02 May Should You Be Using a Different Hair Brush?

We put so much time and effort into carefully selecting every product we choose to use in haircare routines, even selecting down to exact ingredients. There’s a good chance you will only use one particular kind of dry shampoo or only a specific brand of shampoo.

Being selective is a good thing in the beauty industry and a luxury we’re lucky to be able to access. But there may be one thing you haven’t considered being choosy about and it could make a huge difference to the health and look of your mane… your hairbrush!

It’s the most basic of beauty tools and I doubt there’s a gal that’s never owned or used one in her life. Yep, we all have them, but do we all think about the type we’re using and how we’re using them?

Of course, choosing a hair brush isn’t really on par with choosing a new serum or shade of foundation. There’s no long list of ingredients and they all do pretty much the same thing. But if we’re being so picky about what we’re putting on our hair, it would pay to be as picky about how we’re handling it.

Queue our list of every hair brush a girl could need, what it’s for and which hair type it’s best for.


  1. Boar Bristle Brush – generally speaking, using a natural bristled brush is far better for your tresses than using one with plastic bristles. The natural bristles work to keep your strands smooth, tangle free and they’re far gentler so you’ll experience less breakage. They also stimulate your scalp in a similar way to dry body brushing and help to evenly distribute your hairs natural oils. They’re best suited to gals with fine to normal hair.
  2. Wooden Bristle Brush – if you’ve got curly hair, this one’s for you. The wooden bristles are great at detangling curls without separating them too much. They don’t cause tangles and also won’t leave your hair feeling frizzy and static, which is all too common with curls.
  3. Paddle Brush – synonymous with hair dressers, the paddle brush has become somewhat old school but is still great for helping to blow dry the hair straight.
  4. Round Brush – whether it’s bristles are metal or natural, a round brush is great for adding volume when blow-drying, create curls and finishing your fringe. They’re available in a range of widths which all give a different result; wider for loose curls and thinner for tight and controlled curls. Round brushes and designed to create tension in the hair while blow drying to get the smoothest possible result.
  5. Nylon Bristle Brush – for really thick and coarse hair, a nylon bristle brush can help to penetrate your hair and get down to the roots to give you a really good brush. Choose one that has strong but fine bristles. That way, you’ll get control without it pulling your hair out.
  6. Wide Tooth Comb – perfect for detangling wet hair, a wide-toothed comb is the only kind I’d ever recommend to use on wet hair. When your hair is wet, it’s particularly fragile and gets tangled easier than when it’s dry. A wide tooth comb will help to detangle it without causing knots and breakage.
  7. Teasing Brush – this is typically a thin, rectangular bristle comb with a pointed end, perfect for sectioning hair. The fine, coarse bristles are used to back comb hair for teasing to create volume at the roots.
  8. Rattail Comb – despite it’s unfortunate name, a rattail comb is actually pretty useful. It’s thin plastic frame helps you to create really precise sections and parts when styling it.