Review: Richard Ward Radial Styling Brush

I’m well known for my lack of interest in styling my hair, but all that is to change this year! 2013 is officially the year of backcombing for me, and although I won’t do it all the time (for the sake of damaging my hair) I do want to get better it it.

This review today is going to be of a tool crucial to the art of backcombing and adding volume – a small stiff bristled brush. This particular one, sent to me by the lovely Essence PR, is the Richard Ward Couture Hair Wooden Radial Styling Brush!

I do have to apologise for the quality of these photos, the lack of natural daylight is so frustrating!

Richard Ward Couture Hair Wooden Radial Styling Brush

Here is a closer look at the actual brush and bristles – my sister (who is amazing at styling hair!) said that they are perfect for backcombing as they are nice and firm:

Richard Ward Couture Hair Wooden Radial Styling Brush

I tried out the brush by lifting up sections of hair and repeatedly brushing the hair towards the root, creating a birds nest-esque situation underneath whilst the top looks nice and smooth.

The bristles are also idea for running over the top of the hair to add a sleek finish – here’s how my hair looked after using the brush for just a few moments!

Richard Ward Couture Hair Wooden Radial Styling Brush

What a terrible photo of me! But ignoring my face, I love the lift that the brush has given my roots. I literally spent a few seconds on each section (just one at either side) and the difference is incredible.

I can’t wait to keep using this brush and getting more efficient at making my hair lovely and voluminous! I can see myself backcombing the back section, adding a retro headband and rocking a 60s style look.

You can also use the brush with heat as a styling tool, as it has gaps in the barrel for the air to circulate round. This is the Small version (55mm) and retails for £15.

Do you often backcomb your hair? If so, which tools do you like to use and how do they work for you?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. Shannon
    January 26, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    I just use a regular comb. I’ve used those little teasing combs but I kept snapping the handle lol. I usually use a blow dryer for volume now or I’ll use some volume powder to save my hair from all the teasing.

    • January 28, 2013 / 9:07 am

      Ahh I love volume powder too! 🙂

  2. Sara
    January 26, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    I have a small Denman teasing brush, I use it with a spray by VO5 (I think it’s called Give Me Texture Dry Backcomb Spray). The spray is amazing, it really gives you a volumised look to your roots and if you tease the hair as well it looks AMAZING! Would Definately reccommend!

    • January 28, 2013 / 9:08 am

      Great tips!! Thanks Sara 🙂 x

  3. Babydoll
    January 26, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    Hey Chyaz, I thought you might like to know how to backcomb your hair without damaging it. I’m a trained hair stylist and I was taught that when teasing you should only tease in a downwards motion, removing the brush or comb before returning to your starting point and teasing down again. It is the ‘traditional’ up and down motion that damages the hair and if you avoid doing this you wont have any damage (provided you brush it out again properly). I hope this helps you! xx

    • January 28, 2013 / 9:08 am

      Ahh thank you so much lovely!! 😀 it really helps! x

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