This is a review of the best brushes and combs for wigs. It is a common misconception among those new to the wig world that the same tools you use on your natural hair can be used on wigs. This is incorrect and can lead to premature damage to the wig.
My name is Lisa, and I love wigs. I, like many others, made the mistake of not acquiring the proper tools when I branched into wearing wigs. I have since learned the best ways to maintain my wigs, including which brushes are the best.
My favorite brush is the Spornette Large Super Looper Wig Brush. This brush is ideal for synthetic and human hair, and very gentle on lace front wigs. It will detangle and keep the hair smooth without tugging or tearing.
There are other really great options of brushes and combs as well, and I will review a couple below. Read on for my favorites!
- Spornette Large Super Looper Wig Brush (Best Overall)
- Giorgio Small Travel Purse Hair Detangling Comb (Best For Curly Hair)
- Milano Collection Brush and Teasing Comb Duo (Best For Styling)
3 Best Wig Brushes Reviewed
Here is a summary of my top choices of brushes for wigs. I will discuss their key features and what to look for when choosing a brush.
- Key Features: Looped nylon bristles, rubber hand grip
- Color: Red
- Hair Type: Natural and Synthetic
- Best Overall
The looped nylon bristles of this brush detangle all knots without pulling. They glide through the natural and synthetic, curly or straight hair, gently without pulling. This type of bristle also does not have a sharp tip, so it can be used close to or on the wig cap without snagging.
This brush features a rubber hand grip which is quite comfortable to hold. The curve of the handle fits well in the hand, and the rubble material creates a nice grip when working through tangles.
One thing about this product that may be a drawback to some is the size. It is a full-size brush, so it is not the most convenient for traveling.
- Key Features: Rounded teeth, wide-spaced teeth
- Size: 2.75 inches
- Colors: Ivory, tortoiseshell
- Best For: Curly hair
This comb is handmade; it is saw cut and the rounded teeth are polished by hand. Other plastic combs often have imperfections on the teeth that make them rough on the hair and scalp. This comb is extra smooth and glides through the hair without snagging or ripping the cap.
Because the teeth on this comb are so widely spaced, the comb is excellent for wavy and curly hair. It will detangle while keeping the integrity of the curl intact much better than other combs or brushes.
The size of this comb, less than 3 inches wide, makes it ideal for taking on the go. It can fit in a pocket or purse very easily and discreetly for touch-ups at any time.
The size of the comb, while an advantage with regard to traveling, can be a disadvantage as well. It may be too small to comfortably use with longer hair.
- Key Features: Soft, rounded-tip bristles, heat resistant, teasing comb included
- Colors: Black, blue, green, pink
- Hair Type: Wet, dry, curly, straight
- Best For: Styling
The bristles on this brush have a soft, round tip on them. This, like the looped brush, allows you to use the brush close to the scalp without fear of ripping or snagging the delicate lace of the wig cap.
While it is not recommended to use a blow dryer on wigs, this brush is heat resistant so it is ideal for styles with a blow dryer. The inlay cutout design also helps dry the hair even faster.
This two-for-one combo comes with both a brush and a dual-end teasing comb. One end of the comb has five long teeth that are excellent for sectioning hair as well as detangling, and the other end has smaller teeth for teasing and lifting hair.
One disadvantage to this brush is that the soft bristles are great for smoothing hair while styling, but they are a little too flexible if your main goal is detangling.
Best Wig Brush – What to Consider?
Here are some important things to keep in mind when looking for a wig brush.
The material that is used for the bristles of the brush makes a difference with wigs. Try to look for metal bristles, as opposed to plastic or boar hair. Metal bristles will glide through both synthetic and human hair smoothly and will not create a frizzy mess.
Also, try to find either a brush with looped bristles or bobble tips on the ends of the bristles. Both of these types will glide through the hair nicely and won’t tug or snag on the wig cap.
Wet vs Dry Brushing
As a rule, you should not brush your wig while it is wet. The fibers are at their weakest point when wet, and will stretch and/or break much easier. Wait until the wig is sufficiently dry before brushing.
If you have to brush your wig when wet, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to very gently work through the hair.
How to Brush Your Wig
Always take care when brushing your wig and do not rush. I recommend brushing through the hair before and after you wear it to keep knots to a minimum.
Start at the ends of the hair and gently work your way up to the cap. If you start at the cap and work your way down you will likely create larger knots that require more effort to get out, which increases the likelihood of damaging the hair and cap.
There you have it! My favorite brush for my wigs is the Spornette Large Super Looper Wig Brush. It is sturdy, yet gentle, and detangles without shedding or damaging the wig cap.
There are many other options to choose from as well. Comment below your favorite brush!