- Posted by Cortex Beauty Blog
- On April 25, 2018
Have you been considering purchasing a hot styling brush? It’s a great tool to add to your home styling products or to use if you are a professional stylist.
If you regularly straighten and curl your hair, you may have noticed competing products out there. More people have familiarity with the classic flat irons and curling irons. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider adding a hot styling brush to your hair regimen or even making a permanent substitution.
All of these tools depend on heat. Heat “relaxes” the hydrogen bonds in the hair, allowing the curl to be straightened. All of these heat styling tools neutralize static and can also cut down on frizziness.
Ditch the Dryer:
You can actually use a hot styling brush on damp, towel-dryed hair. This is an awesome innovation, as you can’t use a hot iron or curling iron on wet hair. You can utilize the brush and dry and style your hair at the same time. Great for cutting hair prep time in the morning!
Ease of Styling: Tips for Using the Hot Styling Brush
- If you know how to brush your hair, you have essentially mastered the straightening brush. You just glide it through your hair, being sure not to linger too long in any one spot. You need to roll the hair around the barrel if you want to create curls or just pull straight if you wish to straighten your air.
- Do you have a lot of hair or it is thick? If so, you might want to section your hair before passing the hot styling brush through it.
- Start at the roots and brush through to the tips. The whole pass should last about 10 seconds and don’t stay in any one spot for more than 3 seconds.
- If you’re trying to create curls, you can pin the hair up as you pass through each section to help craft long-lasting curls.
- Those with short hair may want to choose a narrower brush if you are trying to create curls. Large curls are simply not quite possible with a wider hot styling brush unless your hair is mid-length or long.
Sizzle, but no Burn
In terms of comfort, the hot styling brush wins hands down over curling irons and straightening irons. The hot brush has heat at the core, but you really can’t burn yourself to the degree that you can with a flat iron, so no hot scalp nor burned fingers are in your future. On the other hand, the flat iron delivers high temperature, consistent heat, which gives you a really sleek, smooth look, but adds a touch of danger…You have to choose your own tool that matches your comfort level and your styling needs.
Protect Your Hair:
You should still use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner if you regularly heat style. You also can use a heat protectant prior to styling or argan oil at the end of the styling. Hot styling brushes with variable temperature settings help you use the lowest effective temperature. We recommend starting off with a lower temperature and raising the temperature, only if you need to. Following these guidelines allows most people to utilize the hot styling brush, even daily.
Stylistic Differences between the Hot Styling Brush and Styling Irons
Brushing your hair to straighten it doesn’t create the same flat look that the iron creates, so the brush wins in the volumizing department. On the other hand, the hot styling brush doesn’t create the same precision.
Know Your Hair
If you have particularly thick or coarse hair that you want to straighten, then the classic hair iron might be the better tool. For sure, if you have delicate or thin hair, you’re better off using the straightening brush, particularly if you are a daily user.
Hair that is damaged or color-treated or chemically smoothed or straightened would really benefit from the gentler stylings of the hot styling brush.
You’re a winner either way if you have a quality professional-quality tool in your hands. So, plug in, flip, brush or straighten away. We know you’ll be beautiful!