Let’s face it: you’re probably using the wrong brush for your hair type. It’s a very underrated hair tool category that people should really pay attention to. If your styling needs a boost, then you might benefit from a better brush. To get you started, I’ve made a cheat sheet on the best hairbrush for fine hair to guide you towards the right path.
Tips for Choosing a Good Hair Brush
The Benefits of a Hair Brush
Using the wrong hair brush can be a hairy ordeal but a good hair brush feels like self-care: no tugging, no breakage, and of course, no tangles. But there are more benefits to hair brushing than meets the eye.
1. Brushing stimulates the scalp
When bristles come in contact with your scalp, it stimulates the capillaries and increases circulation to the follicles. You also get a relaxing massage too! I’ve often gotten sleepy in a salon because having someone brush your hair is just so calming.
2. Brushes give your hair shine.
Going over your hair with a brush distributes your hair’s natural oils better than a comb can. Natural bristle brushes do this best, spreading the oils from your scalp where it’s concentrated to the ends of the hair where the moisture is needed the most.
3. Brushing cleanses your hair
Through the mechanical friction created by brushing, the gunk in your hair and scalp is broken up and brushed out. This is great for you because so many impurities build up on the hair, including residue from hair products, dirt and old skin.
4. Brushing prevents hair loss.
This benefit is great for fine-haired folks whose hair is on the thinner side or for those who are suffering from excess hair shedding. Brushing with a natural bristle brush, in particular, helps support the scalp’s sebaceous glands. When an oily scalp goes unchecked, sebum can clog the hair and cause hair loss. With proper hair hygiene and treatment, this can go away. Don’t overdo the brushing though, because it can also cause significant hair fall.
What is the best brush for fine hair?
Determine your hair type and what results you want to achieve
Before finding the best brush for you, first determine your hair type. Fine hair has thin individual strands of hair. Thin hair, on the other hand, can be coarse or fine. Thinness refers to the density of the hair or how many strands there are on the head.
The best brush will depend on what your hair density is (thin or thick), if your hair is curly or straight, and what kind of results you want to achieve with your hair. Will you be styling your hair? If you have curls, will you retain your style or brush them out? Do you want to detangle hair? Do you want to increase volume? Do you want pin-straight locks?
Since fine hair can be vulnerable to breakage and has a tendency to be limp and lifeless, you may want something that’s gentle on your precious locks. If you’re using a brush for everyday purposes, you’ll want effective but delicate detangling properties.
Choose between natural bristles vs. synthetic bristles
For boosting shine and blood circulation, you can reach for synthetic bristle brushes or natural bristle brushes. They both have their pros and cons.
A boar bristle brush is a popular natural bristle brush that’s great for creating glossy strands while keeping the hair clean. The bristles are very flexible, thereby preventing breakage. They can also minimize frizz on hair.
Synthetic brushes are often made from plastic or nylon bristles. These are the MVP for detangling. They are great because unlike natural bristles, they don’t create static on the hair. When coupled with a good hairdryer, they can volumize and create bounce. Thick hair can benefit from a synthetic brush’s superb detangling capabilities.
Choose a good hair brush type for you
Aside from material, check a hairbrush’s shape and structure.
A paddle brush is great for snarls and knots. They are safe to use on wet hair. If you have thick hair, they’re a handy tool to make detangling faster. If you like styling your hair straight, a paddle brush is the best choice because its even shape lays hair flat.
If you’re styling hair for blowouts or wish to create beach waves, a round brush is your BFF. They build volume for days thanks to their circular shape. Round hair brushes often come with vents, which are great for quick drying and heat styling. And if you want extra polish, a ceramic round brush would be a good addition to your arsenal.
Is brushing your hair good for thinning hair?
Yes, regular brushing with a gentle hair brush is good for thinning hair. The stimulation does wonders for circulation and the brushing itself will make your hair shiny. Proper circulation means more nutrients and oxygen which promote healthy strands. However, there are no studies that prove brushing hair makes it grow faster.
