The 21 Best Hair Brushes Experts Love

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Words by Tiffany Dodson 

From in-shower detanglers to pro-level edge tools.

inding one of the best hair brushes for your specific needs may seem easy, but with so many different options available for fine, thick, and coily hair, locking down a tried-and-true favorite can quickly turn into a beauty challenge. When it comes to looking for the right hair brush—whether that’s to detangle knots or smooth through a sleek blowout—there are a number of factors to keep in mind.

“A good-quality hair brush can help you achieve the look you want or address a specific concern,” Anna Kimble, director of events and education at Drybar, tells “To achieve a bouncy blowout, look for a round brush with a ceramic barrel, and for detangling, a brush with flexible yet sturdy nylon bristles that can easily glide through hair is usually best.”

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Although it may be tempting to whip through tangles or keep your hair as neat as possible, professionals say there is such a thing as over-brushing it. “Brushing your hair offers great stimulation for your scalp, which leads to more hair growth,” hairstylist and Ouidad brand ambassador Irinel de León explains. “However, over-brushing can cause damage as it can lift the cuticle and eventually cause dullness in the hair’s appearance,” she adds. “Only brush enough so your hair is untangled and smooth.”

To provide the right haircare tools to get you through wash day and beyond, we’ve rounded up the very best hair brushes that come expert-approved to help keep your hair tangle free.




Flat Brush

Pros: Features a mix of boar and nylon bristles

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If you already count yourself a fan of Oribe’s shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, then this ergonomic flat brush made from European beechwood might become your new favorite hair care essential.

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