Unfortunately, boar bristle brushes are the “gold standard” when it comes to hair brushes.
They’re especially useful if you’re “no poo” and need to distribute your scalp oil more evenly across your hair.
However, there are some vegan options that do a decent job, even though none are perfect substitutes.
When it comes to vegan hair brushes, you have 2 main options: sisal and nylon.
Sisal is by far the more popular one, and it’s also a natural material that comes from a plant (the ropes on cat scratching trees are also made of it).
High quality brushes made with sisal will work for most hair types, but if you have extra thick hair, I’ve read quite a few stories that they don’t work too well.
2. Nylon Brushes (For Thick Hair)
Nylon, a type of plastic, obviously isn’t as sustainable as sisal, but brushes with nylon fibers are a good vegan alternative to boar bristles brushes.
While it depends on the brand, nylon brushes are typically made to have stronger fibers that will work better on thick hair.
A final option isn’t to use a brush at all.
A wide tooth comb will still help with oil redistribution a bit, and will help you get out any tangles.
You can find combs in either plastic (cheaper) or wood, so you can even pick an eco-friendly option if that’s important to you.