We really don't ask all that much from our hair brushes. Yes, they should take on tangles like a warrior going into battle, be strategically shaped to fit comfortably in our hand, oh, and if they're aesthetically designed to look great on top of our vanities, well, that's just the cherry on top.
Okay, so maybe we do ask a lot from our detangling hair brushes. After all, we do entrust them with our precious strands and though we'd like to say we never brush our hair when it's wet and outfitted with snarls rivaling the likes of Toddlers in Tiaras, we most definitely do. Hey, we're only human.
So we tend to take our detangling brushes seriously, turning a blind eye to anything unable to deliver a slow-mo-esque moment like the opening credits in Legally Blonde. Curious to see which detangling brushes you can always find stashed in our bags, desk, and vanity drawers? Keep reading for our top seven picks.
The O.G. Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Brush ($120) is and always will be one of our favorites of all time. But when our tangles need an extra dose of T.L.C., we reach for the iconic brand's Detangler Hair Brush, instead. Featuring a patented design over 100 years old (yes, really), this detangling brush features soft nylon bristles safe for both wet and dry hair.
No need to overthink it—this brush does just as the name promises: teasing the tangles right out of your wet (or dry!) hair. It's the ultimate detangling brush, and we especially love this one for its convenient size and its fun and punchy color range. It's never not in our gym bag, and we always use it post-shower for its shine and hair health benefits.
Light in weight and featuring flexible, extended bristles, this pretty wood-handled paddle brush from Aveda tackles even the most distressing case of snarls and knots. However, there's some strategy involved: To detangle, keep it vertical as you brush, and to add shine, keep it horizontal.
Christophe Robin is known for products that nurture our scalp and hair health. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this award-winning brush does the same. Made from 100% pure boar bristles, this detangling brush helps soften and strengthen hair while simultaneously boosting shine and removing product buildup from the scalp. Pro tip: Flip your head upside down while you brush, which will increase oxygen and circulation.
If you're worried about breakage and painful snagging, fear not. This infamous brush does anything your current brush does but a million times better. Not only is it adorable (there are plenty of colors and designs to choose from), this detangling brush features exclusive IntelliFlex bristles, which move and bend with your strands (without the cringe-worthy snap) to seamlessly remove rough patches sans damage or tears. It's great for detangling wet hair, but it's wonderful on dry strands, as well.
Short and long bristles effortlessly work together to detangle hair and banish knots with this do-it-all brush. And thanks to the soft, grippy handle, it will never slip through your fingers mid-tangle.
Boasting 428 different contact points, this innovative detangling brush promises an all-around better brushing experience. Not only will it rid wet and dry hair of knots with little to no effort, it will also cut your brushing time in half since the technology promises fewer brush strokes to get the job done.
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