Ed Shears

Hello, I’m Ed Shears, Editor and Author at HairBrushy.com and your trusted guide on the journey to healthier, more vibrant hair. At HairBrushy.com, I utilize my extensive expertise in research of hairbrushes to curate and create educational, dependable content that empowers readers to take control of their hair care routines.

About Me: Your Trusted Expert in Hairbrushes

With over 35 years of experience in the hairbrush industry specifically analyzing and writing about hairbrushes, I’ve dedicated my career to demystifying the world of hairbrushes for you. I utilize my extensive expertise in the research of hairbrushes to curate and create educational content that empowers readers to take control of their hair care routines.

My Journey and Expertise

I started my journey in the hair care industry as a research analyst, diving deep into the science and technology behind hairbrushes authoring many articles. Over the years, I’ve expanded my expertise to include various types of hairbrushes, from paddle brushes to hairbrush straightening tools. My extensive research has been published primarily on HairBrushy.com.

Collaborations and Network

I believe in the power of collective wisdom. That’s why I regularly collaborate with a network of hair care experts, from stylists to product developers. Together, we strive to offer you comprehensive guidance and insights that you can trust.

Why You Can Trust My Advice

  1. Graduate: University of Alabama in Birmingham and Jefferson State University.
  2. Experience: Over 35 years experience.
  3. Evidence-Based Information: Every piece of advice or product recommendation I offer is backed by data, studies, expert opinions, and or real-world testing.
  4. Hands-On Experience: I’ve personally tested a wide range of hairbrushes to bring you unbiased, in-depth reviews.
  5. Peer Recognition: My contributions to the field have been recognized by readers, salon-owners, hairstylist and experts who read HairBrushy.com. BTW, I am still waiting to receive awards for my research and publications :).

From Industry Peers:

“Ed Shears’ insights into the hairbrush market are unparalleled. His articles are always on point, reflecting his deep understanding of hair care trends and technologies. His contributions have been invaluable to our salon’s approach to selecting styling tools.”
– Alex Thompson, Senior Stylist at Trendsetters Salon

“Having worked with Ed on several research projects, I can attest to his meticulous approach to data and his passion for delivering factual, helpful content to the hair care community. His work is a staple for anyone serious about hair care.”
– Sandy C, LPN, Trichology Researcher

From Readers:

“I’ve been following Ed’s reviews for years, and they’ve never steered me wrong. The brushes he recommends always turn out to be exactly what my hair needed. He’s the go-to guy for hairbrush advice!”
– Samantha K., Long-time Reader and Hair Enthusiast

“Ed’s breakdown of bristle types transformed how I shop for hairbrushes. Thanks to his expert advice, I’ve found the perfect brush for my curly hair, and it’s made all the difference.”
– Mark R., Curly Hair Advocate

From Hair Care Professionals:

“Ed Shears’ articles are a resource we often recommend to our clients. His expertise helps demystify the vast world of hairbrushes, making it easier for our clients to make informed decisions.”
– Jamie Lee, Owner of The Natural Mane Salon

“Ed’s thorough testing and review process is evident in the quality of his content. His dedication to providing accurate information makes him a trusted name among hairstylists and salon owners alike.”
– Patricia Gomez, Master Stylist and Educator

My Mission

My mission is simple: to make professional hair care wisdom accessible to all. Whether you have curly, straight, or wavy hair, I provide actionable tips and reliable product recommendations to help you make informed decisions about specific hairbrushes.

Let’s Connect

I value your feedback and questions. Feel free to reach out to me. The best way to reach me is by email. Your input helps me create content that serves your needs better.

Disclaimer: Please remember that my expertise, while extensive, should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your own trusted healthcare providers when it comes to making decisions about your health.

Importance of Hair Care in Modern Society

Hair Care in Modern Society

In today’s fast-paced world, personal grooming and hair care have taken on a new level of importance. As people become increasingly health-conscious, the focus has also shifted towards maintaining healthy hair, making hairbrushes an essential tool in daily self-care routines. Hairbrushes are not merely functional items but also instruments of wellness, contributing to scalp health, hair growth, and overall appearance. The rise of social media and beauty influencers has further elevated the role of hair care, making it an integral part of modern identity and self-expression.1

Current Market Size and Expected Growth Rate

As of 2022, the global hairbrush market is valued at a staggering USD 3.88 billion. Even more impressive is the projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0% from 2023 to 2030. This robust growth is fueled by a combination of factors, including increased consumer awareness about hair care, the rise of the beauty and wellness industry, and technological innovations. The market is not just growing in size but also evolving in complexity, with innovations in technology, sustainability, and customization driving consumer choices.2

Key Trends Shaping the Industry

Key Trends Shaping the Hairbrush Industry


One of the most significant trends shaping the hairbrush industry is the growing focus on sustainability. Consumers are increasingly seeking out eco-friendly options, driving demand for brushes made from sustainable materials like bamboo and recycled plastic. Brands that prioritize sustainability not only stand to gain a competitive edge but also contribute to global efforts to reduce environmental impact.

