17 Best Hairbrushes in 2022 Perfect for Detangling, Styling and More

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The hairbrush is an essential beauty tool, but one that we don’t think twice about in our routines. Many of us have probably been using the same one for years, even if it only does the bare minimum for our hair care. With a variety of paddle brushes, fan brushes, detanglers and more, there are plenty of taming options to suit your specific hair type.

“Not all brushes are for all hair textures”, celebrity hairstylist Ro Morgan said. Whether you have straight or curly, thick or thin locks (or somewhere in between), finding the right hairbrush for your hair type will optimize your ability to style your locks.

Your choice of brush also depends on the hairstyle you want to achieve. “I highly recommend using multiple hairbrushes for different styling needs,” says Morgan. Veteran hairstylist and founder of his eponymous hair care line Stephen Knoll agrees, noting that it’s a good idea to have several hairbrushes on hand. “For example, if you’re doing a wavy, curly style and you want to keep the curls very shaped, you’re going to use a vent brush more so you don’t mess up the curl,” Knoll explains. “If you want a very loose flowing look, like a Rita Hayworth look, then you’re going to use a brush like a Mason Pearson it really makes your hair fluff up.

For your daily hair care, Morgan says those with straight to wavy hair should brush their hair at least twice a day — once in the morning and once at night, before bed. “This will help stimulate the scalp and distribute the oils throughout the hair,” says Morgan. For those with curly hair, the stylist says don’t brush unless detangling is needed because “brushing can disrupt the curl pattern.”

Whatever your hair type, find your best hairbrush with these 17 expert-approved picks to straighten, detangle, enhance curls, and make hair more manageable.

Hair brushes for curly hair

Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush

$17.99 at Amazon

While Morgan says this brush is great for detangling any hair texture, he particularly likes it for curly hair. “The flexible bristles are spaced far enough apart to prevent breakage and help define curls,” says Morgan.

Tangle Teezer Naturally Curly Detangling Brush for 3c-4c Hair

$14 to Ultimate

Tangle Teezer Naturally Curly Detangling Brush for 3c-4c Hair

Clayton Hawkins – hairstylist for Olivia Rodrigo, Elizabeth Olsen and other celebrities, and a Teezer Tangle ambassador – says this brush will get rid of tangles without ruining curls. “The brush’s longer, firmer teeth specifically designed for naturally curly, frizzy hair speed up detangling and bend over tangles perfectly,” says Hawkins.

Denman D5 Heavyweight 9 Row Styling Brush

$35 $27.95 to Beauty House

Denman D5 Heavyweight 9 Row Styling Brush

A choice that offers control to define curls or straighten them, this styling brush is a versatile option for those with curly hair. It features nine rows of spaced nylon bristles to prevent pulling or tearing the hair. Knoll recommends this brush because “if your hair is coarse, curly or frizzy, you want to use a vent brush more, ie a brush that has less bristles.”

Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross Edge Control Tool

$12 to Boss of Tracee Ellis Ross

Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross Edge Control Tool

Morgan says an edge-taming brush is a must for everyone, but especially those with curly hair. This three-in-one tool includes a mini comb for separating fine hairs, a mini vegan boar bristle brush for smoothing and shaping, and a pointed end for separating and adding finishing touches.

Hairbrushes for fine hair

$240 $147.50 to let’s group or $240 at Amazon

Mason Pearson Popular Boar & Nylon Hair Brush

“With fine hair, you should use a brush that has more bristles because it will move through the hair more easily,” advises Knoll. “The fine hair strand lacks the strength and flexibility to adapt to any old brush and would get stuck in the hair.” Mason Pearson brushes have long been an industry favorite, and this boar bristle brush is specifically designed for fine, medium to long hair. Those who want a bristle-only brush can opt for the Handy bristle brush ($275 to bloomingdales).

Ibiza Hair Series B

$45 From $38 at Amazon

Ibiza Hair Series B

Ibiza Hair’s B Series offers five sizes of round boar bristle brushes that help detangle and tame fine hair. “Lightweight blonde bristles add shine to hair without breaking delicate, fine, color-treated hair,” says Morgan. “I love the cork handle,” he adds.

