The Best Brush For Every Hair Type
It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the brush aisle and just settle for the cheapest option. We’re here to decode all that detangles with an all-star lineup of paddles and round brushes that are primed to take over as your hair’s best kept secret. While there’s no exact equation as to what will work for each hair type and styling preference, this is a pretty good place to start. Find your hair type and we'll introduce you to your new hair fairy godmother. Bippity boppity boo!
Boar bristles will help grip your strands so they don’t slip as you’re trying to style, and a round brush is a must for creating volume at the root. Just be sure to find a tool that doesn’t snag your fine hair.
A bristle combo is your ticket for smoothing frizz and styling to perfection. The boar and nylon bristles provide just the right amount of friction to gently pull your hair taught so you can smooth out every last strand as you dry. Just remember to lock in your style with a shot from your blow dryer’s cool function before you’re out the door.
If there’s one brush that’s a necessity for a curly girl, it’s a good detangling comb. The trick here is to keep Ouidad’s Double Detangler Comb in your shower and only use when you’ve applied conditioner. The conditioner will help the comb glide through your spirals with more ease, lowering the risk of hair breakage and disturbing your natural curl pattern. Just don’t forget to rinse out the conditioner once you’re tangle free.
There certainly isn’t a one-size-fits-all brush for any variety of hair—let alone when it comes to natural hair—but one fan favorite does seem to be the Denman Classic Styling Brush. It comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, bettering your chances of finding just the right tool for you. It has been said to work wonders detangling while also creating curl definition and more evenly distributing product from roots to ends. One more plus of this nifty detangler? Rows of bristles can be removed in order to cut back on hair snagging.
If you’re reaching for the dry shampoo 6 hours after your last lather, you might want to put down the micro bristle brush. Instead opt for a comb or brush with widely spaced bristles that won’t drag the oils from your scalp through every last strand. Opting for a vented version like the one featured here (and in our thick-hair category) will also cut back on styling time, which can also lead to increased oiliness.