Our Top Picks: Best Brush for Extensions for Perfect Styling

Our Top Picks: Best Brush for Extensions for Perfect Styling

Choosing the right brush for extensions is key to protecting your hair and keeping your style fresh. The right brush should glide through tangles and support your extensions life - but with so many to choose from, which one do you trust? We’ve done the research and testing for you and here are the top brushes that meet the needs of extension care. From bristle softness to brush shapes and sizes, this is your ultimate guide to long, luscious locks.

Key Takeaways 

  • Choosing the right extension brush is vital to prevent damage and extend the life of the extensions, soft bristles and flexibility are key.

  • Different shapes and sizes of brushes, paddle brushes, round brushes and specialized tools like loop brushes are designed for different hair types and styling needs to keep the hair extensions healthy and looking good.

  • Caring for hair extensions requires the right tools, loop brushes for individual bonds and wide-tooth combs for wefts and proper brushing techniques and a regular maintenance routine.

Choosing the Right Brush for Your Extensions

Finding the perfect hair goes beyond choosing the best hair extensions; it’s a daily routine. The extension brush is part of that routine. Choosing the wrong brush can damage your extensions, causing breakage, damage and reduce the life of the extensions.

Standard brushes aren’t designed for the fragile nature of extensions. They apply too much pressure and can cause cuticle damage, weaken the extension bonds and trigger shedding that can reduce volume and length. But the right brush glides through your hair gently, detangles without jeopardizing the bonds or tapes that hold your extensions in place. This gentle treatment ensures the integrity of the extensions whether you’re brushing dry or wet hair.

Soft Bristles Matter

Softness is good. The gentleness of soft bristles is key to your hair extensions. A soft bristle brush is the unsung hero that keeps your extensions looking and lasting beautiful. The technique is simple yet powerful: by holding your hair below the extension with one hand and starting to gently brush from the ends with a soft bristle brush in the other, you’re protecting your hair from stress.

As you work your way up from the ends, the soft bristles do their magic, detangling without pulling or straining the roots of your extensions. When you choose bamboo brushes, you’re not just getting softness but also smoothness and health of your hair and avoiding the risks of plastic bristles. This soft touch is key to avoiding tangles and breakage and keeping your hair looking as good as it feels.

Why Flexibility is Key

While strength can move mountains, in the world of hair extensions flexibility is king. Brushes with flexible bristles are the gentle guardians that detangle without stress or damage. Take the Acca Kappa Extension Brush for example, its blend of boar and nylon bristles is the art of brushing, even pressure distribution that protects the hair extension bonds during the detangling process.

Acca Kappa Extension Brush

Brush Shapes and Sizes

Not all brushes are created equal and when it comes to hair extensions one size does not fit all. The shape and size of a brush can make a big difference to your styling results and the health of your hair.

Here are some common types of hair brushes:

  • Paddle brush: for smoothing hair during blow drying and suitable for all hair types

  • Round brush: for volume, with barrel materials ranging from metal to ionic, each with its own twist to curl or wave creation

  • Vent brush: to speed up drying time by allowing air to flow through the brush

  • Teasing brush: for volume and texture by backcombing the hair

  • Detangling brush: to gently remove knots and tangles from the hair

  • Boar bristle brush: to distribute natural oils from the scalp to the ends of the hair for shiny and healthy looking hair

You’ll choose a brush depending on your hair type and style.

Teasing brushes with their ability to lift roots and add texture should be used with caution especially on fine or fragile hair. For wet, curly or wavy hair, wide tooth combs are the gentle detanglers that keep your extensions intact. The rat tail comb is great for sectioning hair with its long and thin end.

Some brushes:

  • Boar bristle brushes, the gentle ones, distribute scalp oils evenly on fine, curly hair, perfect for those with delicate textures.

  • Vented brushes with their holes allow hot air to pass through during blow drying.

  • Loop brushes are a specialized tool for hair extensions, with looped bristles that won’t catch or pull, so your weaves are safe.

The Hair Extension Brush Guide

Now that we’ve covered the basics of brush selection we can move on to the ultimate hair extension brush guide. Each brush has its own unique qualities that makes it the best for your extensions. Here are some of the most popular:

  1. Boar bristle brushes: for smooth sailing through hair, minimal breakage and scalp stimulation.

  2. Paddle brushes: for Great Lengths or thick natural hair, gentle detangling and styling without stress.

  3. Styling and Travel hair extension brush: a mini brush that detangles in seconds and adds shine to your hair wherever you are.

  4. Loop brush, like The Hair Shop Black Loop Brush: to style hair extensions without knots or snags, a must have for hair extension care.

The Hair Shop Black Loop Brush For Clip In Hair Extensions

The Gentle Detangler: Wet Brush

The Wet Brush, a detangler, is known for:

  • Gentle ability to untangle the toughest knots

  • Favourite among hair extension users

  • Ergonomic design with a lightweight body and non slip rubber grip for easy handling and even application of hair treatments.

For all hair types, the Wet Brush is versatile and can be used on wet or dry hair, making it a daily brush.

For Sleek Styling: Paddle Brush

The Paddle Brush is for sleek styling of hair extensions. With its ionic and boar bristles it’s ready for daily brushing and styling for all hair lengths including those with extensions. It’s not just for detangling and smoothing tape-ins; this brush is also gentle on the scalp which promotes overall scalp health.

Plus the paddle brush is a scalp massager that increases circulation and hair vitality.

