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How to Choose The Best Hair Brush for Your Hair Type

Are you using the right hair brush for your hair type? Whether you have thick or ultra-fine tresses, we’re making it easy to find the perfect hair brush to keep your hair happy and healthy.

Updated June 09, 2021 by Amanda Dixon

How to Choose The Best Hair Brush for Your Hair Type

When it comes to curating an Insta worthy shelfie, it's all about the products. Precious skincare bottles and facial rollers take center stage, but what about your trusted hair brush? If you can't remember the last time you swapped out or upgraded your hair brush, you aren't alone. While we take the time to read the ingredients on our skincare and hair care bottles, we overlook the materials used to create one of our most utilized beauty tools: our hair brush!

The truth is, there are different hair brushes for different hair types. Much like skincare for those with oily skin is different from skincare for drier skin types, hair brushes are crafted to create smoothness, body, and shine for your unique hair type. Not sure which hair brush you should be using for your hair? Look no further, we're breaking it all down.

100% Boar Bristle Hair Brush

For thinner to medium hair types, a boar bristle brush is perfect for maintaining smoothness and shine. The gentle boar bristles actually carry away dirt, build up, and debris while working to redistribute oil from the scalp through each strand to avoid greasy roots. Whether you're treating yourself to a fresh blow dry or looking to breathe life into second-day hair, a boar bristle brush like the Mason Pearson Handy Boar Bristle Hair Brush is sure to keep your tresses looking their best.

Who It's Made For

This versatile brush is best suited for thin, fine, and medium thickness hair. It works well to redistribute oil from the scalp so hair stays fresh and smooth from root to tip. The gentle bristles easily detangle without causing breakage or requiring too much tugging, leaving hair manageable, soft, and weightless.

MASON PEARSON Popular Boar Bristle & Nylon Hair Brush

Boar Bristle & Nylon Hair Brush

Brushes made with boar bristles and nylon are serious multitaskers, and we love the Mason Pearson Popular Boar Bristle & Nylon Hair Brush. For thicker hair types, the combination of nylon quills and natural boar bristles allows for optimal detangling and smoothness. The silky nylon quills separate and tame tangles and frizz, while the gentle boar bristles smooth the cuticle and distribute hair's natural oils. Thick hair feels soft and healthy with gorgeous shine.

Who It's Made For

Calling all thick hair types! This boar bristle and nylon combo brush is everything you need for a good hair day. The combination of detangling nylon and refining boar bristles leaves hair smooth, soft, and healthy day after day.

Sensitive Boar Bristle Brush

Similar to the boars brush above, the Mason Pearson Sensitive Boar Bristle Hair Brush features 100% boar bristles with a softer, gentler feel. Each bristle tuft is set in a pneumatic rubber cushion that regulates the penetration of each tuft to gently, but effectively, condition the hair and scalp. It lifts and distributes oil from the scalp leaving hair and scalp refreshed, soft, and manageable.

Who It's Made For

This is the perfect brush for those with thin, thinning, or damaged hair. The gentle boar bristles provide a stimulating scalp massage while working to detangle hair without causing damage to thinning or weakened hair. This is also a great option for those struggling with hair loss or working to regrow healthy hair.

Mason Pearson Detangler Nylon Hair Brush

Nylon Bristle Brush

When it comes to the thickest hair types—boar bristles are just too flexible to get the job done. Nylon brushes like the Mason Pearson Detangler Nylon Hair Brush have stiffer bristles that offer superior control and detangling compared to boar bristles. Coarse, thick hair feels smoother, more manageable, and totally tangle free.

Who It's Made For

This nylon brush is ideal for those with ultra-thick, coarse, and tangle-prone hair. The thicker, more durable nylon bristles effortlessly work through tangles without exhaustive stroking or tugging. And since this handy brush allows you to detangle hair from root to tip, hair remains healthier and more manageable over time. For those with ultra-thick hair, this hair brush is a game-changer.

Why a Good Hair Brush is Worth the Investment

While we absolutely love these brushes, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the (ahem) price tag. The truth is, handcrafted hair brushes like the iconic ones from beloved brush brand Mason Pearson, are an investment. And similar to those skincare solutions you can't live without, a good hair brush improves the look and overall health of your hair over time. Drugstore brushes use hard plastics that can cause breakage and damage to tresses, leaving you with split ends and frizz. Natural boar bristle and gentle nylon brushes improve hair and scalp health for happy, beautiful hair from root to tip. We'd say that's well worth it.

Interested in discovering more tips and products to keep your hair healthy? Check out our 5 Healthy Scalp Tips for Stronger, Beautiful Hair.

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