Barrel vent hair brushAsk any hair stylist to make a list of the most important hair styling tools they use and you'll be sure to see a hair brush listed.

Perfect for removing knots, pulling hair into simple 'dos like ponytails and half up, half down looks, and for keeping hair healthy by distributing natural oils from the roots to tips, the hair brush is just as important a tool for you too.

To help you make the most of your hair brush, we've put together some of our top hair brush tips.

  • When it comes to brushes, a good type is a must. A quality brush lasts longer, the bristles are gentler on your hair, and good bristles smooth the hair cuticle and create shine.
  • It’s a good idea to regularly wash your brushes with a mild shampoo to keep them nice and clean.
  • Using the right brush for your hair type and texture or for the hairstyle you’re trying to create will go a long way to making styling easier. Range and variety of brushes might be hard to find, though, so don’t just rely on finding the right brush in stores. Shop online or ask your hair stylist to place a special order for you.
  • For a faster finish when blow-drying, use a brush with holes in the base or handle. This helps with air flow and will have your locks dry-styled in no time.
  • Paddle brushes are a great option for creating straight and shiny hair in medium to long hair lengths.
  • Thick hair, wavy hair or curly hair will get the most care and benefit from a brush that is wide and has staggered rows of bristles.
  • A damaged brush can cause damaged hair so if your brush starts losing its bristles, or the bristles are frayed or bent, then it’s time to get a new brush.
  • For styling short hair, go for a small to medium round barrel brush to get an easier grip on your hair. Those with medium to long hair should try a big barrel brush because it holds more hair.
  • Brushes that use natural or boar bristles are the best kind of bristles to use on your hair. They can be quite pricey though so if you have to go for something cheaper, try a brush where the ends of the bristles are shaped into balls or the tips are round to minimize hair damage.

For more information about hair brushes, see our hair care article, Hair Brushes: Types and Tips.