Choosing the Right Brush: For Fine, Medium and Coarse Hair

By Lauren Salapatek | 04/14/2014 2:34:00 PM


According to Redken's Sam Villa, choosing the right brush can reduce styling time and improve results. Are you using the right brush on your client's hair? Here, Villa bases his selection on the technique he's doing and the desired result.


1" Thermal Brush – Achieves frothy volume and tighter curls on shorter hair.

1.5" Thermal Brush – Good for increasing volume and forming loose curls on medium length hair.

2" Thermal Brush – Used for achieving smooth waves and flexible curves on longer hair.


Small Round Brush – Adds volume and curl to shorter hair.

Medium Oval Brush – Creates waves and loose curls on medium length hair.

Large Oval Brush  – Used to create loose waves and movement on longer hair.

Sam Villa recommends brushes with boar bristles and/or the use of tourmaline infused nylon bristles. "Boar bristles help distribute natural oils, and tourmaline, when exposed to heat, helps close the cuticle for frizz free shine. The oval shape allows bristles to naturally grab hair at the scalp for more tension, pull, stretch and torque," says Villa.

Styling Brush – Used for general smoothing, brushing out teasing and to add polish to finishes.

9-Row Brush – Utilize for effortless directional and wrap drying on shorter hair.

Paddle Brush – Detangles and is good for wrap drying on sort to medium length hair.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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