Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of hair tools before — including the best blow dryers, curling irons, and a writer’s favorite detangling brush — here, we’ve rounded up the best hairbrushes, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Sephora.
Best-rated (and least expensive) hairbrush
We’re no strangers to this magical detangling brush: Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens owns seven and says, “The forgiving plastic bristles detangle my insanely knot-prone curls with ease,” and writer Hil Moss says it got her through the days, post–breast-cancer surgery, when she couldn’t shower: “This thing truly flies through serious tangles like you wouldn’t believe; it’s unlike any other brush I’ve ever had.”
Reviewers also love how the affordable, compact brush detangles and smooths hair. “With hair almost down to my hips, this changed my life,” writes a reviewer who says this brush “took away the pain of hair brushing.” A very enthusiastic fan raves, “THIS HAIRBRUSH IS CHANGING MY WORLD. Seriously. It takes me a minute to brush all the tangles out post-shower without destroying my hair, which is also visibly shinier and smoother. Someone give the creator of this an award already!” And the praise continues with the reviewer who says, “This might be the best of any product I’ve ever used. Dramatic, I know, but it’s true. I was skeptical that I would be able to get this through my wet hair, but it worked like a dream.”
Whether they’re dealing with fine or thick hair, hundreds of reviewers echo the sentiment that “this brush is worth its weight in gold,” or as one reviewer puts it, “What kind of voodoo magic is this?! It detangles my hair in record time.” Or like the reviewer who says that “when I brush my hair wet or dry, I am not losing hair to my brush,” lots more love the fact that they can use the brush on wet or dry hair and it’s still gentle on the hair and scalp.
Best paddle hairbrush
For a traditional paddle-style brush with flexible bristles, reviewers flock to this one from Drybar. “The bristles get straight to my scalp without hurting and are firm enough to get the tangles out, but not so firm as to pull a lot of hair out,” says one reviewer. “My brush time after a shower has been cut by at least half and I don’t lose a lot of hair in the process either.” A reviewer with dry, curly hair that tends to tangle writes, “This brush runs right through it without pulling or breaking my hair or making it frizzy. I love that you can use it on wet or dry hair so I don’t have to worry about bringing two different brushes/combs when traveling. I am so in love with this brush I will never purchase a different one.”
Best round hairbrush
Drybar also makes the top-rated round brush at Sephora, which is a reviewer favorite for blow drying and styling. Even though it’s more expensive than a drugstore brush, reviewers agree that it’s worth it. “I have never splurged on a hairbrush before, but now I’m so glad I did. It really does cut down on my drying time and reduces frizz,” writes one owner, and another says, “This brush not only adds shine to my hair but it gives amazing volume.” This reviewer likes that it “adds volume and body and curls as if I got it professionally blown out,” while another adds, “I’ve used this brush to straighten and curl my fine, thin, naturally curly hair, and I’ve gotten compliments on both styles. It’s great for adding volume, reducing frizz, and creating loose curls.”
Best detangling hairbrush
Like our best-rated pick, this Tangle Teezer brush is known for its detangling power — especially on coarse and thick hair. A reviewer with hair that’s “Afro-thick, kinky curly, and drier than the Sahara Desert” says, “Now I feel like I have the loveliest of hair. It’s long, down my back, shiny, and with this detangle brush, I could sit and brush it all day long. I really wasn’t sure if this brush would do me any good, but it glides through my hair incredibly well.” Another writes, “This thing is life changing. I have natural African-American hair. My old detangling process was long, painful, and cost me lots of strands. Now I use this after conditioning with a leave in or curl cream and I barely lose any hair.”
Best travel-size hairbrush
A smaller version of the original Tangle Teezer, reviewers love how travel-friendly this brush is. “It’s nicely compact as well as lightweight and the cap that comes with it is perfect for carrying around,” writes one reviewer. And this one agrees: “The cover is nice because then I don’t have to worry about the bristles getting bent or otherwise messed up while the brush is in my bag.” A reviewer who also owns the full-size model writes, “It brushes without pain whether my hair is wet or dry and leaves my hair tangle-free and shiny! I prefer the compact version because the cap keeps the bristles in top condition and it does the same job as the normal Tangle Teezer brush but is much for portable.”
Best heated hairbrush
Combining a paddle brush and a straightening iron, reviewers like how this brush helps them save time while styling. “I have been straightening my hair for over 25 years. I’ve done chemical straightening, keratin, round brushes, paddle brushes, all kinds of blow dryers and products, but this is the best thing yet,” writes a reviewer. who goes on to say it’s “so worth the money.” Another happy user says, “This product is a godsend! Brushes and straightens the hair in record time, heats up quickly, [and has] auto shut-off if I walk away and forget. My hair feels and looks like I just had a blow out and I can’t stop touching it.” Lots of reviewers, like this one, note how much quicker using this brush has made their routines: “I have thick, course, frizzy hair. It normally takes me 20-ish minutes to straighten after spending 20-ish minutes blow drying straight. This brush cut that time down to 4 minutes. I ran it through my straight hair a few times and it looks amazing and is super soft”
Best teaser hairbrush
One reviewer writes that this teaser brush “makes back-combing and adding volume super easy for both inexperienced hairstylists and the experts. A staple in my collection, and I would recommend it to anyone wondering if they should purchase.” Others find it to be a great tool for adding volume to fine hair without any frizz. “There are so many boar hairs in there, that it really grabs all of your hair and creates a soft backcomb, rather than a ratty chunk of hair,” writes another reviewer, and one adds, “The fact that it teases and then smooths after so perfectly is amazing.”
Best hairbrush for kids
With its small size and kid-friendly design, this compact brush is liked by parents to helps take the pain out of detangling children’s hair. A reviewer who bought the brush for her niece writes, “I knew that my sister was having trouble combing her daughter’s hair because the hair was thin but tangly, causing the child pain whenever her hair was brushed. This product works wonders for her and she absolutely loves the Hello Kitty edition.” Another reviewer says, “I got this for my 5-year-old daughter with long, thin hair. This brush has made it fun, easy and painless to get her to brush her own hair.”
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