Skip to main content

How to Use a Round Brush

Learn how to use a round brush like a pro with this Howcast hair tutorial featuring celebrity hairstylist Jacqueline Bush.


My name is Jacqueline Bush and I'm an editorial in celebrity hairstyles. My clientele has included Faith Hill, Mark Ruffalo, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Krakowski. I want to be able to show you that hair isn't as intimidating or as hard as you think it is and I want you be able to have fun with it and do what your vision is with your hair.
So now I'm going to show you guys how to use a round brush properly, and what to do in case the hair gets stuck in the round brush, and it gets all tangled, and you panic and you feel like you might have to cut it. Don't worry, you don't have to do that. So we already know that when you take your blow-dryer you section off the hair that you want, which as I told you guys before, is based on the circumference of the brush. The smaller the section, the more control you're gonna have. This I'm basing it on this part here, that's how wide it's gonna be. Could be a little bit wider, but for you guys I'm just gonna show you this small amount. When you get your hair stuck in the brush it's usually because your section is too large. For example, say we have this large, this very large section here. If I blow-dry this and wrap it around, some is either gonna fall out or it's gonna get caught on the pieces here. If that happens - let's pretend it's caught - you get stuck. You can't get it out. What are you gonna do? Don't panic. Start, grab your hair by the base, and gently, if you can't roll it out you're just gonna take the hair out where it can come out. Say you have your little knot here, but I'm noticing more and more "Okay, my knot's over here." You're gonna break it all down. More, more, more. You can even put a little bit of shine spray where that knot is, because what that shine spray is gonna do, shine sprays usually have silicones in them, which makes the hair slicker. It's gonna slick up that knot, make it a little bit softer. Get it piece by piece, pull it out. There you go. Detangled, you didn't rip out the whole head of hair. You don't have a little bald spot. Then I'm gonna do, I'm gonna take my appropriate section, a much smaller one that matches the round brush section, and then I'm gonna decide,"Do I want more volume? Do I want less volume? Which way do I want it to go?" Well, I wanna give her more volume, so I'm gonna blow-dry in the opposite direction, so that when she finishes she'll have a little more volume. Okay, so I'm gonna take my hair, which at this point is mostly dry, as we've gone through how dry the hair needs to be, and gonna just roll it down, because what I want with this brush, if you guys remember what it is used for, this brush is used to give it a curl. And I'm gonna turn on my blow-dryer. Now the hair is heated up. Remember, with these ceramic brushes the key is to keep the brush moving. If you stop and let this brush sit on your head and you just keep blow-drying, you're gonna get all the little crimps from the bristles, which is definitely not cute. So we have the brush in there, it's still really hot. To keep that amount of curl, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna gently take this hair here, which is close to the base, and without yanking the whole curl out, I'm just gonna pull it out. So then she still has a little bit of curl. I'm gonna finish the head like that, then I can take my blow-dryer, blow it on cool for a moment, give it that little extra shine, and there you go. You have a little bit of wave. You have nice volume. That's how you use a round brush.

Popular Categories