A Guide To The Three Essential Hair Brushes

Hair brushes are like investments. Not high risk, high reward investments like junk bonds. More like your savings account earning 0.01% over the course of a year. OK, maybe that sounds bad, but think about it: Your hair brush is not going to suddenly transform into Optimus Prime after you have it for a year. No, it’s going to keep being your hair brush. And as long as you’re moderately responsible with it (no violent hair-brush-microphone lip-syncing) it’s going to be that same really good hair brush for a really long time.

But, there’s another investment analogy here. You shouldn’t invest in just any brush. You need to make an assessment of your current and future needs. To help, stylist (and colorist, too!) Greg Ruggeri has laid out a handy beginners guide. Chances are, what you need is going to fall into one of these three categories. Greg will lay the groundwork, and you can sound off in the comments:

For Wet Hair
“The most important brush of all would be for brushing your hair when wet or just coming out of the shower,” Greg says. “What you want for this is the Tangle Teezer. Use this by starting at the ends of the hair first and work your way up. There are various sizes depending on hair type. The newest in the range is the Aqua Splash, which is better than the original in that it is easier to use and won’t slip out of your hands.”

For Styling
“My styling brush of choice will always be my YS Park. Depending on your hair needs, there will always be a brush here for you in their line. The Daruma 7 is my go-to for sleek volume blowouts. The G-Series is for more straightening, but be warned that when you first use this brush it creates INCREDIBLE tension when used for straightening.”

For Every Day
“The everyday brush would be my Mason Pearson Large Extra Military,” Greg says. Just like the ubiquitous Mason Pearson—boar bristles to distribute oils from scalp to ends and quality to last a lifetime—but without the handle. It makes style last longer, plus it’s travel-friendly! And it makes you feel like a super serious Navy guy or something. Greg continues: “I’ve used it on every client I’ve had for the past 15 years. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s exactly what you need to do a proper consultation and preparation for any appointment.”

Photo via ITG.

Next up, eight combs to consider. Or if it’s makeup brushes you’re after, we’ve got some suggestions in that area, too.

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Camille Seydoux, Stylist

The #ITGTopShelfie series puts the focus on the lives and beauty routines of Into The Gloss’s lovely, accomplished, and loyal community of readers. Show us your own Top Shelfie on Instagram—tag us @intothegloss, and include the hashtag #ITGTopShelfie.

“My name is Camille Seydoux [@camilleseydoux] and I live in the Marais in Paris. I’m a fashion and celebrity stylist, so my job is all about creating looks—both for appearances and photoshoots, which has always been a passion of mine. When I was a student, my first job was working as a habilleuse [dresser] for fashion shows. Now I’m collaborating with brands more… I’m actually working with Roger Vivier on a capsule collection for this season. When I’m styling, I get as meticulous about the hair and makeup as I do about the clothes, but for my own style, I like to keep it effortless and cool. I like beauty but I don’t want it to take away from my personality—I’m pretty laid back.

After my morning shower I always moisturize my body, and at the moment I’m using La Mer’s The Body Crème. To wash my face, I use Shu Uemura Oil Makeup Remover or I’ll switch in Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser which I bought in NYC. I’ll use them with the Clarisonic when I need to feel super clean. I also spray my face with Eau Florale by Sisley, and then I add my La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel. I’ll put on Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum, and depending on the weather I’ll maybe use a light moisturizer like Sisley’s Émulsion Écologique…or something more intense like classic Crème de la Mer. In the evening, I enjoy doing a moisturizing mask like the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask. My skincare secret is that one day a week, especially during the weekend, I’ll keep my skin free from makeup and from beauty products in general. I’ll clean my face, but that’s all. I let my skin breathe! Sometimes all the ingredients can overwhelm your skin, so I think you need to have a day off.

For my daily makeup, I start with Clé de Peau Concealer. On my eyebrows I use the Anastasia Brow Gel with my favorite Le Volume de Chanel Mascara on my lashes. Then, some Nars Orgasm Blush and a tinted lip balm by Fresh. I have all the colors! When I go out, I love to play with makeup. I’ll do a smoky eye with my favorite Tom Ford Eye Quad, and I’ll put some foundation. Right now I’m crazy about Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. I also like to do a light contour with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Contour Kit and then I do a nude lip using Tata Harper’s Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Sweet. I’m really inspired by the Sixties and Seventies—I love cat eyes and the big nude lips, but I want to try super dark lips à la Rihanna. And don’t forget to make up your eyebrows too! I love this new brand, Le Sourcil by Angélik Iffennecker. Her pencils are fabulous.

