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All About Hairbrush Bristles: Part Three

Hairbrushes are such simple, everyday tools, but do we ever put that much thought into which ones are the most appropriate for our hair types? That's what I'm here for: to teach you the brushin' basics. Last year, I gave you the scoop on which hairbrush is right for your hair type and styling needs, and now I've got you covered on bristles. So far, I've explored why bristles are spaced the way they are and the advantages of boar bristles. Next up are synthetics.

This type of bristle is almost always made from nylon and comes in varying textures. Soft and flexible work well for sensitive scalps and finer hair. Stiff, less-bendy types are best for thicker and/or curly hair. While nylon is typically more inexpensive from its natural counterparts, the biggest disadvantages are that synthetic can melt under excessive heat and they're not biodegradable.

For a classic nylon brush, there's always Mason Pearson Detangler Nylon Hair Brush ($82), or for an affordable version try Umberto Oval Brush ($11).

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Bethania Bethania 8 years
Does anyone have the mason pearson brush? Is it really that good?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Interesting.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Cool... good to know.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
Why would anyone spend that much money on a synthetic brush? I can almost understand it more on the boar-bristle Mason Pierson (which still seems crazy), but for this? No way.
gseymour gseymour 8 years
The Sonia Kashuk Kashuk Tools Bristle Hair Brush, also at Target, is a nice and cheap substitute for a Mason Pearson, as well, for about 15 USD.
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