. Consider the political statement once inherent in the Afro, or the fraught nature of dreadlocks. In some cultures, women’s hair is completely covered; in others, it might be shaved altogether. In the West, how hair looks, feels, flows, shines, moves, even smells, is often inseparable from popular notions of female attractiveness.
The next time you wander through your local drugstore, take a good look at the hairbrushes—the quantity, the type, the things they claim to do. There’s a hairbrush to “smooth and add shine” from Conair, a brush to “reduce frizz/retain moisture” from Revlon, the “Quikstyle” brush with “absorbent microfiber bristles” from Goody. Rectangular brushes with plastic ball-tipped bristles, the obligatory wood-handled brush with 100-percent boar bristles, the strange construction with a refillable strip of argan oil wedged in the middle. The options collectively resemble a modern snake-oil vendor’s cart, promising that their handles and spiky bits will Tame Frizz, Add Luster, Style with Confidence.