When I’m in the salon, I get asked this question all the time: “What is the best round brush for blow drying hair?” Blow drying hair smooth with a round brush is becoming more and more popular, and with the right tools you can blow out your hair at home. When choosing a round brush there are a few factors you need to consider. What is your hair texture? Is your hair long or short? I am here to help break down the difference between round brushes so you can find the blowout brush that will work best for you and your hair.
My go to round brush for a bombshell blowout is the Morrocanoil 45MM round brush. Read on if you’d like to learn why.
Round Brush 101
Ceramic Round Brush – Ceramic brushes are great when you want to curl your hair with a brush or blow out your hair straight. The barrel of the brush heats up from the heat of the hair dryer and can act as a curling iron or a flat iron. Make sure your ceramic round brush is vented on the barrel. The technique you use to blow out your hair will determine whether it comes out straight or curly. Ceramic blowout brushes are great for all hair textures and lengths. Now, the length of your hair will determine which size brush to use. Further down in this article I will break down what size you should use for your length of hair.
Boar Bristle Round Brush – A Boar bristle brush is a natural way to achieve a smooth & shiny blowout. Boar bristle brushes can come with either a ceramic, or wood barrel. The bristles of this style brush offer a little more grip than synthetic bristles. I like to use a boar bristle brush on fine hair because it keeps the tension on fine hair better then a ceramic round brush. You need to have even tension on your hair when blow drying to create a smooth, frizz free blow dry. A boar bristle brush can be a little tough to get use to using but with practice, and my help, you will be a pro in no time.
Size Of Round Brush Breakdown – Another important thing to consider with round brushes is size. What you need to keep in mind is that the length and texture of your hair, and how much volume and curl you are trying to create determines the size brush you need. The bigger the round brush, the more volume and straighter look you will get. The smaller the round brush, the less volume you will have and it will create more bend or curl. A small to medium round brush works well in straight hair to help give you bend. If the brush is too big it will create a lot of volume and won’t give straight hair any bend. If you are looking for a straight, full of volume look then the bigger the brush the better. If you have curly hair you probably already have a lot of volume so using a small to medium size round brush will make it easier to smooth your hair out and take down volume. If you use too large of a round brush with curly hair you will end up with fluffy not so sleek locks. The right size brush will help you get through your hair with out getting tangled and achieve the smooth sleek look you want.
- Short hair (chin length and shorter) – Use a small to medium round brush 1″ (25mm) to 1.4″ (35mm)
Medium hair (chin length to collar bone) – Use a medium round brush 1.4″ (35mm) to 1.7″ (45mm)
Long hair ( Collar bone length or longer) – Use a medium to large round brush 1.7″ (45mm) to 2.2″ (55mm)
It always a great idea to mix and match brands, sizes, ceramic and wood,synthetic and boar bristle brushes when building your brush collection. Not only does that allow you to have options when styling, it gives you more experience so you can learn what you love. Each professional round brush has something to offer. I always have more then one brand and size in multiple types when I am at the salon and on photo shoots. Even if you’re not a professional, it’s great to have options.
Moroccanoil Ceramic Round Brushes
Moroccanoil round brushes are some of my favorites. I’ve used them in the in the salon for years. Not only do I love these blowout brushes, but my clients do too.
I give my clients the round brush that best works for their hair to take home so they can re-create the blow out I give them. You don’t always have the time to make it to the salon, so by being equipped with the right tools you can blow out your hair at home.
- Reduces drying time
- Rubber handle slip-free grip
- Strong and durable
- Enhances shine
- Comes in different sizes
Moroccanoil Ceramic Round Brush With Boar Bristles
While most other boar bristle round brushes have a wooden barrel, these brushes have a ceramic barrel with boar bristles. It gives you the heat-up factor of an all ceramic round brush with the little extra grip you get with natural boar bristles. This style of round brush can be a little harder to work with, but is indispensable when dealing with fine hair. Real boar bristle brushes tend to be more expensive, but they will last you a long time. I have had mine for over 5 years of all day usage. Don’t let the price of other natural boar bristle brushes fool you. If they are cheap they are most likely synthetic bristle and won’t work as well. If you pay for quality up front, you’ll he happier with the results and you won’t have to constantly replace your brush.
- Hand made with natural premium materials
- Stimulates scalp
- Promote healthy hair
- Comes in different sizes
Olivia Garden Ceramic Round Brushes
Olivia Garden brushes are so pretty. They make you feel extra beautiful when styling with these brushes. They offer extra large vents which allows air to pass through the barrel of the brush so your hair dries quickly and evenly. You’ll definitely want these in your arsenal of round brushes.
- Heats up fast and stays hot for an even blow dry
- Adds shine
- Eliminates frizz
- Comfortable to hold
- Comes in different sizes (inches instead of mm)
- 1 inch – Chin length and shorter
- 1½ inch – Chin length to collar bone
- 1¾ inch – Collar bone and longer
- 2 1/8 inch – Collar bone and longer
Bass Boar Bristle Brushes
Bass boar bristle brushes are the real deal. They have 100% ild boar bristles with a wooden barrel and handle. This style blow out brush leaves hair and shiny while using all natural materials.
- Great for fine to medium hair
- V shaped bristles for extra grip
- Light weight
- Comes in different sizes
- extra small – Great for pixie hairstyles and men
- small – Chin length or shorter
- medium – Chin length to collar bone
- large – Collar bone and longer
- extra large – Great for really long hair
I understand all of this can be a bit confusing, so please feel free to ask questions in the comments below, or just email me and I will be happy to help you out.