The Best Eco Friendly Hair Brushes

Best eco friendly hair brushes

In the market for a new hair brush? Thinking you’d prefer an eco-friendly option but don’t want to  sacrifice results? There’s an assortment of eco-friendly hair brushes on the market that are made of natural materials such as wood and boar bristles. 

But remember: If you have a brush in good condition that works well for your hair that is made of plastic – don’t toss it. Use it until it is no longer in usable condition. The most sustainable hair brush is the one you already have! To keep an existing brush in good shape, I recommend you wash it regularly.

Ready to check out some options? Read on!

Eco Friendly Hair Brushes

BFWood Bamboo Paddle Brush

BFWood Bamboo Paddle Hairbrush with Bamboo Bristles for Massaging Scalp
  • Size:9.06×2.76inches. Designed for normal, thick, and curly hair styling brush
  • Begin brushing a few inches from the hair ends, and gently detangle knots first
  • Bamboo handle with bamboo bristles stimulate scalp and blood flow

BFWood Company actually started their business by beard brushes and combs! Over time they have expanded and now also offer incredible quality hair brushes like this bamboo paddle brush.

The brush size is substantial while still being manageable for regular use. The bamboo bristles massage the scalp without any scratching or pulling. Plus, the bristles are attached to a high quality “air cushion” that can flex to match the shape of your scalp as you brush. 


  • Wood bristles are anti-static
  • Affordable option


  • Not very much information available on the company 


  • Materials: 100% natural bamboo
  • Size: 9.06 x 2.76 inches
  • Best for: (wet hair, dry hair, short hair, curly hair, styling, etc.) normal, thick, or curly hair 

TEK Ash Wood Brush

TEK- Rectangular Brush with Long Tooth in Ash Wood Handmade in Italy, for Long, Thick and Straight…
  • Rectangular brush with long tooth in FSC 100% certified ash wood, natural wood color, with the handle treated with vegetable waxes and oils, FSC 100% certified hornbeam wood tooth. Pneumatic in pure…
  • Detangles without damaging the hair. It does not electrify the hair thanks to the wooden teeth. The presence of a hole between the teeth allows the brush to breathe, facilitating skin massage
  • Tek brushes, used daily, improve hair health, strengthen the hair bulb, reactivate skin micro-circulation

TEK is a Certified B Corporation that manufactures their brushes and combs in Italy. These brushes work well for massaging the scalp and reactivating blood circulation which ultimately leads to healthier hair!

This specific brush is made from FSC 100% certified ash wood handle treated with vegetable waxes and oils. The pins are FSC 100% certified hornbeam wood. Lastly, the brush pad is made from pure, natural rubber making this brush entirely plastic-free.


  • Wood bristles are anti-static
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Tek brushes and combs in ash wood are FSC 100% certified, Forest Stewardship Council (this identifies products containing wood from forests managed correctly and responsibly)
  • Vegan


  • Pricier 


  • Materials:100% certified ash wood and natural rubber
  • Size: 8.67 x 2.56 inches
  • Best for: long, thick, or straight hair

Bass Brushes Bamboo Brush

Bass Brushes | The Green Brush | Bamboo Pin + Bamboo Handle Hair Brush | Large Paddle
  • MEDIUM, THICK, CURLY, & LONG HAIR – If you have coarse, stiff, thick, curly, or long hair, this is the brush of your dreams. The wide-spaced wood bristles will gently brush through your hair, teasing…
  • NO STATIC – Made from 100% bamboo wood, this quality square paddle brush is both lightweight and durable. The wood bristles help prevent static build up, so your hair remains smooth after a thorough…
  • NATURAL & HEALTHIER HAIR – By redistributing the natural oil your scalp produces, the wood bristles restore shine and texture, help prevent breakage, and reduce how often you need to wash your hair,…

This large paddle brush by Bass Brushes is perfect for long, curly, or medium to thick hair. It features wide set bristles that will detangle without breakage. 

The handle and bristles are both made from bamboo, making this brush both lightweight and durable. Wooden bristles help redistribute natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair. Plus, it’s a great brush to use with heat products for styling! 


  • Wood bristles are anti-static
  • Durable – Reviews suggest it lasts a long time
  • Affordable option


  • Not very much information available on the company 


  • Materials: 100% bamboo
  • Size: 10.43 x 3.35 inches
  • Best for: Medium, thick, curly, long hair

Breezelike Sandalwood Hair Brush

Breezelike Hair Brush for Women – No Static Wooden Bristle Detangler – Natural Wood Aroma Detangling…
  • The wooden hair brush is handmade with 100% natural fragrant green sandalwood.
  • Crafted with exquisite traditional handicrafts, well polished and smooth.
  • No snags, less static, less frizz, easy to detangle all hair types and prevents hair breakage.

This Breezelike hair brush is made from 100% natural sandalwood. That means you get to enjoy the natural, stress-relieving scent of sandalwood while you brush your hair! 

