Every stylist knows the best hairbrushes have boar bristle. But for the best results, you'll want a brush that has BOTH synthetic (nylon) bristles AND boar bristles. The mix creates the perfect brush: The boar bristles are gentle, while the synthetic bristles help hair dry faster. A good brush helps create shine by distributing oils from your scalp evenly over hair. It acts as a detangler and it won't harm the scalp or tug at strands.
Here we rundown the top 5 hairbrushes on the market today.
A good brush is an investment. You may spend more than $20 on one, but it will last many, many years with care. To wash hairbrushes, soak them in a warm bath with a few squirts of a clarifying or baby shampoo, then rinse with hot water.
Spornette's round brushes give hair body and bounce so you don't need a curling iron or even flat iron. Try the ceramic brush for even more curl and body.
Don't want to pay the price for a Mason Pearson, but don't want to scrimp on quality? Your best bet is Denman's Medium Cushion Brush with Natural Boar Bristles. Another brand favorite of stylists, Denman's brushes are both high quality and affordable (about $18-$24). This particular brush works particularly well on all types and lengths and is a great detangler.
Best Round Brush: Ibiza Hair Medium Round Brush
Best Thermal Brush: Creative Professional Ceramic Brushes
Best Magnesium Brush: RainCry Professional Magnesium Curling Brushes
Like the thermal brush fro Creative Professionals above, magnesium brushes are made to create volume and curls. "The heat from the dryer warms the magnesium core of the brush and helps dry hair faster," says hairstylist Michael Dueñas in Allure Magazine.
Because of the metal core, you need less heat to dry hair, which means these thermal brushes are great for fine hair. Less heat equals less damage, so they are gentle enough for even the finest hair types.
The Raincry brand is Dueñas's favorite. “They are the best I have ever used. You can even leave the brush in hair for a few minutes and let it set, drying the hair like a hot roller,” he said in Allure.