How much time do you spend styling your hair before you leave the house? Have you tried a round brush to cut down on styling time, or save money on hair product?
Many women find that achieving their desired hairstyle can take up to a few hours – it all adds up. For women with oily hair, a daily shampoo and conditioning are necessary, followed by a hurried blow dry, probably too much product, and maybe even a flat or curling iron to finish. Even women who don’t need to wash their hair every day often find that their style falls flat, resulting in even more time spent looking presentable.
If you want to cut down on your styling time, and save money on hair product, maybe it’s time to take another, closer look at the round brush – a classic hair tool that stylists have been successfully using for decades.
Best Round Brushes 2017
|Model||Bristle Type||Handle||Available Sizes|
|Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Round Brush||Ceramic||Rubber||7 sizes between 3/4 Inch to 3.25 Inches|
|Conair Anti-Static Thermal Round Brush||Ceramic||Rubber||2.25 inch|
|Moroccanoil Ceramic 45mm||Ceramic||Rubber||1.75 inch|
|Minalo Boar Bristles Hair Brush|
|xtava 44mm Double Bristle Body Brush||Boar||Wooden||4 sizes between 3 Inches to 6.75 Inches|
|Spornette Italian Pin Tail Handle Brush||Boar||Wooden||2 Inch|
Not every round brush is created equal. As with most other products, you can expect more features and better performance from the more expensive products on the market, and many women prefer to invest in their purchase for this reason. Other women, however, may not be as committed to their purchase of a new round brush. Therefore, we are providing the reviews given below, so that the buyers who are new to this would be able to choose wisely according to their needs.
Best Ceramic Round Brushes
Best For Brittle Hair | Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Brush
We chose to include the Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Brush because of the bristles. Although they are ceramic, they have a wavy design that is meant to resist overheating, maintaining a healthy temperature to resist hair damage. The bristles heat up faster, as well, and maintain a healthy temperature during use. We thought that is an especially positive feature for users with brittle hair that can be further damaged by high temperatures but does not tangle easily. The bristles feature soft tips for those with sensitive scalps. This brush is vented as well, which can reduce drying time.
Available in three sizes, the Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Brush is copper in color and comes highly rated online. The cost is reasonable considering the round brush’s features and the rave reviews that it receives, but as with any product, there are also negative reviews to consider before making a decision to purchase.
When testing this product, most users found that the brush created a smooth and shiny end style and that proper use of this brush can reduce costs when it comes to hair products and other styling tools.
One customer suggested that the Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Brush would get stuck in her very fine and tangled hair during blow drying; however, this woman was using the largest barrel size available and may have benefited from using one of the smaller sized barrels. Another user with very coarse hair complained that the bristles allowed for no hold while drying, so if you prefer a brush that holds well to your hair to create your end style, this brush may not be the best choice. Another feature that could be improved is the rubber handle, which may pull on the hair during use.
- Extra large vents for faster drying.
- Ceramic wavy bristles that resist overheating and hair damage.
- Heat up faster while maintains a healthy temperature during use.
- Has soft tips for those with sensitive scalps.
- May be difficult to hold hair on bristles while drying.
- Rubber handle ,may pull on hair during use.
Best Value | Conair Anti-Static Thermal Round Brush, Large
We had to include this Conair Anti-Static Thermal Round Brush because of Conair’s incredible reputation, and the unbelievable value. You can even purchase this brush in a pack of two, saving even more.
The Conair Anti-Static Thermal Round Brush is well vented and features anti-static technology to help battle against cowlicks and fly aways. The ceramic thermal surface of the barrel keeps, and even heated temperature and the bristles are spaced to achieve better air circulation during use. The ceramic bristles heat evenly as well to create either a smooth, straight style or soft curls.
