Legend says that you should brush your locks 100 times a day, but we don’t remember any mention of which brush to use. With so many different styles on the market, it can be tough to know which brush does what, not to mention bristles! So i am going to try to decode the mystery of the hair brush, and tell you what you should really be using to tame your locks. First, lets start with the shape.

Round Brush

Use a round brush when blow-drying to create curl and volume, or to give some bend to the hair. For extra oomph, opt for a round brush with a ceramic barrel (not metal) it will hold heat for longer and extend the life of your curl. The smaller the barrel of the round brush the more curl you will get.

One of my favorites and the one I personally use is Ibiza (above) with extended cork handle for an easy grip. Does the job every single time.


So popular that the brush is known by the company’s name, the denman gives a slight bend to the ends of your hair while blow-drying, and creates lots of shine. The slightly curved shape makes it perfect for bobs.


This is your basic everyday brush. A paddle brush can come in a oval or rectangular shape, and is ideal for detangling hair. Depending on the bristles, it can also give locks a lot of shine. They can come with plastic, boar bristles or combination.

My favorite is Mason Pearson-The Rolls-Royce of hairbrushes. Mason Pearson’s design remains virtually unchanged since 1885. The natural boar bristles are the best choice for distributing beneficial oils down the length of the hair shaft.

Wide tooth comb

Use a wide tooth comb to detangle and comb product through damp hair before blow-drying.

Pictures above another Mason Pearson-The Rolls-Royce comb that not only looks good but also excellent at detangling your fine locks. Just having it makes me feel good.

While most hairstylists use a mix of natural and synthetic brushes, the bristle you choose should reflect your hair type.


This bristle is the actual hair of a boar (hog). Boar bristles are considered ideal because they close the cuticle and create shiny hair. Because boar bristles tend to be weak, manufacturers usually mix them with nylon bristles, so they don’t collapse while you are brushing through the hair. Boar bristles are natural, soft, flexible bristles that gently brush the hair. Fine to normal hair textures should use a natural bristle. The softer bristles are kinder to thin locks, and are suitable for use on children.


This name represents a catchall category for all types of bristles made of plastic, nylon, rubber or similar materials. Nylon bristles can be soft and flexible or stiff and firm. Synthetic bristle brushes are better suited for people with thicker, more textured hair. The synthetic fibers won’t create as much static when blow-drying, and can be easier to detangle.


Porcupine is a term used for a Tufted bristle multiple bristles grouped together that usually includes a combination of boar and nylon bristles. It is gentle, but it exerts a good hold on the hair. This combination design is excellent for controlling fine hair, as well as for thoroughly brushing thick hair right down to the scalp.


Metal bristles get too hot when styling, can fry your hair and best left in the hands of the professional. If you must have one get a ceramic or tourmaline and vented in the center which speeds up drying and protects hair from the heat.