I was in hairbrush denial for a long time — I thought that my one flat brush was fit to fill all my hair needs, yet when my hair would fall flat and volume-less, I was clueless as to why. Well, I’ve come a long way since those days.  There’s no doubt that to achieve truly stellar locks, having the right equipment on hand is vital. It took me quite a bit of trial-and-error to discover which brushes were best for me (I still have not nailed down that round brush flick-of-the-wrist), but a little bit of guidance from Martha Lynn sure did help! Click through for her expert classification of different hair brushes and what they’re great for.

*image from eHow



This big guy is perfect for brushing out tangles and covering lots of ground. I use a paddle brush to blow out my own hair in a jiffy when there isn’t time to spend round-brushing! You can also smooth your bangs or short hair with a paddle brush by using your head as a large roller and blow drying your hair in a wrapping motion.

Get two sizes — a large for smoothing and a medium one for volume. Some rules of thumb when it comes to round brushes:

  • Most people are using a round brush that’s too big, and it only flattens the hair out. A smaller brush creates more bend and volume.
  • If you have short hair you likely need one medium round brush, and one small one.
  • I like these because they  are affordable, have a rubber handle, come in every size, create the perfect amount of tension and heat up to act as a curler replacement!


Mason Pearson‘s are the ultimate in luxury haircare, and are created to exfoliate the scalp and stimulate circulation. I also love them for creating the smoothest updos and for finishing out the perfect tease!

This is like a comb+brush combo, and is great for creating tons of volume and teasing.  I keep this brush in my purse for a quick fix that doesn’t take up tons of space.

Sometimes you need a small, fine tool for detailing. This will do the trick whether you need to smooth out an imperfection or to create a perfectly clean part.

Wide tooth combs are fabulous for quickly detangling wet hair without causing breakage by being too rough like a brush can be.

tutorial by Martha Lynn Kale

6 comments
  1. 1
    Kimberly | August 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Great article! Very helpful indeed!!

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    Kate @ L'Atelier | August 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

    great post! i too am stuck in the paddle brush rut with flat hair

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    Alyssa | August 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Such a great post–I’m guilty of using the same brush for everything (even though I know I shouldn’t!). This was so helpful!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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    Stephanie @ Henry Happened | August 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

    great tips! I rarely use anything else than a flat brush myself, so I could use the advice!

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    Phyllis | August 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Great tips, and this one might have changed my life (!): “Most people are using a round brush that’s too big, and it only flattens the hair out. A smaller brush creates more bend and volume.”. THANK YOU!!!

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    Dawn | August 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I was just thinking about this! It’s funny the way we try to cut corners but end up shorting ourselves by not having the right tools. I finally started using a wide tooth comb in the shower to comb conditioner through my hair after workouts. It has definitely made a difference. My next purchase after reading this post is a medium-sized round brush. Great post!

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