The Ultimate Guide to the Different Types of hair brushes

The type of hair brush you use can literally make or break the style you are going for.

Things like the types of bristles, the different shapes, and even the material its made from are all important factors to consider when choosing a hair brush. So with all the different types of hair brushes, which type is right for your style?

Let me break it down for you…

1. Paddle Brush

Revlon paddle brush.


The paddle brush is a great choice to create a sleek, shiny or smooth style. It works wonders for those with really long hair. It can help create a straight style without a lot of volume.

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

2. Vent Brush

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

The vent brush is good to use when drying your hair. The hollow parts of the brush allow a heated stream of air to flow through the brush, pushing the water molecules off of the hair. This will allow for high-speed drying and a lot of volume. These hair brushes work wonders when drying straightened Afro-hair.

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

3. Round Brush

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

Round hair brushes are used a lot and that’s because they can work wonders with your hair. They are great for straightening curly hair and creating a sleek finish. Big round brushes may not be so good with fine hair that is prone to breakage. If this is the case, go for a smaller diameter. These are a great choice if you want to add volume and/or add some large curls and flips to your hair. A trick is to only use the round brush when your hair is 80-90% dry.


Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

4. Synthetic Bristle Brush

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

These synthetic bristles are usually made of nylon and can be used on many different types of hair. They help the hair dry faster (notice the vents), and create voluminous, bouncy styles.

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

5. Boar Bristle Brush

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

The boar bristles are great for smoothing hair. These types of hair brushes are best used on thick, wavy or curly hair. The boar bristles are densely-packed, which create maximum tension in a blowout. In other words: straighter, smoother hair. A word of caution: be careful using these types of bristles on wet hair, as doing so can cause breakage. Do NOT brush your hair with one of these when it is wet; if you do want to use it through the whole blowout, only use it on previously-combed hair. I would also advise on using them toward the end of the blowout. Also take special care with fine, damaged hair.

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

6. Mixed Bristle Brush

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

A mixed bristle brush is a great combination of the previous two types of hair brushes. They are truly the best of both worlds.


7. Wet Brush

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

A wet brush is a great way to detangle wet or dry hair. According to Target.com, it “glides effortlessly through wet or dry hair for healthy detangling and eliminates all tugging, tearing, pulling and ripping.”

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

8. Teasing Brush
Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

This type of brush has perfect bristles of varying heights to allow the hair to be thoroughly ratted. This creates a lot of extra volume for those “big hair” styles.

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

9. Thermal Hair Brushes

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.


A thermal brush is a brush that is made of certain materials, like ceramic or aluminum, that heat up with the blow dryer to act like a curling iron or flat iron. These can be used to create specific looks and speed up the drying process.

Tip:  Don’t forget to use a high-quality heat protectant.

Thermal brushes are typically vented to allow the air to pass through.

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

10. Denman Brush

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

In all honesty, my dad has had one of these brushes for… well, pretty much my whole life. I would think they were pretty much just basic, typical hair brushes, but apparently, the internet thinks differently. These work wonders with curly or natural hair. The perfectly spaced bristles are great at detangling curly hair and defining natural curls.

Have you ever wondered what all of the different types of hair brushes are used for?  There are many different types and they all have a different purpose.

Are there any types of hair brushes or information I left out? Do you have any other tips for styling your hair with brushes? I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below…

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