Hairstyle glossary: which hairbrush does what?

/ 06.05.2014
"Paddle, round, ceramic... where do I start?"
"Paddle, round, ceramic... where do I start?"

When styling, the main focus often lies on the products we use – which it should – but the humble tools that make them work also deserve a little consideration. The hairbrush is a something of a keystone for blow-outs, finishing touches and in-between days' styling which makes choosing the right one for the right purpose something of a necessity. The thing is, there are a ton of different brushes out there to choose from and it can be tricky to know which one to use.

Below is a glossary of all the main brush types and what they do. Hopefully, this should clear up any confusion!


As you might expect, the round brush is mainly used for creating movement - think Victoria's Secret/Connie Britton waves. After applying Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, wrap sections of hair around the brush, gliding it through to the ends as you dry it for a glamorous blowout. It can also be used to guide hair straight with a slight curve at the ends. Alternative uses include pretend microphone.


Ceramic brushes are a bit like round ones only they retain the heat from your blow-dryer. Because of this, they double up as a curling iron, helping the hair to dry quickly as you style it... or style quickly as you dry it. Again, it can also be used as a fake microphone for impromptu bedroom karaoke.


The paddle brush is a large, flat brush which is particularly useful when smoothing the strands. Blow-dry your hair straight with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, using a paddle brush to guide the hair. It can also be used as a makeshift rowing paddle should the occasion ever arise...


The vented brush allows the air from your dryer to pass onto the hair faster which drastically reduces drying time. It also reduces static.

Boar bristle

When you glide it through your hair, a boar bristle brush helps to distribute natural oils from roots to ends. In turn, this keeps hair looking shiny and healthy. Use it alongside Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand-Smoother Serum Spray for a frizz-free cashmere-soft finish.

Synthetic bristle

Synthetic bristle brushes are mainly used to detangle the hair quickly due to the spacing of the bristles. Interestingly, you can also purchase a mixed bristle brush to distribute your scalp's natural oils while you detangle. What an age we live in...

After all that, we hope choosing the right brush is a less tangly thought process than before!

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