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Find the best hairbrush for your hair type

No more wrestling with your thick mane or battling curls with your brush. Check out this guide to match you with your perfect hairbrush and unveil your prettiest-ever locks.

Your hair: Long ‘n’ Straight
Your brush: Paddle
Perfect for smoothing your locks, this brush will give you a sleek and polished look. Remember: Only brush when your hair is dry.

Your hair: Short
Your brush: Medium Round
When combined with the power of mousse, using a medium round brush when you blow dry will give you tonsa volume and great texture.
 
Your hair: Wavy
Your brush: Wide-toothed comb
Wavy hair has a tendency to get knotty, which is a drag. Use a wide-toothed comb just out of the shower to straighten and separate. Start by pulling the comb through the ends of your hair first then slowly move up.
Detangling Comb by Mason Pearson, $26, dermstore.com

Your hair: Thin
Your brush: Nylon bristled
Your best bet is a brush with nylon bristles. Nylon is gentler on strands versus boar bristles, which grab and break weak or thin hair. Lots of bristles also pulls down oils from the scalp, distributing them properly throughout hair to keep your tresses healthy.

Your hair: Kinky
Your brush: Narrow paddle brush
A narrower brush head lets you get deep into detangling. Brush from ends down and slowly work up to roots – but be careful and use lots of curl conditioner as you work. 
Denman d3 Brush, $11, curlmart.com

Your hair: Thick
Your brush: Styling brush
A vented styling brush will make your mane look amazing. They’re specially made to style, smooth, and shape thick hair. The vents help hair dry more quickly—which means less harsh heat for your strands.

Your hair: Curly
Your brush: Double comb
Number one rule: Avoid brushing curly hair when wet. It breaks hair (and causes frizziness!). As surprising as it may be, your ideal hair tool is actually your fingers, or else use a super wide-double comb to avoid breakage. Gently pull through hair, careful not to rip or tug.
Ouidad Double Detangler Comb, $24, sephora.com

BY BRIDGET RUNGE ON 4/4/2011 12:06:00 AM

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