"If you're going for volume and curl," says Ring, "it is best to use a round brush with a barrel anywhere from 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches depending on the size of the curl you're after." Try the Marilyn Tuxedo Pro, $23.
If a straight, sleek look is what you're after, it's all about the paddle brush. "They're fantastic brushes, but you donít need to drop $200 on a Mason Pearson," says Mari. "A $12 Paul Mitchell Paddle Brush will work just fine."
Oval brushes work wonders for creating straight styles with a hint of bend. Mari prefers a vented one so the hot air passes through the brush and speeds up drying time. Try the Oliva Garden Ceramic + Ion Turbo Vented Oval Hairbrush, $23.
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