Hair brush guide: Choosing the right brush for your hair

Hair brush guide: Choosing the right brush for your hair

Hair brush guide: Choosing the right brush for your hairEver get bewildered when walking down the hair care aisle at your local store because there are just too many hair brushes to choose from? Then read on because this guide will help you take the guesswork out of picking the right hair brush for your needs!

Does your hair have a mind of it’s own?  It may not be your hair, it might have to do with the type of brush you are choosing to style it with! The world of hair brushes can be big with so many types to choose from.  Choosing the correct type of hair brush has a lot to do with the natural texture of your hair and the look you intend to achieve.

Hair Brush Bristles

When it comes to hair brushes, there are ones with natural bristles, synthetic bristles or a combination of both. Natural bristles are usually derived from boars. The advantage of these natural bristles is that they can help clean the hair and scalp. Natural bristles are easy on the scalp, reduce static and cause minimal breakage. I’ve also read reviews of natural versus synthetic brushes that claim that natural brushes last longer than synthetic hair brushes.

Synthetic hair brush bristles are generally made from nylon and are typically an inexpensive alternative to natural bristles.  Synthetic hair brush bristles work well for sliding through fine hair, but you must do your research if you have thicker hair. Make sure the synthetic bristles are sturdy if you are navigating through thicker hair.  Another thing to watch out for with synthetic bristles is that they can melt under excessive heat.

As far as how the bristles are placed on a hair brush: the closer the bristles are, the finer the hair it’s for. When bristles are set farther from each other, the hair brush would be for a thicker hair texture.

Hair brush types

Now that you know what hair brushes are made of, it’s time to pick the right one for your styling needs!

Paddle brush

Paddle brushes come in different sizes and shapes. There are small paddle brushes you can carry for when you’re on the go, and there are large paddle brushes that become handy when you’re styling at home. They typically come in square or round shape (let me know if you see any other fun shapes!).  Think of paddle brushes as your typical hair brush that you can detangle and smooth out your hair. It may suffice for a blow out if you have short or medium length fine hair. If you have longer, thicker hair, use a paddle brush for a rough blow dry and then continue styling with a round brush.

Vent brush

A vent brush is a basic brush that is meant for detangling and taming frizz. A vent brush is good for short or medium hair length. It can be used as a blow-drying tool, and can add volume to hair while blow-drying thanks to vents placed behind the bristles. And you guessed it—the vents allow for faster drying time.

Round metal brush

This is a go-to brush for big bouncy blow-outs! You can choose the type of bristles based on your needs and brush features such as vented for what feels best on your hair texture. Round metal hair brushes are known to add volume while blow drying. They come in various sizes, and you can choose the size of the brush depending on the look you are going for. There are variations of the round metal brush. Newer technologies of round metal brushes include ionic and ceramic hair brushes. These brushes are said to shorten drying time while creating your desired look.


Combs come in wide tooth or fine tooth. Use a wide tooth comb to detangle and to comb while hair is wet. Fine tooth comb can be used on fine hair, and can be used as a styling tool for teasing on thicker hair.

Teasing brush

Also known as a ‘backbrushing’ brush, can add volume to specific areas of your hair. These days, it’s very trendy to tease hair at the crown and create up-dos with this technique. Teasing brushes are typically rectangular shaped with tightly packed bristles.

Caring for your hair brushes

Just like your other beauty tools need a revamp every so often, so do your hair brushes! As time goes on, the texture of your hair changes along with styles and treatments you may apply, so be sure to use the correct brush for your hair type. Hair brushes can get saturated with product build-up and dirt over time. You can extend the life of your hair brushes and make sure your hair doesn’t accumulate additional build up by cleaning them. When you purchase hair brushes, look at the labels for cleaning instructions. Most hairbrushes can be easily shampooed.


Your drawers can be full of different types of brushes, but hopefully you now have an idea of what types of hair brushes you need to create your style! You really should keep about 3-4 hair brushes on hand for different needs. I’d like to know what your favorite hair brushes are. Share with me in the comments section!

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