The Gloss Investigates: Does the Brush Straightener Really Work, or Is It Just a Hot Hairbrush?

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Virtually every time I write a personal hair essay, I’ve talked about the state of my natural hair. A little refresher course: I blow out my hair every other day, or as often as I shower, because my natural hair is frizzy, curly, a little bit puffy, and just generally difficult to manage. I tend to be overly critical of myself, and while I’ve been told that my hair isn’t that bad IRL, I really can’t stand it. It’s easier to manipulate it into the sleek, straight-ish hair that my blow dryer gives me and call it a day.

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That said, I’m a sucker for kitschy new hair tools. You might remember that I tried out the TYME Iron after seeing ads for it on Facebook every other day? Well, the newest hair tool sensation to hit the Interwebs is the brush straightener. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a hair brush that you plug into the wall, heat up like a normal clamp flatiron, and brush through your hair for a straight, smooth look. Supposedly, it’s better for fighting frizz and your hair health overall since you’re not clamping the strands down between two irons. Since frizz is a huge problem for me, and I’ve also kind of been on the hunt for a flatiron that doesn’t leave me volume-less, when the Head Kandy Brush Straightener came across my desk, I really couldn’t pass it up.

If you’ve ever seen a hairbrush before, you know what the brush straightener looks like, but here’s a shot for good measure:

brush straightener

The bristles are stiff, so you don’t have to worry about them folding or bending in your hair if its particular tangled. Interestingly, this particular brush is a hybrid ceramic straightener, detangling brush, and head massager (which I can definitely attest to, but we’ll get to that). Theoretically, you can simply brush this through your hair and, no matter how wavy or curly you are that day, wind up with straight hair in a fraction of the time it normally takes with a flatiron or blow dryer. We’ll see about that.

For the sake of this review, I decided it would be best if I tried to straighten it from its natural state. So now, without further ado, I (proudly?) present my air-dried hair:

brush before

Just call me Hermione Granger.

Click to the next page to see if the Head Kandy Brush Straightener really works!

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