The right hair brush can dramatically affect the condition of your scalp and your strands. But with so many options, it’s hard to know what actually works for your specific hair texture and length. Use this basic guide to find your next hairsaver!
Hair is structurally weaker when wet, so rough-brushing can cause snags and tears. Gently loosen your tangles with a brush that has widely spaced bristles designed to detangle wet hair.
If you want to get soft curls or waves without using a curling iron, use a round brush with a ventilated metal, thermal, or ionic barrel. These barrels efficiently trap and circulate heat when you blow-dry, reinforcing a shiny curl. The smart, ventilated design also cuts drying time in half.
A flat, boar-bristled paddle brush is perfect for smoothing hair after a blow-dry. A flat paddle brush has a larger surface area designed to reach larger sections of your hair. Choose a brush with firm boar bristles to close the outer layer of the hair cuticle and more evenly distribute natural scalp oils.
You can blow-dry all hair lengths and textures straight with a round brush. Choose metal, synthetic, or natural bristles depending on your hair texture and condition. The longer your hair is, the larger the brush’s diameter should be.
A mixed-bristle brush (typically boar bristle and nylon) is best for long hair. The natural boar bristles polish the hair while the synthetic nylon ones gently grab and hold sections of your hair. Look for a brush with an air cushion, which enables the brush to glide over painful knots that could potentially break long locks. The most famous example of this kind of brush is the classic Mason Pearson brush, but there are many less expensive alternatives to try as well.