The best hairbrushes - as chosen by Mumsnetters
15 August 2019
Few things in life are as gratifying as a good hair day. Investing in a quality hairbrush is the first step towards achieving the sleek, bouncy tresses of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for a styling brush, a detangler, or a sturdy paddle brush, here's a full roundup of the best hairbrushes as chosen by Mumsnetters.
Mason Pearson Brushes, from £30.94
When it comes to the best hairbrush money can buy, you can't go wrong with a Mason Pearson. Mumsnetters can’t get enough of their mixed bristle brushes and, while the price is (ahem) a little steeper than you might expect for a hairbrush, these brushes are basically lifelong companions. Many users say they’ve had theirs since they were a child. From round brushes to paddle brushes, make sure you explore the full range to find the right brush for you.
“The Mason Pearson Mixed Bristle Brush is excellent and far better than any other brush my daughter and I have tried.”
“I have a Mason Pearson, which I’ve had and used for 30+ years.”
“I'm another Mason Pearson fan. I use the mixed bristle one.”Buy now from Amazon
Denman D83 Large Paddle Hairbrush, £10.50
Denman hairbrushes in general are popular on our Style and Beauty forum and this paddle brush is no exception. Suitable for all hair types and lengths, it gently removes tangles whilst smoothing hair for a boost in shine. Especially good for blow drying hair to swishy perfection, this Denman hair brush glides down the hair cuticle for a sleek finish.
“I have thick hair and always liked Denman brushes when I wore it longer for hassle-free brushing and tangle-free hair.”
“I have long, thick, straight hair and I always return to Denman. I think they are the best. Leaves no frizz and gets through any knots.”Buy now from Amazon
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Kent Perfect for Detangling Hairbrush, £10
With fat, quilled bristles and a cushioned pad, this Kent hair brush is designed specifically for penetrating through tricky knots and tangles in wet hair, but also works well if you want a brush to smooth your barnet during blow drying. Suitable for all hair types, the air cushioned pad helps to protect the scalp from damage while the pins emulate finger movements to detangle without pain.
“I'm a big fan of Kent brushes. I have long, straight hair and always use this one.”
“Another vote for Kent. I have long, straight, very fine hair and their natural bristle ones don't cause any static. I've had mine a good three years now and it's as good as new still.”Buy now from John Lewis
GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush, £17.50
GHD are well known for creating great hair styling products thanks to their very popular straighteners, but their hairbrush range is also a top-quality purchase. Recently, their Ceramic Vented Radial Brush has been making waves (quite literally) with Mumsnetters: working perfectly with a hair dryer, this 55mm-diameter brush provides bounce and volume to your hair while the ceramic plating offers heat protection.
“I love the GHD Radial Brushes. Nothing else I’ve tried gives volume like them.”Buy now from Amazon
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Wet Brush Original Detangler, £10.47 (was £11.99)
Making light work of unruly tangles, the Wet Brush is praised for its ability to get rid of knots without hair damage (or tears). With soft IntelliFlex bristles that move with the hair rather than drag through it, Mumsnetters find it especially useful for children with long hair as it offers a pain-free solution to knots and tangles. This brush can be used on wet or dry hair with 45% less damage than a regular brush.
“I love my Wet Brush. I bought it on a whim one day and loved it so much I bought another.”
“My daughter has a Wet Brush and it works great for her. Much better than the other tangle ones we have used.”Buy now from Amazon
Goody Clean Radiance Oval Cushion Brush, £17.97
As effective as it is attractive, this stylish white-and-copper brush offers a comfortable grip and won’t snag or damage your hair. Mumsnetters love how shiny and smooth it leaves hair, all while maintaining a clean and healthy scalp. The relatively low price tag makes it a good option for those looking for a quality product without a hefty investment.
“I’ve just bought a Goody copper oval brush and it's fab”
“I'm really fussy as most brushes make my hair static so I prefer metal-type bristles. The Goody brush makes my hair really smooth and shiny. It's good at detangling too.”Buy now from Amazon
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The Original Tangle Teezer, £8.07 (was £12)
Available in all sorts of styles and colours, the Tangle Teezer range is as varied as it is practical. Designed specifically for detangling hair without pain or damage, this brush has a unique ergonomic design to prevent snagging and offer a comfortable grip. Suitable for wet or dry hair, the mixed length bristles glide through knots for quick and easy results. It's particularly good for brushing hair masks through to ensure even coverage.
“I have a Tangle Teezer which I love.”
“Try a Tangle Teezer – it's ace for thick hair, wet or dry.”Buy now from Amazon
Head Jog Candy Colours Brush Bag Set, £7.56
This brand is a firm favourite with salons and Mumsnetters alike, offering a huge range of hair styling tools and accessories. This particular set combines four of the most popular brushes into one neat bag in a rainbow of pastel colours for a very modest price: a vent brush, a paddle brush with wave pins, a paddle brush with brush cleaner and a detangler.
“I like really Head Jog brushes. You can feel the difference when you’ve used them. They use them at my hair salon.”Buy now from Amazon
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