I never thought a beauty tool could truly be “life-changing” until I met my magic brush. If you have thick tangle-prone hair like I do, you can probably relate to this: I used to spend ten frustrating, painful minutes a day combing through my hair after every shower. By the end of it my arms ached, my scalp hurt, and my brush was full of broken hair. I had tried so many types of brushes — round brushes, fine tooth combs (OUCH), soft brushes, paddle brushes — so when my stylist suggested the shower brush, I was fairly skeptical it would change much. I’ve never been happier to be wrong. After one easy comb-through in the shower, my hair was air-drying tangle free. It turns out there a plenty of tips and tricks that can make brushing your hair easier and more effective. So we got together with stylist Erica Rae to get the inside scoop on brushing, including which tools to use when and proper brushing technique.