Technological Advancements

Technology is revolutionizing the hairbrush market. From ionizing properties that minimize frizz and static to antimicrobial features that reduce bacteria buildup, technological advancements are setting new standards in hair care. These innovations are not just gimmicks but value-added features that enhance the user experience and effectiveness of the product.


The era of one-size-fits-all is long gone. Today’s consumers crave personalization, and the hairbrush industry is responding. Whether it’s brushes designed for specific hair types like curly or fine hair, or customizable bristle and handle designs, the trend towards customization is unmistakable. Brands that offer personalized solutions are more likely to build a loyal customer base and stand out in a crowded market.

Technological Innovations in the Hairbrush Industry

Ionizing Properties

One of the most groundbreaking technological advancements in the hairbrush market is the incorporation of ionizing technology. Hairbrushes with ionizing properties release negative ions that interact with the hair to neutralize static and reduce frizz. This results in smoother, shinier, and more manageable hair. The ionizing technology is especially beneficial for those with curly or frizzy hair, as it helps to tame unruly strands and maintain a polished look. Brands that offer ionizing hairbrushes are meeting a significant consumer need for advanced hair care solutions.

Antimicrobial Properties

Another innovation that is gaining traction is the integration of antimicrobial features into hairbrushes. These brushes are designed to combat the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that can accumulate on a brush’s bristles and handle. This is particularly important for those who use their brushes frequently or share them with others. Antimicrobial technology not only ensures a more hygienic brushing experience but also extends the lifespan of the brush.

Material Insights: Organic vs. Synthetic Brushes in the Hairbrush Industry

Organic Brushes

Organic hairbrushes are made from natural materials like wood, bamboo, and plant-based fibers. These brushes are gaining popularity due to a growing consumer focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness. Organic brushes are not only biodegradable but also come with the added benefit of being hypoallergenic, making them suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Brands like The Redecker Company are leading the way in this segment, offering hairbrushes made from 100% vegan materials, including beechwood handles and plant fiber bristles.

Consumer Trends Towards Sustainability

The trend towards sustainability is driving the demand for organic brushes. Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of their environmental impact and are seeking out products that align with their values. Organic brushes, often made from responsibly sourced materials, cater to this growing segment of eco-conscious consumers. The trend is further fueled by the rise of social media influencers and beauty bloggers who advocate for sustainable beauty solutions.

Synthetic Brushes

On the other end of the spectrum are synthetic brushes, which are made from materials like plastic and metal. These brushes are generally more affordable and are easier to clean and sanitize. They are also versatile, designed with various bristle types and shapes to cater to different hair types and styling needs. Brands like Olivia Garden produce innovative professional metal hairbrushes featuring a unique combination of boar and nylon bristles for enhanced styling control.

Consumer Preferences

While synthetic brushes dominate the market in terms of market share, there is a growing awareness about the environmental impact of plastic and metal brushes. This is leading some consumers to seek out synthetic brushes made from recycled or upcycled materials as a compromise between performance and sustainability.

My Perspective on the Future of the Hairbrush Industry

I see the hairbrush industry standing at a fascinating intersection of consumer demands, technological innovation, and a growing focus on sustainability. As I mentioned, with the market set to expand at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2023 to 2030, the opportunities for growth and innovation are immense.

Sustainability as a Core Value

I believe the push towards sustainability is not just a trend but a long-term shift. As more consumers become eco-conscious, I anticipate a rising demand for hairbrushes made from organic and recycled materials. Companies that make sustainability a cornerstone of their business model are likely to come out ahead.

The Role of Technology

I’m excited about the technological advancements that are becoming integral to hair care tools. Features like ionizing and antimicrobial properties are already in demand, and as technology evolves, I expect to see even more groundbreaking features that cater to specific hair care needs.

The Importance of Customization

From my vantage point, personalization and customization will be game-changers in the hairbrush industry’s future. Consumers are increasingly looking for products that are tailored to their unique hair types and styling needs. Companies offering a broad range of specialized brushes will likely find themselves in a favorable position.

In conclusion, I’m optimistic about the significant growth and transformation that the hairbrush industry is poised to undergo in the coming years. Companies that can adapt to changing consumer needs, integrate cutting-edge technology, and commit to sustainability are likely to be the frontrunners in shaping this dynamic market’s future.

Articles by Ed Shears

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  1. https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/hair-brush-market-104990 ↩︎
  2. https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/hairbrush-market ↩︎