Hot air hair brushes to get you out the door faster

Get a salon-style hairstyle in minutes with these multi-tasking, time-saving hair tools.
woman running hair through her blonde hair
No need to blow dry and brush your hair at the same time—this device can do both. Tim Mossholder, Unsplash

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The first handheld hair dryers hit the market in the 1920s and, in the last century have become more powerful, and more creative. Hot air brushes are designed to dry and style at the same time, saving you precious minutes. Here’s what to know before adding one to your basket.

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For All Hair Types

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For best results, use hot air hair brushes on damp—say well towel-dried—but not wet hair. It’s also worth bearing in mind that a brush like this isn’t going to give you the same glossy smoothness that you might get from a salon blow-dry or straighteners. That’s because both a conventional hair dryer and straighteners smooth the outer layer of each hair downwards, giving a glossy finish that is harder to achieve when the flow of hot air isn’t guided in the same way.

Includes multiple tools

Versatile Styling Solution

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Make sure you know what you’re getting, these aren’t rotating round brushes, they’re static—you can get similar effects, but you’ll have to do more of the work. Hot air hair brushes great for getting volume at the crown—the bigger the barrel the more volume—and it’s very easy to create subtle flicks, or make the ends of a bob sit neatly underneath, but even with additional tools, creating actual curls takes a bit of practise. 

For mega volume

Extra Large Barrel

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If frizz is your number one bugbear, hot air brushes won’t get rid of it entirely—but you can look for features that might help to reduce it slightly.  A tourmaline or ceramic barrel helps to smooth the hair and reduce static, while negative ionic technology can also reduce flyaways; put simply, hair is positively charged and when two positively charged hairs come into contact, they repel each other leading to fluffiness and flyaways. Adding negative ions into the mix (with a hot air hair brush) neutralises the positive ions, resulting in a sleeker, smoother style.