Boar-Bristle Brushes, According to Top Hairstylists

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Over the course of your hair-having life, you've probably owned a variety of brushes — round, vented, paddle, etc. Each design serves a different purpose in the pursuit of certain styles and healthy, detangled strands, but even more important than the shape are the bristles you'll be running through your hair.

Flexible, thicker, widely-spaced nylon, metal, or wooden bristles are great for detangling, but stylist Clariss Rubenstein says, "Boar-bristle brushes have tons of benefits. Top of the list for me is shine and smoothing abilities." Whether you're using one to just brush your hair or to blow it out, Rubenstein is a huge fan of their effects.

Stylist Justine Marjan couldn't agree more. "They provide great tension to the hair that results in a smooth finish and lots of shine," she tells ishonest. Marjan frequently relies on boar-bristle brushes to finish sleek styles, especially when blow-drying thick or coarse hair.

Shine isn't the only reason to choose a boar-bristle brush, however. "Boar- bristle brushes are great because they have soft bristles that your hair glides through, leading to less hair breakage during styling," stylist Kim Kimble explains. "They are also great for massaging the scalp, promoting blood flow, which is important for healthy hair."

Need even more convincing? Stylist Olivia Smalley says boar-bristle brushes won't cause any annoying static — and they can even exfoliate. "As the boar bristles come in contact with your hair, they are actually brushing out the dead cells from your scalp and getting rid of product build up and dust," she tells ishonest.

Now you know why stylists love boar-bristle brushes — and you're about to know exactly which ones they love most. Below, you'll find fantastic recommendations for every budget and every hair-care and styling purpose.

Wet Brush Pro Shine Enhancer

Smalley tells ishonest that she's a huge fan of all of Wet Brush's products, but especially the Pro Shine Enhancer, which features a combination of natural boar bristles and the brand's super gentle IntelliFlex bristles to distribute oils evenly. "They are high-quality brushes at an affordable price point," she says.

Ibiza B5

Rubenstein can't say enough good things about Ibiza brushes. "They make the hair so smooth, bouncy, and shiny," she tells ishonest, calling them a staple. "They also have a cork handle that makes the brush so easy to use. No slipping and nicely padded." This brush, called the B5, features blonde boar bristles, which the brand says are ideal for color-treated and fine hair.

Drybar Texas Tease Teasing Brush

Not all boar-bristle brushes are made for creating sleek styles. Drybar's Texas Tease Teasing Brush combines boar and nylon bristles to get a firm yet gentle grip on hair while backcombing, so you can get volume without damage.

Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Brush

You'd be hard-pressed to find a stylist who says the Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Brush isn't worth its lofty price. "This brush is truly the industry staple," Kimble tells ishonest. "They stand the test of time, with no breaking or shedding of the bristles." Rubenstein agrees, calling it "the queen" of boar- bristle brushes. "I keep the pocket-size [version] in my purse to refresh and smooth my hair, and I use it on set constantly."

Goody Styling Essentials Naturally Smooth Brush

"This is my go-to recommendation for anyone looking for an affordable option," Kimble says of the Goody Styling Essentials Naturally Smooth Brush. Made with 100-percent boar bristles and a comfortably shaped wooden handle, it promises to prevent frizz and static whether it's used on wet or dry hair. "It's also widely available, so it's easy for everyone to get their hands on," she says.

Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Supreme Brush

Smalley loves the quality of Olivia Garden brushes — especially the Ceramic Ion Supreme Brush. The smoothing effect of its boar bristles is enhanced by tourmaline-based ion technology. Plus, the cushioned base makes it super comfortable to use.

Conair Quick Eco Styling Boar Brush

The spiraling head of this biodegradable brush isn't just cool to look at. The Quick Eco Styling Boar Brush was designed this way so it gently bends as the boar bristles follow the contours of your head, all the while letting air through as you blowdry. Basically, Conair thought of everything.

Harry Josh Pro Tools Premium Oval Brush

"This brush combines boar and nylon bristles for great detangling and shine," says Kim of the Harry Josh Pro Tools Premium Oval Brush. The signature mint- green handle isn't just pretty — it's also ergonomic, making it easy to hold as you smooth and style your hair almost effortlessly.

Y by Yusef Toothbrush With Sectioning Pin

As you might have guessed, the Y by Yusef Toothbrush is not an actual toothbrush, though its shape was clearly inspired by one. This smaller brush was made with edges in mind, letting you lay and style the finest of hairs with its boar bristles. The ball-tip pin on the end is a brilliant bonus — sectioning and parts have never been so easy.

Fromm The Intuition Glosser Boar Bristle Brush

"This brush always delivers when it comes adding natural shine and gloss," Smalley says of Fromm's The Intuition Glosser Boar Bristle Brush. The brand promises that it spreads natural oils on the hair shaft with minimal tugging, but Smalley loves it for another reason: It evenly distributes dry shampoo.

Christophe Robin Pre-Curved Blowdry Hairbrush

Crafted with the help of French brush-making artisans, the Christophe Robin Pre- Curved Blowdry Hairbrush is exactly what you need if you long for voluminous blowout with big, smooth waves. Its boar bristles are varying lengths to help grip every hair from root to tip, leaving it shiny and fortified.

Flex Brush Mixed Bristle Brush

"The Flex Brush is incredible for detangling," Rubenstein says. "It has mixed boar and synthetic bristles and bends with the pull of the brush so it doesn't yank the hair." As a result, she says, it reduces breakage and makes getting through knots so much less painful.

Raincry Condition Large Pure Boar Bristle Brush

"If you want to try out a boar bristle brush, I always recommend starting with a paddle brush," Smalley says. "They make styling so much easier." The Raincry Condition Large Pure Boar Bristle Brush is a fantastic option. Not only is it easy to use, but the brand says helps close the hair cuticle to make it as smooth and shiny as possible, really making hair color pop.

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