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.
Sephora's basic, handcrafted paddle brush is perfect for normal to fine hair. We love that it has a mix of boar and synthetic bristles, won't snag hair and won't fall apart in a year's time. At less than $50, it's worth the price.
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.
Named the best beauty buy in InStyle Magazine's best beauty buy issue three years in a row, Spornette is the round brush of choice for discerning stylists. Stylist Stuart Townsend said in Elle that he chooses Spornette brushes because they offer a smooth blowout without tugging at the scalp.
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.
Not everyone can afford the $68-$130 price tag, but Mason Pearson is THE brush to have is you can afford it. The boar bristles are known for their gentleness, while the synethic bristles wound into the brush help dry hair faster. A perennial favorite among stylists, this brand of brush has made it onto many of InStyle's best buy lists over the years.
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.
The big names in haircare (think of Jessica Simpson's stylist, Ken Paves), know there's profit in their celebrity name. You'll find all sorts of products out on the market from celebrity stylists. While it makes sense that these guys know quality, we can't give a thumbs up to everything. We do, however, give two thumbs up to Frederic Fekkai's boar bristle and nylon round brush, which is perfect for creating curls or taming them.