Getting the hair of your dreams is rarely ever easy, and we should know—we’ve tried it all. But, every once in awhile a game-changing tool comes around and makes us think twice, like the straightening brush. This is not the hot comb of your childhood, with a rep for causing burns when too close to the scalp. The straightening brush tames curls hair in one swoop, functioning as the best of a brush mixed with a hot tool. We spoke to Tiffany Chiapparelli, Lead Educator at amika to find out why this should be our new straightening go-to.
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According to Tiffany, who swears by the amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush, the main benefit of this special brush is that it can easily smooth and straighten while still retaining the natural body in your hair. Bonus points—it cuts your styling time in half!
amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush
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Double anion spray technology delivers literally millions of negative ions to your locks, ensuring you’re frizz-free from the first stroke, while far infrared heat locks moisture into the cuticle so you can straighten without worrying about damage. The brush heats up to 450 degrees and automatically shuts off after an hour, so you don’t even have to remember to turn it off.
DAFNI Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush
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This brush evenly distributes heat for sleek strands, going from o to 365 degrees real quick. Control the level of volume of your style based on how you use it. Our advice – don’t be afraid to go for va-va-voom!
Vanity Planet Flow Ceramic Straightening Brush
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Brush hair with your regular comb before styling, making sure to nix all knots for an easier straightening process. Then work the Vanity Planet through—adjusted to your custom heat setting—to really set the straight style.
Play it Straight
So should you try it? A straightening brush works with any hair type and texture, but it is especially effective for those with wavy or curly hair. “The straightening brushes will typically provide a more natural style, versus the pin-straight look of a traditional straightener,” Tiffany tells us.
Beat the Heat
In order to keep locks healthy under the heat, make sure you’re protected. “It’s best to prep hair with a heat protectant,” says Tiffany, who suggests the amika Heat Defense Serum. This will not only provide protection from the high-temperatures of the tool, but it also adds a frizz-free finish, to set your style.
Get the Look
If you plan on using the amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush, split your hair into 2-3 inch sections and slowly brush your hair to straighten, as Tiffany advises. “It works best if you hold the brush under your hair, bristles facing upwards, to provide tension for an easy glide and straight look.” And it doesn’t take long—depending on your hair texture. For even the curliest girls, “about two passes are all you should need to achieve smooth style,” she assures us.
Keep in mind that the straightening brush won’t just make you stick straight, with no volume. This is fine with us, especially as a relaxed wave dominated the runways for yet another season. If you’re looking for smooth hair with a slight bend on the ends, Tiffany’s pro-tip is to gently curve the brush in towards your face at the last 3-4 inches of your hair. This will add body, giving you effortless va va voom.