Browse any hair gadget section of an online beauty retailer and it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by all of the different tool options available nowadays. But if you like an easy hair styling regime, closely following great straighteners are the best hot brushes.
The great news about these tools is that even the biggest beauty beginners can use them to elevate their hair for party season. All you really need to know is how to use a hair brush and you’ll be golden.
Can you use a hot brush on wet hair?
This depends on the kind of hot brush you’re using and its accompanying instructions. But generally if it’s designed to blow dry your hair while styling, go for it. If it’s a hot plate situation similar to straighteners, avoid doing so like the plague as you’ll just be frying your strands.
Some generate air, doubling as a hair dryer, while others simply style for polished results. So without further ado, here are the best hot brushes as chosen by the OK! beauty team.
The best hot brushes
Drybar The Double Shot Brush, £125 here
If you’ve never mastered the art of using your hair dryer and a round barrel brush at the same time, a blow drying hot brush is the way to go. With two different power settings plus a cool air function, the Double Shot brush can be used on damp hair or to re-style dry hair.
Beauty writer Lucy says: “I’ve gone back to this hot brush several times since it’s launched, which is a sure sign that it’s a great tool. My hair is naturally curly, so it’s perfect for when I want to get a bouncy blow dried look with a smooth finish.”
BaByliss Cordless Hot Brush, £180 here
A sparkly new launch from BaByliss, and it marks the brand’s first venture into cordless tech. the The initial charge for the brush takes a couple of hours but then that gives you 40 minutes of styling time. Enough, apparently, to give all hair types a blow dry look.
Deputy beauty editor Zoe says: “I did flinch at the price initially, but I haven’t gone a week without using this since I got it. It’s effortlessly easy to use, and works perfectly on my fine, straight (but fluffy) hair. I use it to flick out the ends for a blow dry-like effect, and it honestly takes minutes. The device is also very quick to heat up, and it comes with a cute travel case.”
Revamp Progloss Airstyle 6-in-1 Air Styler, £53.32 here
If you’re looking for value for money, look no further than Revamp’s Progloss Air Styler. It comes with a whopping six different attachments, including a diffuser, rotating brush head and paddle brush, and the barrels are infused with keratin, coconut and argan oils for extra shine.
Lucy says: “ Considering its price tag this hot brush styler is decent, and it’s incredibly good value if you consider the six different attachments in the box. It’s easy to secure them on and use – my favourite option is the ceramic brush, for a sleek and shiny blow dried look.”
ghd Glide Hot Brush, £139 here
When it first launched the ghd Glide sent beauty shoppers into a frenzy and the brand struggled to keep it in stock. Thankfully it’s now much easier to get your hands on. It heats to 185°C, creates a seriously smooth finish and of course, like all ghd tools it switches itself off after an hour, so no panicking that you’ve left it on during your morning commute.
Lucy says: “I find that it’s less effort than using my straighteners and takes less time, so win-win. Just be sure to brush through your hair with a regular brush before you begin styling.”
Shark Style IQ Hair Dryer & Styler, £199.99 here, Styling Brush Attachment, £29.99 here
If you got (or hope to get!) this for Christmas, it’s definitely one of those products you have to sit around on the floor with for a while getting to grips with. It comes with the dryer and two attachments; a diffuser to lift and define curls and a concentrator to smooth and style. The brush attachment is an extra, if you want to use the device like a hot brush. The technology promises fast drying with no heat damage – thanks to an intuitive auto-adjust function that controls the hairdryer’s temperature and airflow.
Zoe says: “I think it’s safe to say from watching my video that I had some teething issues with this brush attachment. It didn’t function like the rounded brushes I’m used to, and I struggled to get it close enough to my head to really wrap the root sections of my hair (and fringe, mainly). My ends also didn’t wrap around the brush quite how I’d hoped.
“It does take a bit of practise, but I think with a few more goes I’ll be able to get even better results. The whole process did take a matter of minutes to dry and style my hair (from around 80% dry, not wet), and honestly my hair felt softer than ever at the end. If you’re looking for smoothness and shine in minimal time, this is for you. I still need to work out how to get those nice blow dried results on the ends of my hair, though.”
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