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The Best Hairbrushes on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews, and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing ones. We’ve written about the best curling ironshair dryers, and hair straighteners on Amazon before, and here are the best hairbrushes. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The best detangling hairbrushes

Wet Brush Pro Detangle Hair Brush

“Most people probably think a brush is a brush is a brush. However, if you’re like me and have long, often knotty hair, you know not all brushes are created equal. Most brushes induce tears at some point. I can’t even explain how this brush works, all I know is that it’s a miracle. I’m planning to buy two or three more so I’m never without it.”

Crave Naturals Detangling Brush

“I’m a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now.”

Tangle Teezer The Original

“I am an African-American/Japanese female with KINKY (not really curly) hair. The first time I used this little thing, I hated it … but I figured that as with any new product, perhaps I needed to wait and give it a chance. Now that I’ve used it about three or four times on my wash days, I enjoy this little sucker! It fits nicely in my hand, and the trick for my detangling process with this brush is to work in very small sections of hair. It really does wonders and I can see that it reduces hair loss in my detangling process.

“As a word of caution, try not to brush your scalp with this. I’ve grazed my scalp with it, and since the teeth are kind of prickly, it did not feel too good. But it’s great for detangling.”

The best boar-bristle hairbrush

Dovahlia Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set

“This brush set is great. I originally purchased this brush for my young daughter that has fine to normal hair. It works well for her hair type. I decided to use it my hair also. I have thick hair and it also worked well on my hair. It has made my hair shiny after using it for two weeks.”

The best mixed-bristle hairbrush

BESTOOL Boar Bristle Hairbrush

“I was concerned about the product having both nylon and boar-hair bristles. I needn’t have been concerned. The nylon bristles actually enhance the brush’s effectiveness. You will get the detangling efficacy of a nylon brush with the shine-inducing attributes of a boar-hair brush. The nylon bristles not only detangle but stimulate the scalp and remove any stray flakes sloughing off your scalp. You need this brush!”

Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture Hair Brush

“The Mason Pearson brush literally changed the texture of my hair just by brushing! I have medium-thick, slightly coarse hair. My very talented Hair Designer told me to buy this brush if I wanted the edgy French bob cut that I requested. I’ve had my French bob cut for about a week and while I love the look, I’ve been struggling with keeping my hair smooth using a blow dryer and a flat iron. Finally ordered the Mason Pearson Pocket Bristle & Nylon brush — received today and can’t believe how this little brush leaves my hair smoother and softer!! Plus, feels great on my scalp :)”

Beauty by Earth Boar Bristle Hair Brush

“I love this brush. I bought it based on a recommendation from a friend, and I’m honestly amazed by it. My hair is thick and curly, and I’ve tried a lot of different things with it — gels, serums, leave-in conditioners, hair spray, heat styling, styling without heat, using all natural products, etc. I pretty much always have frizz, and to get defined curls, I have to straighten my hair and then curl it. Normally, brushing my hair gives me a fluffy afro, so I was very uncertain about even buying this brush. My hair is smooth and shiny after being brushed, and the curls are neat and defined. This is amazing.”

Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set

“I love these brushes! I want to marry these brushes! If I was stranded on a desert island with a choice of food or these brushes, I would take these brushes. I want to be buried with these brushes. When I’m reincarnated, I want to come back as one of these brushes. They fit perfectly to the curve of your head, and it feels as if someone is stroking your hair. Just marvelous! I want to grow additional limbs, get more brushes, lock my door, and spend the rest of my life brushing my hair.”

The best nylon-bristle hairbrush

Conair Pro Hair Brush with Nylon Bristle

“My shoulder-length hair always looked disheveled and “flyaway.” At that time, I used a conventional brush with rubber bristles that had the tiny nubs on the end. A friend recently told me that my hair looked like I had just gotten out of bed. This amazing brush has transformed my hair into silky smoothness. It accentuates the natural curls. The results are so incredible, that I ordered a second brush to keep in my car. Great brush at a great price.”

The best cushion hairbrush

Denman Cushion Brush Nylon Bristles

“As a recent convert to the curly-girl method, I wasn’t sure getting a brush was the right move, as many believe in just finger detangling. After watching a bunch of videos of folks using the Denman Brush I decided to give it a go, as I couldn’t get my curls to clump together to look good once my hair dried. The results speak for themselves. I’ve been nothing but elated with my results!”

The best paddle hairbrush

Revlon Straight & Smooth Black Paddle Hair Brush

“I have been hesitating to purchase a new brush. I purchased one a few years ago and didn’t want to admit it was time to let it go. This brush is amazing. It’s sturdy, doesn’t feel cheap, and works really well with drying hair. Would certainly recommend to anyone wanting a quality paddle brush.”

