Using the right hairbrush may seem like a lesser concern when it comes to hair health, but it’s actually pretty important to consider. We expect our brushes, to smooth, soften and untangle without causing further breakage or split ends, but many de-tangling brushes can actually do more harm than good. We all know that brushing our hair with any old brush when it’s wet post-shampoo-session is a major beauty no-no, but let’s face it, sometimes you come out of the shower when heaps of unruly snarls. Something has to be done if you don’t want your hair to dry out looking like a legitimate bird’s nest.

Fortunately, brushes designed specifically for detangling wet or dry hair exist—and they won’t break your hair or exacerbate existing damage for blech or abusing your favorite heat styling tools. Many of these brushes are designed with flexible grips and ventilated bases in order to allow your strands to stay fully intact and, of course, totally tangle-free. Others are designed with boar bristles to enhance shine and disperse natural oils for a healthier mane. Regardless of your preference, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite de-tangling brushes that will leave your hair free of knots.

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