On certain occasions I’ll have a makeup artist do things on me that I can’t do myself… I’m terrible with eyeliner, but I love it, so I’ll ask somebody to do it for me. I’ve learned some tricks, too, like mixing my foundation with day cream to make it lighter, or using lipstick as blush. But I do travel a lot, so sometimes I’ll bring products to my makeup artist that you can’t get in France. Next time I’m in the US, she wants me to get her some Hourglass, and the Anastasia Contouring Palette. Sometimes, I teach her.

French women keep it very simple with their hair routines. The only thing that I always use is Moroccanoil, which I use after I shampoo. My favorite brand for my hair is Christophe Robin—he makes excellent products for bleached blonds. For style, I love hair like Bardot. Big hair but in a messy way, not the American way. I usually wash my hair before going to sleep, and then I wake up in the morning and put on some Leonor Greyl Nourishing Cream. My friend John Nollet told me that you can leave your conditioner in until your next shampoo—don’t rinse it completely, leave some in—and then with a dry, hot towel, massage your hair. You’ll have beautiful waves afterwards. My hair is really thick and I sometimes need to turn down the volume. One of my favorite hair product is my brush from Mason Pearson. A good hair brush is a must-have.”

—as told to ITG

The very best beauty tips from ITG readers like you: Pamela Katz experiments with shampoo and conditioner combos, Oisin Orlandi has fragrance recs for days, and Daria Burkova discovers the wonders of Nars blush in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Two Non-Ponytails, With James Pecis

Here’s a couple of things for you to do today:

1. Watch the video below.
2. Take a moment and allow yourself to melt in the warm embrace that is the charm of James Pecis.
3. Reconsider your entire hair game for the week, to the extent that you planned that far in advance. If your hair is long enough, both styles (braid updo and twisted pony) require very little, if any, actual expertise in doing your own hair. How convenient!
4. Optional but recommended: Go back and read about James’ first look in this series, some very loose, ’70s-esque waves. That way, you have a James Pecis-inspired look for every mood.

Now go forth and be productive. Have a great week!

Tiana Tolstoi photographed by Tom Newton. Video edited by William Kitchings.

We interviewed James about his career back in 2012—you can read that story here

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Hair PSA: Volume Products Aren’t Just For Volume

This is a secret I have known for several years and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share it. You know Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray? Or Aveda Volumizing Tonic? They’re not really for volumizing. Well…they are, but there’s more to that story. Tyler Colton can explain it better than I can:

“All products are meant to create texture,” he says. “So you can think of it all as some version of a watered-down gel. The products are all the same general thing, they’ve just been reworked. Everything can be multi-purpose.”

Which means that if you’re actually trying to tame volume, you might want to reach for the product that says volume because it’s going to give you that grip and hold you need to style your hair. Think of it like those oils that fight other oils. Or how the only thing that gets an eggshell out of a cracked egg is another eggshell.

Of course, if you really are looking for volume, you’re golden too. Lacy Redway (she does Joan Smalls’ hair, so…) says, “If you plan on blowdrying your hair, blow-dry by over-directing the hair for maximum volume at the root. Using a velour roller, or pin-setting your hair until your strands have cooled down, will give you the lift you’re looking for.”

See? Everybody wins.

—Emily Ferber

Photo via ITG.

More tips from our friends: Kardashian kolorist Tracey Cunningham advises on how to get the balayage you’re looking for right this way.

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Karla Welch, Stylist

“I had to wear a uniform at school in my little town in Canada every day growing up, and that totally influenced me going into fashion. I was really excited about clothes! Of course, I still have my own sort of uniform…I wore these pants three days in a row, but I don’t really care, I’ll put on a clean shirt, it’s fine, and I feel good about it. It’s purely self-pleasing, in a way. I think you are your own business card.

But the uniform, my days are never the same. I’ll be working on something editorial one day and red carpet the next, depending on what my clients are doing. The roster of people I’m working with is really great—Justin Bieber, Olivia Wilde, Felicity Jones… Styling for me is about working together. We meet, we talk about who they are and what they want the clothes to say depending on the event. Creatively, one of my most exciting project was working on Justin’s Believe World Tour. We designed 60 custom pieces for that and ever since, we’ve seen the styles everywhere in retail. That was a really fun process for me.

Genetically, I won pretty good skin, but around 33, I started dealing with adult acne. Once I was noticing regular pimples, someone recommended I go see Christie Kidd and she’s amazing, She put me on this Clean Cleanser by Rodeo Drive Dermatology , which I use when I’m in the shower. After that, if I’m still feeling oily, I use their Fresh Antibacterial Drying Pads, sometimes only in specific areas, like on my chin. The whole base of her method is to do it all with wet skin, so I do it all before I dry off my face. [Ed. note: Rodeo Drive Dermatology products unavailable for purchase online.]

If it’s daytime, I’ve been putting Caudalie’s Radiant Serum under my La Mer—which I got in a gift bag, but I have to say, it’s amazing. And then I’ll use the Elta MD Sunscreen every single day before I go out and do anything. That’s important. Because I have short hair, I put it on the back of my neck and whatever is left over I rub on the top of my hands, like a little old lady.

