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I’ve heard that you risk hair breakage if you brush it straight out of the shower. Is it true that I should only comb use a wide comb and wait until it’s fairly dry before brushing? #dearugly

I’ve heard that you risk hair breakage if you brush it straight out of the shower. Is it true that I should only comb use a wide comb and wait until it’s fairly dry before brushing? #dearugly

Alison, Sorrento WA It’s a myth that you can’t brush wringing wet hair. But I wouldn’t use a cheap plastic brush with hard pins. It’s not only going to be painful using a brush that doesn’t flex but that’s how damage and breakage occurs. When the hard pins, don’t have any give, your hair pays the price. You want to use a brush a combination natural boar bristle with soft,...


A friend was telling me that there are hairbrushes that are ideal for kids with sensory issues. My daughter hates the sight of her brush. It doesn’t matter how slowly and gently I brush her hair, she ends up in tears. #dearugly

A friend was telling me that there are hairbrushes that are ideal for kids with sensory issues. My daughter hates the sight of her brush. It doesn’t matter how slowly and gently I brush her hair, she ends up in tears. #dearugly

Jill, Baulkham Hills That’s right! The founders of Ugly Swan designed a range of brushes that were gentle enough to use on the sensitive scalps of children with sensory issues. The natural boar bristles are very soft against the scalp. But kids often have knotty bed heads so soft hand-dipped pins are used in combination with the boar bristles to detangle the hair very gently without the tears. We’ve heard...


I’m looking for a brush I can use on my naturally tight curly hair that won’t cause it to go frizzy. What can you recommend? #dearugly

I’m looking for a brush I can use on my naturally tight curly hair that won’t cause it to go frizzy. What can you recommend? #dearugly

Jenny, Leabrook SA Most people with very curly hair struggle to control the frizz at some point. Trying to tame the frizz can take all of the joy out of having curly hair! The problem usually occurs due to dry hair. The scalp’s natural oils have a hard time working their way to the ends of a curl – much harder than straight hair. But the right type of brush...


I’m looking for a brush to use when I’m putting my hair up in a bun or pony tail. I find it impossible to get my hair up without a lump unless I spend way too much time in front of the mirror. I’m usually running late to get out of the house as it is! #de

I’m looking for a brush to use when I’m putting my hair up in a bun or pony tail. I find it impossible to get my hair up without a lump unless I spend way too much time in front of the mirror. I’m usually running late to get out of the house as it is! #de

Tanya, You might be surprised to learn that it’s the handle of your brush that’s to blame. A long-handled brush or comb is difficult to control and can’t give you the all-over smooth look you want. You need a brush that sits in the palm of your hand to pull your hair into the perfect up-do every time. We use the Ugly Swan brushes for clients who come into the...


How often should I be washing my hair? The more often I wash it, the more it seems to need washing!

How often should I be washing my hair? The more often I wash it, the more it seems to need washing!

That’s right. Your hair will adjust to your hair washing schedule. The longer you can leave it between washes, the less it will need washing. It’s not just the shampoo and conditioner that you should consider if you want to increase the number of days between washes. The brush you use you make a big difference. Natural boar bristle brushes help distribute the oil from the scalp to the ends...


What Causes Frizzy Hair?

What Causes Frizzy Hair?

There are a number of factors to blame for frizzy, flyaway hair.  Dryness is the number one cause of frizz. When the hair shaft is dry, the cuticle is rough. The outer layer takes in more moisture from the air causing it to swell and frizz rather than sit neatly in place where you want it.  The weather can also play havoc with some hair types causing it to boof...


What is the Best Brush for Controlling Frizzy Hair?

What is the Best Brush for Controlling Frizzy Hair?

The aim of the game with frizzy hair is to improve moisture, particularly at the ends of the hair where it’s likely to be even drier. Boar bristles are naturally designed with microscopic scales that take the moisture from the scalp and re-distribute it along the length of the shaft as nature intended. You won’t find a plastic brush that can do that! Many people with naturally frizzy hair use...


Do you brush curly hair?

Do you brush curly hair?

You don’t brush curly hair if you want nice curls BUT curly hair tends to be dry so if you don’t brush it, you will never move that scalp oil to the ends where it’s needed. On non-hair washing days, brush your hair all the way to the ends before you get in the shower and then just wet it down, blot, and let it dry naturally or use a...


What is the Best Brush for Fine Hair

What is the Best Brush for Fine Hair

The Ugly Swan Scream-Free™ natural boar bristle brush doesn’t pull or tug at tangled hair so it’s less likely to break compared to using plastic brushes. The boar bristles also distribute the scalp’s natural oils and remove debris from the hair which provides extra protection for fine, dry ends.  People with fine hair often complain of their hair becoming greasy quicker than those with thicker hair and therefore needing to...


How often should I wash my hair?

How often should I wash my hair?

With daily brushing, a boar bristle brush stops the build-up of the scalp’s natural oils around the crown of the head. Less oil build-up means your hair doesn’t have the greasy, lank look that comes with being overdue for washing.  Hair washing can be a vicious circle. The more you wash your hair, the more often it needs washing. People who swap over to a boar bristle brush say they...


Do I need detangling spray?

Do I need detangling spray?

With a quality natural boar bristle brush, you don’t need detangling sprays, leave-in conditioners and styling products to improve the look and feel of your hair. By working your scalps’ natural oils along the hair shaft, you’ll have your own natural perfectly pH balanced conditioner without the residue. Quality boar bristle brushes not only save you money on products but also save your skin from absorbing the nasty chemicals that...


What causes a sensitive scalp?

What causes a sensitive scalp?

Children have a more sensitive scalp than adults. Babies' scalps are extremely sensitive but as children grow, their scalp sensitivity lessens a little each year. In some children the sensitivity doesn’t reduce due to a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They find it difficult to process sensory information such as sound, movement and touch causing them heightened reactivity. The painful touch of the brush on their head is too much to...


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