There’s nothing like going into the salon to get your hair done & coming out with that fabulous round brush blow dry that only a stylist seems to be able to achieve! But having the right kind of round brush for your hair can absolutely help you achieve the same look on your own. We are here to help guide you through finding the best round brush for you!
Round brushes are usually made with a metal or ceramic barrel, & work with the heat from your blow dryer by wrapping the hair around the brush to create curls & waves; much like a curling wand. Alternatively, a round brush helps to create tension in the hair to achieve a smoother, straighter style.
There are a couple things to take into consideration when choosing the right round brush for your hair & determining which size is going to work best for you. First, you want to consider the length of your hair, as well as the finished look or size of curl/wave you want to achieve.
A small round brush is most beneficial for styling ashorter fringe or bangs, or for creating volume & body if your hair is chinlength or shorter. A 17mm round brush is great for pixie styles while a 23mmsize will work great for chin length styles or bobs. Keep in mind that thesmaller the barrel, the tighter the curl will be for longer lengths.
Larger barrel round brushes are more ideal forsmoothing & straightening, or creating waves in longer hair. A 32mm roundbrush is great for shoulder length hair, but it comes down to personal preference& some may prefer a larger brush like a 43mm round brush. A 43mm roundbrush is also ideal for hair that is beyond shoulder length, or creating biggervolume, & there are even larger 53-55mm round brushes for even more volume.The larger the barrel, the larger the curl or wave you will create. The samebrush can be used for styling longer face framing layers or curtain bangs, butfor shorter bangs or fringes, a smaller round brush is ideal.
Not only will the size of round brush make a difference in your blow dry, but so will the type of bristles that your brush has. The most common types of bristles include natural boar bristles, synthetic bristles (often nylon), or a combination of natural & synthetic.
Boar bristles are extra soft & gentle, & provide more tension with less breakage, creating a sleeker, smoother style with maximum volume. Boar bristles also produce more shine by distributing your hair’s natural oils from root to tip where your hair needs those oils most. Boar bristle brushes are suitable for all hair types, including those with straight or fine hair, sensitive scalps, & even thick hair that is wavy or curly to help smooth & minimize frizz. Natural bristle brushes may be more expensive but are known to last longer than synthetic options.
Synthetic bristles are generally made from nylon, but may be plastic as well. Nylon bristles tend to be more beneficial for detangling & reducing static. This type of brush is often best suited for extremely thick or course hair due to its detangling abilities.
Using a brush with a combination of natural & synthetic bristles means you will achieve the shine provided by the natural bristles as well as the detangling benefits of the synthetic. This type of bristle is generally great for everyone, but more so for fine hair or long hair. This is ultimately the best brush for most people if you are in doubt of which option is best for you, & is most commonly used by stylists within the salon.