The Best Brushes, Combs, and Tools for Thin, Fine Hair


Ah, the holiday season. If you’re anything like me, you use the holiday season to spend time with family and friends, put on an extra 5lbs just from eating all the good cooking and baking, and use all the amazing sales as an excuse to buy all the things you put in your online shopping cart months ago.

And that means hair products too! Think about it - all the brushes, combs, and hot tools on sale!! 

But, how do you know what’s best for your hair? When you have thin hair (and especially thin, fine hair), your priority numero uno should always be protecting it. 

A key part of ensuring that your hair is protected is using the right tools. That’s why this week I’m sharing my best tips for finding and using the best tools for thin hair.


Best Brush for Fine Hair

The last thing you want from your hairbrush when you have thin, fine hair is pulling. That’s why soft, nylon bristles are the best option for my friends with thin hair out there! Soft bristles ensure that your hair isn’t being pulled or broken, while the nylon eliminates static.

When brushing your hair, make sure to start at the ends and work your way up the hair shaft as you work the tangles out. That minimizes the chance of pulling from the scalp. 

Best Comb for Thin Hair

For anyone with thinning hair, a wide tooth comb is your best friend! The wide teeth ensure minimal damage to the hair shaft and root. Wide tooth combs are great options for detangling your hair when it is wet. If you are especially prone to knots, try using a wide-tooth comb in the shower while you’re conditioning.

Best Hair Dryer for Thin Hair

If your hair dryer is old - replace it! Old hair dryers tend to break down and get hotter over time. That means that whatever temperatures were advertised for the hair dryer when you purchased it aren’t accurate anymore. Trust me, the last thing your hair needs is extra heat. 

When you have thin hair, you want a hair dryer that doesn’t get so hot that it damages your hair by drying it out. On the other hand, you want to make sure that it blows with enough power to dry your hair quickly, so that you don’t need to use prolonged heat on it. It’s a fine line - I know. I recommend a hair dryer with 600 to 2200 watts of power. 

Best Hot Tools for Fine Hair

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - no or (at least) little heat. Your hair is not your Thanksgiving Turkey. It really doesn’t like 350 plus degrees of heat applied to it. If you do apply heat to your hair, make sure that you only use one pass. 

When choosing a straightening or curling iron, choose a ceramic one over a metal one. Ceramic irons produce even heat, which ensures that your hair stays protected from uneven hot spots. 

If you have thin, fine hair, use a smaller curling barrel (3/4” or 1”). Your curl will hold longer if it has a tighter curl. Pin or clip your curls up until they are completely cooled for the longest hold!