Consider your collection of haircare products: every bottle probably earned its space on your shelves because of careful selection and thorough research. Is the same true for your hairbrush? The beauty tool that you’ve used every day since you were a child? Hopefully you’ve upgraded over the years, but if your current hairbrush is in your drawer because it was the only on sale at Target (and it also has a squishy handle), it’s time to invest in something with a little more quality.
Using the right hairbrush is often an oversight, but it’s important to use the right one for your own hair type to avoid breakage, damage, and weak styling. Confused about which one to pick? Seek no further, I have all the answers for you my friends!
Fine to Normal Hair: Boar Bristle Brush
Boar bristle brushes help to attain polished strands. By lifting away dirt and dust, they help to redistribute your scalp’s natural oils through the ends of your hair. Boar bristle brushes are gentle, effective, and easy to use.
Denman’s Medium Boar Bristle Brush ($34).
Thinning, Delicate, or Damaged Hair: Soft Boar Bristle Brush
Boar bristle brushes are great for those with delicate hair as well, but make sure you choose one with extra soft bristles. Soft brushes will stimulate the scalp, increasing circulation, which will help maintain the health of your hair without being rough on your tresses.
Kent Ladies’ Narrow Soft Brush ($90).
Very Thick or Coarse Hair: Nylon Bristle Brush
In order to work with thick or coarse hair, it’s imperative that you use a nylon brush. Nylon bristles are stiff and offer more control than boar bristles to help unruly, unmanageable hair stay in place.
Mason Pearson’s Pocket Size Nylon Brush ($68).
Normal to Thick Hair: Mixed-Bristle Brush
Mixed bristle brushes are really a great combination. Nylon bristles will help detangle your hair while boar bristles will distribute your hair’s natural oils and smooth the cuticle of your hair strand.
Mason Pearson’s Handy Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush ($150).
Curly Hair: Wooden-Bristle Brush
Curly hair can be brushed as long as it’s with the right tool. We all know that curly hair can be challenging, but with a wooden bristle brush, your hair will maintain its curl and won’t induce frizz or poofiness. Wooden bristles help to gently seperate curls, while getting rid of knots and tangles.
Kent’s Woodyhog Brush ($24).
Bangs and Very Short Hair: Small, Round Boar Bristle Brush
A small roundbrush with boar bristles will do the trick. Boar bristles create tension and encourage smoothness. The size of the brush will help to catch all the hair, even extra short pieces.
Spornette De Ville’s Rounder Boar Bristle Hair Brush 1.5” ($18).