Good question. Our answer: It depends on what you want your hair to do.
The Goal: To Go Straight
With its big, flat shape, the paddle brush is your ticket to sleek, straight hair. Take it a step further with the Tool Science Nano Silver Paddle Brush, which uses nanotechnology to block harmful bacteria and keeps your hair cleaner longer.
The Goal: To Get Dry ASAP
Save time in the morning by reaching for a specially designed brush like the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush, which has microfiber nubs nestled between the bristles that absorb water as you blow-dry. (They say it can cut your drying time in half!)
The Goal: To Detangle
Gnarly, tangled hair doesn’t stand a chance against the wide-tooth comb. The Plugged In Tangle Tamer Max does it all: It easily rakes through wet hair, reduces fly-aways, and works through knots like no other.
The Gal: To Fight Frizz
If you’ve got the frizzies, it’s probably due to your hair being fried. A quality boar-bristle brush will transfer oils from your scalp to your strands—coating them, protecting them, and keeping them supple. The Brush Strokes Oval Boar Bristle Cushion Paddle Brush works wonders.
The Goal: To Mimic a Blowout
Look for a large round brush to achieve a hairstyle with both body and bend, like the typical blowout. Options made with tourmaline, like the Nexxus Volume Effexx Large Round Brush, eliminate frizz and seal the hair cuticle, locking in moisture.
The Goal: To Touch Up on the Go
Whether it’s going in your purse, your gym tote, or your carry-on, your travel brush needs to be small and durable. The Sephora Luxe Combo Travel Brush has both plastic and boar bristles to smooth out kinks and tangles, so your hair is covered no matter where your day takes you.