How does SLIP and GRIP influence the performance of a styling brush?

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The term SLIP refers to the movement of the brush through a section of hair with little TENSION. Usually this type of bristle pattern is less dense allowing the hair to SLIDE easily through and are made with nylon bristles.

The term GRIP refers to the bristles ability to grasp the hair with very little effort, this concept can be designed to be extremely grippy or as some people say sticky on the hair.

3D BRISTLE PATTERN™ can be adjusted to any degree of GRIP that one desires and is built into the bristle configuration. Generally, the more the bristles the better the grip BUT, if the density of bristles are too much then the hair is unable to settle into the bristles and slide through.

 You often see this with high density bristle tufts that have a FLAT profile much like a shoe polishing brush. Bristles need to have a tapered and staggered end to each TUFT to allow the hair to settle into the bristles, creating GRIP and Tension. Starting with a grip, it is then easier to get the slip by lightening up on the effort.

Professionals know that hair sets best when wet or damp, noting that hair stretches 50% when wet and 20% when dry. Wet hair sets stronger.                                                                                                                           

Styling with a combination of Nylon and Natural Boar bristles is best to work with damp hair being aware of the degree of wetness. Very curly, unruly hair may need to be towel dried only to be styled effectively, but fine hair works best when the degree of moisture is 20% damp or 80% dry.

These two concepts SLIP and GRIP we all use when styling but is there an easier and healthier way?

A brush which is all SLIP and NO GRIP means that you will have to work harder to wrap or twist the hair around the brush to create a degree of tension to achieve GRIP. This will take more effort on your part, twisting your arm, hand and wrist with each section being repetitive may lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Some people may like to use extreme temperatures but this approach just burns the hair dry both externally and internally.

Using a brush which gives you instant GRIP can easily be adjusted on the section may seem difficult at first, consider having the maximum tension with little effort than the simplest way to control this GRIP is to use less pressure and effort on the section allowing the brush to slip through the hair with ease.  So, lighten up. RELAX let the BRUSH do the WORK.

Remembering to consider the dampness of the hair before blow-drying.


Practice Prevention, less repetitive movements mean less stress and helps prevent conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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