The majority of real users gave the Conair Anti-Static Thermal Round Brush have rated the brush five out of five possible stars. There have been some unsatisfied customers, as well. As with most of the round brushes available for purchase, the rubber handle can be a positive or negative thing. While it does create a better grip, hair can get caught during the drying process. Users with thick or coarse hair that prefer bristles that firmly hold the hair while drying may want to think about staying away from the ceramic bristles on the Conair Anti-Static Thermal Round Brush. Other customers with especially fine or tangled hair have reported that the brush will not go through the hair.
- Anti-Static Technology.
- Ceramic thermal surface allows even heat temperature that creates smoother look.
- Great for straight style or soft curls.
- Best value – comes in a pack of two.
- Not the best for thick or coarse hair.
- Rubber handle can make you hair caught during the drying process.
Best For Thick Hair | Moroccanoil Ceramic 45mm Round Brush
We had to include the Moroccanoil Ceramic 45mm Round Brush because of its ability to hold the hair while drying. Many customers rave about this feature, especially those with thick or coarse hair who still want to experience the benefits that ceramic provides.
The Moroccanoil Ceramic 45mm Round Brush, unlike its competitors guarantees materials that are color-safe, and free of phosphates, sulfate, and parabens. The brush has large vents for air circulation as other round brushes do, but this design features bristles that are closer together, allowing for a firm grip on the hair. It is because of these bristles that the Moroccanoil Ceramic 45mm Round Brush is recommended for those with medium length to long hair, or those who find that their hair slips through the bristles of other ceramic brushes.
The close-together bristles serve as an advantage to some, but for those with tangled hair, they served as a disadvantage. This brush comes at a higher price point, which can be considered a negative feature by some who don’t plan to use it often, but other found that the price was worthwhile, as the brush has a long lifespan.
- Large Vents.
- Holds even thick hair while drying.
- Attractive Design.
- Higher Price.
- The bristles may be too close together for tangled hair .
Boar Bristle Round Brushes
Best For Greasy Roots | Minalo Boar Bristles Hair Brush With Wood Handle
Although the Minalo Boar Bristles Hair Brush With Wood Handle seems to be similar to others on the market, we had to include it because of its ability to create salon-worthy results, even if your roots are greasy. Minalo stand by their product 100% too, so you won’t have to worry about wasting your money even though the price point for this product is extremely low.
The Minalo Boar Bristles Hair Brush With Wood Handle has two type of bristles as many boar hair round brushes do, but Minalo claims that their bristles catch oils found in the roots and disperse them throughout the length of the hair, creating a shinier and smoother finished look.
Customers don’t have to worry about their hair becoming tangled in the handle as their is no sticky grip on this wooden brush. There are also no vent holes, either, so it may not be the best choice if you want to cut down your overall drying time.
- Has two type of bristles.
- Bristles close together – better hold on your hair
- Prevents oil build-up.
- Ergonomic handle.
- Wooden handle – Hair won’t get caught on handle.
- No venting.
- Bristles may be hard on sensitive scalp.
Best For Tangled Hair | xtava 44mm Double Bristle Body Brush
When choosing our favorite boar hair round brushes to include, we couldn’t forget the xtava 44mm Double Bristle Body Brush, because of its many positive reviews from customers with tangled hair of all types.
The xtava 44mm Double Bristle Body Brush features two kinds of bristles; longer nylon bristles for detangling, and shorter boar hair bristles to create a smooth and shiny finish. The bristles are held close together in rows for the ultimate hold while styling. The handle is made of wood, which is a positive feature for customers who find that their hair easily gets caught in these kinds of brushes. The handle also features an ergonomic design to eliminate painful hands for those with hair that takes longer to dry.
Some disadvantages of this product can be seen in the wooden handle as well, as some customers prefer to be able to grip the brush securely when in use. There are no vent holes on this brush’s barrel either, and this should be kept in mind if you want to purchase a brush that cuts down on drying time. Keep in mind, also, that some customers reported that the bristles could fall out easily with this brush.
- Features two kinds of bristles: Nylon bristles for detangling, and boar to create a smooth finish.
- Bristle close together for or ultimate hold while styling.