Denman D3 Original 7 Row Styler

$21.95 to Denman

Denman D3 Original 7 Row Styler

Although Knoll assures that he is not a spokesperson for Denman, the hairstylist vouches for the brand’s styling tools. “Honestly, I’d rather use a Denman on everyone,” he says. He recommends this versatile styling brush for those with fine, curly hair. Seven rows of nylon pins define curls when wet and provide grip when styling.

Hair brushes for thick hair

Denman D83 flat brush

$30.95 to Amazon

Denman D83 flat brush

This large paddle brush can take on thick bristles and is a great everyday option for a variety of styling needs. Morgan loves it for detangling, blow-drying and smoothing.

Crown Affair The No. 001 Brush

$62 to Sephora

Crown Affair The No. 001 Brush

This dual bristle brush is suitable for medium to thick hair, whether straight, wavy or curly. Ethically sourced boar bristles help distribute your hair’s natural oils, while nylon pins smooth your strands. Knoll says to go for a brush that has straight pins like this. “Avoid brushes that have rounded tips — it should be a smooth bristle, with no caps added to the end — because those little bulbous caps get stuck and they break and break the hair,” says Knoll.

Mason Pearson Detangling Brush

$130 to bloomingdales

Mason Pearson Detangling Brush

This detangling brush has six rings of straight nylon bristles without the caps that Knoll says to avoid. It is designed to be used before and after shampooing, optimizing your hair care routine and preventing tangles.

Hairbrushes for detangling hair

Tangle Teezer The Ultimate Fine and Fragile Detangler

$14 to Ultimate

Tangle Teezer The Ultimate Fine and Fragile Detangler

“For straight hair, the Fine and Fragile Ultimate Detangler brush is the GOAT,” says Hawkins. “The brush’s soft teeth are tangle-resistant, yet gentle on sensitive scalps, and effortlessly detangle wet hair without pulling, tugging or breaking.”

Tangle Teezer the ultimate styler

$16 to Ultimate

Tangle Teezer the ultimate styler

Straightening your hair can be either the finishing touch to your look or a step towards a more complex hairstyle – and this brush can help you achieve both. “The Ultimate Finisher is designed to dry style,” Hawkins shares. “I use it to create updos, volume and texture, add softness and shine and to maintain and blend hair extensions, clips and weaves. It’s the perfect finishing brush in your routine.

Denman D200 Flexible Air Brush

$17.95 to Amazon

Denman D200 Flexible Air Brush

A vent brush, named for the “vents” that open at the back of the brush, is an ideal styling companion for those who dry their hair. While the bristles smooth the hair, the vents allow the air from the hair dryer to flow freely, giving your hairstyle more volume and lift. Knoll uses Denman’s Ventilation Brush and the Hydrating Serum Mist Stephen Knoll to tame tangled locks.

Hairbrushes for wet hair

Wet Brush Original Detangler

$9.98 Starting at $6.68 at Amazon

Wet Brush Original Detangler

A sub-$10 option that has earned over 46,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, the Original Wet Brush continues to prove itself as the best brush for detangling wet hair. It’s one of Morgan’s favorites for work because its flexible bristles seamlessly remove tangles in thick or fine hair.

Tangle Teezer The Ultimate Detangler

$14 to Ultimate

Tangle Teezer The Ultimate Detangler

Hawkins also likes the original Ultimate Detangler for “effortlessly detangling wet hair.” The brush is specially designed for use on wet hair and its two-tiered teeth easily navigate through tangles, leaving behind smooth, tangle-free locks.

Denman Black Diamond BD37 Shampoo Rake

$5.25 to Angel hair and beauty

    Denman Black Diamond BD37 Shampoo Rake

While Knoll recommends brushing your hair before you jump in the shower – “If you start with mattes in your hair, when it’s wet it’s even worse to try to comb it” – combing wet hair provides relief gently tangles while washing. “Usually what people do is they start at the scalp and start combing – [this] turns tangles into knots, condensing them,” Knoll explains. “Always start at your ends, bottom, and work your way up to the scalp, carefully releasing any little tangles.”

GBS scalp massager

$8.99 $7.99 to Amazon

GBS scalp massager

Massaging the scalp can contribute for healthier hair, but scraping a hairbrush against your head is more abrasive than relaxing. Instead, Knoll recommends stimulating the scalp with a massage tool that doubles as a detangler. The hairdresser likes this flexible option, gentle on the scalp and for untangling the hair.

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