Wet Brush Pro Paddle Hair Brush

“Holy healthy hair! This brush has got to be my favorite of all time. I have fine long hair that has a tenancy of getting frizzy and looking a little on the dull side. One of my stiff bristle brushes looked like it needed a date with the trashcan. Upgrade time. I flipped through quite a few brushes on Amazon before I came to this one. It sold me at ‘no-pain detangler.’ If you have hair like mine, good lord give this brush a try. It’s so gentle. I was floored with how shiny my hair was I had to do a double take. After I styled it I just stood there flipping it around while my boyfriend looked at me like I was nuts. Worth it! Five stars. There’s nothing bad about this brush so far.”

CHOSIN Wooden Hair Brush

“This brush has completely helped with the damage caused from regular brushes. I will never go back to plastic-bristle brushes ever again. After just two weeks of use I have significantly less hair damage and breakage. This is excellent for my hair — I have very long and thick hair that tangles easily. This brush is gentle after I shower and detangles easily. I love this brush so much I ordered two! One for my car and one for home. You will not be disappointed. Wonderful price and excellent quality.”

The best teasing hairbrush

Spornette Little Wonder Boar & Tourmaline Nylon Bristle Teasing Brush

“This is the best teasing brush I’ve ever found. My hair can get so big. Like, insanely big. I would recommend this 100 percent.”

The best vent hairbrush

Cricket Static Free Fast Flo

“LOVE this brush! I got one several years ago and used it every day. After a while the little red nibs on the ends of the bristles all wore off, making it a little scratchy to use. I was so happy to find the same brush online that I’ve ordered two.”

The best straightening hairbrush

MiroPure Enhanced Hair Straightener Brush

“Very pleased with this brush! My daughter’s hair is thick — 4C. I had to dry and detangle her hair first as this is not a hair dryer. It’s not as flat as a flat iron would be but it allowed me to get close to her scalp without burning her. And the fullness is lovely. It cuts flat ironing time in half! I use it during the week to freshen my look in less than ten minutes. Would recommend for touch-ups, pre-teens doing their own hair, and parents of little girls.”

The best round ceramic hairbrush

Osensia Round Brush

“What I love: There are no seams in the brush for your hair to get caught in. It heats up as you blow dry so you don’t have to use a curling iron to smooth or flip your hair. Does not tangle or snag. The end of the handle pulls out and is a pick for parting your hair or pulling hair out of the brush. Does not cause static and leaves my hair looking smooth

“What I would change: Honestly, nothing. This is the best brush I have ever had.”

Fagaci Round Brush

“My problem with most round brushes is that I have thick hair so I have trouble with bristles that can handle it and end up taking forever to dry my hair, tiny section by tiny section. I also like a combination of wiry and plastic bristles as I find that it prevents frizzing. This brush checks all the boxes!!! I love it and am ordering two more as gifts. Don’t hesitate if you are on the fence. I highly recommend it.”

Care Me Round Hair Brush with Natural Boar Bristles

“I have thick, crazy, wavy hair. Not nice, pretty waves … my hair sticks out like Pippi Longstocking’s. For years I have blown my hair dry, then used a flat iron. As long as I don’t let my hair air dry at all after my shower, I can use this brush to get nice straight hair. No more flat iron! Saves me a ton of time in the morning.”

GranNaturals Boar Bristle Round Styling Hair Brush

“Bravo! After a long search through many other brushes, this one fits the bill perfectly! Pros: Lovely shaped handle, bristles of two different kinds and styles … a plastic protected by a little ball on the end, and a lower row of boar bristle that circles around the plastic ones! The result is the comfort of the soft, bristled nubs against my skin and boar bristles which grab onto my hair for excellent blow-drying and styling! I just love it! Cons: NONE!!!”

The best round wooden hairbrush

BESTOOL Bristle Round Hair Brush

“My hair artist introduced me to this brush design. When he styles my hair, it always looks great, so my biggest concern was whether I could re-create the volume and softness at home. My hair is thinning and I’m always seeking ways to make it look full and lush. This brush was an answer to prayer! It gives me lift that lasts for two days after blow drying. And it feels so nice when simply brushing my hair — like a massage of my scalp. Which, of course, releases the sebum that may actually keep my hair follicles vital and productive. I’m ecstatic!”

Minalo Styling Essentials Natural Boar Bristles Hair Brush

“I was looking for a round brush because I just cut my hair above the shoulder, and I wanted something to style my hair. I’m an amateur when it comes to styling hair. I bought this brush as an experiment. So far I really like it. It has boar bristles as well as nylon bristles, which brushes the hair out better. The handle is made of wood. It’s pretty sturdy. This brush has made my hair softer and spreads out the oil in my hair. I recommend it.”

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The Best Hairbrushes on Amazon, According to Reviewers