Friday, May 10, 2019

Hair straightener brush disadvantages

There are many different brands of hair straightener brushes on the market today At the time of this writing one of the most popular types is the paddle shaped straightener bush. It's one device that does it all. Or close to it. It's not perfect. It's a straightener brush, a hair brush styler (sort of), and a dryer (that's a stretch to say the least) all combined into one hair styling tool. This is the latest and greatest style perfecting gadget. It is one of the most versatile products on the market today.These styling tools are much safer on your hair than a flat iron but are not perfect either. They do have some disadvantages.

The biggest disadvantages of a hair straighter brush is it does not work as well as a curling iron for curling hair or creating waves. A hair straightener brush although very versatile can't not take the place of a hair dryer. And if misused can burn your hair, can cause hot spots on your hair and also can cause split ends by overuse. However, it does straighten hair.

Hair straightener brush drawbacks

  1. Hair drying cons: A straightener brush should not be used to dry your hair directly out of the shower. If you take this approach, it will just take forever. Allow your hair to dry or pre-dry with a regular hair dryer up to 80 percent dry for best results. To finish drying, use the hot air styler and create the style you want. Use clips to hold your hair, while working in sections and wrap a small portion of hair around the brush and slide. It takes some practice to become accustomed to the rotating brush.
  2. Straightening cons: A straightener brush doesn't give you pin straight hair like a flat iron; it smooths your hair and some models comes close. You still have to use a flat iron if you want to straighten your really curly thick hair. You will also need to use your flat iron if you want your ends straighter, because the brush head does not allow much tension for straightening. This is where a straightener brush really fails.
  3. Curing hair cons: Most straightener brushes are not going to do good job at curling your hair because of the shape of the brush head. And it you have a round hot air styler it might if you have thin, fine hair. If you want real nice super tight curls, it's just not the best good choice. There are much better tools on the market that do a much better job at producing tight curls. Curls created with a hot air brush do not last long as curls created with a curling iron or round brush and a hairdryer. Depending on your hair length and thickness or diameter, some curls or slight natural waves can be obtained.
  4. Snagging hair cons: Sometimes your hair can get tangled in the brush. I am referring to round hot hair stylers with rotating barrels. If your hair is tangled, press the button to untangle the hair, allowing the barrel to swing. If you use a double rotating brush, change the direction to leave your hair out of the brush. Use the cool setting to set the style and add more luminosity to your hair once the hot settings are finished.
  5. Nylon bristles cons: Most round hot air styler type products have nylon bristles. Plastic bristles usually does a great job of transferring heat to your hair. They also easily pick up your hair and tend not to wrap up their hair very well therefore slides off. Nylon bristles are going to be better for styling coarse hair. And soft bristles work well for fine hair. Depending you your hair type you want to pick the bristle that is right for you. For example, if you have fine hair you want a soft bristle as not to grab and rip at your hair. You want to minimize the chance of snagging your hair. Most hair straightener brushes have hard plastic bristles in which you hair just flow through mostly without any tension. Not much to say here other than the bristles are hard and transfer heat to your hair.
  6. Damaged hair drawbacks: Make sure you read the instructions for the product and select the right temperature for your hair type. If you can use a heat protector before styling, it could help save your hair. It's best if you don't use the brush too much. You can end up with split ends, burned or even dull-looking hair by overuse. Some hair stylists do not recommend daily use of a hot air brush. They recommend 2-3 times a week at the most. 

