This year, many of us will have let our hair take a break from heat. However, we can hope that in 2021, we may have more of a chance to get out and show off our locks a little more, and until then, it could be worth brushing up on your skills (no pun intended).
Hot brushes are thought to cause slightly less damage to the hair than traditional straighteners, when used correctly. They are versatile stylers that use either built-in straighteners or air to finish off the drying process and straighten simultaneously, and some also come with alternative styling heads for curly looks, too. You should use a hot brush on nearly dry-dry hair, unless your chosen tool is specifically designed for use on damp hair and uses hot air.
Hot brushes have found their way back into the beauty mainstream this year, with top brands such as ghd and Dyson developing their own techy tools that have been celebrated for their innovation and design. However, if you don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds, you can also pick up a hot brush styler for a little less. Either way, there’s an option for you.
The best hot brush stylers to shop now
This one is recommended for finer hair that needs an extra lift, as its a first-of-its-kind volumising hot brush. It features an advanced infinity sensor within the barrel, which ensures an optimum styling temperature of 185ºC is consistently maintained throughout styling, making it not as damaging for hair but still effective. It is for use on dry hair, and can create impressive curls or waves, as well as a bouncy blow-dry look.
Definitely the most scientific and impressive of the bunch, you get what you pay for with Dyson’s bestselling Airwrap tool, which uses air rather than extreme heat to style. It harnesses something called the coanda effect, which attracts and wraps hair, and utilities intelligent heat control to maintain a temperature of under 150ºC at all times. This really is a does-all tool, and one you can create straight silky locks with, as well as waves, curls, and texture thanks to its many additional heads that come in the set. A blowout investment, but one that may well be worth it.
This mid-range styler promises great things, and has some great reviews online to back it up. First up, the wide brush and deep detangling and straightening bristles mean it is suitable for all hair types, and you can also pick your desired heat, ranging from 130ºC to 210ºC. It uses a combination of ionic and ceramic technology for optimum styling results, and is infused with Progloss oils for a super glossy finish.
Babyliss’ styler can be used on 80 per cent dry hair, meaning you can rough dry prior to use, then get to work. It comes with a range of interchangeable heads, including one for drying and others for styling, making it a great option for travel as it has everything you could ever need hair-wise. Whether you want volume and shape, smooth straightness, or bouncy curls, this will do the job.
This other ghd option is arguably better for thicker hair types or curls, although can still be used if you have fine locks. It has a wide paddle brush head which works on dry hair to straighten while removing frizz and adding gloss and shine. Much like with their other heated styler, the tool maintains a temperature of 185ºC for peak styling and protection.
Unlike many of the other hot brush tools, this can actually be used on wet hair, but make sure you towel dry it first so it’s more damp than soaking. The large brush head means quicker drying and styling in one go, making it the ultimate time saver, and the Ionic Technology helps to condition and smooth, reducing frizz significantly as it goes. Revlon’s tool is a great affordable option if you’re looking for a dryer and styler in one.
Remington’s offering is ideal if you tend to opt for a classic bouncy blow-dry, but find it tough to recreate the look from the salon in your own home. Much like Remington’s, it can be used on wet hair to save time, and to dry and style while saving the hair from prolonged heat exposure from both a hairdryer and straightener. It also has a Hydracare Temperature setting, which limits the tool’s temperature for healthier hair overall.