When it comes to styling your hair, it can take years of practice to find out what really works for you. And one thing is for certain: Getting the hairstyle you want starts with choosing the right hair brush.
Finding the best hair brush may seem fairly easy, but if you scope out the hair-grooming section in a beauty supply store, you’ll realize just how many options there are. But whether you’re interested in a round brush or bristle brush or prefer a boar brush or classic paddle brush, choosing the right tool is all about getting the job done without ripping your hair out, strand for strand.
We combed through your reviews and put together a comprehensive list of the brushes you rated top knot-ch (had to). From affordable picks by Goody and Revlon to luxe options by Mason Pearson, these are the 11 best hair brushes that shine.
Best Hair Brush No. 11: The Body Shop Bamboo Pin Hairbrush, $10 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.7*
Why it’s great: Still looking for that everyday brush? Readers say it’s time to call off the search because The Body Shop delivers a hair brush that not only “stimulates the scalp” (yay, hair growth), but is also soft and good for everyday use. “I love their combs and brushes,” writes one user. “I have the larger brush, and it is the best. I never use any other brush since I found these.” Another reviewer adds that the brush “helps add volume” to her hair, and the soft bristles feel nice on her scalp and hair. “All in all, it’s a very good product,” a reader summarizes.
Best Hair Brush No. 10: Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush, $27 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9*
Why it’s great: “After the first time using [this brush], I was in love,” raves one reviewer. “As far as daily brushing and detangling, this is the only brush I use.” Other readers suggest that it works just as well on textured, curly hair. One curly-headed reader says, “It is easy to hold [and] does not get tangled in your hair.”
Best Hair Brush No. 9: Goody Ouchless Cushion Brush, $8.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.3*
Why it’s great: Readers love that this brush easily detangles any hair type and is supereasy to clean. “It stands the test of time and is affordable,” says one user. “I’ve had this brush for a long time and I love how easy it is to clean and how it works through my thick, curly hair.”
Other readers say they’re grateful for this brush’s ability to gently glide through hair. “With some brushes I would wonder if I would be bald after a couple of weeks, but this brush doesn’t pull my hair out at all,” states one user. “This is the first brush I’ve found that gets through my very thick hair, without pulling out a ton of it in the process. I LOVE this brush.”
Best Hair Brush No. 8: The Wet Brush, $9.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.3*
Why it’s great: Readers sing the praises of this brush’s ability to gently undo tangled strands. “I have thin, curly hair that constantly tangles, and I can’t say enough positive words about this brush,” writes one reader. “Even my Yorkie loves it.” Users also loved the brand’s array of designs, which range from giraffe print to a vibrant pink. “This is my go-to brush out of the shower,” says one reviewer. “Given that it perks up my bathroom counter, detangles my hair and only costs $8.99, I’d recommend it to bargain-hunters.”
Best Hair Brush No. 7: Brushlab Ceramic Thermal Hair Brush (Orange Series), $16 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: Simply put, readers think this is “a great brush.”
“This brush is a lifesaver from all my hair falling off,” confesses one user. “Each brush leaves a soft and smooth finish to my hair.” Other users say the brush is a must-have in their morning styling routines. They agree that the barrel size is perfect for blow-drying strands straight and adding volume. “This brush — with the help of a blow-dryer — worked perfectly to straighten my hair,” says one reviewer. “I give this product an A++, and I highly recommend it.”
Best Hair Brush No. 6: Revlon Essentials Signature Series Tunnel Vent Brush, $5.29 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: For ladies with fine hair that easily tangles, users say this brush’s nylon pin bristles make brushing out stubborn strands a breeze. “I have never, ever found a brush that worked so well on my hair,” states one happy reader. “I have tried many — some very expensive — paddle brushes as well that don’t even compare.”
Reviewers also say the brush makes blow-drying hair straight easier because it prevents fly-aways and works through wet, wild hair. “This is the brush I always wanted,” says one reviewer. “I always had problems styling my wild hair, and this brush worked perfectly for me.”
Best Hair Brush No. 5: Revlon Perfect Style Softness & Shine Purse Steel Pin Cushion Brush, $4.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: What’s better than a brush that works through any tangled mess? A brush that works through any tangled mess and is easy to clean. Reviewers’ number one praise was the brush’s ability to be both gentle and quick to cleanse of stray strands. “I love this brush,” exclaims one reader. “Other brushes I’ve used have no give and I end up practically pulling my thick hair out, but not so with this brush.”
Other readers like the brush’s design and say it’s well put-together and durable. “It feels great,” says one reviewer. “It also gives a nice shine and a great stimulating scalp massage at the same time.”
Best Hair Brush No. 4: Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush, $15.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.5*
Why it’s great: “My hair has never been softer or smoother, and my scalp feels great,” writes one reviewer of this inexpensive boar bristle brush. Another reader adds, “It gets out any tangles with no pain, and I feel like it’s great at distributing my hair’s natural oils.”
Best Hair Brush No. 3: Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Nylon and Boar Bristle Brush, $205 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.5*
Why it’s great: Even with the brush’s (extremely) hefty price tag, readers claim this tool is 100 percent worth every penny. “These bristles must be made from fairy dust,” one awestruck reader writes. “This is seriously one of the best brushes I have ever used in my life. Totally worth the price tag,” another reader says. “This is a must-have for all women,” declares another fan. “It leaves your hair so smooth and healthy.”
Best Hair Brush No. 2: Umberto Banana Brush, $8.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.6*
Why it’s great: “I love this brush when drying my hair,” one reader says. “I can handle it very easily, and [it] gives my hair a great lift.” Other readers agree that it’s great for detangling post-shower when hair is most delicate. One reviewer explains, “It is great for brushing through my thick hair without breaking it or pulling out a lot of hair, and it’s very easy to hold.”
Best Hair Brush No. 1: Kareco Tangle Buster Brush, $12.50 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 10*
Why it’s great: If there’s one thing readers love about the No. 1 hair brush, it’s its ability to “glide through hair” and “eliminate tangles” effortlessly. “This brush has cut my everyday routine in half,” says one reader. “Before the Tangle Buster, I used to have to brush my hair before and after the shower, causing so much damage from all the pulling and snagging. Now I don’t have to worry about tangles at all, as this brush glides right through my hair, snag-free and without any damage.”