Monday, May 20, 2019

Round Brush Size Chart

Round brushes are typically made with a metal or a ceramic coated barrel that heats up when used with a blow dryer. It works much like a curling wand. You can get a salon blowout at home with the right sized round brush and some practice.

Great brushes have 3 things in common. 1). Penetration, the ability to penetrate hair. Bristles must be stiff enough and long enough. 2). Tension, bristles must be able to grab and hold hair with enough tension for styling. 3). Control, the brush handle should give you a good grip to bend and style hair. All my picks below have these qualities and more. Visit my PRODUCTS page to see all my top picks to make styling easier.

Here are my two favorite round brushes. You can get these in different sizes so make sure you get the right size for the curl or wave you are looking for. With proper care both these brushes will last many years. These are paid links:

  1. This is my first choice and comes with boar and nylon mix bristles and a very nice sure grip handle. Sam Villa Signature Series Bristle Round Brush is a paid link and highly recommend the brush  Check price.
  2. Here is my second choice. The only reason it's not my first choice is because in my opinion you just can't beat a wooden handle. They are very durable. This round brush is excellent for styling. Olivia Garden Ceramic and Ion Thermal Brush is also a paid link  Check price.

Round brush size recommendations based on length of hair:
  1. 17mm or 1/2 to 3/4 = very short hair, ear length.
  2. 23mm or 3/4 to 1 = short hair, above chin.
  3. 32mm or 1 to 1.5 = shoulder length.
  4. 43mm or 1.5 to 2 = beyond shoulder.

Round Brush Size Chart Which Size Is Best For You

What Size Round Brush Should I Use Chart
Round Brush Size Hair Length Best Round Brush
1 inch Pixie
1.25 to 1.5 inch 2 inch to Chin
1.75 inch Chin to Chest
2 inch Chest & Longer
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How to choose hair brush size
Round Brush Size Chart

A round brush is a fantastic tool to help with taming frizz and delivers the desired amount of bounce to your hair. However you should know that if you have fine or even normal hair using a round brush with a metal or ceramic barrel can cause severe heat damage if your hair already has weak ends.

When it comes time to style your hair you really need only 3 brush sizes. A small, medium and large. This will get you you what you need 90% of the time or more unless you are a professional stylist. Instead of buying one brush at a time, I recommend buying all 3 brushes at once. This way you have the sizes you need when you style your hair and they all have the same penetration, tension and handling.


What you can do instead is trying something a little gentler like using a mixed bristle or a natural round boar brush. 

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17mm or 1/2 to 3/4 size = very short hair, ear length

17mm or 1/2 to 3/4 = very short hair, ear length
17mm or 1/2 to 3/4 = very short hair, ear length
round brush for 17mm or 1/2 to 3/4 size = very short hair, ear length hair
A very small round brush is needed to style hair shorter than ear length


Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Thermal Brush .5 inches

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23mm or 3/4 to 1 size = short hair, above chin

23mm or 3/4 to 1 = short hair, above chin
23mm or 3/4 to 1 = short hair, above chin
23mm or 3/4 to 1 = short hair, above chin

Short hair which is no longer than your chin can be styled with slightly larger diameter round brush. Creating enough tension is the key. A good boar brush can grab the hair and create the tension needed for styling.

Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Thermal Brush .75 inches

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32mm or 1 to 1.5 size = shoulder length

32mm round hairbrush size
32mm or 1 to 1.5 = shoulder length

Shoulder length hair can be styled with a larger brush. The size of the round brush is now dependent on your style and how large or small your curl or wave. nice tight curls need a smaller diameter round brush and looser larger curls need a larger diameter round brush.

Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Thermal Brush 1 inch

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43mm or 1.5 to 2 size = beyond shoulder

Size Chart
Round brush for 43mm or 1.5 to 2 size = beyond shoulder length hair

Beyond shoulder length hair will need even a larger brush however it's dependent on your style and the same rule applies regarding the size of the curl or wave. The larger the curl or wave the larger diameter round brush you will need.

Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion Thermal Brush 2.125 inches

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How to choose the right hair brush size


There are there tons of bristle options and sizes when it comes to round brushes. The most asked question is what size is going to work best for me. There are two main points to consider when choosing the size of your round brush. First is the length of your hair and second is the size of the curl or wave you want.

Round brush for short hair

For creating that extra volume and body in your hair round brushes are ideal. A round brush is what you want when blow drying your hair. The smaller the brush size the tighter the curl it creates. If your hair is about chin length or shorter then a small brush like a 17mm to 23mm size will work. This is also a great size for styling bangs.

Round brush for long hair

Larger brushes with bigger barrels are great for straightening and creating waves. For hair that is shoulder length a 32mm brush is an ideal size. You can also use a 43mm. Some prefer a slightly larger brush. It just depends on your personal preference. If you are in doubt go up in size because using a brush that is too small in size causes your hair to get stuck in the bristles. The one exception is when you are styling bangs. This is case where a small brush is going to be ideal.

There are brushes that are larger than 43mm and if you have hair that is longer than shoulder length a brush with a 43mm or larger can be your go to tool for creating beautiful voluminous hair.

There are a few hair brushes that come with an extra long barrel. These brushes are advantageous because they can dry your hair up to 25% faster. The longer barrel lets you work more efficiently thus covering more hair with each brush. The one brush that comes to mind is the Olivia Garden ceramic
+ ion extra long barrel speed XL.

Olivia Garden ceramic + ion extra long barrel speed XL - Large SIZE
Olivia Garden long barrel speed xl

Round brush sizing chart

Use our round brush sizing image charts above to help you choose the right size brush for your style of hair. There are many more sizes than mentioned in this article. Sizes mentioned here are to be used as a general guide and is not a hard and fast rule. Using the right size brush is very important due to you will become more efficient and will spend less time in front of the mirror.

Round brush size tips

If you have frizzy hair then you may want to consider using a round boar brush. Boar is excellent at gripping your hair and getting more tension thus creating a sleeker style. Plus boar is great at spreading your natural hair oil down the hair shaft to the ends where your hair most likely needs it the most.

Sometimes is best to brush your hair in sections making sure to cover each section well before moving on to the next section. This of course takes more time but in the long run you will have naturally shinny hair.

Another big consideration when shopping for a brush is to make sure you get a brush with enough bristles. If the brush does not have enough bristles then your hair can get tangled in the brush. If the tangle is too bad you might end up having to cut your hair.

Also, if you are planning to get a mixed brush, one with nylon and boar make sure the tips of the nylon are smooth or have a round ball on the ends. Otherwise it could feel jagged and unpleasant when using. In addition, it could even pull out your hair, cause split-ends and thus damage your hair.

Look for a professional round brush that is intended for use with a blow dryer. A good round boar brush with a fine bristle will smooth your hair properly if used with a blow dryer. It's the ideal brush for creating styles that maximum volume.

Round brushes create curls and waves by wrapping up your hair around the brush and then when heat from the blow dryer is applied and then your hair cools down the curl or wave is created. When straightening hair the bristles grab your hair and tension is created thus holding your hair straight because your hair is wrapped around the brush. A the same time heat is applied from your hair dryer. When your hair is allowed to cool the straightness is then set.

Finally, look for a brush with a good strong handle especially if you have long hair. The longer your hair the more tension you will likely create and thus will put more stress on the handle. A wooden handle is superb and most likely ideal. Beware that some two piece plastic handles are prone to break after heavy use.

Sizing conclusion

I hope this article was of help. Please comment. I would be interested to know what size brush works best for you and why. I also would be interested to hear about the different brands you are using.