Natural Shine Enhancer: Boar Bristle Brush

The Boar Bristle Brush is for natural shine of hair extensions. This brush is gentle enough to smooth out tangles without hassle and is great at adding that glossy finish. Brushes like the Boar Bristle Brush by Everlong Hair and Evercare Boar Bristle Brush distributes the scalp’s natural oils from root to tip so your tape-in extensions will look healthy.

Using a regular brush helps to keep your extensions healthy by distributing the oils.

Brushes for Extension Types

The hair extension world is diverse and so are the tools needed to maintain them. Specialised brushes are for specific extension types to give each strand the attention it needs. The loop brush is for tape-in extensions to prevent damage, it’s a must have for extension maintenance. The Hair Shop Black Loop Brush with nylon looped bristles is great for tape-ins, smooth glide and minimal snagging.

Curly hair extensions have their own hero in the Denman Brush, a brush designed for their styling and maintenance. Matching the right brush to the right extension is key to maintenance and longevity of your extensions.

Best for Individual Bonds: Loop Brush

For individual strand hair extensions like keratin bonds, the Loop Brush is a lifesaver for your clients hair. Its unique design with a round shape and flexible bristles allows for a smooth glide from roots to ends without snagging or knotting so a pain free brushing experience with a gentle downward motion.

The loop brush is built to last for extensions as regular brushes can cause more damage and breakage.

For Wefts: Wide-Tooth Comb

Wefted hair extensions need gentle touch and the Wide-Tooth Comb is the tool for the job. Designed to maintain wefted extensions this comb:

  • Minimizes damage

  • Effectively detangles

  • Prevents matting

  • Preserves the extensions

Using this will keep your extensions tangle free and in great condition.

For Everyday Use: Dual-Purpose Brush

For everyday maintenance the Dual-Purpose Brush is the ultimate tool for hair extension wearers. This brush offers:

  • Detangles without damage

  • Distributes natural oils for added shine and softness

  • Preserves the extensions during daily grooming

Its double sided design is for styling and finishing looks so it’s a must have in your hair care routine.

Brushing Hair Extensions Tips

Brushing hair extensions is an art and being good at it can make the difference between keeping them looking great for years or having them degrade too soon. Here are the tips from the pros on technique, frequency of brushing and how to clean your brushes.

Start at the bottom and work your way up in sections, this way you put minimal stress and prevent breakage, a must do for your extensions. Massage paddle brushes take this to the next level by being super gentle on the extensions, detangles while stimulating the scalp and promoting hair growth through improved circulation.

Brushing Technique

Brushing hair extensions is an art form; it’s not just the brush but how you use it. Always start at the ends and work your way up, hold the extensions at the top to reduce pressure at the attachment points.

For thick hair a heat resistant paddle brush is the perfect companion so you can manage your hair gently and smooth without putting stress to the scalp.

Brushing Frequency

A regular brushing schedule is key to keeping your hair extensions looking great. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Daily brushing is necessary to untangle knots and prevent matting.

  • For best results brush twice a day.

  • Even 1-2 brushes a week will keep your extensions in great condition and tangle free.

The frequency of brushing hair extensions can range from once or twice a week to two to three times a day depending on your lifestyle and the needs of your extensions to keep them looking great and styled.

Cleaning Your Extension Brush

Cleaning your hair extension brushes is just as important as brushing. After each use remove hair from the brush with a comb or pointed object, cut away longer hairs before washing. A weekly cleaning with gentle shampoo or liquid dish soap and an old toothbrush will keep your brush hygienic and performing.

To remove oil and product buildup a mixture of baking soda and warm water can work wonders. Make sure the padding and wooden parts are dry during cleaning to prevent damage; plastic brushes can be soaked in warm soapy water.

Eco Friendly Options: Brushes Made from Recycled Materials

In this eco conscious world even hair care has gone green. Eco friendly hairbrushes made from recycled materials are good for the planet and your hair.

Bamboo hair brushes are fully biodegradable and made from sustainable resources, no harsh chemicals. The benefits of bamboo hair brushes are:

  • Fully biodegradable

  • Made from sustainable resources

  • No harsh chemicals

  • Natural rubber cushion that distributes pressure evenly

  • Gentle on hair and scalp.


In summary the journey to great hair extensions is full of choices—choosing the right brush is key. From soft bristles to flexibility to shape and size for your extensions, every step matters. The Wet Brush, Paddle Brush and Boar Bristle Brush all play a part in keeping your extensions looking great and long lasting. Specialized brushes like the Loop Brush, Wide-Tooth Comb and Dual-Purpose Brush are for specific extension types. Follow the expert brushing technique and keep your brushes clean and your extensions will be in great condition. Go eco friendly for a sustainable beauty routine. Remember the right brush is not just a tool it’s the guardian of your hair’s glow and vitality.


Can I use a regular brush on my extensions?

No, it’s not recommended to use a regular brush on extensions as it can cause damage, breakage and shedding. You need to use a brush designed for extensions to keep them lasting.

How often should I clean my extension brush?

You should clean your extension brush weekly to remove hair, oils and product buildup for best performance and hygiene.

What brush is best for detangling wet extensions?

The Wet Brush is the best brush for detangling wet hair extensions. Its soft bristles reduces the risk of matting and breakage making it easy to handle.

Are there eco friendly brushes that are good for hair extensions?

Yes, bamboo hair brushes are eco friendly and gentle on hair extensions so good for both your hair and the planet.

Do I brush hair extensions from top or bottom?

Brush hair extensions from the bottom and work your way up to the roots to reduce stress on the hair and extension bonds and prevent breakage.