The brush is probably the biggest enemy of curly hair, right next to humidity and sulfates. Choose the wrong brush, and you will create more frizz and will probably lose quite a bit of curl as you pull the strands apart.
Thankfully, no trial and error is needed for you to choose the right brush. Our guide will help you understand how to choose the best brush for curly hair and highlight the top 10 brushes that are worthy of your locks.
Top 10 Brushes for Curly Hair Ultimate Table
|1. Repsol Care Boar Bristle Hair Brush – Curved and Vented Detangling Hair Brush||Detangling Dry Hair, Blow Drying||$$||4.8|
|2. Denman Classic Medium 7 Row Styling Brush D3 ||Styling, Detangling Dry Hair||$||4.5|
|3. Olivia Garden Ceramic and Ion Thermal Brush, 1 Inch||Blow Drying/ Straightening||$||4.4|
|4. Beauty by Earth Boar Bristle Hair Brush - Bamboo Brush Unmanageable Locks||Styling, Detangling Dry Hair||$$||4.4|
|5. Crave Naturals Detangling Brush - Glide Thru Detangler Hair Comb or Brush - No More Tangle||Detangling Wet Hair||$||4.3|
|6. Mason Pearson Detangler Hair Brush ||Styling, Detangling Dry Hair||$$$$||4.3|
|7. Spornette DeVille 100% Boar Bristle Oval Cushion Brush||Styling, Detangling Dry Hair||$$||4.3|
|8. Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Hair Brush, Panther Black ||Detangling Wet Hair||$$||4.3|
|9. Cricket Technique Barrel Hair Brush, Round, Jumbo||Blow Drying/ Straightening||$$||4.3|
|10. Revlon One Step Dryer & Styler ||Blow Drying, Styling||$$$||4.0|
Choosing a Brush for Your Curly Hair
We understand curls because a few of us have them, and after a lot of research (and even more trial and error), we finally realized how to choose a brush.
- Step 1 – Wet or Dry. To narrow down the choices, start by deciding whether you need a brush to use on wet hair or dry hair.
Boar bristle brushes and nylon bristle brushes are reserved for styling dry hair and shouldn’t be used on wet hair since the strands are more fragile when wet. Using these brushes on dry hair, on the other hand, is great and can help you soften the curls or gently detangle prior to washing.
There are two brushes in our table that are specifically designed for detangling hair: the Crave Naturals Detangling Brush and the Tangle Teezer.
Both are great for detangling wet and dry hair, but always remember to detangle from TIP to ROOT rather than starting from the root and working your way down; this will help you prevent breakage!
If the teeth are too close together for your curls, start by detangling with a wide comb or your fingers to avoid accidental breakage.
- Step 2 – Style or Straighten. When you want to style your dry hair, stick with the boar bristle brushes or nylon bristle brushes.
Round barrel brushes are great when you want to straighten your curls, and you can choose the barrel diameter based on the amount of volume you want.
Wider brushes give you more lift at the base and brushes with a smaller diameter are greater for shorter hair.
For the rest, it’s just a matter of price, so next, we will be taking a look at the top three options to help you decide which is the best brush for curly hair styling.
Top 3 Best Brush for Curly Hair Reviews
For detangling and styling dry hair, this unique brush from Repsol has a mixture of boar bristles and nylon bristles to help you manage your curls.
One of the first things you’ll notice about it is the curved body, which was a bit strange to us at first but we understood the concept once it touched the hair: the shape allows it to make contact with the scalp as you brush and helps stimulate sebum production.
The fact that it is vented means that you can also use it for drying your hair, but we have a better option on our list for blow drying curly hair and would reserve this one for straight hair.
We find this to be a great match for those with Type 2 to Type 3B curls, especially if you have thick hair. Repsol provides you with two in this set, so if you have a couple of curly-haired users at home, this is a pretty good deal.
Denman has a good reputation in the curly world, and their D3 styling brush is a favorite.
After having used this for a few days, we really noticed a difference in static and shine. Strands of hair didn’t come randomly flying up as we brushed and things definitely looked a little more lustrous than normal.
Another thing we liked about it was the softness of the bristles.
If you have a sensitive scalp and can’t stand how the other brushes feel as if they are raking away layers of skin as you pass over, then this brush is the right choice for you. It is gentle on the scalp and the hair, which is exactly what we needed!
It doesn’t matter if your hair is coarse and curly (4b) or fine and wavy (2a); this brush is the perfect solution for everyone, and it shouldn’t be missing from your hair care kit!
We included this option on our “best brush for curly hair” list because we know that some of you will probably need a decent barrel brush for straightening.
We’ll start off by mentioning that this is a 1-inch barrel, but if you need something larger for more volume or longer hair, it is also available in larger barrel diameters.
One of our favorite features about this brush is that the neck does not have creases where your hair can get caught as you turn the brush. Many of the cheaper brushes have this, but Olivia Garden’s is smooth!
The barrel is made with synthetic bristles and has a ceramic barrel to help distribute heat more evenly. It is also charged with ions, which means less frizz!
For straightening curly hair, a brush like this is a must-have item.