What Styling Brushes Work Best For You?


Is it time to replace an old styling brush, or are you looking for something new to accomodate a new style or cut?

Shopping for a new brush may not be as simple as you would like for it to be, but if you take some of the following tips and suggestions under consideration, it might save you some time deciding what is the best brush for you. Some of the considerations in shopping for a new brush are what hair type you have, the length of your hair, what style you are trying to achieve, and what exactly will the function of the brush be.

Hair Type

Boar bristle brushes are probably one of the only type brushes that provide benefits for almost every hair type. This natural bristle brush was designed to clean, condition, and polish your hair. While the paddle type boar brush is great for brushing through your hair and attracting dirt and dust (meaning it cleans your hair), it also provides a benefit of polishing and conditioning your hair. This happens as a result of the density of the fibrous bristles, which automatically pull out any dirt and dust.

If you have normal to thick hair you may want to consider brushes that come with both nylon and boar bristles because sometimes a natural bristle brush may not get all of the tangles out. Detangling with natural bristles is actually better for normal to fine hair. If your hair is coarse and thick, a nylon brush may work best because it tends to be on the stronger side.

Hair Length

Whatever your hair length is, is what typically determines the size of the brush barrel that you will need. This is also associated with whether or not the brush you are looking for is for styling or just for your everyday brush-through once you are out and about and need to tidy up your style or if there is no style, just to detangle the hair. Paddle brushes are great for the detangling of hair. Round brushes are needed when using a hair dryer to style while drying your hair.

Hair Styling

When it comes to styling your hair, thermal round styling brushes are the best. Depending on what the style is and the length of your hair will determine the size needed. Round brushes come in a variety of sizes and types of bristles to accomodate all hair lengths and styling needs. Typically a 1 inch barrel is the smallest and some of the largest barrel sizes reach in the 4 inch to 5 inch range. Obviously, the smaller the barrel for the shorter hair up to the larger barrel sizes for the longer hair. However, that is not to say that someone with shoulder length hair might want to use a 1 inch or slightly larger size barrel to make sure they get the hair to curl under or curl up. The larger size barrels are going to give you volume.

Outside of the round brush and the paddle brush, there are also brushes designed just for teasing your hair. In fact, Spornette makes the Little Wonder which is truly the best brush I have ever tried for teasing my hair. It surpassed any comb that I have ever used for this very purpose.

As with anything, a consultation with your hair stylist is always a good thing to do prior to you actually buying a new brush. You want to make sure that what you are wanting to buy is actually going to do the job because in most cases a brush is a non-returnable item.

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