At night, I’ll use the same cleanser if I’m not wearing too much makeup. If I am, I’ll use Lancôme Bi-Facial Double Action Eye Remover—it’s the best for eye makeup. But I’ve had it for two years, that’s how little makeup I wear. Then, instead of sunscreen, I use night cream. Every few weeks, particularly if I have an event, I’ll use the SK-II undereye masks and lay still for 15 minutes. Then I like an eye cream that Katy Denno gave to me–it’s called Devita Revitalizing Eye Lift Crème. I use it in the morning, but just a little bit, and I tap tap tap underneath. In the winter, I’ll use Baume De La Mer.

I’m probably more aware of aging skin now, but my career changed after I had my daughter, Clementine. I became way busier and way more successful—that sort of thing. So maybe I got a little more savvy the longer I was in the industry, like I wasn’t buying La Mer or SK-II before I had her.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a bath at home, but when I’m in New York in a hotel room, I will definitely go buy some epsom salt and draw a bath. Other than that, for my body, I just wear a ton of Tom’s of Maine deodorant.

I put eucalyptus in my shower at home. We have a eucalyptus tree, so we throw eucalyptus leaves in there, especially in the winter to steam up, and I swear that’s how I keep my kid from having colds. They’re just germs—children are germs. But the eucalyptus helps. And I always use a Neti Pot in the winter—sorry, that sounds so California.

I started wearing lipstick at 16 and I’ve not looked back—it’s always been my thing. But other than that, I never really learned how to wear makeup. I did haircuts and lips—also eyebrows are the most important things you can do for yourself. A little haircut, a little eyebrow…it goes a long way, that’s what Oprah says.

I’ll use Chanel powder sometimes if I’m a little shiny or feel like I just need a little. No foundation. I don’t like how my face looks with it, and I don’t need foundation. Maybe a professional would beg to differ, but I don’t like it. Although Jenn Streicher does an amazing job on my face. She put makeup on me for one thing and I was like, ‘Oh!’ She was the one who gave me this Charlotte Tilbury Concealer and showed me how to use it. Besides that, I mean, I’m pretty satisfied with how I look. Lipstick is the only thing I wouldn’t leave at home. I don’t deviate from a red or an orange-red. Although, I’m thinking about plum this year—Lipstick Queen has a good one. It looks like Red Red Wine from Revlon like years ago.

Armani Privé Rose d’Arabie is my favorite. This is my daily-wear, and I only wear it daily now because it’s finally available in America and it’s amazing. But I love anything with a rose. If I’m going away for more than three days I’ll travel with it, but otherwise I’ll travel with Comme des Garçons Series 2 Red Rose. Anything rose-scented, but I love the Armani Privé. They gave some to me when I went to my very, very first couture show. I flew into Paris with a client and they gave us this perfume, so maybe it’s meant to be. My husband loves it and everybody who ever smells it is always like, ‘Oh, what is it?’

I wash my hair three times a week with O&M Organic Mineral Hydrate And Conquer Shampoo and O&M Maintain The Mane Conditioner. It can get a little dry, which is remarkable because I’ve never used a hair dryer and I’ve never colored my hair in my life. Actually, you know what? I have—briefly, I went blue by mistake. I thought black hair would be really cool to have a blue tinge in it, but it wasn’t cool, it looked horrible. That was like 17 years ago. Now when I’m getting ready, all I have to do is brush my hair into place. I spray a little Surf Balm in and then I do Davines Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion, which is the best hair stuff. I use the Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, too—it just does something fun to it.

I’m not satisfied with my hair right now. Sometimes I think about slicking it back, but not every day. For events, I go to Pamela Neal at Salon Benjamin. It’s a great salon! She cuts David Bowie and Tilda Swinton’s hair. Pamela will give me a precision slick where she uses a ton of Aveda gel and blows it into place. It’s like a lacquer. I can’t do it on my own…Actually I tried to do it today and this is what I look like—it just doesn’t look as good. The inspiration comes from Le Smoking–that Helmut Newton kind of sharp look done to the side. Everyone who sees my curls will say, ‘Oh, you should wear your hair slicked back!’ But I just don’t like how it looks if it’s straight back, so I do it over the side. To do it straight back I think you have to have it a little bit longer, so it’s always been by necessity to do it to the side. I’m a creature of habit, except with the changing out of my beauty products. [Laughs]”

—as told to ITG

Karla Welch photographed by Matthew Welch at her home in Los Angeles on September 9, 2015.

More stylist advice: Heidi Bivens recommends hydration above all, Leslie Fremar uses the same tinted moisturizer from her teenage years, and Patti Wilson washes her face in cold plasma in The Top Shelf.

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