6 Types of Hair Brushes and How to Use Them

BY Jessica Gomes · August 4, 2017

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Are you using the right type of brush for your hair type? How about the right brush for the style you’re going for? Choosing the right one for the job can be a little overwhelming. Some brushes work best on dry hair, while others work best for wet hair. Then you have to consider the bristles. Some brushes have synthetic bristles and are best for drying hair quickly, creating a bouncy blowout or detangling. Boar bristles are best for creating a smooth, shiny look.

When you find the right brush, it can ease the styling process, whether you are blow drying, straightening, smoothing or detangling. To solve the hair brush mystery, we spoke to hair stylist Elah Paskowitz of Syrens Salon to decode six hair brushes and how to use each.

1. Detangling Brush

The detangling brush smooths wet (or dry) hair without causing breakage. According to Elah, “This brush is ideal for everyone—even kids! The ‘wet brush’ concept is perfect for wet and dry hair, is ideal for all hair types and is pain-free!” However, Elah warns not to use this type of brush with a blow dryer, as it can melt the bristles.

Try: Tangle Teezer – The Original

2. Round Brush

The round brush is a boar-bristle brush, ideal for long hair to create a straight and sleek look. Elah says, “These types of bristles are great for a smooth, shiny look, but will also give you volume and fullness.” Elah’s helpful tip when using this brush is to brush your hair in the opposite direction because “it will help give you height at the root.” For longer hair, she also recommends choosing a round brush that is three inches or more in diameter.

Try: Julien Farel Haircare – Large Hairbrush

3. Paddle Brush

A wide paddle brush is perfect for taming unruly hair of any length. “This brush is a must have for everyone!” says Elah. “Use it to blow dry your hair out quicker by sectioning and running the dryer over the brush root to end. You can use it for detangling as well—wet or dry. “

Try: Harry Josh Pro Tools – Wooden Paddle Brush

4. Straightening Brush

“This unique brush is heated and allows you to flat-iron your hair while running the brush root to end,” says Elah. “This brush makes flat ironing very easy! I recommend these to most of my clients to get perfectly smooth hair easily. This thermal brush will also help you get those hard-to-reach baby hairs!” The straightening brush is suitable for all hair types and leaves you with a silky and shiny look.

Try: Thairapy 365 – Thermal Straightening Brush

5. Shine Brush

The shine brush works great for detangling and adding shine to dry hair. With its double set of bristles, it enhances luster and smoothness. “The shine brush is my personal favorite because anything shine is my jam,” says Elah. “Use it as your ‘finishing brush’ by combing it through your hair once you’ve completed your style. You can brush out curls with it as well, and it will add shine and volume.”

Try: The Wet Brush – The Shine Brush

6. Smoothing Brush

“This brush is great for styling!” says Elah. It is the perfect tool for smoothing unruly locks. “You can use this brush to pull back a tight ponytail or tight bun to create a sleek look. It will quickly smooth out any bumps and will not separate your hair.”

Try: Anna Sui Cosmetics – Hair Brush

Jessica Gomes

Jessica Gomes is a freelance writer and health enthusiast who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She loves creating content that impacts people on a personal level inspiring them ... Read More >

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