Brush drawback recap

Hot air brush disadvantages review

Hair Brush Straighteners Disadvantages by Price From Low to High
Hot Brush Recommendation Price
Ricank Professional Hair Straightener Budget model, does not handle 4c hair very well, but the price is very good. Check Price
MiroPure 2-in-1 Ionic Hair Straightener Brush (Pink) Great all-around straightener brush. No Cons from me on this one. The back of the brush head does get hot to the touch. Very good! Check Price
MiroPure 2-in-1 Ionic Hair Straightener Brush (Black) Another near perfect budget model hair straightener. Has a lot of features for the price. The back of the brush head does get hot to the touch. Check Price
Rifny Hair Straightening Comb Great brush for the price, not recommended for short hair. Has 3 heat setting and is not overly priced. Check Price
Glamfields Straightening Brush 2.0 Probably the perfect budget model straightening brush. The back of the brush head does get hot like most all budget models. Check Price
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler Good budget model. Price is right. I am not a fan of the large handle and no temperature display but I can’t complain too much at this price. Check Price
Abox Ionic Straightening Brush I like the auto shut off at 30 minutes and the digital temperature display. Very good features at this price. Also lock temperature which is good, can save you from burning your hair. Good budget model hair straightener. Check Price
Infinitipro By Conair Wet/Dry Hot Air Brush Styler I like the tourmaline ceramic technology, but not suitable for thick hair. Check Price
InStyler Straight Up Ceramic Straightening Brush Very good. What I like is the quick heat-up at 30 seconds. 7 heat setting which is good. Check Price
Tymo iONIC Hair Straightener Brush Very good, has a lot of controls and features for a hot brush in this price range. Will give you a silky & natural lustrous hair. Check Price
Drybar The Baby Brush Crush Same as the larger Drybar The Brush Crush but in a travel friendly size. Too small if you ask me, but I guess if you travel a lot it's worth it. Top quality. Check Price
Aquage Ionic Thermal Paddle Brush Works great at straightening hair. Features ion and titanium technology. Solid value. Check Price
CHI Tourmaline Ceramic Heated Paddle Brush Has tourmaline ceramic bristles for a better grip in which is very important for straightening hair. I like the LED digital temperature control and the automatic locking temperature setting so you won’t burn you hair by accidentally increasing the temperature while you are straightening your hair. Solid value! Check Price
Lena Hair Dryer Brush And Volumizer I love because of the powerful negative ion care & far infrared technology. Very good for straightening, volumzing, smoothing and flipping. Check Price
Sultra The Bombshell VoluStyle Heated Brush I like the infrared and ionic technology and great quality. Also has an auto shut off which is great. Has an LED temperature setting with 3 settings for 300 degrees Fahrenheit for fine hair, 360 for normal hair and 430 degrees Fahrenheit for thick hair. These setting makes things really simple. Check Price
Drybar The Brush Crush I love this brush because the back of the head does not get really hot like other cheaper brushes do. Top quality with many great features. Check Price
ghd Glide Hot Brush, Professional Hot Brush I love because this is the simplest hot hush to use period! Fantastic to tame and smooth dry hair for quick and effortless styling. Check Price
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These are just some of the most common disadvantages that I know of that comes to mind immediately. Generally speaking these products are safe but by not following the manufactures guidelines you can damage your hair. Hot air brushes generally produce lower heat than an flat iron but with overuse can cause damage to your hair.

Hair Brush Straighteners vs. Flat Irons
Advantages Hair Brush Straighteners Flat Irons
Saves you time Yes
Gentle on hair Yes
Flattening hair
Easy to use Yes
Pin straight hair
Smooth ends
Straighten close to roots
More volume Yes
Thick curly hair
Massage scalp Yes
Prep-time reduced Yes

Hair brush straightener types

  1. Stationary - these have a fixed position on the brush, so you have to move it manually to style your hair. Some people prefer stationary brush rather than rotating brushes because the hair is not tangled.
  2. Rotating - the brush head can rotate, which increases the volume of your hair and facilitates your styling. The brush can also be used without rotation.
  3. Hot air brushes with the spinning feature tend to catch more hair than stationary brushes, and it also takes more time to master a rotating hair brush dryer than a manually rotating hair brush.
  4. Dual-rotation - these styling tools have two directional buttons, so that they can spin either forward or backward, making them equally convenient for people that are either right handed or left handed.
Hair brush straightener types review

Straightening brush features

  1. Ceramic Design: Ensures even heating of each strand of hair and helps shorten styling time. A larger ceramic head allows more hair to be straightened for each pass or brush through as compared to a flat iron.
  2. Anti-Static: Negatively charged ions helps prevent static in your hair. the negative ions helps seal the cuticle and reduce flyways and frizzy hair.
  3. Anti-Scalding: Anti-scalding technology protects skin and reduces the risk of getting burned. the brush head gets hot while the handle stays cool to the touch.
  4. MCH Technology: MCH or metal ceramic heater plates save power and instantly heats up and delivers a constant temperature.

Hair straightener brush disadvantages my thoughts

Hot air brushes are definitely considered to be safer than hot iron or even curling tongs. They don't press hair between heated plates, but blow hot air instead.

If you have damaged hair or just want an extra level of protection, I recommend that you select a good hydrating shampoo and use one of my favorites, Argan oil after styling, to create a fabulous look. I hope you found this write-up interesting and it provided you with more knowledge about hair straightener brushes.

Find out more on Hot brushes. What are the most important features you should have on a hot brush? I analyzed some the top brands. You can find my articles here: "Hot Brushes".

I think you will want to watch this video. I find it very interesting. In this video several women try two different straightening brushes, one cheap one and one expensive one. The cheep brush is a $9.99 hot air brush and the expensive brush costs $145.00. Which one would you choose?

