Splurge or steal: Hair brushes

Jul 22, 2010 at 6:22 p.m. ET

Frizz. Split ends. Dried-out locks. They all can result from using a bad hair brush. But with so many options available on the market, choosing the right one can be next to impossible. The key is finding a brush that balances form and function. Here are our picks for the best choices on the market, whether you want to splurge or steal.

Round brush


Round Brush

Splurge: Spornette Prego
Price: $16.99
Dubbed America's most popular aerated rounder, this brush is perfect for rounding bangs and creating flips to thinning, thick and curly hair. The Prego even has special bristles that are guaranteed to keep hair clean and smelling good.
Where to buy: BigDaddyBeauty.com

Steal: Conair Small Round Brush
Price: $7.99
A good hair brush need not be expensive. Case in point is this option from Conair. This lightweight brush is made with extra-fine bristles, which makes tangling and hair tearing unlikely. It also works great with a hair dryer to curl or straighten locks.
Where to buy: Sears, Target, Macy's

Paddle brush


Paddle brush

Splurge: Mason Pearson Popular Hair Brush
Price: $135
This is the brush to end all brushes. Made with a unique rubber-cushion pad, the bristles of the brush massage your head as it detangles locks. The original wood handle is lightweight and provides the perfect amount of grip for sleek brushing. What's more: Because the bristles are all natural, the brush is gentle enough to use on hair that's thinning or fine.
Where to buy: LuxuryParlour.com

Steal: Sephora Collection Boar Round Brush
Price: $29
Paddle brushes are perfect for adding volume and shine to thick or thin hair. This example from Sephora is made with boar bristles; it's been shown to reduce and minimize breakage, static and split ends.
Where to buy: Sephora

Oval brush


Splurge: Frederic Fekkai Classic Brush
Price: $95.00
Fekkai's classic brush is routinely used by stylists throughout Hollywood. Its oval shape helps texturize locks, adds shine and styles hair rather easily. It's also made to stimulate and massage the scalp as you brush.
Where to buy: Sephora

Steal: Sephora Collection Large Oval Wire Brush
Price: $10.00
A must in any hair brush collection, oval brushes are great for adding volume to lackluster locks. This wire version is inexpensive, but gets the job done. Use it with a hair dryer, and runway-ready locks are only a twist and turn away.
Where to buy: Sephora

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