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Types of Straightening Brushes

Want to buy a straightening brush but do not know which is going to be suitable for you? Well, straightening brushes have become very popular among women of modern days as they are very handy and can be used both at home and salons.

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And to be very honest, a straightening brush can be categorized from different aspects. We believe a hair conscious person must know all of the types from various aspects and among them, decide suitable product for her particular hair type, texture, and length which will give her an amazing straightening experience.

There are two basic types of straightening brushes. They are:

Regular Brush Shaped Straightening Brush

Regular Brush Shaped Straightening Brush

  • These straightening brushes look just like regular brushes. It has a temperature setting and heating facility and you have to straighten your hair with this type of brush just the way you brush your hair. Simple!

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  • As you cannot use this type of brushes like flat irons, so you may have to brush a portion of your hair two or three times to straighten them perfectly or brush once but bit by bit.

Flat Iron Shaped Straightening Brush

Flat Iron Shaped Straightening Brush

  • These straightening brushes look like a straightener or flat iron.
  • It has two plates and you have to use it by pressing them together while keeping your hair between the plates.

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Depending on Hair Types and Lengths

All of the people in this world do not have the same length of hair. Some of them have short hair and some have medium, long hair. Straightening is needed to the hair which is not straight. It’s that simple. But, the straightening brushes vary depending on the length of our hair. In general, there are 2 shapes of straightening brushes:

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Handy brushes are recommended to the people who have medium and short hair. And long hair people are going to need bigger brushes. Besides these two basic shapes, there are 3 particular shapes of straightening brushes. They are:

Circular or Round Straightening Brush

Round Straightening Brush

  • This type of brush is very good for people with long hair.
  • In this brush, the surface is larger than a flat or paddle brush. As a result, it can cover a larger portion of your hair and that is how it gives extra benefits to long hair people.


  • Medium, short hair people often struggle to straighten their hair with circular or round shaped brushes.

Flat Brush or Paddle Straightening Brush

Paddle Straightening Brush

  • Comparatively, these types of brushes are smaller in size than a circular or round-shaped brush. As a result, the surface areas in these brushes are smaller as well.
  • People with short to medium length hair will be glad to use these kinds of brushes to straighten their hair, no doubt.
  • On the other hand, some people with long hair like to straighten their hair in some smaller portions or do not want to straighten a bigger portion of their hair at once. If you are one of them, you can go for these brushes.


  • Though paddle brushes can be used in long hair, it takes too much time to straighten them.

According to The Bristles

Bristles of a straightening brush are called spikes by many hair specialists. From the aspect of bristle type, there are 3 types of straightening brushes. They are:

Boar bristles

Boar Bristles Brush

  • The most common bristle among all three types of bristles is the boar bristle.
  • This is the one type of bristle which is used by most hair experts by using this particular bristle type, they can be versatile and run straightening brushes on various textures of hair.
  • The reason for its popularity is the boar bristles are used as a conditioning treatment.
  • It is designed in such a way that it helps to develop the texture of our hair.
  • It helps to condition our hair shafts.
  • It helps to increase the blood flow in our scalp and ultimately helps to repair our hair while making them shiny naturally.

Ball-tipped Bristles

Ball-tipped Bristles Brush

  • There are a few types of hair that are very prone to tangling. To prevent any possible tangling, snagging and hitching while straightening with a brush, ball-tipped bristles are suitable.
  • This brush helps to increase the blood flow on our scalp
  • It helps to boost up our hair growth.
  • Wavy hair people are also suggested to use this type of brushes.

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  • People with thick, kinky hair often face problems in straightening their hair with ball-tipped bristles brushes as they often fail to be implanted into the thickness of hair easily.

Nylon Bristles

Nylon Bristles Brush

  • Some people have a very sensitive scalp. Bristles can literally hurt you strongly if you are one of those people who have a highly sensitive scalp. Nylon bristles will not hurt your extra sensitive hair.
  • The most useful this brush gets when it comes to particular hair texture. People who have very thick hair are recommended to use this brush as it can penetrate easily in thick hair and straighten your hair nicely.


  • As the bristles of this particular type of straightening brush is a little stiffer

Pro tips: Besides these tricks of choosing types of bristles according to hair and scalp texture and condition, there are some common rules on choosing bristles of straightening brushes.

  • You should be very aware that the bristles are of good qualities which are firmly and strongly attached to the base of the straightening brush. It will ensure the longevity of the brush.
  • Bristles should be secure otherwise there is a vast probability of damaging hair because of the poorly designed bristles.

According to Plate Materials

Plate Materials of Straightening Brush

The plate materials of hairbrushes play a very vital role in the process of straightening. So you should be very cautious about choosing the right plate material for your hair.

Ceramic & Tourmaline Straightening Brushes

Titanium & Nano Titanium Straightening Brushes

Last Words

 There are differences in people’s hair type and length, so do in straightening brushes. We have mentioned all the possible types of brushes you could ever find in a salon. World-famous hair experts generally use these brushes on their clients according to their hair condition, texture, and length. Now, you know all the types of a straightening brush and both of their positive and negative sides. So which one is your pick?

Reader Interactions


  1. Hello there,

    I am not ashamed to admit that I was totally stunned to know that there are so many types of straightening brushes available in the market. I had no idea. Thank you very much guys for putting up such a great list here. It has been very, very helpful for someone like me with very limited knowledge. This article is also very well put together with so much clarity and readability. I enjoyed going through it thoroughly.

    However, I am a bit confused about something. While describing the bristles types, you have inserted pictures of regular hairbrushes? Are regular hair brushes also known as straightening brush? Please shed some light here.

    I will be waiting for your answer. Thanks in advance.

    • Dear Deborah,

      First of all, we want to thank you for your sweet praising words. We are ecstatic with your feedback.

      Secondly, the pictures were inserted for better understanding. Only electrical brushes are known as straightening brushes. Regular hairbrushes are not straightening brushes. Always remember this.

      We hope this would help you clear out the confusion.

  2. Hello peeps,

    I totally agree with this article. The titanium plated straightening brushes are perfect for thick tresses. I want to share my fair share of experience with the girls here so that they have a better understanding. I have naturally curly hair and I use a titanium plate straightening brush with ball tip bristles and it straightens my hair perfectly. Moreover, the ball tip bristles don’t hurt my sensitive scalp at all and provide a very relaxing, massaging sensation. If you are also a thick-haired girl, don’t hesitate to adopt the titanium brush.

    Thank you for taking the time and reading my comment.

    • Dear Linda,

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are sure that our readers would find this helpful.

      Please keep coming back for more articles.

  3. Hi there,

    You guys are a lifesaver. I am taking up classes for hairstyling and hairdressing and I have an assignment about different types of hair straightening brushes and their features. While searching the internet, I came across this amazing piece of writing which helped me a lot with my homework. It also helped me to understand the concept of straightening brush altogether. I can’t thank you enough.

    Please keep up the good work guys.

    I wish you all the success in life.

    • Dear Monica,

      Thank you very much for your sweet and kind words. We are overwhelmed with your feedback. Our readers’ response is what inspires us to write and think better.

      Also, we are glad that our article helped you in one way or the other.

      Please keep coming back for more informative articles in the future.


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