What’s the Right Way to Brush Hair Per Hair Type?

Allison | 02 December 2017

Brush your way to shiny, tangle free hair. 

When you are crafting your perfect hair care routine, it’s important to look at all aspects of what you’re doing, from your shampoo down to your brush. Everyone has different hair, and the best way to brush hair will be totally different for straight-haired gals and curly girls. And because the way you’ll brush hair is different, it only follows that you’ll also need different tools. Today we’re going to demystify everything to do with the best way to brush hair for your hair type. Read on:

Brushing Hair: The Right Way to Brush According to Your Hair Type

The Right Way to Brush Hair: According To Your Hair Type

1. Thin, Fine Hair

Best Brush: Soft Boar Bristle Brush

If you have baby fine hair, a soft boar bristle brush is your hair’s BFF. Did you know that Nexxus came out with a line of brushes? They are super nice and Nexxus Ibiza OC7 Oval Flat Hair Brush is perfect for fine hair. It’s a mixed boar-bristled brush that is densely packed. This makes it easy to use on fine hair because it helps prevent knots or tangles. The bristles help create shine as well as a gorgeous, smooth texture.


Now, how to brush hair that is thin. It’s always best to treat fine, thin hair with extra care. Always brush hair while it is dry, because wet hair can be easily stretched. For people with straight but fine hair, we suggest that you brush your hair with the boar bristle brush in the morning and at night to help distribute oils for super shiny hair. While you brush hair, make sure to start at the bottom and work your way up. It’s the best way to ensure you won’t get knots in your hair from brushing.

2. Thick Straight Hair and Wavy Hair

Best Brush: Paddle Hair Brush

For thick hair we recommend a paddle brush. The Ibiza Cx2 Paddle Hair Brush is perfect for thick, straight, and wavy hair. It has wide spaced wooden pins that can easily work their way through thicker hair types. Plus, it’s great for scalp massage too.


Brushing thick hair whether it’s wavy or straight, is best done on dry hair. If you are prone to knots or tangles, gently comb through your wet hair with your fingers. If you have a big knot, it’s ok to use the brush, but if you don’t need to, don’t brush wet hair. After letting your hair air dry, or blow dry then you can brush through with your paddle brush. Again, you should always work from the bottom upwards. Also this brush is great for taking with you if you get tangles during the day.

3. Curly Hair

Best Brush: Detangler Brush

For curly hair it’s always best to air on the side of caution and use a detangler brush. These types of brushes are made for the purpose of unknotting tangled hair. If you are prone to tangles it’s a good one to have on hand.

Brushing curly hair while it is totally dry can take your defined ringlets and make it into one big poof. So, in general, it’s best to avoid totally brushing curly hair while it is dry. Instead, detangle your hair with your fingers before washing your hair to help avoid knots made while shampooing. Then, when you are done washing your hair, apply a detangling product. We’re big fans of Dove Absolute Curls Leave-In Detangler for dry, curly hair types because it’s super moisturizing. Then while your hair is damp or wet, gently detangle with the detangler brush.

4. Natural, Curly Hair

Best Brush: Wide Tooth Brush Or Comb

For natural, curly hair it may not be a great idea to totally brush your hair. It can mess with your curl pattern and be hard to fix when it’s done. Instead look for brushes or combs with wide teeth. These will let more hair in between each tooth, which is less likely to mess with your curls.

For the curliest hair, we recommend detangling while your hair is soaked to avoid breakage. You can do this in the shower before and after you wash you hair just like we described for curly hair above. Once you have dry hair, it may be better to detangle with a hair pick instead. Hair picks are great for natural, curly hair to have on hand for styling, too.

Need more information about how to brush hair. Look at our article on the difference between detangling brushes and wide tooth combs