Blow-Dry: Comb Attachment or Round Brush?

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Hello All! Preferably those of you who are 3c/4a, 4a, cottony, silky, coily/curly...I'll attach pics of my hair. I really want to get an idea of someone who may have faced challenges with hair similar to mine.

When you are using a blow dryer to straighten, for those that do, which one would you choose? Is it easy to use the round brush? I'm asking because I've only ever used a comb attachment but Im thinking of trying a round boar bristle brush. Those that have used the round brush, what is your experience? If it is very damaging, I'm not going to use it.

Last edited by DivaKurl; 01-28-2012 at 09:26 AM.
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I do neither methods when I blow dry. I use the tension method( no combs or brushes) just pull a section of small hair taut and run a blow dry over the section. My hair comes out straigth. A good tutorial on yt is pinkstakes blow dry method. Her hair type is 4a. This is a good method because very little manipulation then other methods. What every method you choose thoroughly detangle before you blow dry and work is sections. Always use a heat protectant and dc before hand. My hair type is 3c/4a.
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I use a comb attachment or the tension method. Depending on the section of hair that I'm on, it's easier to use one over the other. I guess it's a bit of trial and error on what feels most comfortable for you. I tried using a round brush once and almost had to cut that thing out of my hair



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The comb attachment is lesser of the two evils IMO. Even when I met my current stylist he is staunchly against the round brush.

I use a comb attachment with medium heat low speed. Even my step DD last night, I did her hair and had medium head low speed. She was like wtf I don't feel anything.

I told her that's cause I don't need to burn your hair to get it straight! The dominicans have their tools on hell when they do her hair and her hair is fine and takes just a little heat to get straight.
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I use a flat paddle brush when I blow mine out. I wish I could use a round brush but I've never been able to master it. A stylist gave me an awesome blow out with a round brush once and if you can get the hang of it, it gets it much smoother and straighter but I can't do it. I feel like I have to left hands when I try lol.


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My 2012 hair resolution is to give up heat, but previously I just used a comb attachment. I'm not coordinated enough to use a brush and a dryer.
I bought a round brush. took it right back
I noticed that I use the comb attatchment but I will alternate that with the tension method as im doing it. Now though, I dont blow dry my hair straight from wet to dry. I never like the way it feels when im done.
So now I stretch my hair with braids or buns, then blow dry it, dry to get it straight.. only takes a cpl passes. Thats just what ive been doing lately..
Thanks so much for all of your replies. I have to try the tension method. I will look at the YouTube vids and try it out!
I don't know, but I LOVE your hair! U are 3c/4a, right?
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I don't know, but I LOVE your hair! U are 3c/4a, right?
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Yes. More 4a than 3c. Thank you!
My learnings over the years:

I'm a 4a. I both straighten and go curly regularly.

Comb Attachment is by far the best if I plan to flat iron afterward IMO. There is less tension and friction on your hair if you fully detangle before use and section hair off. I use on medium heat, fast dry because I'm impatient and get it all done in 10 min.

Round Brush is amazing if you want to style your hair while using heat, a la Dominican style. I have performed this quite a few times with medium or high heat (can't remember which). It's a blow dry and go method. I like it for a sleek bob style. Only thing is that blowdrying in this way can seriously steal your shine once complete so you have to use a product for shine and moisture afterward IMO. This not always the case with me when flat ironing.

Paddle Brush was my go-to tool for awhile but it is more time consuming and method specific than the comb attachment and my ends stay frizzy sometimes in the back where I have the most trouble.

Comb Attachment is my winner = tried and true, no frizzy ends, but must style again afterward
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I use a comb attachment...but I let my hair dry a lil in braids for stretch before....
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I use a comb attachment or the tension method. Depending on the section of hair that I'm on, it's easier to use one over the other. I guess it's a bit of trial and error on what feels most comfortable for you. I tried using a round brush once and almost had to cut that thing out of my hair
Originally Posted by SwtAnana
Yep, I had that same experience as a permie, and I haven't used one since. I prefer a comb attachment.

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I've never used a round brush, I think that'd be too much. I mostly use a wide tooth comb attatchment and the tension method on cool and the lowest setting. Works for me
Brushes ( I have a ceramic brush) get better results but the comb attachment is much easier to use. It takes a lot of coordination to use that darn brush. I say use the comb attachment first and then the brush to finish up, but only if you are were your hair straight and not just drying it for another style.

Good luck!
Hello All! Preferably those of you who are 3c/4a, 4a, cottony, silky, coily/curly...I'll attach pics of my hair. I really want to get an idea of someone who may have faced challenges with hair similar to mine.

When you are using a blow dryer to straighten, for those that do, which one would you choose? Is it easy to use the round brush? I'm asking because I've only ever used a comb attachment but Im thinking of trying a round boar bristle brush. Those that have used the round brush, what is your experience? If it is very damaging, I'm not going to use it.
Originally Posted by DivaKurl
I think that if hair is more highly textured ; tightly wavy (2d), med-to-tightly curly (3cd), coily (4abc), cottony (5abc), or spongy (6ab)--then use of a comb attachment (following air-drying--overnight or under hard dryer) would probably be safer/least damaging to textured hair types than a round brush which could tangle if not used properly...

but, If hair is more loosely or fine to med textured; relaxed-or-chemically straightened, naturally straight (1abc),wavy (2abcd), more loosely to med-curly (3abc),- then Either a round brush or comb following air-drying would suffice...

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