We’re going to start this one off with a little disclaimer: You do not need to spend $100 on a hairbrush in order to have good hair. Some people are born with it, others just need a little drugstore magic to make those strands shine, and then come the crew who approach the beauty aisles with a money-is-no-object philosophy. For those in the latter category, let us introduce you to the Christophe Robin Boar Bristle Brush.
Fashioned with 100 percent natural boar bristles and a sturdy wood frame, this detangling brush is unlike the $10 model you might have sitting on your bathroom sink right now. Its boar bristles are the real stars—and they’re exactly what will catapult an average-priced detangler into a three-digit investment piece like the number we’re referring to here. Unlike wire and metal bristles, boar bristles are gentle on the scalp and hair, reducing the chance of snagging and breakage. Boar bristles gently stimulate the scalp while more evenly distributing hair oils throughout your strands. What you’ll notice is likely softer, shinier hair, and perhaps even a little strand growth spurt—if you’re lucky.
Christophe Robin isn’t the only boar bristle brand on the market. We bet you’ve spotted the iconic Mason Pearson brush on a vanity or two over the years. You know, the one with the dark base and red cushion? The original model has been stroking strands for over 130 years to rave reviews but, if you thought the Christophe Robin brush was expensive, you might be alarmed to find a Mason Pearson can range from $120 for a pocket-sized version to more than $200.
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For the most part, finding the best brush for your hair often depends on your individual texture and styling preferences. That being said, boar bristles are one great place to start—if you don’t mind stretching your wallet a bit.