- Wooden Handle – no more caught hair on the handle.
- Ergonomic designed handle.
- Wooden handle may be hard to grip
- No Venting
Best For Different Styles | Spornette Italian Pin Tail Handle Brush
We had to include the Spornette Italian Pin Tail Handle Brush because this brush serves as two tools in one. Brush or blow out your hair just as you would with any other high-quality brush, but also use the pin tail to create amazingly straight parts. These two functions allow for many different styles, without the need to purchase additional tools or products. The smaller barrel size helps in this way as well.
We love the simple features of this brush and the combination of nylon and boar hair bristles, however, some real customers thought that the product’s description was misleading. There were also some complaints to do with the brush’s lifespan and the fact that bristles can melt under high heat or fall out occasionally. Some other customers with sensitive scalps complained that the bristles are too hard.
- Combination of nylon and boar hair bristles.
- Pin tail design.
- Smaller Barrel.
- Bristles Too Hard For Sensitive Scalps.
- Some buyers reported short product life.
Round Hair Brush Buying Guide
Have you made your decision to purchase a new round brush for styling? Are the many types and feature confusing to you? Before buying consider a few things about yourself:
Ceramic vs. Boar Bristle
Ceramic round brush is designed to heat up from the heat of the hair dryer. The brush retains heat allows you to create curls or straighten your hair. The technique you use to blow out your hair will determine the hair style you will achieve.
A boar bristle brush uses actual boar hair for the bristles. The bristles are packed tight for even tension when blow drying, to create smooth and shiny finish. The tension offer more grip on your hair, and it can be difficult to work through your hair. It takes some practice to use this type of brush, but the results are definitely worth it.
Is your hair fine or coarse? Is it curly or wavy? Does it tangle easily?
Ceramic round hair brushes are great for all hair types and textures. If your hair fine, you will probably prefer boar bristle brush, since it offer a little more grip. Boar round brush might be difficult to use on a very tangle hair.
Desired Hair Style
What is the hair style that you are trying to achieve? If you wish to create shiny and polish look with looser curl or wave, use boar round brush. Ceramic hair brush will be perfect for strong shaping and volume.
Another thing to consider before purchasing round brush, is the length of your hair and the size of the brush. The smaller the round brush, the more curl look you will get. The bigger the round brush, the more volume and straighter look you will have.
If you have long hair and you wish to get straighter, full of volume look, then bigger brush will be perfect for you. Curly girls will prefer the medium size round brush, that will take down the volume and create smoother look. If your desire hairstyle that involve tighter ringlets, consider using small to medium round brush, depends on how tighter or volume you want it.
Now, think about how much money you are willing to invest. If you are new to styling your hair with a round brush, you may not want to spend too much money at first. If you are a seasoned self-stylist, you may want to invest in a pricier product that will last a lifetime.
Overall, it is easy to find a great round brush at a reasonable cost nowadays. Many women prefer to buy two or more, of varying sizes, styles, and materials to achieve different looks from day to day.
Having to choose a clear winner among our favorite round brushes proved to be difficult. It comes down to individual preference, hair type, and preferred style.
We did think that one fulfilled every requirement, however. The Minalo Boar Bristles Hair Brush With Wood Handle works with very fine and tangled hair and can grip coarse hair as needed for easy styling. It has a thin, wooden handle and barrel that is curved to fit the hand comfortably, and there is no plastic in sight, so you don’t need to worry about getting your hair caught. We think that the smaller sized barrel eliminates the need for venting, too, and this brush claims to eliminate greasy roots by evenly distributing the hair’s natural oils. The brush itself costs very little when compared to our other choices as well, so it may be a great brush with which to start a collection.
Round brushes, when used properly, can save time and money. But don’t take our word for it – read around to find relevant customer reviews, and think about your hair type and preferred style before buying. If in doubt, make an appointment for a consultation with your hair stylist and ask them which brush they would recommend for you to use, to achieve salon quality results at home.