The best brush for curly hair
A curly coif can be a challenge unless you have the right tools. Your best bet? It depends who you ask. Some stylists recommend a comb with wide-spaced teeth, like the Ouidad Double Detangler Comb or Julien Farel Restore Comb. While others swear it’s a brush with widely spaced, thick wooden (or bamboo) quills, like the Kent Woodyhog Brush or Body Shop Bamboo Pin Hairbrush. Here’s why: Natural wooden bristles evenly distribute natural oils, are gentle (read: won’t snag snarls or separate curls) and don’t generate dreaded static or frizz. Looking for more advice on managing curly hair? These styling tips might just change your life.
The best brush for smoothing
A round brush is the ultimate smoother and blow-dry helper—as an added bonus, it also creates natural-looking volume. Alli Webb, Drybar founder, suggests a ceramic model, like the Drybar Full Pint Medium Round Brush, to help lay down and seal the cuticle, which helps fight frizz. “The label.m Hot Brushes (which come in five sizes) are fantastic,” says Raquel Negrete, label.m senior educator and owner of Pomp Salon in Stockton, California. “Because they have a combination of boar and ionic nylon bristles, they can do wonders on all hair types. They also have a ceramic core that heats up, helping to smooth out frizz and create volume.” Wondering how to choose the right size barrel? “The longer your hair, the larger the brush you should be using,” Negrete says. Using a round brush and these 17 hair dryer hacks will help create the perfect blowout.
The best brush for creating volume
If mega movement and body is your goal, Farel recommends blow drying strands with a large round boar bristle brush, like the Julien Farel Large Boar Bristle Brush. He also suggests using rollers to lock in the heat after the blow dry. Want to take your tresses up a notch? Try a teasing brush. Look for one with boar bristles, like the Wigo Color Teasing 100% Boar Bristle Brush or Sephora Collection Bump Boar Teaser, which will deliver maximum volume sans breakage.