A hairbrush is a small brush with rigid bristles used in hair care for brushing, styling, and detangling human hair, or for brushing a domestic animal's fur. The earliest US patent for a modern hairbrush was by Hugh Rock in 1854 (US patent|D645|US Design Patent #D645).A brush with elastic wire teeth along with natural bristles was patented by Samuel Firey in 1870 as US patent|106,680.


A brush is typically used on longer hair, while a comb is normally used on shorter hair, but can be still used for short hair. A flat brush is normally used for detangling neat and tidy hair, after a sleep; a round brush for styling and curling hair, especially by a professional stylist, and with a blowdryer. A paddle brush is used to straighten hair, but not all work, they are usually used on untidy unkept hair. A hairbrush is also useful in removing loose hairs, and in increasing circulation to the scalp.

The brushing of a domestic animal's fur is often perceived as a mark of affection and/or a bonding experience, which can have a soothing effect, e.g. making a cat purr. Special brushes are made for cats and dogs. For an equine's tougher hair, a curry-comb is used.


These four different brushes are used for different types of hair:
*Flat Brush- used to straighten tidy and neat hair and gives a professional look
* Paddle Brush- used for untidy and unkempt hair which is hard to manage
* Round Brush- used for neat hair, the brush curls the hair
* Comb- usually used by men, but it can be useful for anyone with short hair.

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  • Hairbrush — Hair brush ( br[u^]sh ), n. A brush for cleansing and smoothing the hair. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hairbrush — (n.) 1590s, from HAIR (Cf. hair) + BRUSH (Cf. brush) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hairbrush — ► NOUN ▪ a brush for smoothing one s hair …   English terms dictionary

  • hairbrush — [her′brush΄] n. a brush for grooming the hair …   English World dictionary

  • hairbrush — UK [ˈheə(r)ˌbrʌʃ] / US [ˈherˌbrʌʃ] noun [countable] Word forms hairbrush : singular hairbrush plural hairbrushes a brush for arranging hair and making it tidy …   English dictionary

  • hairbrush — [[t]he͟ə(r)brʌʃ[/t]] hairbrushes N COUNT A hairbrush is a brush that you use to brush your hair …   English dictionary

  • hairbrush — /ˈhɛəbrʌʃ/ (say hairbrush) noun a brush for grooming the hair …   Australian English dictionary

  • hairbrush — noun Date: 1599 a brush for the hair …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hairbrush — /hair brush /, n. a brush for smoothing and styling the hair. [1590 1600; HAIR + BRUSH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • hairbrush — noun A brush used in hair care for brushing, tidying, and detangling hair …   Wiktionary

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