Hair Brush Selection Chart



Round Thermal

Round Thermal Chart

  • BEST FOR: Small to medium diameters: Curls Waves Volume Medium to large diameters: Soft curls Volume Flips
  • HAIR LENGTH: Small to medium diameters: Short to medium Medium to large diameters: Medium to long
  • HAIR TYPE: Normal to thick
  • FEATURES: Boar bristles add shine to the hair, Boar bristles tame “fly aways”, Ionic bristles penetrate deep into the hair, Hair dries quickly due to open barrel, Lightweight brush with ergonomic handle

Here are top three choices for Round Thermal brushes. These are paid links: 

  1. First choice comes in different sizes. And this one has an extra long barrel which is great for long hair. The funny thing is when you need a different size brush you usually don't have the exact size you need. In my opinion it's worth it to buy more than one size so when you need it, you have it. Check price.
  2. This is my second choice and it's just as good as my first choice but adds ceramic to the brush. This allows the brush to heat up so much faster. You have to be careful not to burn your hair because ti heats up really, really fast. Check price.
  3. And finally my third option. It's also a ceramic barrel and comes in many different sizes. Great all-around round brush. Check price.

Round Boar

Round Boar Sizes
  • BEST FOR: Small to medium diameters: Volume Straightening Medium to large diameters: Straightening
  • HAIR LENGTH: Small to medium diameters: Short to medium Large diameters: Medium to long
  • HAIR TYPE: Wavy Curly Very curly
  • FEATURES: Vented brush head dries hair quickly, Lightweight with ergonomic handle, Good alternative to thermal & boar brushes, Retractable sectioning pick

These are my top choices for round boar brushes. These are paid links 

  1. My first choice has a wooden handle in which I am a big fan of and has boar bristles. Check price.
  2. My second choice has an incredible all natural cork handle. Once you use a brush with a cork handle you may never want a plastic handle brush. It has a blend of boar and heat resistant carbon fiber bristles. Check price.
  3. Third choice, but not least, has boar and nylon mix and a very nice wooden and rubber handle. An excellent choice. Check price.

Round Ionic and Boar

Round Ionic and Boar chart
  • BEST FOR: Small to medium diameters: Volume Straightening Medium to large diameters: Straightening
  • HAIR LENGTH: Small to medium diameters: Short to medium Large diameters: Medium to long
  • HAIR TYPE: Wavy to curly
  • FEATURES: Boar bristles add shine to the hair, Boar bristles tame “fly aways”, Ionic bristles penetrate deep into the hair, Hair dries quickly due to open barrel, Lightweight brush with ergonomic handle, Retractable sectioning pick


Round Vented Soft Tip

Round vented soft tip hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Styling
  • HAIR LENGTH: Short to medium
  • HAIR TYPE: Fine & delicate
  • FEATURES:Vented brush head dries hair quickly, Lightweight with ergonomic handle, Good alternative to thermal & boar brushes, Retractable sectioning pick

Oval Ionic & Boar

Oval ionic and boar hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Using flat side: Straightening Using curved side: Volume Boar bristles:Straightening Ionic bristles: Brush & style
  • HAIR LENGTH: Medium to long
  • HAIR TYPE: Wavy to curly
  • FEATURES: Curved-side easily grab hair section, Large flat area straightens hair, Boar bristles tame fly-aways, Boar bristles distribute hair’s natural oils resulting in shiny hair, Ionic bristles massage & stimulate scalp, Vented brush head dries hair quickly, Lightweight with ergonomic handle, Retractable sectioning pick

Square Thermal

Square Thermal hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Small to medium diameters: Waves & flips Large diameters: Volume & smoothing
  • HAIR LENGTH: Small to medium diameters: Short to medium Large diameters: Medium to long
  • HAIR TYPE: Normal to thick
  • FEATURES: Square shape for unlimited styling options, Large holes for excellent airflow, Ceramic-coated barrel dries hair faster, Ionic bristles make hair shinier & healthier, Soft-tip bristles are gentle on hair & scalp, Retractable sectioning pick

