Finding a hairbrush is kind of like choosing a sushi entree at a Japanese restaurant: they all look good, but they aren't all necessarily going to suit your palate (or, in this case, your hair type). The best boar bristle brushes remain one of the most timeless brush options for achieving the shiniest, healthiest hair ever. Score one and you'll join the ranks of screen goddesses like Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth, both of whom used this natural brush type to get their famous lustrous waves.
So, what exactly are the benefits of using a boar bristle brush and what makes them so special? This brush type has been around since the 1800s, but today they include a mix of nylon and boar bristles that are perfect for detangling coarse, thick hair. They also do an incredible job of carrying your scalp's natural oils throughout your hair so that your strands stay well conditioned. By doing this, it helps reduce frizz and static, prevents oil build-up at the scalp (hurray to fewer shampoos each week), and improves hair texture, all while stimulating your scalp — because, my goodness, does a boar bristle brush deliver the head massage to end all head massages.
Unlike a lot of other brush types, boar bristle brushes bring out the natural texture in straight, wavy, or curly hair. This isn't the brush you'll use on wet hair (it can cause breakage) or for styling your hair — but it is the perfect everyday brush to rid your hair of tangles, boost its body, and keep it glossy.
These seven highly rated boar bristle brushes are just waiting for you to claim them.
1. A 100 Percent Boar Oval Brush For Fine Hair
Got fine or thin hair that could use a dose of shine? This 100 percent boar bristle oval cushion brush is perfect because it evenly distributes your scalp's oils and makes hair smooth and less frizzy, according to reviewers. Unlike a plastic bristle brush, it won't damage delicate fine hair. Reviewers suggest using a comb or a detangling brush to get tough tangles out first and then separating hair into small sections to brush it with this tool. Hair will be shinier and more manageable – but those with thicker hair may have a hard time getting this brush through the length of their hair.
2. An Eco-Friendly Bamboo Boar And Nylon Brush For Thick Hair
A mix of boar and nylon bristles work best for thick hair and this eco-friendly boar bristle brush with bamboo is the perfect tool to help de-frizz and smooth hair, while preventing breakage. The long nylon pins detangle thick hair, while the boar bristles work their magic redistributing scalp oil. Reviewers say the scalp massage this brush delivers is beyond amazing, that it's very gentle, and they've even noticed less hair shedding. Only use it on dry hair — it can cause damage if you use it to detangle wet hair.
3. A Vented Boar Bristle Brush You Can Use For Styling Hair
Most boar bristle brushes are great for brushing hair, but aren't your go-to brushes for styling with a hairdryer. That's why this vented boar bristle brush is amazing — it detangles thick, curly hair and can be used while styling hair with heat. This nylon and boar bristle brush is safe for all hair types, but reviewers with long, thick, curly hair rave the most about how gentle this is on their hair and how it takes every knot out quickly and without pain.
4. A Classic Brush For Thin Hair And Sensitive Scalps
It's one of the most recognizable names in the beauty world, and for a good reason. The Mason Pearson boar bristle brush for sensitive scalps and thin hair is considered the gold standard of brushes because it's made with premium-grade boar bristle that's extremely gentle and won't tug or tear at hair and the long bristles provide the perfect amount of stimulation to the scalp, according to reviewers. Some call this the "greatest brush ever made" and others swear it's worth every penny, especially if you're considered about thinning or shedding hair.
5. A Boar Bristle Paddle Hair Brush For Straight Hair
Few brushes can create a shiny, super sleek and straight style like a boar bristle paddle hair brush. If you've got dry or damaged hair, make it a priority to use this brush daily and reviewers say the distribution of scalp oil throughout your strands will make your hair look and feel well conditioned and can extend the time between shampoos. This brush works best on fine or normal hair, as the short bristles won't be as beneficial to thick or curly/course hair.
6. A Round Brush For Short Hair And To Add Voluminous Curls
This large round boar bristle brush is big enough to create frizz-free curls while styling hair, but small enough to be used by those of us who have shorter hair. It boasts an ergonomic polished wood handle, has both nylon and boar bristles, and is anti-static. Plus, it comes accompanied by a hair brush cleaner to keep it free of stray hair and styling residue. Reviewers say this brush adds great volume and shine while smoothing stubborn strands.
7. A Boar Bristle Round Brush For Straight Blowouts
Get all of the benefits of a boar bristle brush (including intense shine and conditioning and no frizz) while styling your hair into the perfect blowout with this round boar bristle brush. This three-inch brush has a vented ceramic barrel that helps evenly distribute heat for faster drying time and the nylon/boar bristle mix detangles thick hair. This brush works best on medium to long hair (curly or straight) and reviewers say it leaves hair shiny and smooth and provides a "nice bend" at the end.
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