Different Types of Brushes and Combs

This page is an in-depth guide to the different types of brushes and combs used in hair styling and hair care.

Brushes vs Combs

Firstly, what is the difference between a brush and a comb?

The main distinction between brushes and combs are the bristles. Brushes have bristles, and combs have teeth.

Bristle Materials

It used to be that most brush bristles were made from animal hairs such as boar or goat hairs, however now it is very common to find plastic bristles.

Bristle Density

Bristle density was most commonly very dense as well, however it’s now common to see brushes with very spread apart bristles that make it easier to brush wet hair or thick hair.

Comb Materials

Combs are most commonly made from types of plastic, but you can sometimes find metal tooth combs that can be used for specific purposes, such as a hot comb.

Comb Density

There are two types of comb densities as well, from very dense thin (fine) tooth to a very wide tooth comb. Fine tooth combs are used more commonly in hair styling, and wide tooth combs are used to comb wet hair or very thick hair.

Types of Brushes

Because of the difference in uses, materials, and design, there are many different types of hair brushes available. Below is an explanation of some of those different types of brushes and their uses.

Vented Wet Brush

A vented wet brush is a brush with plastic bristles and an open backing. The open back design and wide bristle spacing allows for you to use the hair brush on wet hair with a hair dryer. It also works as a detangling brush which can be used in the shower.

Round Hair Brush

A round brush is a cylindrical shaped brush with densely packed bristles, most often made of hair (synthetic or animal). The handle and body of the brush is often made from wood. Another popular style of round brush is made with a metal with holes for venting. This brush is most commonly used while blow-drying hair to achieve the classic blow out style.

Paddle Brush

A paddle brush gets it’s name for the shape being like a paddle, rectangular and often large. This type of brush is popular for thick hair and some people prefer it for blow-outs over the round brush.

Best Hair Brushes

If you or your hair have a specific need, you may be looking for a particular hair brush. Shopping intentionally for a hair brush will provide you with the best results, so you are off to a good start.

Best Brush for Thin Hair

Different hair types have different needs. If you have thin hair, you’re going to want to use a brush that won’t cause damage to your hair since it can break easily. See our recommendations for the best brush for thin hair here.

Best Hair Brushes for Coloring Hair

If you’re coloring your hair at home, you’re going to want to use the best tools possible to prevent having to go to a salon afterwards to fix any mistakes. If you’d like to know more about the best brush to you for coloring your hair, see our guide here: Best Hair Color Brushes.

Stylish Hair Brushes

If your hair doesn’t have any specific needs and you find the thought of a stylish hair brush more interesting, you’ll be happy to know that hair brushes come in endless styles and colors. See some of our best recommendations below.

Rose Gold Hair Brushes

Rose gold is the trendy color of our current generation, and hair brushes have not been left out of this trend. If you want something stylish but classic looking, rose gold hair brushes are a good option.

Best Combs

As is with brushes, combs come in a variety of options as well for specific hair types and uses. See the best types of combs below.

Best Comb to Prevent Hair Loss

When it comes to combing or brushing your hair, you never want to use something that causes a lot of damage to your hair. You shouldn’t see large amounts of breakage and hair falling out after every use. So if this is happening to you, consider getting a comb that prevents hair loss.

The Best Brushes and Combs for Each Hair Type

As you can see, there are endless amounts of variation when it comes to brushes and combs, perhaps because there are many different hair types each with a specific need. Styling is a matter of preference as well, and there are hair styling tools made to meet a variety of preferences.

Do your research to know what your hair type is and the best products to use on that hair type, then don’t be afraid to experiment with different tools to create a hair routine that works best for you.