Styler

Styling hair brushes
  • BEST FOR: Styling Shaping Daily brushing Men styling
  • HAIR LENGTH: Short to medium
  • HAIR TYPE: Fine to normal
  • FEATURES: Ball-point tips are gentle on hair & scalp, Lightweight with ergonomic handle

Ionic Cushion Paddle

Ionic cushion paddle hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Daily brushing Gathering hair for up-dos
  • HAIR LENGTH: Medium to long
  • HAIR TYPE: All kinds
  • FEATURES: Ionic cushion conforms to shape of scalp for additional comfort, Ionic bristles penetrate all the way to scalp, Epoxy ball point tips are gentle on scalp, Lightweight with ergonomic handle

Ionic & Boar Paddle

Ionic and boar paddle hair brushes
  • BEST FOR: Daily brushing & care Touch-ups Styling
  • HAIR LENGTH: Short to long
  • HAIR TYPE: All kinds Hair extensions
  • FEATURES: Boar bristles distribute hair’s natural oils resulting in smooth & shiny hair, Ionic & boar bristle combo is ideal for styling & brushing thick or curly hair, Eliminates frizz & fly-aways, Lightweight with ergonomic handle

Boar Oval

Boar paddle hair brushes
  • BEST FOR: Smoothing Touch-ups Smooth hair for up-dos
  • HAIR LENGTH: Short to long
  • HAIR TYPE: All kinds
  • FEATURES: 100% boar bristles, Boar bristles distribute hair’s natural oils resulting in shiny hair, Ionic soft & comfortable cushion, Boar bristles tame fly-aways

Massage Paddle and Oval

Massage paddle hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Detangling Scalp massage
  • HAIR LENGTH: All lengths
  • HAIR TYPE: All kinds
  • FEATURES: Eco-friendly bamboo, Ionic soft & comfortable cushion, Scalp massage activates
    blood cell circulation, Help stimulate hair growth & reduce hair loss, Promotes healthy hair cells & healthy scalp

Vent Soft Tip Paddle

Vent soft tip paddle hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Blow drying Styling Daily brushing
  • HAIR LENGTH: All lengths
  • HAIR TYPE: All types
  • FEATURES: Large flat area to straighten hair, Vented brush head dries hair quickly, Ionic bristles penetrate all the way to scalp, Ball-point tips are gentle on hair & scalp, Lightweight with ergonomic handle, Retractable sectioning pick

Vent Ionic & Boar Paddle

Vent ionic and baor paddle hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Daily brushing Touch-ups Men styling Straightening
  • HAIR LENGTH: Short to medium
  • HAIR TYPE: Fine to normal All kinds
  • FEATURES: Boar bristles distribute hair’s natural oils resulting in smooth & shiny hair, Eliminates frizz & fly-aways, Ionic bristles massage & stimulate scalp, Retractable sectioning pick, Special curve shape hugs scalp for comfort & superior styling control

Detangling Paddle and Oval

Detangling paddle hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Detangles wet or dry hair
  • HAIR LENGTH: All lengths
  • HAIR TYPE: All kinds
  • FEATURES: Unibody snag-free design, Ball-point tips are gentle on hair & scalp

Color & Care

Color and care hair brush
  • BEST FOR: Fully saturates & evenly distributes hair color & treatments
  • HAIR LENGTH: All lengths
  • HAIR TYPE: All kinds
  • FEATURES: Full saturation eliminates gaps in product application, When blending color, result is much more natural, Removes excess product & redistributes it where needed, Dual Length Bristles easily penetrate through the hair, shallow & deep layers all at once

Teasing

Teasing hair brush

  • BEST FOR: Teasing, creating volume, back brushing & texture creation
  • HAIR LENGTH: All lengths
  • HAIR TYPE: All kinds
  • FEATURES: Conveniently folds for easy storage, Unique handle shape gives user total control, Narrow central core for sure-grip & easy handling, Tail designed for easy & precise sectioning,
    separating, tucking & lifting

The following are all articles on this site. Read em all and your hair will thank you later.


