5 types of hair brushes and their uses

Woman wonders what type of brush to use on her hair.
Woman wonders what type of brush to use on her hair.
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Have you ever walked into a cosmetics shop and found yourself confused at why there’s so many different types of brushes hair brushes when at the end of the day, a brush is a brush? Well, wrong! Each different type of hair brush usually serves a different purpose and function for your hair. 

Depending on the shape, bristle texture, and bristle placement - hair brushes offer different functions for different hair.

Let’s take a look at 5 different brushes and their uses.

1.       A thermal brush

According to Hairfinder, thermal brushes are perfect for blow outs because they are made out of materials that help to retain heat in the core of the brush and make it easier to style the hair when paired with a blow-dryer.

Here’s how you can style your hair using a thermal brush.


2.       Paddle brush

Almost all hair types: straight, kinky or curly hair can benefit from using this type of brush. Paddle brushes have long bristles which can help undo knots and tangles. These are also great because they have nylon ball tips that stimulate your scalp for a gentle massaging effect.


3.       Boar bristle brush


Because of its boar material, Wildgoods says that using the boar bristle brush has many benefits for hair. This type of brush has numerous qualities that make hair look amazing and health.

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Some of the benefits are:

  • Boar bristles spreads your scalp’s natural oils
  • They do not let your hair get dirty, greasy or look wet
  • They give hair strength, suppleness, and a healthy sheen
  • They prevent hair from falling out
  • They get rid of static electricity in your hair

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4.       Detangling brush

Hair is delicate and somewhat fragile when it's wet. Because of this, what you want when you detangle it is to prevent breakage. It's advised that one uses a brush with flexible plastic bristles that are spaced far enough apart to detangle even the toughest knows without tugging. 

The flexible teeth gently untangle knots and smooth your hair cuticle without pulling, tugging, or creating any damage. Go ahead and use it on wet or dry hair as needed.

5.       Mixed bristle brush

According to Total Beauty, a mixed bristle brush is perfect for medium to thick hair. A mixed bristle brush is made of a blend of natural boar bristles and synthetic materials, such as nylon, and is truly the best of both worlds.

Its benefits include helping to distribute oil from the scalp evenly from root to tip, while the nylon bristles help detangle your locks.


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