Monday, May 6, 2019

Is Hot Air Brush Bad For Hair

Is a hot air brush bad for your hair
This is a common question because these hot air tools use heat to straighten or curl your hair. Hot air brushes are combined with technology like double ionic generators, automatic temperature locking and ceramic heaters that do the job without causing damage to your hair. So don't' automatically assume they are bad for your hair.

Are hot air brushes bad for your hair? Hot air brushes are not bad for your hair. Hot air brushes use hot air to style your hair. Hot air brushes are not like a flat irons which sandwich your hair between two very hot ceramic plates. The high temperatures of the ceramic plates can dry out your hair and cause hot spots. Hot spots or burns can appear on hair which are left by the hot metal plates if left on you hair too long. Hot air brushes are the safer option due to they straighten hair using blowing hot air combined with heated plates and bristles that glide through dry hair strands to relax the curly molecular bonds. They straighten the hair and add brightness while keeping the volume. So by using a hot air brush it's less likely you will cause damage to your hair.

If your hair is thin or damaged already then a hot brush is going to be a better choice for you. Many brushes feature ceramic and ion technology, such as tourmaline or diamond infusion, which adds brightness, neutralizes static to remove frizz and protects your hair from damage at lower temperatures and no hot spots.

What are the best hot air brushes?

My top 10 picks that will get you results:
  1. Enhanced Hair Straightener Brush by MiroPure, 2-in-1 Ionic Straightening Brush with Anti-Scald Feature, Auto Temperature Lock & Auto-Off Function - $49.99 (Silky hair in minutes)
  2. Straightening Brush 2.0, GLAMFIELDS Hair Straightener Iron Brush with Double Negative ions Anti-scald Faster Heating MCH Ceramic Technology 110-240V Travel Size Auto Shut Off Temperature Lock Function - $28.79 (Price is a plus - great to travel with)
  3. Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler - $37.75 (1100 Watts)
  4. InStyler Straight Up Ceramic Straightening Brush - $43.50 (Heats up in 30 seconds)
  5. Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush - $96.00 (Double ion generator)
  6. AsaVea Hair Straightener Brush 3.0: MCH Heating Technology and Auto Temperature Lock, Anti-Scald Design - $59.00(Mirror and 67 bristles)
  7. AsaVea Hair Straightening Brush 2, Anti-scald Patented Design, PTC Heating Technology, 30 Mins Auto Shut Off, Great Styler At Home, Red/Black - $39.99 (6 temp levels)
  8. InStyler MAX PRIME 1.25” 2-Way Straightener & Styler - $71.99 (Two-way rotating barrel)
  9. Drybar The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush - $145.00 (Digital temp control)
  10. Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush - $96.00 (Double ion generator)
Prices are as of this article posting. More more information on these above mentioned brushes be sure to check out my other articles, "Best hair straightening brush", "Best straightening brush for black hair" and "Miropure hair straightening brush review".

What is the best hot air brush for short hair? 

For short hair you are going to want a brush with a smaller diameter barrel and bristles that will hold tension when brushing through hair. What comes to mind is the John Frieda 1 1/2 inch hot air brush. It features nylon and ball tipped bristles that provides good tension on short hair while gently detangling.

Another hot air bursh that comes to mid is the Jinri Hot Air brush. It features a 1 1/25 inch barrel.The biggest Con I have with the Jinri is the manufacture has no contact information on their web site. At least at the time of this writing they do not. Other than that, it's a solid product.
  1. Hot Air Brush, One Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer, 3-in-1 Hair Dryer Brush Styler for Straightening, Curling, Salon Negative Ion Ceramic Blow Dryer Lightweight Hot Air Modeling Brush  - $39.98
  2. John Frieda Hot Air Brush, 1 1/2-inch Hot Air Brush - $39.99 

What is the best hot air brush for short hair?
Jinri Hot Air Brush
Pros Cons
1000 watts No way to contact Jinri
9 foot 360 swivel cord Not a hair dryer
Gives volume to hair Bristles are soft
Minimizes frizz Not great for long hair
Adds shine Bristles 0.4 inch
Easy to use
Light weight
John Frieda Hot Air Brush
John Frieda Hot Air Brush
Pros Cons
Easy to use No great for thick hair
Gives volume to hair Hair can get stuck
Minimizes frizz 500 watts
Adds shine Not a hair dryer

What does a hot air brush do?

Bristles on a hot air brush are made of nylon, silicone and ceramic materials that glide through the hair gently and smoothly to straighten your hair. Hot air brushes give you a smooth shinny straight look and feel to your hair. They are excellent at diminishing frizz and fly-a-ways by sealing the hair cuticles. Gives you that smooth salon style look. Works good on all hair types including natural curly hair. If you want to style while drying damp hair, hot air brushes are a great option. And if you have thin damaged hair and want the safest way to style your hair a hot brush is going to be the best option for you.

Which is safer for hair a Hot Air brush or a Flat Iron?

Flat irons are better and safer than hot hair brushes when:
  1. You have thick, very curly, difficult to style hair and you need high or higher temperatures. This requires a careful touch to avoid damage to your hair. Thicker hair can withstand higher heat as compared to thin, fine hair.
  2. You want quicker results, but are not concerned with adding volume.
  3. Best for infrequent use like once a week or less is recommended to avoid damaging your hair. 
  4. When cost is a factor due to flat irons are less expensive than hot brushes.

Hot air brushes are better and safer when:
  1. You have hair type that is average or thin or even damaged hair. 
  2. You want to use daily. 
  3. You want to use a lower temperatures for less chance of damaging your hair. 
  4. You have more time and are not in a rush. Takes a little more time, but adds shines and maintains volume. 
  5. You want to straighten dry hair. Willing to spend a little more due to its a little more expensive compared to flat irons. 
  6. You want to dry and style at the same time. 
  7. Need a refreshing between shampoos.

Hot air brush conclusion

If you want to style while drying damp hair, hot air brushes are a great option. And if you have thin damaged hair and want the safest way to style your hair a hot brush is going to be the best option for you.

Hot air brushes are definitely considered safer options than hot irons or even curling tongs. Primarily because they don't press hair between heated plates, but instead it blows hot air.

In addition, the brush's surface is usually coated in ceramic. Ceramic material is not only safer for hair, but also has the special property to make your hair smooth and silky.

If you have damaged hair or just want an extra level of protection I recommend you choose a good hydrating shampoo and use one of my favorites, Argan oil after styling to achieve a fabulous look.

I hope this article was of use to you and you found it interesting or at least came away knowing a little more about hot brushes. Please comment below, Readers and myself would love to hear what your use and any advise you can give.

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