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The best hairbrushes

Jade Vincent
8 Oct 2020

Stylists are only as good as their tools – and picking the best hairbrush makes all the difference when detangling and smoothing the hair.

A stylist is only as good as their tools – and choosing the right hairbrush can make all the difference when crafting those curls, volumising limp roots and shaping a smooth do.

And top-quality brushes aren’t just for professionals. With the right weapons in your styling arsenal, you can get salon-quality hair at home. With cult classics and innovative new designs to choose from, though, it can be tricky to find the right hairbrush for your needs and hair type.

Fear not: here’s our handy buying guide, along with bite-sized reviews of the best hairbrushes on the market.

The best hairbrushes you can buy

1. The Wet Brush Classic

If you don’t want to splash out on a whole collection of styling tools, pick a hairbrush that can do it all. Designed to detangle wet hair with its non-slip handle and clever Intelliflex bristles, the Wet Brush glides through knots without tugging on the root. It’s impressively pain-free, which means it’s also perfect for dealing with little ones’ hair.

The Wet Brush is much more than a detangler, though. Like a paddle brush, it’s great for smoothing your locks with a hair dryer; it can tame flyaways; and it’s gentle enough to care for wigs, extensions and weaves too. Its lightweight design makes it perfect for keeping in your handbag when you’re on the go, too – so if you’re treating yourself to just one hairbrush, the Wet Brush deserves to be top of your list.

2. Tangle Teezer The Original

A staple in every hairdresser’s kit, Tangle Teezer has revolutionised the way we detangle our hair. With its short teeth and innovative two-tiered system, this award-winning brush effortlessly glides through wet and dry hair, of any type or texture. There’s no need to worry about hair breakage: just start brushing from the ends and work your way up the length. And the non-slip design fits in the palm of your hand, so even if you’re dealing with the toughest of knots, you’ll easily keep a handle on this brush.

Available in a range of sizes and colours, as well as a compact variant, the Tangle Teezer is perfect for chucking in your bag; indeed, it’s the best detangling brush you’ll get your hands on.

3. GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush

When it comes to shaping a bouncy blow-dry, a round, so-called barrel brush just can’t be beaten. It might take some time to master the skill of balancing a hair dryer and brush, but the bouncy, voluminous curls you’ll get are worth it. And for the authentic catwalk look, GHD Ceramic Vented Radial brush collection is the weapon of choice for stylists worldwide.

It’s a versatile tool, capable of creating defined curls or a smooth do, depending on how you wield it. The aluminum barrel heats up like a curling iron, allowing you to shape your locks and reduce drying time, and with the ceramic bristles you can enjoy a static-free finish.

This technology allows dryers to create negative ions that break up the water molecules in your hair. This is not only said to help dry your hair more quickly, and spread moisture more evenly throughout your hair for a better finish, it helps reduce frizz in the process.

The low weight of this GHD Radial brush makes it easy to handle, and it comes in a range of sizes. The size pictured is Size 1 but you can opt for a size 3 or 4 if you're looking for a smoother blowout with larger curls, bounce and more volume.

4. Kent Small Radial Hair Brush

Getting a voluminous do is a tricky job if you're using a large, round brush on fine or short hair. It's a smaller, thinner barrel that'll give you the look that you want – enter the Kent Small Radial hairbrush. Using natural bristles to plump thin hair, the nimble hairbrush has an extra small 45mm diameter that's great for blow drying short to medium lengths.

In fact, thanks to its natural bristles, you can even count on the Radial round brush to remove hair products that have built up, as well as pollution and dust. If we've got time to spare, we like to massage the scalp too, which releases natural oils through the hair follicles and stimulates hair growth.

Overall, the Kent Small Radial hairbrush shapes a beautiful, bouncy blow dry. It's inexpensive but with a stylish beechwood handle and ergonomic rubber inserts (which help to keep a firm grip during styling), it looks like it should cost more.

How to buy the best hairbrush for you

Why is brushing so important?

Brushing is important for the look and health of your hair. It’s not just about detangling and promoting shine: regularly brushing clears out impurities that naturally build up in your hair and scalp. It also spreads sebum to make your hair stronger (sounds disgusting, we know). For longer, healthier hair, you can also massage your scalp with your hairbrush – this will increase circulation and stimulate the hair follicles to promote growth. 

How often should I brush my hair?

Ignore the old wives’ tale: brushing a hundred times is pointless. In reality, how often you need to brush will depend on your hair type and texture. Fine hair gets knotted quickly, so will benefit from regular brushing. With thick, curly textures, however, too much brushing can lead to major frizz, and that’s never a good look. 

What type of hairbrush should I use?

When you’ve spent time choosing the perfect colour and style for your hair, you’ll want the right brush, too. Different brush designs suit different hair types and can create different looks. For example, round hairbrushes are perfect for creating that bouncy blow-dry, while paddle brushes can smooth your hair into a poker-straight style.

Here’s our selection of the best hairbrushes, of various types and for all hair textures; read on to find the perfect brush for your style.

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