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Top 10 Detangling Brushes

The Essential Tool For Combing Through Tangled Hair—Pain Free!

The Essential Tool For Combing Through Tangled Hair—Pain Free!

As beauty junkies, we tend to spend so much time searching for the perfect products to dress our tresses. But why is it that we usually don't put that same thought and care into choosing a hairbrush? When it comes to tough tangles and frizz, not just any old brush will do. In fact, using the wrong one can make or—literally—break your hair. Serious knots call for a brush that's made with soft, flexible bristles that glide through hair without tugging, pulling—or worse—serious pain. Determined to discover the best brushes to tame our manes, we turned to our unique algorithm which factors in user reviews, best-seller lists, and beauty editor faves, and we're sharing the details with you below. With patience, a few good products, and one of the top-rated brushes that follow, you'll be well on your way to smooth, tangle-free hair in no time. Opening image: @thewetbrush

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June 3, 2019

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The Rankings


Revlon Detangle & Smooth Black Cushion Hair Brush

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WHY YOU NEED IT: If you regularly brush your hair, then you've most likely experienced the pain that occurs when the nylon pins inevitably fall off the bristles. This brush is known for its sturdy bristles that stand the test of time, and it'll only set you back $6.

USERS SAID: "This is the only brush that I can use on my daughter’s hair without her screaming at me about being too rough. Love this brush for myself too!"


BESTOOL Boar Bristle Hair Brush

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WHAT IT DOES: This bamboo brush uses the smoothing power of boar bristles to tame frizzy hair, and nylon pins to massage the scalp and detangle with ease. The result is hair that's shinier, softer, and healthier.

USERS SAID: "Love this brush so much, I bought two more after my first purchase. Hands down the best one I’ve ever owned. It doesn’t break hair and leaves a nice luster."


ArtNaturals Detangling Hair Brush Set

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: This budget-friendly two-pack minimizes hair breakage and cuticle damage all while adding shine.

LOVED FOR: The ergonomic design fits snugly in the palm of your hand for easy styling.


Drybar Super Lemon Drop

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BEST FOR: This gentle brush features flexible bristles that are great for brushing out extensions. No more pulling or tugging!

HELPFUL TIP: When detangling wet hair, try starting from the bottom and working your way up.


Mason Pearson Detangler Hair Brush

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USERS SAID: "To spend this much on a hairbrush takes some doing in my world but am I glad I did. I noticed the difference right away, and my hairdresser did too. Split ends are nonexistent and I love how silky my hair is when using it."

FUN FACT: This brush was developed and patented over 100 years ago, and it's still considered one of the best on the market.


Crave Naturals Detangling Brush

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WHY YOU NEED IT: The cone-shaped plastic bristles separate the hair sideways instead of down to gently unravel even the toughest tangles. Also, it looks cool.

FUN FACT: This detangling brush features ultra-soft bristles to massage the scalp and increase blood circulation—which may help increase hair growth!


Ineffable Care Boar Bristle Hair Brush Set

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LOVED FOR: This set comes with two brushes featuring two different types of bristles—the boar bristles stimulate natural oils from the scalp, and the nylon bristles work as detanglers.

USERS SAID: "This brush is the BEST thing I have ever done for my hair. I cannot believe the miracles it performs. I can actually get every knot out of my hair, and it's smooth and not frizzy. The brush itself is super lightweight, and the curve feels nice on the scalp."


Wet Brush Pro Paddle Hair Brush

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LOVED FOR: Unlike most paddle brushes, this brush features a paddle and handle made out of one piece, so it's less likely to break.

HELPFUL TIP: Wet Brush is designed to be safe for use on wet hair. Try using it in the shower to help spread conditioners and hair masks through your strands and detangle at the same time.


Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush

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LOVED FOR: Reviewers love the two-tiered system that has long teeth to detangle and short teeth to smooth the hair cuticle

USERS SAID: "I was extremely impressed the first time I used it, and every time I've used it since. It gets out all of my knots extremely fast and also very gently.  All the hype about this brush is true."


Wet Brush Wet Original Brush

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LOVED FOR: Not only does this brush do a killer job of detangling, but it also gives your mane that fresh-from-the-salon look.

FROM THE EXPERTS: Independent clinical trials proved that Wet Brush creates 45% less damage than traditional hair brushes.

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