In this article, I cover hair straightening brushes for curly hair, the pros and cons of hair straightening brushes, how to choose the best one for your hair type, and tips for getting straight hair results every time!
Hair straightening brushes first came to my attention when the Dafni Ceramic Brush Straightener launched a few years ago.
I never got round to trying it but recently started researching this product again and came across some great information that every curlista should know before using a hair straightening brush.
This information will help you make an informed decision about adding a hair straightening brush to your regimen.
What is a Hair Straightening Brush?
A hair straightening brush is a brush and straightening function bundled together in one product.
It’s designed to straighten hair faster and with less heat than traditional flat irons.
It sounds like the next hair gimmick to get PJs out there all wound up but it does have a lot going for it. Additionally, it detangles and leaves hair shiny.
Getting your hair done in less time sounds like a winner to me but hair straightening brushes are still heat styling devices so let’s break down the pros and cons.
Pros of Hair Straightening Brushes
- Are you familiar with the burnt smell sizzle from a flat iron as you work it through your hair? You have none of that with a hair straightening brush.
- The hair straightening brush won’t leave creases in your hair the same way a flat iron can.
- You don’t have to run it through your hair as many times as you would a flat iron.
- A hair straightening brush is very easy to use.
- Hair straightening brushes are a handy size and lightweight so can go anywhere with you.
- There are several temperature control settings on a hair straightening brush so you can easily manage the heat levels.
Cons of Hair Straightening Brushes
While the pros make the hair straightening brush sound incredible, there are some cons to consider as well especially if your hair type is 3C – 4C.
- Don’t expect stick-thin straight hair. The most you’ll get is smoothened out bouncy hair. This is perfect for creating braid-outs or twist-outs later on in the week.
- There have been reports of a few burnt fingers from handling the brush but no more than when you’re handling a flat-iron as well. Lots of patience required. Some hair straightening brushes do come with protective gloves.
What to Look for When Choosing a Hair Straightening Brush?
1. Ball Tips
A good hair straightening brush should have ball tips. Ball tips prevent tangling and snagging.
2. Ceramic Technology
A great straightening brush should incorporate ceramic technology. It ensures there are no hot spots as you work it through your hair and lessens the chance of damage.
3. Nylon and Boar Bristle
A good hair straightening brush should have nylon and boar bristles so you can work through hair without pulling it out.
4. Advanced Features
Choose hair straightening brushes with tourmaline or ceramic technology.
These are advanced features that produce faster results and neutralizes the effects of positive ions.
5. Choose the Brush for Your Hair Type
Not all brushes are created equal. Some are best suited for straighter and thinner hair types while others are better suited for curlier hair types.
7 Best Tips for Using Hair Straightening Brushes on Curly Hair
1. Use on Properly Detangled Hair
Your hair should be thoroughly detangled. Yes, even if the brush promises to detangle, you should still detangle yourself first.
Make sure every knot and kink is worked out before you run a hair straightening brush through your hair.
2. Do Not Use Hair Straightening Brushes on Damaged Hair
Do not use a hair straightening brush if your hair is damaged or in a weakened state and breaking off.
Use the brush only on healthy hair. If you’re having hair issues, the hair straightening brush will only make it worse.
3. Do Not Use Hair Straightening Brushes on DIrty Hair
Your hair should be clean and properly deep conditioned with heat before using a hair straightening brush.
4. Be Patient When Using Hair Straightening Brushes
If you come across a snag while using a hair straightening brush, stop and work out the snag with your fingers.
Don’t try to force the brush through the snag. Some of your hair will come out with it and cause breakage.
5. Use Hair Straightening Brushes on Damp Hair
Use a hair straightening brush on slightly damp hair (about 85% dry) with 1 – 2 tablespoons of natural oil applied. I recommend grapeseed oil.
You can also stretch your hair a bit first with banding or roller setting before you use the hair straightening brush.
6. Small Sections of Hair at a Time
As with a flat iron, work a hair straightening brush through small sections of hair at a time.
Large batches of hair might snag on the brush and break off.
7. Do Not Overuse Hair Straightening Brushes
As quick and easy as a hair straightening brush is to achieve hairstyles, use them in moderation.
Excessive use of heat appliances will eventually cause damage in the long run no matter how careful you are.
Best Hair Straightening Brushes for Curly Hair
There are many brands on the market but I have grouped the top 10 below based on popularity, feedback from previous customers, and cost.
Always use heat appliances in moderation. A few times a year should be fine but several times a month may be asking for trouble.