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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.

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Actually using the brush straightener is incredibly easy. Once you plug it in, hold down the power button on the side to turn it on, and press either the plus or minus sign to raise or lower the temperature. The standard setting is 350 degrees, which is where I kept it (I was afraid of burning my hair off, as I am with any new tool I try), but the temperature can go up as high as 450 degrees if you have thicker or curlier hair.

The actual straightening process is basically just a more involved method of brushing your hair. Since you want to make sure you have an even overall texture, I suggest brushing it in sections, just like you would with a normal flatiron. The length of time it takes honestly just depends on how much hair you have, but since I don’t have too much, it took probably 5-7 minutes (about as long as it takes to blow dry my hair). I’m pretty pleased with the final result:

brush after

The brush straightener yields a much more voluminous style than a classic flatiron, and I think that had something to do with how I was brushing my hair. Rather than just pressing down on the top of my head and bringing the brush down, I brushed from underneath, using the same method you would with a round brush. But, if you want to take advantage of the head massager aspect of it, feel free to brush from the top of your scalp down. It’s pretty damn soothing.

So, there you have it! The Head Kandy Brush Straightener took me from Hermione Granger in the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Hermione Granger post-Sleekeasy’s Hair Potion at the Yule Ball.

brush before and after

The Head Kandy Brush Straightener is currently marked down from it’s original $75.99 to $65.99, so get it while it’s hot (#lol)!

(Photos: Sara Steinfeld/The Gloss)