Hair Brushes: A Style Guide

April 13, 2015 10:37 am

Picking the best brush for your hair type, length and desired style can be overwhelming, especially given the wide choice now available in shops. But fear not…we’ve put together this handy guide to help you navigate your way around the different types of hair brushes on offer, so you can pick your perfect match!

Brushes Guide Style1, 2, 3. RADIAL BRUSHES

We offer three different sizes of radial brushes depending on the effect you want to create. There are two easy ways to choose the correct size:

  1. For longer hair generally choose a larger barrelled brush, and for shorter hair use a smaller barrelled brush.
  2. If you want to create loose, gentle movement use the larger brush, or for tighter curls use the smaller brush.

This style of brush is really versatile, and can be used to:

  • Create volume and movement through the hair – a good way to think of using this brush is by mimicking how you’d use a velcro roller.
  • Produce loose curls – the brush has a ceramic core that heats up and can set the hair in the same way a wand or tong does.
  • Smooth hair – the mixture of natural and synthetic bristles grip the hair so that it is gently pulled straight as you dry.


This is a classically shaped brush that most people have come across. This brush is perfect for short-mid length styles – the curved brush head naturally shapes the hair and curves the ends under to create movement through the ends of the hair. This is particularly good for bobs, as it curves the hair under the chin.

You can also use this brush to lift the hair at the root and allow its shape to create natural looking volume.


Another versatile brush, this is ideal for longer hair as it allows for quick drying, while smoothing and straightening the hair. The flat ‘paddle’ shape smooths the hair without creating any flicks or too much shape, perfect for sleeker styles.


This brush is 100% natural boar bristles – the advantage of using this compared to synthetic bristles is that it’s gentler on the hair, and produces a better shine. The sebum on the scalp is evenly distributed down the hairshaft by the bristles, to create a softer, sleeker finish.

Boar bristle brushes are also great for backcombing – turn the brush to a 45 degree angle, apply to the underside of a section of hair, and from midway down the hair gently push it towards the scalp. You can then smooth the outside layers of hair by gently running the brush over them.