Wide toothed combs are probably the most basic and most useful hair tool ever. They’re great for everyday detangling on curly or straight hair. When you get out of the shower, comb through damp hair starting at the bottoms, working your way to the top to get out unwanted tangles. If you come across any big knots, don’t yank at them! Instead, slowly and gently work your comb through the knot in a soft, gentle motion to avoid breakage. I like to use my wide tooth comb to evenly distribute product through my hair. You don’t generally want to use brushes (besides the denman) on wet, curly hair because your hair is most fragile when it’s wet. So next time you hop out of the shower or you’re dealing with damp hair, whip out your wide tooth comb for a more defined look.
Denmans are great for styling curly to wavy hair and doing a little extra detangling on all hair types. What makes the Denman brush so special is that the base is made with a particular rubber that creates a good type of friction on curly and wavy hair which in turn helps make your curls more bouncy. It also helps smooth the cuticle for healthier, shinier hair. It’s fantastic for detangling long, coarse hair. I use the Denman when I’m about to style damp hair. I wouldn’t recommend use on dry hair.
Boar bristle brushes are meant for spreading the sebum from your scalp to the rest of your hair. They’re not recommended for everyday use because they do have a tendency to cause split ends with super repetitive use. Once or twice a week should be good enough to help distribute your natural oils to the ends of your hair shafts without causing damage to your hair. I like to use this once a week towards the end of my straightening cycle, like maybe a day or two before I wash my hair out. It’s also useful for blow drying your hair straight if you have tight curls like me.
I generally just use my fine toothed comb to evenly separate my hairs and to hold my hair taut while flat ironing. Before running my flat iron through a section of hair, I take my comb and run the comb through the section first then immediate follow it with the flat iron. I found that this helps me achieve a much sleeker, straighter look.