Styling your hair is not always about the technique, but the tools you use. In order to get the perfect hair, you need the perfect brush for the job first.
Like most things in life, when it comes to the right brush, one size does not fit all (hair types). Here’s your brush breakdown for the most common brush types on the market!
Synthetic Bristle Brush– This is your universal brush for everyday for brushing and can be used for all hair lengths. These brushes are usually made of nylon and don’t create as much static as natural bristles. Because the bristles are stiffer, it makes for easier detangling and offers more control.
Best Used For: Very Thick or Coarse Hair
Natural Bristle Brush– Usually made of boar bristles, these brushes distribute the hair’s natural oils while exfoliating the scalp and stimulating circulation of the hair follicles, which makes for some shiny strands. The 100% boar bristles provide many healthy hair benefits, which makes it well worth its more expensive price tag.
Best Used For: Fine to Normal Straight Hair
Mixed Bristle Brush– This brush is the perfect combination of a boar bristle’s shiny hair benefits plus the detangling powers of synthetic bristles. The mixed bristle brush is the most popular among hair stylists, because it is an all in one brush that works well on every hair type.
Best Used For: Normal to Thick Hair
Paddle Brush– This is your basic, go-to brush for everyday use. Although it doesn’t create a lot of volume, it helps flatten frizz and creates mega shine.
Vented Brush– The vents in this brush help speed up the drying process by allowing the heat to reach all your strands from all angles. This will help decrease the drying time, which will help prevent heat damage from the blow dryer.
Tip: Make your hair is 80% dry before you pick up a brush, since wet hair is more prone to breakage.
Round Brush– This brush is perfect if you want to create a blowout with major volume and some slight curl. Round brushes come in all sizes–the smaller the brush, the tighter the curl. A small round brush is often used to style bangs or very short hair.
Tip: Try blasting the section of hair with cold air before you style with the brush to help set the style.
Teasing Brush– The teasing brush is used for, you got it, teasing. It helps create little knots to create extra volume, especially for updos. Although it is not great for your hair, this method of teasing is less damaging than using a comb, which can break your strands.
Rattail Comb– The fine teeth of a rattail comb is great for smoothing cowlicks and bumps in your hair style. The handle also helps with sectioning off hair for braids or creating the perfect part.
Wide Tooth Comb– Opt for a wide tooth comb when detangling wet locks. The worst thing you can do to your hair is using a brush on freshly wet hair; this pulls and stretches out your strands, making them weak and easily broken.
Wet Brush– The only exception to brushing out wet locks is the wet brush. If you don’t like the way a comb pulls at your scalp, opt for this brush. These bristles are stiff like a comb, causing it not to pull like a traditional paddle brush.
Which brush are you immediately going out and buying now? Let us know in the comments below!