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Best Round Brush For Volume

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Finding the best round brush for volume is one small change that can make a surprising difference in your overall style. Smaller options allow you to get more lift on your hair, which can make it look thicker and healthier. If you want to try one out, here is some information you’ll need, as well as product recommendations.

Features to Look For

When trying to build some lift in your hair, you have to do something unexpected: go for smaller instead of bigger.

A smaller brush helps you get closer into the roots, which is where you need to build the most lift. It can also help you focus on doing smaller sections of hair at a time.

A larger brush costs you some of that control. Your hair will get done faster, but it will also be flatter.

In addition to choosing a smaller brush, avoid tightly packed boar bristles. While these are great for taming frizz with your hair’s natural oils, they can flatten and straighten your hair in the process of brushing.

This style of bristle still works, just go for options that have lower bristle density. They shouldn’t all be crowded into a few spots on the brush.

Maximize Your Styling

In order to get the most lift from your hair, it’s important to pay attention to your hair routine. How you shampoo your hair, and the types of styling products that you use can all make a difference. You don’t want to weigh your hair down with heavy conditioners, but you also don’t want it to be dry and frizzy.

Technique is the other important factor to watch. When blow drying your hair for lift, you don’t want to focus on straightening. Typically, when straightening, you pull your hair and dry it while taught. This can flatten it as you go. In order to get more lift, try to flip as you’re doing that same process (as if you were trying to curl the hair inwards, towards your head). Concentrate that technique by the roots, and you should see more lift in your hair.

Also, be sure to focus on your hair type. If you have fine or thin hair, go for a much smaller brush. For longer, thicker, or coarser hair, you can probably get away with a medium sized brush. This should give you the same general effect, while saving you a bit of effort.

The same goes for products. Pay attention to what best suits your hair, and go from there. With thin hair, you’ll probably need a volumizer or texturizing spray. While for coarser, thicker hair, you may want to focus more on a conditioner that doesn’t weigh your hair down.


Here are two options that we recommend based on the features listed above.

Blowout Brush

Osensia Ultra Small Round Brush for Women and Men - Salon Blowout Hair Styling with Antistatic Bristles for Wet or Dry Hair, Ceramic Ion Thermal Barrel (0.75 inch)


This option is targeted at thin or fine hair types, which is great since those hair types tend to need more lift than other types. The bristles are really flexible, which is necessary for delicate hair, and they also happen to be mineral infused and ionic.

The barrel is also made of ceramic, which can help protect your hair, and makes styling easier. Ceramic heats evenly, so you don’t have to worry about hot spots on your brush.

(This option is available in multiple sizes.)

Vented Round Brush

Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Brush, 1 Inch


This brush prioritizes efficiency, with it’s larger vents. More vents means more airflow, which, in theory, should dry and style your hair quicker.

The main difference between this one and the previous one is that it has a high bristle density. They’re still not tightly packed enough to cause issues while styling.  They also appear to be less flexible than the previous option, so this one might be better suited to people with normal or coarser hair types.

(This option is available in multiple sizes.)

Choosing the Right Product for Your Hair

As is always the case, finding what’s right for your hair means paying attention to your hair type. A small brush size for one hair type, might not even be functional for another one. Consider what works best for your hair and adjust the size selection accordingly. Also be sure to use the products with the right techniques, and you should be able to see excellent results.



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