Brush Up

Jet Rhys shares her picks on the best brushes for all your styling needs.


Using the right hairbrush is just as important as using the right products.  But, with so many types to choose from—round, paddle, boar bristle, plastic bristle—it’s hard to know what’s best for your hair.  Giving you a cheat sheet for hairbrush shopping, San Diego based Jet Rhys, owner of the Jet Rhys salons in Southern California, scoured the market with a fine toothed comb to come up with her top picks for any style you choose.


Look for a wooden paddle brush that will offer gentle detangling without breakage.  Jet loves the Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush with extended bristles that stimulate and massage the scalp and reduces stress to the hair for knot-free hair.

Straight, Sleek and Shiny

Sebum, a natural conditioning oil, comes from the gland at the base of every hair.  Using a bristle brush will pull the sebum from the scalp giving it strength, suppleness and a healthy sheen.  For those looking for a Mason Pearson brush minus the hefty price tag, Jet recommends the Sonia Kashuk Tools Bristle Hair Brush.  It even has a handle that is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand.


For smooth lengths and rounded ends, look for a big round brush that will give you grip and tension.  For big, smooth, blowouts, Jet relies on the iTech Magnetic & Tourmaline Boar and Nylon Bristle Brush.  It’s vented to help with faster styling and the mix of natural and nylon bristles give just the right amount of tension.

Volume Builder

Build volume at the roots by teasing the hair.  Jet says to select a brush with boar bristles because they are gentle, yet effective and she likes the Monroe Teasing U brush.

Jet reminds that it’s also important to take good care of your brushes to make sure they last.  Keep your brush clean by using another brush to pull out the hair—just brush over it with another brush and strands come out with ease.