Which one is right for you?
Brushes come in a range of shapes and sizes for specific styling and drying techniques, either with natural bristles, synthetic, or a mix of both.
When selecting a brush it is important to consider the bristle options available as well as the brush type.
Find out which bristle and brush combination will best suit your hair type and styling needs:
Boar bristle brushes – all hair types
Boar bristle hairbrushes, like the coveted Mason Pearson range, are the best choice for your hair. Favoured by professional stylists, these brushes are not only gentle on the hair, they promote healthier, shinier, more manageable hair by encouraging sebum (natural oils produced from the scalp) to distribute throughout hair from roots to tips. This also makes them the perfect choice for dressing out hair after it has been styled.
Synthetic bristle brushes
Synthetic bristles aren’t anywhere near as gentle or beneficial on the hair as natural haired brushes. They are best used for styling only and on partially dry hair to avoid any wear and tear that can occur when using a synthetic brush through wet hair.
Mixed bristle brushes – for normal to thick hair
A mixed bristle brush, sometimes referred to as porcupine brushes, is a combination of natural hair and synthetic, typically boar hair and nylon quills. These brush blends are stronger, yet still kind on hair, making them perfect for detangling and brushing through hair that is thick or coarse.
Also referred to as barrel brushes, these brushes come in a varied range of diameters.
Extra small & small: suited to short hair for smoothing, shaping and/or adding volume; plus sorting out the short curly frizzy bits of hair around the hairline (no matter what your hair length).
Medium: suited to fine and/or mid length hair, great for smoothing out unruly locks and/or adding controlled curls or waves.
Large & jumbo: suited to long and/or thicker hair to give volume and/or smooth and straighten out curly/frizzy hair.
Thermal roller brushes (metal or ceramic)
Similar to round brushes in size options, hair suitability and styling techniques, thermal roller brushes are a great choice for home use due to their ability to conduct and distribute heat, which speeds up the drying/styling process. To set the style for more effective, longer lasting results, just cool the brush and hair down with a blast of cold air from the dryer before moving to the next section of hair.
This brush is designed for smoothing straight hair and creating smooth straight styles, making it the perfect choice for preparing washed hair for flat ironing. It is also great for stimulating the scalp and brushing out long hair.
The styling brush, synonymous with the Denman brand’s anti-static rubber pad, is best used on bob shape cuts and mid length hair to achieve a little volume at the roots and to smooth and straighten the lengths and ends of the hair. Available in different sizes for handbag and home, ones with more bristle rows are better for thicker, longer hair.
Vent brushes have openings (vents) between the bristles which accelerate the blow drying process by allowing heat to effectively circulate through the hair, making them an optimal choice for achieving root lift and volume to almost any style. They’re also great for safely detangling all hair lengths, and types, especially those with bristles that have rounded tips.
Sculpting brushes are great for backcombing to add volume and emphasise short, textured styles (such as blunt razor cuts) that need some movement. It’s also helpful for holding the hair in place when blow drying or applying styling products.
A pastiche, or tease, brush is ideal for adding volume and fullness to all hair types – long and short, thick or thin – and creating a smoother outer finish, essential for an up-do. If you have a penchant for bouffants and beehive styles, then this is the brush for you. Plus it’s gentlier on the hair than a comb for teasing.
- Detangle wet hair with a wide tooth comb and partially dry hair off before styling with a brush, to prevent potential hair damage.