Using the wrong hair brush? Find the perfect match with this guide

Experts say that using the right brush for your hair type, texture and style will help you score those highly coveted “good hair days.” But how can you know which to choose?

 New York City-based stylist Mark Garrison of Mark Garrison Salon has broken it down for us. Find your perfect match with this easy guide!

Pro tip: Your brush is only as good as it is clean and, like other beauty tools, it should be freshened up regularly to prolong its life!

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For long hair and “flippers”: Paddle brush

Paddle brush

Nothing gets the job done for our long-haired sisters quite like this handy brush. And if you like to flip your hair upside down to blow dry or brush from root to end, the paddle will help distribute your natural oils — which Garrison calls “God-given conditioner” — throughout your strands.

For detangling wet hair: Vented brush

Vented hair brush

Ideal for getting through soaked strands without causing breakage (like many other brushes), the vented option works best when you start at the ends and work your way up the head so that the brush is not forced through each section. It’s also great for fluffing up shorter cuts, says Garrison.

For smoothing and defrizzing: Boar bristle round brush

Boar bristle brush

These bristles excel at gripping strands for better tension on each section to create a sleeker style. Just remember to section small areas at a time to reap the gorgeous benefits. Don’t rush the process! “It’s especially awesome for smoothing wavy to curly hair,” says Garrison.

For bangs and root volume: Small round brush

Round brush

Baby round brushes get right in under bangs for pro-like styling. Plus, they can help battle unruly cowlicks because the small diameter allows you to get in close to the roots, says Garrison. You can also go into small sections at the crown of your head with a blow dryer to work in sexy volume.

For a bouncy blowout: Ceramic round brush

Round hair brush

Get your bounce on with this brush of choice for big beach waves and voluminous blowouts. Stylists love it because the ceramic heats up and acts like a curling iron — though, not nearly as hot or damaging — to beautifully set shape and curve while smoothing and styling.

For sectioning hair: Rat-tail comb

Rat-tail comb

When you’re sectioning your strands — whether it’s for blow-drying, prepping for rollers or nailing that perfect part — this widely-recognized tool still strikes a line better than anything else, says Garrison.

To apply treatments: Wide-toothed comb

Wide-toothed comb

The wide teeth on this comb evenly and consistently distribute product for salon-like results when you’re applying deep-conditioner treatments, hair masques and color toners. You can also use the comb as a gentler option to detangle wet, fragile and processed hair when you get out of the shower. Summer, here we come!

For creating volume: Teasing brush

Teasing brush

The ’80s launched this handy little tool into notoriety, and it still lives on in the kits of pros today. You’ll want to separate out small sections of hair and rapidly brush each section backwards, toward the head, to achieve that glorious volume. Then smooth over. “Teasing works best when it’s done close to the scalp,” says Garrison. We also think it works best in New Jersey and Texas.



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