Style & Beauty
Find the Best Brush for Your Hair Type
8/3/2017 12:00:29 PM

Straight, curly, thick, thin—each type of hair comes with its own unique needs and challenges. The sizes, shapes, and even the bristles of different varieties of hairbrushes are actually designed to solve specific hair care problems; the key is picking the right brush for your hair type. If you’ve ever found yourself confused by the overwhelming selection of hairbrushes out there, here’s a handy guide to finding the perfect brush.

1 | Thin
If your hair is thin or damaged from dyes or chemical processing, a boar bristle brush is the way to go. Boar bristles glide easily through hair, so they won’t tug the roots and pull hair out during brushing. As a bonus for those with dry, damaged hair, boar bristles redistribute natural oils from the scalp, which then act as an extra layer of conditioner. 

2 | Fine 
Brushing ultra-fine hair can cause it to simultaneously flatten out and flyaway with static electricity. However, switching to a brush with both nylon and boar bristles can cut down on friction that brushing typically builds, meaning hair will fall into place without losing volume. 

3 | Thick
If your hair is thick or wavy, chances are, you find yourself fighting tangles not just after the shower but also throughout the day. A small, handheld brush like the Tangle Teezer with wide bristles can be used on both wet and dry hair to gently smooth away knots. Plus, these brushes fit into the palm of your hand, so they’re easy to take on the go to ensure hair is always smooth and tangle-free.   

4 | Curly 
The best brush for curly hair is actually no brush at all. While many hair care experts recommend finger-combing curly hair, that just won’t cut it when it comes to tangles. So for stubborn tangles after showering, use a wide-toothed detangling comb, which has two lengths of teeth to gently work out knots. 

5 | Frizzy
If you blow-dry your hair smooth, a round brush is your best bet for easing frizz and flyaways. Choose a round brush with a ceramic base and ionic nylon or boar bristles. These work with the heat of your hairdryer to produce a smooth, just-back-from-the-salon finish. 

6 | Oily
Oily hair is tricky to care for, since brushing can transport oil from the roots to the ends, making it appear even oilier. While boar bristles are great for making hair appear thicker and nourishing damaged hair, they’re a no-go for people with fine, oily hair. Instead, try running a wide paddle brush with nylon bristles over the ends of hair, which will smooth frizz or knots without adding to the oiliness. 
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