To reap the benefits of hair brushing if you have thinning hair, choose a non-abrasive brush like a boar bristle brush. Something that has flexible bristles is best to prevent your hair from catching onto the bristles and snapping.
The 5 Best Hairbrushes for Fine Hair
1. Mason Pearson Sensitive Boar Bristle Hairbrush
This list starts off strong with the Mason Pearson Hairbrush, an English brand with some serious pedigree.
Mason Pearson is a brand that’s over 100 years old, dating back to the Victorian Industrial Revolution. It’s hard to reinvent the hair brush but this brand did. Mason Pearson invented a hair brush with a “pneumatic cushion”, basically a soft cushion filled with air. The brush design itself looks simple, like the textbook definition of a hair brush. The rubber pad is actually great for smoothing out the hair without putting undue pressure on strands.
The premium-grade boar bristles are extra soft–suitable for fine hair and for sensitive scalps. The brush detangles gently while exfoliating the roots. It boosts circulation and polishes the hair strands effortlessly.
Now, it’s easy to see the benefits of this product but there’s one glaring con and that’s the price. If you’re asking, “What on earth can justify that expenditure?” I’m right there with you but I learned this hair brush has a cult following for a reason. The hair brushes are made by hand since their invention in 1885 and they last years and years.
If you’re tired of brushing and still ending up with frizz, the Mason Pearson is your saviour. It brushes your hair with the slightest hint of pressure and yet somehow, your locks end up shiny from root to tips without frizz.
If you want the Louis Vuitton of hairbrushes, Mason Pearson is a splurge you won’t regret for fine hair.
- its extra soft brush is made of premium boar bristles
- an innovative cushion design transfers pressure well
- makes hair shiny from scalp to ends
- the price is above average for a brush like this
2. Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detangling Brush
If your tangles are becoming a major pain to unravel, this may be a good brush for you. As the name implies, the Glide Thru Detangling Brush is made for working through tangles whether your hair is wet or dry. The bristles are beadless which is more forgiving on the roots because it doesn’t pull on knots. The multilength bristles also unravel tangles without breaking your fine hair. An added bonus is the flexibility of the bristles, so you don’t cause unwanted tension on fragile strands.
The brush fits well in the palm of your hand, making brushing easy. It’s even marketed to those with little kids because of its ease of use. The Glide Thru comes in five colors: black, blue, pink, lavender, and mint green. The product is supposedly suited for all hair types, including curly hair, but I think those with thick hair would find this inefficient at combing their hair because the bristles are quite short. For flat, fine hair though, this would do a great job.
The shape of the brush allows you to have more control on how much pressure you exert on your hair. This makes it a good choice for sensitive scalps. Because of the size of the brush and its gentleness, it may take you longer to comb your hair. It’s very effective at detangling gently but it’s a brush that does not cover a lot of area per stroke.
- detangles efficiently yet gently
- can be used on wet hair
- ergonomic handle
- flexible and multilength bristles are great for fine hair
- covers smaller areas and may take time to go through your entire hair
- not good for thick hair because of its shorter bristles
3. Osensia Ultra Small Round Brush for Women and Men
The Osensia Round Brush proves the old adage “Appearances can be deceiving”.
At first glance, the Osensia looks like it would be the farthest thing from gentle, but on the contrary, its metal bristles are extremely soft (as soft as metal can be). It has antistatic and antibacterial properties which are great for a styling brush.
Because of its round shape, it’s great for adding volume to limp hair or creating waves. It can withstand high temperatures so you can really turn up the heat on your blow dryer. Its ceramic barrel emits ions to fight frizz while retaining heat well. It maybe retains heat a little too well as some users have observed that the top of the brush gets very hot when styling. Keep this in mind so you don’t burn yourself accidentally.
