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5 Best Hairbrushes for Women Over 50

By Sandra Roussy February 19, 2023 Beauty

How many hairbrushes do you own? Do you pay attention to the type of hairbrushes that you buy?

Hairbrushes are a staple in everyone’s hair care tools. Most everyone owns a hairbrush (or several). We probably don’t pay enough attention to the type of hairbrushes we have.

Hairbrushes are certainly not all created equal. There are various hairbrushes out there that are designed for certain types of hair or specific styling purposes.

Here are our top 5 hairbrushes for older women:

  1. KareCo Tangle Buster Brush – Best detangling brush.
  2. Body Care Long Handle Brushes – Best for limited mobility.
  3. Professional Boar & Nylon Cushion Brush – Mixed nylon and boar bristles add shine and texture to hair.
  4. Lily England Paddle Brush – Best for thick hair.
  5. Conair Velvet Touch Travel Hairbrush – Best hairbrush when on the go.

As we age, we may notice that our hair has thinned, is dull and brittle, and is not as strong as it used to be. You may even see some breakage and damage. That is a reason why choosing a good hairbrush that caters best to your hair type is necessary.

How to Choose a Hairbrush for Your Hair Type

Look for brushes with bristles that are further apart if you have thick hair and bristles that are closer together if you have finer hair. Try to avoid hairbrushes with metal or ceramic bases if you use your brush with a hairdryer as this can damage your hair further.

You may be blessed with thick hair, but most of us go through hair loss as we age – resulting in a thinning or receding hairline. Choosing an appropriate brush that doesn’t tug or pull out your hair is essential.

The material of the bristles is also a determining factor when shopping for a hairbrush. Boar bristles are best for thinning hair, for example. This type of bristle helps to add shine and texture to your hair without damaging it.

Another factor to consider is your hand and wrist mobility functions. Do you have arthritis or limited hand/wrist movement? If so, you must take into consideration the shape of the brush. In this case, large, long-handle brushes may be your best option. Also, look for handles that are made with soft-touch or non-slip material.

Best Hair Brushes for Older Women

We will take a look at basic hairbrushes and not specialized styling brushes (although you can use basic brushes for styling if you wish).

KareCo Tangle Buster Brush

KareCo Tangle Buster Brush

This hairbrush from KareCo detangles, smooths, and shapes wet or dry hair and comes with a uniquely flexible paddle and ionic bristles. The brush gently massages and glides as it eliminates knots, making it ideal for sensitive scalps and weak hair.

Body Care Long Handle Brushes

Body Care Long Handle Brushes

This extra Long Handled Hair Brush has firm bristles that leave your hair soft and free of tangles. The curved extended handle allows you to reach the back or top of your head without putting undue stress on your hand or shoulder. The grip is a non-slip material that is easy for arthritic hands or limited hand grip to grasp.

Ion Professional Boar & Nylon Cushion Brush

Ion Professional Boar & Nylon Cushion Brush

The Ion Professional cushion brush features smooth and gentle nylon and boar bristles that glide effortlessly from root to tip for gentle brushing and styling. The soft rubber air cushion allows for gentle control. This brush is ideal for detangling and grooming all hair types and textures.

Lily England Paddle Brush

Lily England Paddle Brush

This brush from Lily England isn’t only pretty but is also practical. It’s designed with soft bristles that gently detangle and a soft gel handle for utmost comfort and control while styling.

Conair Velvet Touch Travel Hairbrush

Conair Velvet Touch Travel Hairbrush

This versatile everyday brush from the trusted hair products brand Conair is great for all hair lengths and types. It’s made with a soft-touch handle that is easy to hold. The flexible cushion base and ball-tipped bristles won’t snag or pull your hair. Pick your favorite color!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

How many hairbrushes do you own? Do you have different brushes for different uses? Which one on our list do you prefer? Where do you typically purchase your hairbrushes? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website:

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