A hairbrush is an essential beauty tool, but one that we don’t think twice about in our routines. Many of us have probably been using the same one for years — even if it’s only doing the bare minimum for our hair care. With a variety of paddle brushes, vent brushes, detanglers and more, there’s plenty of hair-taming options to suit your specific hair type.
“All brushes are not meant for every hair texture,” celebrity hair stylist Ro Morgan says. Whether you have strands that are straight or curly, thick or thin (or somewhere in between), finding the right hairbrush for your hair type will optimize your ability to style your locks.
Your brush of choice also depends on what hairstyle you want to achieve. “I highly recommend the use of multiple hairbrushes for different styling needs,” Morgan says. Veteran hair stylist and founder of his eponymous hair care line Stephen Knoll agrees, noting that it’s smart to have several hairbrushes on hand. “For instance, if you are doing a wavy, curly style and you want to keep the curls very formed you are going to use more of a vent brush so that you don’t disrupt the curl,” Knoll says. “If you want a very loose flowing look, like a Rita Hayworth look, then you are going to use a brush like a Mason Pearsonthat really fluffs the hair out.”
For your everyday hair care, Morgan says those with straight to wavy hair should brush their hair at least twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening, before bed. “This will help stimulate the scalp and help distribute oils through the hair,” Morgan explains. For those with curly hair, the stylist says to hold off on brushing unless some detangling is needed, since “brushing can disrupt curl pattern.”
Whatever your hair type, find your best hairbrush with these 7 expert-approved picks for smoothing, detangling, enhancing curls and making hair more manageable.
Hairbrushes for curly hair
$17.99 at Amazon
While Morgan says this brush is great for detangling any hair texture, he especially likes it for curly hair. “The flexible bristles are spaced wide enough to prevent breakage and help give curl definition,” Morgan says.
Hairbrushes for fine hair
$240 at Amazon
“With fine hair you should use a brush that has more bristles because it will move through the hair more easily,” Knoll advises. “The fine hair strand does not have the resistance and the flexibility to adapt to just any old brush and would get caught in the hair.” Mason Pearson brushes have long been an industry favorite, and this boar bristle brush is designed specifically for those with fine, medium to long hair.
From $43 at Amazon
Ibiza Hair B Series
Ibiza Hair’s B Series offers five sizes of round boar bristle brushes that help detangle and tame fine hair. “Blonde, lightweight bristles give hair shine without causing breakage to delicate, fine and color-treated hair,” Morgan says. “Love the cork handle,” he adds.
Hairbrushes for thick hair
$30.95 at Amazon
Denman D83 Paddle Brush
This large paddle brush can take on thick strands and is a great everyday option for various styling needs. Morgan likes it for detangling, blow-drying and straightening.
Hairbrushes for detangling hair
$17.95 at Amazon
Denman D200 Flexible Vent Brush
A vent brush, named for the “vents” that open to the back of the brush, is an ideal styling companion for those that blow-dry their hair. While the bristles smooth the hair, the vents allow the air from the blow-dryer to circulate freely, giving more volume and lift to your hairstyle. Knoll uses Denman’s vent brush and his Stephen Knoll Hydrating Serum Mist to tame tangled locks.
Hairbrushes for wet hair
$9.98 From $6.75 at Amazon
Wet Brush Original Detangler
An under-$10 option that’s earned over 46,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, the original Wet Brush continues to prove itself as the best brush for detangling wet hair. It’s one of Morgan’s favorites for the job, as its flexible bristles seamlessly remove tangles in hair thick or thin.
$8.99 $7.99 at Amazon
GBS Scalp Massager
Massaging the scalp may contribute to healthier hair, but scraping a hairbrush against your head is more abrasive than it is relaxing. Instead, Knoll recommends stimulating the scalp with a massaging tool that doubles as a detangler. The hair stylist likes this flexible option that is gentle on the scalp and on unknotting hair.
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