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The Best Hairbrushes

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🕚 Updated April 2022

Whatever the length, texture, or style, hair can be a hassle to manage. A good hairbrush can help. We've collected some of our favorites to help you find the right brush for your hair type and lifestyle.

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  Top Choice Great for Men Best Round Brush Best Gentle Detangler Best for Blow-Drying
 
  Denman
D3 Hairbrush For Curly Hair
Diane
Double-Sided Boar Bristle Hair Brush
Sndyi
Ceramic Round Brush With Boar Bristles
Wet Brush
Original Detangler With IntelliFlex Bristles
Bsisme
Vented Paddle Brush With Nylon Bristles
 
Our SummaryThe wide-set, staggered, nylon-rounded bristles define curls when hair is wet.This double-sided boar bristle brush handles thick, textured hair well.Ionic ceramic technology quickly and evenly distributes heat to avoid damage.Ultra-soft bristles glide through hair to remove tangles on any hair type.This curved, vented paddle brush is perfect for achieving fast at-home blowouts.
ProsDefines curls when wet, detangles gently, good for styling. Evenly distributes oils along the shaft of hair, creates wave patterns, double sided bristles for texture and thickness variation.Distributes heat quickly, adds volume to blowouts, uses a combination of nylon and boar bristles. Gently detangles knots, glides through wet or dry hair, suited for all hair types. Keeps air flowing so hair doesn't become damaged, significantly reduces drying time, curved paddle gently fits against the scalp.
ConsDifficult to master, top-heavy design can tire arms out quickly. Non-vegan, course boars hair can cause damage and breakage on thin hair. Learning curve when first using, causes arm fatigue while blow-drying. Should not be used for blow-drying, difficult to clean. Rigid bristles and brush head.
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The Best Hairbrushes

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If you’ve ever had a friend recommend a hairbrush only to find that it left your hair dull, weighed down, or frizzy beyond management, you’re probably not buying the right brush for your hair type and routine. We’ve gathered some of the best hairbrushes available for various hair needs and care treatments.

Buying Guide for Hairbrushes

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Why buy a new hairbrush? 

Chances are, you’ve already got a brush rumbling around in your drawers, and maybe even more than one. But a hairbrush needs to be suited to your hair type, lifestyle, and beauty routine. Having the right brush can make all the difference, and not all brushes are made equal.

What should you consider in a hairbrush?

  • Brush Head: Keep in mind the construction of the brush head. A wider brush works well to detangle hair by allowing it to pass through several bristles, but it can lengthen drying time. Smaller brush heads offer more precision while helping to smooth the hair. If you are looking for big, bouncy hair, a barrel brush provides the grip to wrap hair around a cylinder to create waves and add volume.
  • Bristle Type:  You should also consider the bristle length and organization, as tightly packed bristles can pull on the hair and cause damage to certain hair types or pull against your natural texture. Mixed length or widely spaced bristles can help gently detangle hair.
  • Hair Type: Always be sure to note what hair type a brush is made for. Buying the wrong brush type can damage your hair, cause frizz, and make for a wicked bad hair day.

What is the difference between a comb and a brush? 

The main difference is in the teeth and grip. Brushes typically use nylon, soft plastic, silicone, or rubber bristles, while combs have hard plastic teeth. Combs can be great detanglers on wet hair and great for teasing hair but can’t replace the volumizing, shaping, and oil-distributing properties of the hairbrush. For years, curly-haired folks were told to only use combs, but through hairstyling wisdom, hairbrush markets now cater to natural and curly hair, so even if you’ve been told hairbrushes aren’t for you, think again.

Our Picks for the Best Hairbrushes

Top Choice

Denman D3 Hairbrush For Curly Hair

The wide-set, staggered, nylon-rounded bristles define curls when hair is wet.

Pros: While this type of brush is typically used for blow-drying and styling, its small nylon round-ended bristles make it ideal for detangling and defining curls on wet hair. The curved brush head allows hair to be smoothed down and shaped as the bristles move down. These bristles and the natural rubber pad of the brush fight static, detangle knots, and add volume. The wide-set bristles also make it easy to clean after use. This brush’s unique design will diminish the chances of damaged hair and help you style it along the way. We love this for curly and natural textured heads of hair.