At first glance both seem to be pretty much equal. Both did a good job at straightening hair provided the temperature was set right. As we see if you have thin hair it a lower temperature is needed to straighten your hair. To straighten thicker hair higher temperatures are needed.

As the temperature increased on the cheap straightener brush the back of the brush got so hot you could not touch it without risk of getting burned. In my mind this is unacceptable and not safe.

A feature that stood out to me was the LED temperature readout. As you can see with an LED temperature display you can set the brush at exactly the right temperature for your hair type. By doing this you are taking precautions so that you do not burn your hair. Why use 450 degrees when you can get by with 300 degrees, right? You hair will love you.

My final thoughts after watching this video is you may get lucky and get a cheep straightener brush and it maybe be a good one. And, if you have thin hair and require a lower temperature to straighten your hair you may be in luck. A $9.99 brush may work.

But for $9.99 I have to question quality control and the quality of materials being used. If the brush gets so hot to the touch I am going to be very skeptical it's going to be safe. One day it just might decide to catch fire or end up burning me or what ever I might set it down on.

The more expensive brush at $145.00 created more shine and the back of the brush did not get too hot. That tells me they used higher quality materials and maybe even added material to keep the back from getting too hot. I would have more confidence that the expensive brush was designed better and ultimately much safer than the cheep model.

If you have thick hair then the cheep model is not usable due to the back will get so hot it's unusable. Another option might be to look for a straightening brush that is more than $9.99 and not as cheep. A $9.99 straightening brush is just way too cheep. What are your thoughts?

Hair Straightener Brush Facts

  1. Hair straightener brushes are safer than flat irons. And the reason why is that if you have used a flat ion at some point I met you have been burned or at least mildly. Hair straightener brushes safe guard against burning due to their design which incorporates heat safe rubber tips. None or very little of the heating elements are exposed. Plus the models I mentioned here in this article have an auto shut-off feature. This is one feature in my book you want to have in case you accidentally leave in plugged in, right?
  2. Two types of hair straightener brushes. One type has a rotating barrel in which when moving your hair is never in contact with very long. The biggest con is that your hair may get tangles in the rotating mechanism. The other type of Hair straightener brush which is covered in this article are the ones with a fixed head. They do not rotate and resemble a rather large brush.
  3. Hair straightener brushes emit negative ions to help with frizzy hair. The negative ions produce really nice silky strands of hair. And it also makes it much easier to brush your hair. Your stands of hair will not stick together as much thus allowing the straightener brush to smoothly glide through your hair. This is particularly beneficial because it can drastically decrease styling time. And who does not want that, right?
  4. Keeping your hair shape is important. If you spend 15 to 20 minutes straightening your hair I bet you would like it to stay that way through out the day, right. Hair is make of what's called keratin. The atoms in keratin create what's called a molecular bond and that very bond is what cause your hair to stay straight. Of stay curly for that matter. Hair straightener brushes break these bonds and thus allowing your hair to be shaped differently. Ever wonder why after a perm on a rainy day your hair goes flat? Well water can also be a major contributing factor in breaking bonds and therefore ruin your perm.
  5. Quality of construction is important. Always look for a hair straightener brush that has a good grip. Many times your hand may be slick with conditioner and if your hair straightener brush does not have a solid grip then you are more apt to drop it. And that is the last thing you want because it can ruin your Hair straightener brush. It very dangerous. Ones that have a non-slip rubber grip would rank high on my list.
  6. Temperature display is important. Why over heat your hair when you do not need too, right? Having a temperature display can save your hair from getting over heated or even burned. You always want to know exactly how hot your brush is getting. You really want a brush with an accurate temperature display.

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Readers of this article and myself would love to hear your comments. Please comment below.


  1. Customers should give importance to quality. round hair brush

  2. Thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree, quality is important when it comes to choosing a hair straightener brush. Just because a hair straightener brush is popular does not mean it’s going to be the best quality also. Even some of the most popular ones has their disadvantages. The ones I tend to go with are hair straighteners that are looking out for your and your hair’s safety. They have built-in safety features that help protect your hair.

    One thing to remember is that you can have all the safety features in the world but you can still damage your hair by over-doing it. Too much of a good thing can lead to hair damage. Depending on your hair type you should pay close attention to how often you use a straightener brush. For those of you who have thin hair should limit your straightening to maybe twice a week. You will have to experiment to see what works best for you. And for those of you who have thicker hair you might want to limit to 3 or 4 times per week. Again, just pay attention to you hair and make sure you are taking all the precautions necessary to protect your hair.