Round Brush That Won't Melt

Round brushes that will not melt
Round Brush That Won't Melt
Are you looking for an un-melted round brush? Well it all starts with the right tools so your hair brush should be of the highest quality. Sadly, not all hair brushes are created equal and certainly you don't want one that will melt under heat from your blow-dryer, right? A hairbrush melt could lead to a few really bad days of hair. I don't know any popular styles at the time of this writing which includes melted plastic.


What Size Round Brush For Bangs

What Size Round Brush For Bangs
What Size Round Brush For Bangs
A boar-bristle brush with firmly packaged bristles is the gold standard for stylistic bangs. The densely packaged bristles grab every hair stand and enable you to apply the correct amount of tension while using heat from your blow dryer to set the shape. All it requires is the practice of mastering bang techniques once you have the right tools.


Ceramic And Ion Big Round Brush

 Ceramic And Ion Big Round Brush

Ceramic And Ion Big Round Brush
A ceramic round brush is a versatile dual-tasking instrument that can be used for flattening or curling hair and for pumping up the volume. How much did you really think about buying a hair brush? Are one of those that picks the one that looks good on the shelve? Or take the time to figure out exactly what you are seeking and read the reviews, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages and then buy one? This article is intended to help you make an informed choice.


Best round brush for fine hair blowout

 Round brush blowout

Best round brush for fine hair blowout
If you have fine hair and are looking for the best round brushes for a super blowout then you came to the right place. In this article you will be presented with the best selling round blowout brushes and of course opinions of each where applicable. Round brushes are listed in order of popularity.
5 of the best round brushes for fine hair blowout...


Best round brush volume short hair

 Best round brush volume short hair

Best round brush volume short hair
In this article you will be presented with 5 of the best selling round brushes specifically for short hair that people are using right now to add more volume to their style. This information including pricing are as of the writing of this article and are of course subject to change. The highest priced brush is a modest $13.99 and the lowest is an incredible $4.72. And a heated model for less than $11.00, that's right this is not a misprint.


What round brush is best for thick hair

What round brush is best for thick hair
What round brush is best for thick hair
Thick hair is amazingly good and wonderful to have and there are many benefits that quickly come to mind. For example, styles hold longer and you always have plenty of volume. But on the other hand your hair is also prone to have tangles and it takes a a lot longer to dry. There are many round brushes on the market but not all of them are best suited for thick hair. What you should be looking for in a round brush for thick hair is...


Types of brushes

The major factor in determining brush type is the density of bristles. Bristle density also helps in determining it's purpose. Based on bristle density and shape (round or concave) you have the following types of brushes:
  1. Vent brush
  2. Round brush
  3. Paddle brush
  4. Teasing brush
  5. The Wet Brush - Does the wet brush work on dry hair and Is the wet brush good for your hair
Click on the links above to go to more jam packed informational articles. For example, what are the Pros and Cons of a Vent brush and what is a Vent brush used for. I cover these topics and more.


How to Pick the Perfect Blowout Brushes

In this tutorial, you will see how you can select the best brushes for the most perfect blowout. Loaded with brightness and shine, and to make sure it lasts all day long. So for a peek, come along into the salon and watch this video on how to select the right brushes for your style. The first thing you need to look for is the diameter, the size of your round brush. First of all, you don't want a brush that's too hard. Second, the convenience and versatility to ensures the best results. And thirdly, how the handle attaches to the brush and to the handle itself. The handle should have a good grip in order to keep the brush in place so that you can finish your blowout more easily and efficiently. Most importantly, the surface must be metal or titanium to obtain brilliance in your hair. You can find these and similar brushes in any beauty stores or online stores.

References
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My handy-dandy chart was created with the help of avatarmaker

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