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When picking tools for styling, it’s important to note that each brush has a very distinct function and learning how to utilize their benefits is key to success behind the chair. The 9-Row Brush is probably the most misunderstood brush in the bunch, yet it is ideal for controlling root direction with serious precision, creating multiple levels of volume and beautiful, silky, smooth surfaces…the 9-Row Brush does it ALL!  

Watch Jesse Linares, Sam Villa ArTeam, demonstrate how to create beautiful blowdries with the Sam Villa Signature Series 9 Row Finishing Brush

Why Brush Choice Matters:

“Every brush is made with a specific purpose, and the 9-Row can be extremely helpful behind the chair because it allows you to get better control over the root area on any length of hair while imparting polish and shine,” explains Linares.

How To Use the 9-Row Brush

Control Volume – When trying to collapse volume under the occipital bone of a bob, many use a round brush, but the perimeter has to travel a long way to create enough tension to generate shine without volume.  A 9-Row Brush can easily get in there with the first couple rows of bristles to rotate the section down with tension…chase it with a dryer and voila, a smooth controlled silhouette.

Create Volume – Again, a round brush might be the first thought…the smaller the brush, the quicker hair turns around, giving better lift.  Yet, the 9-Row Brush works the same way, depending on which bristles are used.

  • Maximum – Pick up hair using the first two rows, hair will folder over and when carried with heat will give a sharper turn all the way down the hair strand with a little more lift off the crown.  It is advantageous because there is total control over the root area with less stress on the shoulders needed to rotate a round brush.
  • Relaxed – Use the entire brush to grab the hair with the end of the bristles, note that there is still a quick turn in the brush, but hair has to travel farther before that change is being affected.  It creates a nice stretch when working with longer hair and delivers polish and shine down the entire hair strand.

“This is the brush you want when going for a low volume finish with plenty of shine and direction in the mid-strand,” adds Linares.


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