by HSI Professional | Mar 28 2017
Do you find that you can never get the black of your hair with your flat irons? No matter how you bend and stretch, there's a section that stubbornly resists being straightened out. It can be a real pain. If this sounds like you, then a straightening brush could be the answer. Here's what they are, how they work, and how to use them to get the best hair day ever.
Flat Irons Aren't For Everyone
Flat irons are great, for the most part. Buy yourself a real good quality pair, and you can get amazing hair without the damage that cheaper ones can do. However, even the best quality pair can't do everything. Some people find that it's impossible to reach the back of their head with them properly.
They can't get the angle quite right, or they just can't see what they're doing. Some people have given up on flat irons entirely, as they find they don't give them the precise control they need to get the results they want. However, there is another option if the flat irons don't work for you.
The Difference Between A Brush And The Irons
A straightening heated brush could be the alternative to flat irons that you're looking for. What is it, though, and how does it work? It looks very much like a regular paddle brush, apart from the fact that you plug it in. The secret is in the base of the brush. The 'paddle' itself, behind the bristles, is actually a heated plate. It works very much in the same way your flat irons do. You let it heat up, then run it through your hair like a normal brush.
The bristles pull your hair straight, and the heat locks that style in. Essentially flat irons and straightening brushes use the same technology, just in different ways. If the flat irons don't work for you, the brush may be just the thing to help you get the poker straight locks you're looking for.
What To Look For In A Straightening BrushIf you're buying a brush, then you need to keep an eye out for a few features:
- Ceramic plate: Ceramic is one of the best materials for any heated styling tool. This is because it helps distribute heat evenly. That means no 'hot spots' on the brush, burning your hair without you knowing it.
- Temperature controls: As with any heated styling tool, you shouldn't buy it unless there are temperature controls. That's because everyone's hair reacts to heat differently, so you need to select the temperature that's best for you.
- Auto shut off: An essential safety feature. If you forget to turn your brush off, you need to know that it will turn off itself after a set period of time.
- Comfortable grip: Like any brush, it needs to be comfortable to hold in your hand. If you can keep a good grip on it, then you'll have no problem straightening your hair with it.
How To Use Your Brush
Bought your brush? Great! Here's how to get the best results from it.
- Select your temperature: You'll need to play with your brush to see how hot you need it to go. Pick the right temperature, then leave it to heat up ready to style your hair.
- Apply heat protectant: Heat protectant is vital, as it creates a layer of protection between your hair and the brush. This means you'll take less heat damage, so never skip this step.
- Section out your hair: Just as you would if you were using flat irons, section out your hair. This means that you'll get the most benefit from the brush, and you'll avoid going over sections more than once.
- Start brushing: Once the brush has heated up, start brushing. Pass the brush through each section once or twice. Don't go more than twice, or you're going to risk heat damage. Once you've finished a section, move onto the next.
- Finish and go: once you've brushed each section, let your hair cool and then brush out with a regular brush. Apply your usual finishing products, and that's it! You've got straight hair without the effort, and without any missed sections.
Buy Your Brush From HSI
If you're looking for a heated straightening brush, we've got one at HSI that's perfect for you. It has a ceramic tourmaline plate, auto shut off features, and Heat Balance technology. That means that you'll never get 'hot spots' on the brush, so you can use it with confidence.
So, if you can't get that one spot on the back of your head, a straightening brush may well be the answer. Give it a try! It may be just what you were looking for.