Cons: This brush has a major learning curve, so you will need to watch a few videos to get the hang of it. Additionally, the skinny shaft and top-heavy brush head can tire arms easily, making it difficult to blow-dry through thick hair.

Bottom Line: With the help of a few tutorials, this hairbrush is a must-have for curly-haired folks who want to detangle, define, and shape their manes.

 

Great for Men

Diane Double-Sided Boar Bristle Hair Brush

This double-sided boar bristle brush handles thick, textured hair well.

Pros: Boar bristles are phenomenal at smoothing and shaping even the coarsest hair. This double-sided brush offers versatility, with each side at a different bristle hardness, depending on the texture and style needs of your hair, which can vary day to day. Diane’s double-sided hairbrush is made from natural boar hair and reinforced with nylon bristles. Boar bristle brushes are beloved for creating wavy textures and distributing oil from the scalp to the rest of your hair. This is a great buy for most men, but especially men of color with wavy or curly hair.

Cons: This product uses real boar hair, which makes it non-vegan. If this is important to you, you’ll have to look elsewhere for a nylon alternative. The medium-hard bristles aren’t suitable for fine, delicate hair and will cause breakage.

Bottom Line: We love this brush for styling curly and wavy hair of all lengths, and the natural sheen it gives strands is a huge bonus. Goodbye, oily scalp and dry ends!

 

Best Round Brush

Sndyi Ceramic Round Brush With Boar Bristles

Ionic ceramic technology quickly and evenly distributes heat to avoid damage.

Pros: Get the volume and bounce of a salon blowout right at home with this round barrel ceramic styling hairbrush. The ceramic barrel with honeycomb vents promotes even heat distribution and venting, which cuts down on drying time and damage to your hair. The bristles are a combination of boar and nylon to add shine, reduce frizz, and keep static down. It also comes with bonus hair clips to make sectioning off your hair easy.

Cons: This brush can be difficult to get the hang of as it is used for blowouts, and you may need some time (and some arm strength) to master holding both it and your hair dryer. You’ll only want to use this when your hair is about 80 to 90% dry, so this brush is not a one-step hair routine.

Bottom Line: If you love the bounce and shine of your salon blowout, this round brush is essential to create one at home. Just be cautious of heat damage and overuse.

 

Best Gentle Detangler

Wet Brush Original Detangler With IntelliFlex Bristles

Ultra-soft bristles glide through hair to remove tangles on nearly any hair type.

Pros: Specially designed to handle wet hair, this brush works to achieve the gentlest brushing experience possible. The Wet brush features IntelliFlex bristles that softly bend as the hair is brushed through to ensure that there is no pulling or breakage. The bristles’ unique x-shaped grid pattern allows more hair to pass through at a time, which is ideal for textured and thick hair. While it is named Wet Brush, it can be used on dry hair just as easily.

Cons: Because the ends of the bristles are coated in soft plastic, this is not a brush you want to hold under a hair dryer for a sustained period. The heat can warp the bristles and cause damage to both your brush and your hair. Also, the grid pattern makes it difficult to clean hair clumps out of this brush.

Bottom Line: If you or your little one suffers from knots and painful brush-outs, consider adding The Wet Brush to your post-shower routine.

 

Best for Blow-Drying

Bsisme Vented Paddle Brush With Nylon Bristles

This curved, vented paddle brush is perfect for achieving fast at-home blowouts.

Pros: This wide paddle brush is amazing for blow-drying your hair, thanks to its wide vents and curved brush head. The unique rounded brush head allows this brush to comfortably rest against your scalp, giving your blowout maximum volume. The wide-set prongs are also easy to clean hair from and less likely to get caught on knots. You can use it on fully wet, nearly dry, and totally dry hair. It’s also suited to all hair types, from curly to wavy to straight. Most notably, the venting helps hot air escape, which is healthier for hair and cuts down on drying time. It also doesn’t have any padding under the brush head, so moisture won’t accumulate.

Cons: Because it lacks padding and the bristles are made from harder than typical nylon, this brush is rigid. This can be a problem for those with sensitive scalps.

Bottom Line: This is an excellent buy if you’re hoping to cut down on your blow-drying time and want a brush that can detangle, shape, smooth, and style.

Final Thoughts

It can be challenging to know which brush is right for you and your daily needs, and there’s a good chance you’ll need more than one. But armed with what to look for and knowing what your hair care needs are will help you find the right hairbrush.

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