Hairbrush 101

Navigating which hair brush you need can be confusing, but the right tools can make all the difference. So which brush is right for you?

PADDLE BRUSH

Got tons of tangles? This is a good pick for you. A paddle brush is great for detangling really thick, wet hair. We advise to start with the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots.

CERAMIC ROUND BRUSH

If you want big curls but would prefer to skip the iron, we recommend using a ceramic round brush with synthetic bristles: While the synthetic bristles lightly detangle and wrap the hair around the brush, the heated ceramic barrel actually molds the hair into a shiny, bouncy curl. No curling irons and way less fuss.

WOODEN ROUND BRUSH

These brushes offer tension and control over your hair, making them a favorite of stylists. Pros tend to favor wooden round brushes with natural boar bristles because they rely on technique and control more than they do on the heated barrel. Bonus: They’re healthier for your hair because the bristles don’t snag and the barrel doesn’t overheat.

VENT BRUSH

This brush allows air from the blow dryer to pass right through it, which speeds up your blow dry time. The downside: You can lose a lot of control over your hairstyle. The vent brush is great for a fast but imperfect hairstyle, so if you’re in a hurry and can do without the best possible blowout, reach for this pick.

TEASING BRUSH

Teased hair is one of the biggest hair trends of the year, so get this tool if you’re ready to add lots of volume. But big hair isn’t all this handy teasing brush can do — if you have thin locks that you wish could look thicker, try our handy root teasing trick for instantly fuller locks.

DENMAN BRUSH

Short-haired ladies, rejoice: This brush is perfect for you. The Denman brush makes your fresh bob haircut sleek and straight with just a subtle bend on the bottom.

ROUND BRUSH

You generally only use round brushes on hair that has been layered. A small round brush creates a wavier style with more lift at the roots, while a large round brush simply delivers smooth bounce and soft definition.

DETANGLING BRUSH

If your locks are dry and you need to detangle, we recommend using a detangling brush to get those knots out.

WIDE TOOTH COMB

Curly-haired girls, listen up: You need this tool if you want hydrated, healthy locks. A large wide tooth comb is great for detangling hair in the shower. And if you have curly hair, you should use it while conditioning your hair so that every last strand gets the right amount of moisture and nourishment.

TALL COMB

Love to add drama to your hairstyle? This skinny tool creates the best statement hair part. With a tall comb, you can create a severe center, dramatic deep side, or even zig zag part, or clean sections for braids. For the most perfect line, we recommend firmly pressing the point of the tail comb onto your head as you create the part.

HEAT RESISTANT V-COMB

If you want perfectly straight hair, this is the tool to try. A heat resistant v-comb is great for flat ironing because it can guide and control a section of hair without melting from the iron.

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