The hair brushes to use to achieve your dream style
The go-to guide for picking the right one
So you’ve got a designer hair dryer, straightener and curling tong in your kit - but do you have the right accessories for these hot tools to really work their magic? We spoke with Joey Scandizzo, founder of Eleven Australia (he’s also won Australian Hairdresser of the Year three times running), for the best hair brushes to have on hand.
If you want: Smooth waves, like Suki Waterhouse
Try: A large round brush, like Eleven Australia Large Round Brush
Why: This is one must-have tool if you’ve got long tresses. “A large round brush can be used on both wet and dry hair if the bristles are made from boar,” says Scandizzo. “This brush type is gentle on hair and won’t ruin the elasticity.”
If you want: Lots of volume, like Romee Strijd
Try: A medium round brush, like ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush
Why: If you’ve got flat or heavy hair, this brush type works wonders. “The medium brush is a great size to create a beautiful wave through your mid-lengths and ends,” explains Scandizzo. “Hold the brush parallel to the ground, take a section of hair and roll it around the brush from tip to roots.” Afterwards, blast your hair with heat and allow to cool. Finish by releasing the hair from the brush for a soft, glamorous wave.
If you want: Short and defined locks, like Alexa Chung
Try: A small round brush, like Eleven Australia Small Round Brush
Why: “The small round brush can be utilised for extra curl or alternatively, it can add shape and bounce to short Alexa Chung-inspired bobs,” says Scandizzo. “Take horizontal sections and wrap the mid-lengths around the brush once, blast with heat, then release when cool.”
If you want: Cool and casual hair, like Blake Lively
Try: A paddle brush, like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Paddle Brush
Why: Who wouldn’t want to look chic with some natural texture in their hair? “The paddle brush is perfect to smooth out and blast hair straight. It also helps stimulate blood flow to your scalp, which helps keep hair healthy and shiny,” explains Scandizzo.
If you want: Smooth and tangle-free hair, like Cameron Diaz
Try: A comb, like Dateline Professional Basin Comb
Why: This is one tool we can’t live without - seriously. “A comb is a great detangler on wet hair and on dry hair it’s great to use to loosen curls and release some of the texture,” says Scandizzo.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.