The Best Hair Brushes for Fine Hair

by Colleen Welsch on September 5th, 2019
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Are you using the right brush for your hair type? Fine hair naturally has thinner strands than other hair types, which means that it can be particularly fragile, and susceptible to damage and breakage. And using the wrong kind of hair brush is one of the biggest causes of breakage for fine hair. Keep reading to learn about the best brushes for fine hair, and when to use them.

Choosing the Best Brush for Fine Hair: What to Look For

Fine hair is delicate, so it’s important to choose brushes that detangle hair without putting too much strain on your strands. You’ll also want to look for a hair brush that helps to evenly distribute your scalp’s oils throughout your hair to keep it moisturized. Dry hair is brittle and more prone to breakage. So by brushing hair gently to distribute those hydrating oils, you actually can help prevent hair breakage and shedding.

The way that you brush your hair can also make a huge difference to the health of your hair. For example, you should only brush your hair when it’s dry (unless you’re using a brush designed to detangle wet hair — more on that later).

The Best Brushes for Fine Hair

Boar Bristle Brush

Natural bristles are stiff enough to detangle hair, but soft enough that they won’t cause breakage or pull out fine strands. Boar bristle brushes are also the best for distributing the scalp’s natural oils to keep hair moisturized and make it look shinier. Additionally, boar bristle brushes massage your scalp, promoting circulation and helping to bring nutrient-rich blood to the follicles to promote growth.

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Of course, using a boar bristle brush isn’t the only way to get fuller hair. To promote existing hair growth from within, try Viviscal supplements. With a combination of AminoMar™ marine collagen complex plus key vitamins and minerals, Viviscal is scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth.*

However, keep in mind that boar bristles do tend to straighten your hair and make it lie more flat. When you have fine hair, that’s the last thing you want!

So we recommend using a boar bristle brush as part of a step-by-step nightly hair routine:

  1. Starting at the ends, gently brush your hair. As you detangle, work your way up to the roots.
  2. Finish with a couple of brush strokes from roots to ends to evenly distribute your scalp’s oils and give hair some extra shine.
  3. Spray a little bit of dry shampoo through your roots to absorb excess oils overnight so you wake up with fresh hair.
  4. Rub a small amount of hair-friendly oil (like coconut oil) through your ends and style hair in a protective hairstyle (like a loose braid) to prevent tangles overnight.

Detangling Brush

Wet hair is more fragile than dry strands, which is why it’s so important to avoid brushing hair when it’s wet or use a detangling brush designed for wet hair. Look for a brush specially designed to detangle both wet and dry hair with flexible plastic bristles.

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If you don’t have a detangling brush, you can also detangle wet hair with a wide-tooth comb.

Vented Round Brush

A vented round brush with a combination of synthetic and boar bristles is the best round brush for fine hair. The bristles hold fine hair in place while you’re blow-drying for a smooth and bouncy finish. The vent allows hot air to flow through the brush instead of staying concentrated on your hair. As a result, your hair dries quickly without sustaining heat damage.

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If your hair is on the shorter side, look for a round brush with a smaller diameter, which will make it easier to blow-dry your roots for added volume. Longer hair requires a larger barrel.

For added volume, try adding a few pumps of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir to damp hair before blow drying.

Portable Brush

Fine hair is very prone to tangling. So keep a small brush with flexible plastic bristles in your purse or car. This way you can detangle on the go and catch snarls before they turn into big knots.

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Do you have a brush that you swear by? Let us know your opinion on the best brush for fine hair in the comment section below!