If you have trouble straightening or curling your hair with heavy brushes, I recommend the Osensia because it’s a lightweight brush that won’t feel like a dumbbell on your arm. The Osensia is a handy little round brush for really getting into the root of the hair and creating lift. It’s a good choice if you have bangs, too, because of its diameter.
The brush even has a sectioning tip embedded in the handle so you don’t have to reach for a separate comb to divide your hair. If you’re a heat styling enthusiast with fine hair, this is one of the best brushes for you. If you have thick hair, though, you’ll need a barrel with a larger diameter. Fortunately, the Osensia Round Brush comes in several sizes.
- gentle metal bristles detangle hair
- the round barrel retains heat well and gives volume to fine hair
- comes with a sectioning tip
- the end of the brush gets hot when heat styling
4. GranNaturals Boar Bristle Hair Brush
If you want straight, shiny but not greasy hair, the GranNaturals Boar Bristle Hair Brush is a great bargain.
The boar bristles help eliminate sebum buildup on the roots. Despite the firmness of the bristles, they won’t catch on your hair. For added sleekness, the paddle brush will give you lustrous locks. Pin-straight hair can be achieved easily with this brush shape because it has no sloped ends.
This would also be a great everyday brush for busy women. If you skip shampoos, the exfoliating and oil distribution abilities of the bristles are perfect for avoiding that uncomfortable greasy look. The width of the paddle also allows you to cover more hair–great if you’re in a rush.
I think the wooden components will be durable. The brush feels sturdy in the hand. It doesn’t dig into the hair or yank out strands. Using this is quite relaxing too, like giving your head a massage.
This brush would not be ideal for those with thick hair because the brush won’t sink in deep enough to stroke the roots. Because of that, this is an easy recommendation for those with thin, fine hair.
- firm natural bristles distribute hair oils to the lengths of hair
- large paddle brush can go through more hair in less time
- the brush feels sturdy and durable
- not good for thick hair
5. Boar Bristle Ceramic Round Brush by Care Me
If I could recommend a brush for women with long hair, this would be it.
The Care Me Boar Bristle Ceramic Round Brush will untangle your hair like no other. Its 2-inch diameter is a dream for longer locks. It’s made of 80% boar bristles and 20% nylon pins so you get untangled and glassy hair at the same time. Because of the ball tips on the nylon bristles, you’ll find that this is gentle on your scalp. I personally hate it when a brush rakes through my roots. This won’t.
The bristles are ion-infused so every time you style, you’ll reduce frizz and static. Speaking of styling, there’s a honeycomb design to the ceramic barrel that allows better heat circulation. What that means for you is less drying time (50% according to Care Me’s claims) and less havoc wreaked on your hair from too much heat.
Users have also oohed and aahed at how well the brush grips hair and if you’re a blow-drying aficionado, that’s a good sign because you’ll want a brush that retains tension as you pull hair taut when styling.
The gold color makes this an eye-catching addition to your vanity. The rubber grip handle is easy to hold.
I would recommend this for long-haired women who like straight or wavy hairstyles. It’s a good multitasker because it has both nylon and boar bristles. The round brush design makes this one of the best blow drying brushes for fine hair. I imagine this would fare well for everyday use as well because of its anti-static properties and large diameter.
- the large diameter is perfect for long hair
- bristles are a combination of boar hair and nylon
- vented ceramic barrel is great for heat styling
- not suitable for wet hair or short hair
With such a good, well-rounded selection of brushes, it’s hard to pick a clear winner.
Personally, I feel comfortable recommending the Care Me round brush. I think a vented round brush is indispensable for hair styling. With its combination of natural and synthetic bristles, it makes a good compromise between the shine-enhancing, sebum-distributing properties of boar bristles and the detangling, static-reducing abilities of nylon. Its large size is ideal for creating wavy, tousled hair, which is what I prefer personally.
While it can’t get into the roots, I think even those with short hair can enjoy this brush. Professionals and other people who have less time on their hands will really like this, too. A good hair brush for fine hair is versatile yet effective and the Care Me ticks those boxes.