What’s it all about?
Do you know how it can be tricky to hold a blow dryer in one hand and use your brush to style your hair with another? Hot air brushes aim to make that process easier.
They are essentially 2-in-1 tools that combine the functions of a brush and a hairdryer, saving you time and reducing heat exposure. A hot air styler blows hot air, and it is equipped with a brush that allows you to dry and style your hair simultaneously
With a bit of exercise, you will be able not only to straighten your hair but also create curls or get creative.
Who is it for and is it worth trying?
If you find it difficult to use a brush and blow dryer at the same time, or you are simply looking for a way to cut down on your hair styling time, then a hot air styler could be worth trying.
It gets the job done with waaay less frizz than a regular blow dryer and straightens it with more volume than a straightener.
A hot air brush can be used on all hair types but is especially beneficial for those with frizzy or unruly hair.
It’s important to note that a hot air brush will not give you the same straight, sleek look that you would get from a flat iron. If you’re looking for bone-straight hair, you’ll need to pair the hot air brush with a flat iron.
However, if you just want to smooth out your hair and want to add volume or body, then the hot air brush can be a great option.
It’s quick and easy to use, great for taming frizz and refreshing 2nd/3rd-day hair.
Pros and cons of using a hot air brush
-Reduces styling time
-Creates smooth, frizz-free hair
-Great for touch-ups
-Can be used on all hair types
-Safe for daily use
-Will not give you bone-straight hair (you’ll need to use a flat iron for that)
-Can be difficult to master at first
-Some users find the hot air brush too bulky to use comfortably
-It’s not powerful enough to dry thick hair
How to use a hot air brush
Here are some tips on how to use a hot air styler:
1. Every great style starts in the shower
Whether you have straight, curly, or wavy hair, it’s important to start with clean and conditioned hair. We recommend using a shampoo and conditioner that are tailored to your hair type.
For example, if you have dry hair, look for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. If you have frizzy hair, look for products that contain smoothing ingredients like argan oil or Shea butter.
Not only will this help your style last longer, but it will also protect your hair from heat damage.
2. Detangle your hair
After you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently detangle your hair. This will help the hot air brush glide through your hair more easily and prevent breakage.
Start at the ends of your hair and work your way up to the roots.
3. Apply heat protectant
To protect your hair from heat damage, it’s important to use a heat protectant before using any hot styling tools.
We recommend applying a generous amount of heat protectant to your hair, focusing on the ends as they are the most prone to damage.
5. Remove excess water
While a hot air brush can be used on wet hair, we recommend starting with at least 80% dry hair as a hot air brush does not have the drying power of a regular blow dryer.
If you have time, it’s best to let your hair air-dry for 20-30 minutes before using the hot air brush. This will cut down on heat damage (1) and help your hair dry faster.
If you’re in a hurry, you can use a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt to soak up any excess water from your hair. You don’t want to use a regular towel as it can cause your hair to frizz.
6. Divide your hair into sections
To avoid overwhelming your hair, start by dividing your hair into two large manageable sections: top and bottom.
Clip up the top section out of the way and start with the bottom section as it’s the hardest to reach.
7. Start styling
Now it’s time to start styling!
-Preheat the styler by turning it on and letting it run for a minute or two.
-Starting at the roots, take small sections of hair (about 1-2 inches wide) and slowly glide the hot air brush down the length of your hair. Be sure to keep the hot air brush moving as you style to avoid damaging your hair.
-Repeat this process until you’ve styled all of your hair.
When using the brush for extra volume, lift it up and away from your head as you glide it down. This will help add volume and body to your hair.
For curling, a round hot air brush is better suited instead of a paddle or oval brush.
Begin by smoothing out the hair, then wrap the hair back around the brush and roll it up towards the roots. Hold the brush in place for a few seconds and then cool the curl by cuddling it in your palm or using the cool shot button on your brush. This will help to set the curl and give it a longer-lasting hold. Wait for the curl to cool before releasing it from the brush.
8. Finish with a cool blast of air
Once you’ve styled your hair, finish with a cool blast of air from the hot air brush. This will help to set your style and add shine.
9. Apply finishing products
If you want, you can apply a small amount of hairspray to help your style last longer.
10. Allow the brush to cool down
Once you complete taking care of your hair, make sure to allow the styler to cool down. Beware where you place it during that time because you want to avoid burning marks on furniture or other items, and potential mishaps.