The 12 Best Round Brushes For Salon-Worthy Blowouts

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If I’m pleased with considered one of my skills, it’s my ability to wield a round brush in a single hand, my favorite blowdryer in one other, and provides myself a blowout that might compare to any I’ve received at a salon. While time and practice actually added to this ability, I firmly imagine that if you happen to’re using the flawed sort of brush in your hair, your style will all the time suffer. That is much more necessary for blowouts when your hair will look insanely different depending on the style of round brush you will have. You do not need the Dyson Airwrap or a viral hair dryer brush to attain bouncy locks–the old-fashioned tools work just as well.

What Kind Of Round Brush Do I Need?

Buying the appropriate round brush entirely is determined by your hair goals. Larger barrels on a round brush generally equal smoother, straighter looks. However, the smaller the barrel, the more the hair must wrap across the brush, meaning more curls or waves. A smaller barrel can also be required when styling short hair or bangs in order that the bristles don’t scrape your head. Bristles also play a large role within the style of round brush you would like. For hair that is well damaged or dehydrated, a brush with boar bristles not only strengthens the hair over time but in addition distributes the oils out of your scalp to your ends. For more details about the differing types of round brushes, keep reading to listen to from our expert Josh Liu, whose A-list clients include Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.

Below, find 12 round brushes for each hair type and texture so that you would be able to cancel your weekly salon appointment and get your best blowout at home.

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Best For Smoothing Hair


Skilled Round Brush


Best For Damaged Hair


Round Brush


Best For Fast Styling


Thermic Round Brush


Best For Skilled Styling


Volume 3″ Round Brush


Best For Long-Lasting Curls


Double Pint Large Round Ceramic Brush


Best For Long Hair

Olivia Garden

NanoThermic Ceramic + Ion Round Thermal Hair Brush


Best For All Hair Types


Quick Blow Dry Round Brush


Best For Short Hair

Paul Mitchell Pro Tools

Pro Tools Express Ion Aluminum Round Brush


Best For Creating Beach Waves


Hair Rituel The Blow-Dry Brush N°2


Best For Curly Hair

Wet Brush

Volume & Body Round Brush


Best For Bangs


Pro Hair Brush with Nylon Bristle


Best For Damaged Hair


Ceramic Radial Brush (1.77 inches)

Josh Liu is a star hairstylist who’s A-list clients include Ariana Grande, Shailene Woodley, and Miranda Kerr.

How do different sized barrels of round brushes affect styles?

“Different sized round brushes will change the style of hairstyle you achieve,” says Liu. Liu recommends using a small barrel across the hairline, to straighten curly roots, or to create “tighter, bouncier, and voluminous curls which can be fluffy.” Smaller barrels are also great to make use of for bangs. Medium barrels are perfect for medium to longer hair lengths which can be on the lookout for that bouncy ’90s blowout. And at last, a big barrel round brush can create smooth, straighter styles.

When should people use a round brush?

“Round brushes are a fast and efficient approach to style and dry your hair which maintains bounce, volume and shine,” says Liu. “Other traditional paddle and boar bristle brushes are more for smoothing and straightening, when volume and bounce are less of a priority.”

What sort of bristles do you recommend in a round brush?

“I prefer nylon heat resistant bristles because it doesn’t overwork or overstretch the hair as most boar bristles grip a little bit too tightly and is less versatile,” says Liu. “Nylon heat resistant bristles, as on T3’s Volume round brush collection, are gentle and efficient for detangling and smoothing all hair types, and great for providing enough tension so as to add volume, bounce, curl, smooth and bevel hair.”

How do you recommend using round brushes?

“I like to recommend rough drying your hair about 75% dry prior to styling with a round brush,” says Liu. When the hair is damp but not dripping wet, you need to use a round brush so as to add shape and volume. “To keep up maximum volume, bounce, or curl, roll your hair up from the ends of your hair all the best way into the bottom and hit it with a cool shot button and clip to set it. In the event you desire a looser style, be happy to chill shot and let it drop—you already know your hair best. In case your hair holds a curl well, you may skip the setting clip and/or cool shot.”

Do you will have any suggestions or tricks to make it easier for people to make use of round brushes?

“For beginners, practice rolling your hair using a round brush without the blow dryer first,” says Liu. Sectioning can also be key: “Keep sections clean if you happen to feel you might be susceptible to tangling up your hair in round brushes. The technique can also be necessary. “Start blow drying in smaller vertical sections at the foundation on a high heat low speed, and smooth the foundation, and wrap it across the barrel one time, heat it up. Then twist and release the heated hair, move down the shaft a bit, wrap it and warmth it up, then twist again and release the heated hair and pull. Repeat until all the best way down the hair shaft—it will create a twisty, bouncy, beachy blowout. You possibly can imagine using the round brush as if it were a clamp barrel curling iron. That is an excellent technique for those with thin and effective hair which prefer fluffy voluminous styling.”


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Tatjana Freund is ELLE’s Beauty Commerce Author. She has interviewed countless haircare professionals, and is all the time testing out latest and trending hair treatments.

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Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Author, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends.

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