Which hairbrush to use when?
Ever thought about what hairbrush you use and if its the correct one for your hair or styling you want? We all constantly give praise to our own straighteners and curling wands, and the good old hairbrush is sadly overlooked.
There are many different kinds of brushes on the market...Finding the right hair brush to use may sound like a task, but because this is one thing you use every single day, Choosing the correct brush will be the biggest favor you'll do for your hair. No more just simply brushing your hair, using the correct brush for your hair type is guaranteed to cause less breakage, prevent bad hair days, and deliver your ultimate hair desire.
So onto the task, just like your makeup brushes, you’re definitely going to need more than just one hairbrush. Whether you’re looking to highlight those natural waves, detangle knots or achieve the salon looking blowout.
Read our list below to figure out what brush to fits with your needs.
Paddle Hair Brush
FOR ALL HAIR TYPES
BEST FOR DETANGLING HAIR
The paddle brush is known for its ability to quickly detangle hair with ease and comfort. Its flat, wide, rectangular surface allows the brush to move with your control and it also provides exceptionally smooth results without breaking the natural pattern of wavy and curly hair. Paddle brushes are made with different types of bristles. For thick hair, choose a brush with sturdier bristles like nylon and synthetic, which can run smoothly through textured hair.
HAIR TYPE: MEDIUM TO THICK
BEST FOR BLOWOUTS
With the proper round brush (and lots of upper body strength), you can get that salon looking blowout at home. Round brushes are made with a metal or iconic barrel which heat up when used with a blow dryer. The round brush helps tame frizz and delivers the desired amount of bounce to your hair. If you have fine to normal hair, we don't recommend using a round brush with a metal or ionic barrel, as it may cause severe heat damage to already weak ends. Instead, we suggest trying something more gentle like a mixed bristle or natural boar round brush.
Not only are there tons of bristle options when it comes to round brushes, but they also come in a variety of sizes. There are two things to consider when choosing the size of your round brush: the length of your hair and the size of the curl/wave you want to create. Round brushes are ideal for creating that volume and body in your hair. This is the brush you want to use when you are blow-drying your hair. Small size brushes create tighter curls, while brushes with larger barrels are known to straighten hair and give you waves.
HAIR TYPE: ALL
BEST FOR ADDING VOLUME
Using a teasing brush is the easiest way to lift your roots to create the illusion of fullness. This brush is perfect for teasing your hair and creating texture to support your lovely updos, adding texture to ponytails. Bonus points for having a point-ended handle, which can be used for sectioning the hair perfectly!
Wide Tooth Comb
HAIR TYPE: ALL
BEST FOR DETANGLING WET HAIR
This is the best tool to use to brush wet hair, as wet hair is most prone to breakage. If you don’t already own a wide tooth comb you should come to get one now! The wide tooth comb is great for safely combing out wet hair and distributing leave-in hair treatment. If you’re a night showerer, run the comb through your hair gently from bottom to top and tie your hair in a bun to ensure you won’t wake up with morning tangles.
ALL HAIR TYPE
BEST FOR DETANGLING HAIR WET AND DRY FINE HAIR
Wet hair is more delicate so to prevent breakage, you’re going to want a brush that is specifically designed to release tangles. Detangling brushes are typically made with wide-tooth plastic bristles that can easily undo stubborn knots painlessly and easily. Because the bristles are super firm, they can also help add additional volume to dry, fine hair.
Rat Tail Comb
ALL HAIR TYPE
BEST FOR PARTING HAIR INTO SECTIONS
Sometimes the best brush isn’t a brush at all. The rat tail comb gets its name from its long and skinny end, which is used to part the hair in precise, clean sections. Next time you want to wear your hair in braids, part your hair into two equal sections with this hair comb. It makes everything so much easier. This comb can also be used for backcombing your hair.
Boar Bristle Brush
HAIR TYPE: FINE, CURLY HAIR
BEST FOR STYLING DRY HAIR
For high-shine Hollywood waves, you’re going to want to try the boar bristle brush. Although they might not look the most delicate on the scalp, the boar bristles are designed to gently glide through the hair without snagging or pulling on roots, making it the go-to brush for women who have fine hair. Because of its ability to evenly distribute natural oils from the scalp through the hair, we recommend using the boar bristle brush after heat styling. You can also brush your hair right before bed to condition dry ends.
HAIR TYPE: ALL
BEST FOR QUICK BLOW DRY
The holes on the back of a vented brush allow the hot air to pass through during a rough blow dry to help speed up the drying process. There’s not much to it: with one hand in control of the blow dryer, use the other to brush your hair from root to tip.
HAIR TYPE: ALL
BEST FOR HAIR EXTENSIONS
If you wear hair extensions, the looper brush is a must-have. This brush features unique looped bristles that allow the brush to glide easily over wefts without getting caught, or pulling them out. Looper brushes are not only great for brushing hair while you have your extensions in, but they are also able to brush through more permanent types of hair extensions with no damage or pulling.
What is your go-to hairbrush? Give us a comment below.