Hairbrushes 101: What You Need to Know

It's easy to panic while you're standing in the hairbrush aisle of any given beauty supply store trying to contemplate all of your options. Finding a good brush makes everything easier, it's a truly indispensable beauty staple. But with countless shapes and sizes, how can you be sure that you're using the right one for your hair's texture and style? To help make sense of it all, I've outlined a comprehensive guide for different types of hairbrushes and exactly what they'll do for your locks. Synthetic Bristle Brush

Usually made from nylon, synthetic bristles are best for super thick hair types. They don’t create as much static as natural versions, like boar. Plus the stiffer bristles make for easier detangling.

Paddle Brush

This is your go-to brush for everyday–and anytime–use. If you're looking for a no-frills blowout, this is an especially great tool. A paddle brush doesn't necessary create the most volume, but it will help flatten out any frizz and supply ample shine.

Vented Brush

You can say hello to a much fast blow-dry with this trusty brush. With the help of the vents down the middle of the brush, the heat from your blowdryer can reach your strands at all angles. Since you're spending less time blasting your hair with hot air, your chances of heat damage are significantly lower. While this brush is blow-dry friendly, you should dry your hair to 80% (it looks dry but feels wet) before you pick up a brush. Wet hair is much more prone to breakage even with a vented brush like so.

Round Brush

If you want a blowout with major volume and a little bit of curl, the round brush is for you. They come in tons of different sizes—the smaller the brush, the tighter the curl. Try blasting the section of hair with cold air before you take out the brush, since this will help set the style. For best results, treat yourself with this round brush from Drybar for a salon-like finish every time.

Wide Tooth Comb

When your hair is sopping wet from the shower, the last thing you want to do is go at it with your usual hairbrush. The bristles will pull and stretch out your strands, making them weak and easily broken! Instead, go for a wide tooth comb—it detangles knots without tearing at your hair.

The Wet Brush

If you don't love the way a comb tugs at your scalp, you can use a brush on wet hair. There's always an exception to the rule, and this time it's the wet brush that's specifically designed for soaked strands. It has bristles almost as stiff as a comb, so it won't pull as much as a traditional paddle brush.

Brushing your hair is one of the most important things you do before you step out the door (and throughout the day), so why not execute it perfectly? It's true that buying the right one can be very confusing, but now you know how to decipher between the different types to invest in one that works for your hair type and texture that will give you the style you're looking for.