It’s a full size brush at around 7 inches long and it works well for most hair types. Because sandalwood bristles are natural insulators, they won’t cause static while you brush dry hair.


  • Wood bristles are anti-static
  • Handmade 
  • Sandalwood has a subtle scent that may have calming effects


  • Not very much information available on the company 


  • Materials: 100% natural green sandalwood
  • Size: 8.27 x 2.17 inches
  • Best for: All hair types

Redecker Wild Boar Bristle and Maple Pin Brush

Redecker Wild Boar Bristle/Maple Pin Olivewood Hairbrush, 8-1/2-Inches
  • Great for every day hair care; brushes of wild boar bristle brush gently but thoroughly
  • The narrow wooden pins with rounded tips ensure gentle, pleasant scalp care for coarse or fine hair; unlike metal, wooden pins don’t absorb heat during blow drying and therefore have anti-static…
  • The olive wood is very hard, and the high oil content also makes it water-repellent, so that olivewood is ideal for use in damp environments

Redecker makes some of the finest household brushes I have had the pleasure of using. From scrub brushes to brooms and now hair brushes, Redecker has been designing and manufacturing brushes since 1935. It’s a brand I trust and always feel happy to share.

The Redecker Wild Boar Bristle Brush is an excellent choice for fine hair. The maple wood pins massage the scalp while the wild boar bristles gently separate and detangle fine hair. Olive wood is used for the brush handle. This is a very hard wood with a high natural oil content making it a great wood choice for use in high moisture environments like a bathroom.


  • Wood, boar, and maple bristles are anti-static
  • Hard olivewood allows for use in damp environments


  • Not vegan
  • Pricier 


  • Materials: waxed olive wood, wild boar bristle, and maple pins
  • Size: 8.5 x 2.36 inches
  • Best for: All hair types, especially fine hair

Why Choose an Eco Friendly Hair Brush?

Eco friendly hair brushes are a plastic-free option that are made from materials that are biodegradable, so they can be composted instead of being added to a landfill. In general, plastic and aluminum hair brushes are tough to recycle since they are made of a variety of materials, and end up in landfills at the end of their life. 

You don’t have to sacrifice results – in fact, many users experience reduced static and a nice scalp massage with a wooden hair brush. Some wood hair brushes, like the olive wood hair brush, are particularly beautiful and can double as a nice decorative touch. 

What to Look for in an Eco Friendly Hair Brush


Most eco-friendly hair brushes will be made of wood, natural rubber, fiber bristles, or a combination. Anything described as “vegan boar bristles” is usually code for plastic. 

Some brushes made of bioplastics are marketed as a more sustainable option than regular plastic brushes. Bioplastics are plastics made from renewable sources such as sugarcane instead of petroleum. Whether or not bioplastics break down any better than regular plastic is dependent on the conditions it’s under as well as how and what the item was made of. It can be confusing! In general, the most sustainable option is to go with a known, compostable material such as wood. 

Ethical Business Practices

When selecting an eco-friendly hair brush, I suggest looking into the ethics of the company. It would be unfortunate to select an eco-friendly hair brush that actually contributes to deforestation, for example. The TEK hair brush referenced above is a great example of a product that references the certifications the company has received, vouching for its ethical practices. 


Purchasing a product that is quality is important, so you’re not having to replace a broken hair brush all the time. Sometimes, more expensive products last longer, but not always. Consider which one works for your budget, and then clean it regularly to keep it looking new. The longer something lasts, the less it needs to be replaced, which is a sustainable practice. 

Hair Texture and Styling Capabilities

Depending on your hair type, length, and your needs, you may consider different styles of hair brushes. 

If you have short or fine hair, or are looking for loose waves for a blowout, a round hair brush with boar bristles can work well to smooth and shape the hair. Boar bristles help create tension needed for a smooth, bouncy blowout. 

If you have medium or long, straight hair, I recommend a paddle hair brush. The wide, large face of a paddle brush allows a lot of hair to be brushed at once. 

Other than that, a good rule of thumb is to use a larger brush for longer hair, and a smaller brush for shorter hair. 

Keep in mind that wooden hair brushes in general work best when used on damp hair after hair is about 80 percent dry. This will help reduce any hair breakage and prolong the life of your hair brush.


Are hair brushes recyclable?

Most hair brushes are not recyclable due to the combination of material (plastic, boar bristles, rubber, etc.). They usually need to be tossed into the garbage. However, I came across a recycling program that lets you send in your plastic hair brush for recycling through Tangle Teezer and Terracycle

Wood hair brushes (such as those linked in this article) are biodegradable and compostable as long as all the parts are natural. 

What is the healthiest hair brush to use?

The healthiest hair brush to use is the one you enjoy using. Hair brushing distributes oils throughout your hair, massages your scalp, increases circulation, and detangles your hair. After that, selecting a brush that works for your hair type, length, and texture and is an eco-friendly option is a great choice. 


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