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Which Hairbrush Is Right For You?

A good hairbrush should do far more than just brush hair, but buying the right one can be very confusing. There are two important factors to consider: finding the appropriate brush for your hair type and styling regimen and making sure you get a quality brush. Here are some helpful shopping tips and recommendations.

If you have curly or wavy hair and you blow it dry, choose a round, nylon-bristle brush. The wider the brush bristles are, the straighter your hair will turn out when it dries. I particularly like the Acca Kappa Professional Nylon Bristle Round Hairbrush. Buy it here for $15.

If you have straight hair and want to get volume through blow-drying, use a round, boar-bristle brush, which is softer and more flexible than nylon and will help prevent split ends. Buy the Spornette Round Boar Brush here for $18.99; available in three sizes.

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If you have straight or wavy hair that you brush daily, use a flat paddle brush after you've washed your hair when it is nice and dry. Not only do paddle brushes help circulation in your scalp by giving it a little massage, but they also help evenly distribute the oils in your hair from the roots downward, making the hair look shinier. The Cadillac of boar bristles is the one I recommended last week, the Mason Pearson Handy All Boar Bristle Hair Brush, available here for $146 in five colors.

If you have super curly and thick hair, use a wide-tooth comb or pick so that your hair won't frizz but it will still look tidy. Use the comb in the shower to detangle curls before drying sets in. I suggest Sephora's Wide Tooth Comb, which you can buy here for $4.

Lastly, if you are looking for a good sculpting tool, metal brushes are the best. When these brushes heat up, they act like hot rollers, creating curl and movement. Be sure and use the "cool" feature on your hairdryer to set your hair with the brush. I like the TIGI Thermal Brush which you can buy here for $17.

Here are some additional hairbrush tips:

  • Only buy brushes with ball-type tips that are molded into place. The kind of tips that are glued on can pull at your hair and break the ends.
  • Look at a good brush like an investment. If it's high quality and well taken care of, a good hairbrush will last for years.
  • Clean your hairbrushes regularly. Oils and greasy hair residue take away from their performance. Rub another brush into the bristles to lift and loosen trapped hair. Gently soak your brushes in warm water with a little shampoo.
Join The Conversation
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I have the Sephora wide-toothed comb, and it is great for my curly haried days. I've been coveting a Mason Pearson brush for years, and hope to get one someday.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
I mostly use wide toothed combs (curly hair), but I really love my Widu brush. It's very gentle and soothing.
asco00 asco00 10 years
I'm very picky about my brushes. This is a great guide, although I already figured this out by trial and error.
FrugalFranny FrugalFranny 10 years
I have wavy hair, that i sometimes straigten with a flat iron. I never know what sort of brush to use...paddle brush I think
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
lol 4c I never got that either. I love my brush I have now I got it at walmart and of couse I cant even see the name on the handle anymore but its wooden and resembles the Mason Pearson but it isnt all soft bristle it has the hard ones poking out to. I love it.
4cdawgs 4cdawgs 10 years
Ok...who in their right mind would pay $145 for a hair brush?
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