Tutorial: How to Style Your Hair with a Paddle Brush

When it comes to the most efficient blowout tool, size matters.


Sure, it takes up a chunk of real estate on your vanity, but have you ever really used your paddle brush to its full potential? Some may use it as a last-minute blowdrying tool at times (guilty!), but more than that it’s one of the best brushes you can use in the wintertime. Yup, it helps get rid of static and halo frizz brought on by your beanies, sweaters, and winter hoodies.

Since paddle brushes are wider than other hair brushes, they’re also awesome for straightening out the kinks on longer, thicker hair types. They’re also ideal for looks that don’t require a lot of volume and can offer a sleek, straight, shiny look in less the time than other brushes alone. Read on for a quick how-to on drying and styling your hair with a paddle hair brush:

Tutorial: How to Style Hair with a Paddle Brush + Best Paddle Brush Techniques

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A paddle brush helps gives that stick-straight look without the kink. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Prep your hair by washing with a system designed to offer sleekness. We like the silky feeling we get from Dove Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo and Dove Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Conditioner, which has Argan oil to nourish your hair without weighing it down. Rinse well and gently towel-dry.


Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo


Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Conditioner

2. Rough-dry on a medium setting.

Using your fingers, first rough-dry hair for around five minutes by wiggling your blowdryer nozzle around hair till damp. A blowdry lotion made for fighting humidity and taming flyaways, such as S Factor by TIGI Smoothing Lusterizer, helps prime hair for a sleek, smooth look. Coat hair evenly.



blonde woman using paddle brush to brush hair
The wide head of a paddle brush makes it ideal for thick hair types.

3. Start with your fringe area.

Using your paddle brush, brush hair towards the face and over the hairline (yes, as in till it falls over your forehead) until dry to create a sleek, side-swept finish. Continue till the first half of your entire head is completely dry.



Note: Brushing hair towards the back, a.k.a. how we normally brush hair to detangle on a regular day, will create more volume.

4. Section off the sides and back.

Working one section at a time on hair that’s been rough-dried, run the paddle brush on the underside of hair while focusing airflow on the top. Do so in a gentle, tugging, downward motion to help seal down the hair strand. Put extra focus on the ends, leaving them to completely run through the bristles for a truly poker-straight look. If you want more of a bend at the ends, tilt the brush head towards you so the hair gets a slight curl as you’re passing it through the airflow. Repeat on both side sections.

To dry the back, use your paddle brush to dry hair upwards and outwards, creating a slight bump at your crown. Alternatively, you can also simply split the back section in half, incorporating these into the side sections as well.

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Great for long, thick hair, paddle brushes help straighten hair while drying while still giving a bit of lift. Photo credit: Dvora

5. Finish with a shine spray.

A shine spray that gives hair a glossy, smooth finish, like Bed Head by TIGI Headrush, is the best finishing touch to this look. Spray 12 inches from your head and get ready for your sleekest blowout ever!


Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hair Spray

Want more hair styling tips? Check out our blowdrying tutorial here.