Hairbrush 101: Guide to finding the perfect brush for you

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Hairbrush 101: Guide to finding the perfect brush for you

A paddle brush is the go-to for smoothing and straightening strands. Use it before flat ironing for ultra-sleek results.

GHD PADDLE BRUSH, $55, SEPHORA.COM

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To create shape and movement or to add mega volume and lift, a round brush is a must.

DRYBAR FULL PINT MEDIUM ROUND BRUSH, $40, SEPHORA.COM

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When used with a blow dryer, ceramic-coated barrels radiate heat and retain the temperature, so they double as a curling iron and dry hair quickly and evenly.

OLIVIA GARDEN NANOTHERMIC CERAMIC + ION BRUSH, $19.99, FOLICA.COM

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Air flow between bristles makes for a lighting-fast dry time and less static. If you have frizz-prone hair, start with a vented brush to speed up the process, but finish with a round brush for a more polished look.

CONAIR BRUSH SOFT TOUCH HANDLE DRY, STYLE, & VOLUMIZE, 77200, $4.89, DRUGSTORE.COM

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Boar bristles distribute natural oils throughout the hair, making it smoother and shinier. They also stimulate the scalp, promoting growth and overall hair health.

MASON PEARSON HANDY ALL BOAR BRISTLE HAIRBRUSH, $190, NET-A-PORTER.COM

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Nylon or plastic bristle brushes glide through hair gently—even when it's tangled.

THE WET BRUSH, $8.98, THEWETBRUSH.COM

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Get all the benefits of boar bristles, but with the detangling power of synthetic.

SPORNETTE ION FUSION BOAR/NYLON CUSHION, $20, FOLICA.COM

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To create the perfect blowout or curls, we often rely on styling products, dryers and irons. But the brush you use has a whole lot to do with achieving that look, too.

Are you using the right hairbrush? Click through to find out which shape, material and bristle type is best for your hair.

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