Which Brush Is Right For Your Hair?

Hair. Sometimes it feels like it has a mind of its own, poofing where it shouldn’t, laying stubbornly flat on your head, curling in that weird way you still don’t know why. And, while it’s easy to blame the sea of products that promise to lift, volumize, and give life to your locks, most of us don’t realize the “mane” culprit for our stressed tresses may actually be our brushes.
The right brush will massage your scalp; help distribute oils; and help your hair grow longer, stronger, and more lustrous. But, the wrong brush can create frizz, knots, and even break your hair. There is certainly no lack of brushes to choose from, but keep in mind that each style is designed for a specific purpose or hair type. Ahead, we break down the most common brushes and the hair type or task they are best suited for.
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Round Nylon Paddle Brush
Perfect for: daily brushing for girls with medium to long hair and any hair type. Nylon paddle brushes help distribute essential oils from your scalp down to the tips for a healthy, natural shine. Avoid plastic-bristle brushes which can damage hair.
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Square Nylon Paddle Brush
Perfect for: detangling long, wet hair, especially if it's thick. Always brush gently to avoid breakage.
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Bristle Paddle Brush
Perfect for: fine, thin hair that easily breaks. The natural bristles of this brush are great for your scalp and help detangle without creating static and flyaways. This brush is also excellent for naturally textured hair.

Denman Medium Grooming Brush, $13.99, available at Sally Beauty.
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Round Metal Brush
Perfect for: blowdrying long to medium thick hair. The shape helps create volume, smooth hair, and easily brushes through long locks. Use a vented variety to help speed up dry time.

Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Thermal Brush, $20.60, available at Soap.com.
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Round Bristle Brush
Perfect for: drying and styling bangs and short hair. The natural bristles won’t damage shorter strands and are perfect for styling and adding a little curl.
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Vented Brush
Perfect for: speed drying short to medium hair. It's also great for girls with hair susceptible to static.
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Wide-Tooth Comb
Perfect for: detangling wet hair. Avoid knots by combing small sections starting from the bottom of your hair and working your way up.
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Fine-Tooth Comb
Perfect for: evenly distributing product through hair. Also good if you have any scalp medications that need to be carefully applied.
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Boar Teaser
Perfect for: teasing and adding volume for any hair type. It's also an excellent aid when creating updos.
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Pin or Rat-Tail Comb
Perfect for: creating a perfect part. Use the pointed end to draw a line down your scalp where you want the part. Your hair will separate perfectly without a strand out of place.

Ulta Pin Tail Comb, $2.59, available at Ulta.
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