If you take your hair seriously or are just getting into the hair care game, you have to have one of the best hairbrushes for men. A great hairbrush can do so many things for your hair, such as detangle, smooth away frizz, texturize, add shine and stimulate your scalp. In short, one of the best hairbrushes for men can make styling, detangling and adding shine unbelievably simple, especially considering the time saved and how cheap so many hairbrushes are.
But like so many other products, especially if you’ve never really thought about hairbrushes before, the options can be genuinely overwhelming, not to mention the questions you might have about what different brushes do. Boar bristles or synthetic bristles? Flat brush or rounded brush? A paddle-shaped or an oval-shaped brush? Is one brush better for wet hair or dry hair or can it safely be used on both?
That’s why we’ve gone ahead and done the research to give you some great options and what we think are some of the best hairbrushes for men. While you might think of hairbrushes as being something women use, all of these brushes were made for men too and they can really help you take your hair to the next level. So check out our hairbrush picks below and you just might find you need or just plain want a hairbrush more than you thought.
1. Mason Pearson Popular Hairbrush
If you’re open to the idea of owning only the best, then there’s no alternative to the Mason Pearson Popular Hairbrush. Made more or less the same way for the last 100 years, this large-size model of the historic hairbrush uses tight coils of boar and nylon bristles of varying lengths. That means you’ll never lose any bristles and always have an optimum brush of the hair. It also means in addition to excellent smoothing and brushing, the boar bristles will add shine by drawing sebum, the oily substance on your scalp, up to the ends of your hairs while the nylon bristles help detangle. Furthermore, a small hole in the tip of the brush allows air to flow through the ruby-colored pad, which gives the hairbrush an unparalleled soft cushion for brushing comfort.
The end result is a hairbrush that effectively and painlessly styles hair whether it’s thick or thin or oily or fine all while exfoliating your scalp. Add to the high-quality brushing experience the fact the hairbrush will basically last forever and you can understand why this is the go-to hairbrush for celebrity stylists and anyone who works with hair on a daily basis. Simply put, this brush is perfect. The major downside is that it cost over $200. If that’s a dealbreaker (a totally understandable one) we’ve got great alternative hairbrushes here and below.
If the size of the brush doesn’t matter to you, you can also always go for the Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture Hairbrush. It offers the same quality and features as the Popular Hairbrush, just in a smaller brush and at half the price.
2. Sonvera Oval Detangling and Straightening Hairbrush
BEST MIXED BRISTLE BRUSH
We understand if you don’t want to spend over $100 on a top-of-the-line hairbrush like Mason Pearson’s. Even though it’s a great brush, you have to think you’re just paying for history with a price like that and hairbrushes have come a long way in the last century. That’s why you might consider this Sonvera Oval Detangling and Straightening Hairbrush.
Borrowing from the same strategy as the Mason Pearson hairbrush, this bamboo brush uses a combination of boar bristles and nylon pins to style and shine hair while detangling it. We also have to say that in our experience, the little rounded ball tips at the ends of the nylon pins make the brushing feel less scratchy even if there’s some trade-off with scalp exfoliation. Overall, it’s a solid brush for all hair types, and it comes with a nice wood comb and travel bag too.
3. Belula Boar Bristle Hairbrush
BEST BOAR BRISTLE BRUSH
A pure boar hair bristle brush offers a different set of benefits than a mixed bristle brush or nylon bristle brush. Boar bristles are soft and gentle on hair, so they’re great for thin, fine and straight hair and won’t tug at roots. That being said, they’re useful for curly and frizzy hair too because they help draw sebum from the scalp to the ends of the hairs for healthier, shinier hair.
So though boar hairbrushes might not be as effective at detangling or exfoliating as other brushes, distributing oil through the hair can be a big help. That’s what you’ll get with this Belula Boar Bristle Hairbrush, made from bamboo wood with 100 percent boar bristles. This hairbrush even comes with a detangling comb, hairband and travel brush too, so you’re getting a decent bang for your buck. The only thing you shouldn’t do is brush wet hair with it, which can lead to hair breakage and won’t distribute sebum as well.
4. Wet Brush Paddle Detangler Hairbrush
BEST PADDLE BRUSH
Paddle brushes are rectangular and big and make for great every-day brushes. They can help with frizz and can really get any kind of hair under control. What they’re generally most useful for is detangling, especially when they use synthetic bristles. The Wet Brush Paddle Detangler Hairbrush totally delivers on these fronts. The brush’s soft IntelliFlex bristles with rounded ball tips seamlessly move through hair to detangle and unwind knots without ripping or pulling hair out. That means less breakage and just less struggle overall for what should never be a difficult and unpleasant experience.
But what really makes the Wet Brush Paddle Hairbrush great is you can use it on wet or dry hair. (It’s named the “Wet Brush” for a reason). Because the brush is designed to move through hair easily, it’s a lot less risky to use on wet hair, the moment when hair is most susceptible to breakage. And knowing you’re going to use this brush on wet hair, Wet Brush added what it calls AquaVent, which are the little holes on the back of the brush to help it dry.
5. Urtheone Boar Bristle Paddle Hairbrush
If you like the additional coverage and size that a paddle brush offers, the Urtheone Hairbrush has all the benefits of a great mixed bristle hairbrush, but instead of an oval shape like our best mixed-bristle brush, it’s got the paddle shape. It’ll still deliver the shine, styling and detangling you’re looking for and is an overall great paddle hairbrush.
6. Fixbody Boar Bristle Hairbrush
BEST VENTED BRUSH
Vented hairbrushes offer a lot of the same benefits of any hairbrush only with one significant bonus: Because they’re vented with an open back, they make blow-drying and brushing at the same time a breeze. The Fixbody Boar Bristle Hairbrush not only offers that benefit, but it could also be called the best curved brush. Its oversized curved design means it can brush and style more hair more easily by conforming to the shape of your head. Add in the expected benefits you get from a combination of boar bristles and nylon pins — added sebum distribution for shine and easy untangling of knots — and you’ve got an all-around great brush for styling and detangling your hair. Whatever kind of hair you’ve got the Fixbody hairbrush will help you deal with it.
7. Aguder Boar Bristle Hairbrush
BEST TRAVEL BRUSH
Maybe it’s just us, but it always seems like the times you actually need a hairbrush are the times you’re out and about with no hope of a quick touch-up. That’s where a travel-size brush, like the Aguder Boar Bristle Hairbrush, can come in handy. This small beechwood brush can easily be thrown in a pocket, bag or dopp kit for on-the-go brushing so your hair will always be under control. The brush, well under half the size of every other brush on this list, has boar bristles and nylon pins so it will smooth, shine and detangle your hair even if you’re miles away from home.
8. Qwik-Clean Self-Cleaning Hairbrush
EASIEST TO CLEAN
We’ve covered the Qwik-Clean Self-Cleaning Hairbrush before, and it warrants inclusion here because it solves one of the most irritating problems of a well-used hairbrush: how to get all that trapped hair out from the bristles. Not only is excessive hair build-up unhygienic, but it’s also just plain annoying. This hairbrush is your basic oval-shaped brush with nylon pins, so it’s great for detangling and straightening unruly hair. The innovation comes in the form of a retractable back that pulls the nylon pins down into the cushion. It’s a simple idea, but it makes pulling the accumulated hair out about 100 times easier and with a lot less risk to the pins.