Choosing the right hair product gets you great results. But have you given much thought to choosing the right hairbrush? This important step in the styling process often gets overlooked, but it’s a cornerstone to great haircare. Using a brush that works specifically for your hair type can help protect your tresses from damage and take your look from “blah” to brilliant.
Overwhelmed by the variety of brushes out there and unsure which hairbrush is right for you? We’re here to help you figure that out. Let’s go!
The gentle quality of boar bristle brushes make them a great choice for fine hair. Because the bristles aren’t as stiff as nylon or plastic, you’ll be less prone to breakage.
If you’re looking to add volume to your fine hair, go for a round boar bristle brush. You can use the barrel of the brush to draw the hair upward as you blowdry. To lock in volume, blast each section of hair with cold air before releasing. And, as always – with any heat styling, use a heat protection spray to avoid the risk of damage.1
When thick hair gets unruly, detangling becomes priority number one. Detangling brushes forego handles, so you can have extra control in the detangling process. And their cone-shaped bristles gently separate the hair, instead of roughly pulling at tangles.
To style thick, straight hair, go for metal round brushes. When used with a hair dryer, the base of a metal round brush heats up like a curling iron. The heat – combined with the roundness of the brush – can help give your hair bounce and curl. Of course, be sure to spritz with a heat protection spray beforehand!
If you’re planning on letting your curls air-dry, use a wide-tooth comb to separate curls before they begin drying.
If you’re looking to blow-dry your hair smooth, try a brush with a mix of nylon and boar bristles. Oil has a harder time traveling down the shaft of curly hair. The twists and turns of curls essentially act as “roadblocks” for oil that would otherwise reach the ends of the hair. This “roadblock” action can mean a buildup of oil near the scalp, and dryness toward the ends. Boar bristles can help correct this imbalance, because they’re extremely effective at distributing your scalp’s natural oils throughout the hair. The result? Locks that are soft, shiny, and naturally conditioned.
And the nylon bristles? They’ll help detangle any knots, resulting in a smooth, sleek style.
To brush through already-dried curls, try a brush with widely-spaced wooden pins. These pins will be easy on dry hair, won’t separate curls, and will help fend off the enemy of curly-haired women everywhere: frizz.
A nylon paddle brush is a wonder for waves. The brush is able to cover a large surface area while detangling. Look for sparsely-placed bristles that won’t break up your natural wave pattern.
Hair that hasn’t been chemically relaxed responds well to brushes that have a rubber base – which adds a good amount of tension to smooth hair out, while minimizing the potential for static. Add some nylon bristles with rounded pins to that rubber base, and you’re in business. These bristles will be able to easily penetrate dense hair, while allowing the hair to move with the brush – minimizing the risk of breakage.
Hair that’s been relaxed needs to be treated with extra TLC. Go for a boar bristle brush that will be easy on chemically treated tresses. The soft, flexible bristles will give you smoothness, without roughly pulling at hair. You’ll also get an extra dose of shine, since these bristles are great at distributing natural oils throughout the hair.
Thinning or Damaged Hair
Over-processing or frequent heat styling can result in dry, damaged hair.2And sometimes, thinning, brittle strands are simply the result of aging.3 Regardless of the reason, it’s important to use a light hand on delicate hair.
For hair that’s on the fragile side, boar bristles are the way to go. But don’t just look for any old boar bristle brush – make sure the bristles are extra soft. This will help ensure that you’re getting the gentlest care possible for your locks.
And if you’d like to stimulate thick hair growth? Pick up a detangling brush, which is great for scalp massages. Daily scalp massages have been shown to help encourage the growth of hair strands that are wider in diameter, resulting in a head of thicker-looking hair.
The Best Hairbrush For Your Hair Type
Figuring out which hairbrush will give you the best results doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With these recommendations, you’ll be able to choose a hairbrush that capitalizes on your hair type – whatever that may be!