Is an Electric Hair Brush Straightener Really Better than a Flat Iron?
A Tale of Two Brushes…
I have really thick, color treated, fried-out frizzy hair so in order to make it look somewhat decent I have to flat iron it a few times a week. But the process of flat ironing also makes it more damaged and to make it look better I have to flat iron it some more. It’s a vicious cycle. But one day I saw this video one of my friends posted on Facebook of this girl using an electric hair brush and it looked amazing. But the product cost over $300! I nearly choked when I saw the price. So I went over to Amazon and looked up electric hair brushes and saw one for only $40 and I thought that I could maybe handle that. So I quickly added it to my wish list.
A few weeks later while scouring Tomoson for some more free products to review, there it was. That same electric hair brush I was eyeing! I quickly submitted my application and waited. Weeks went by and I didn’t get picked. Then I saw it on Tomoson again and applied once more. Still no reply. So I was checking out one of my other favorite sites to get freebies Amz Review Trader and saw a different electric hair brush so of course I applied to that one. About a week later I received the email notifications that I was picked to try the brush from Tomoson as well as the one from Amz Review Trader free for review. So I thought, why not to do a comparison? I will show you how to use the Electric Hair Brush straightener and then we’ll decide if it’s time to ditch the flat iron for good.
First up is the brush I received complimentary from AMZ Review Trader. This brush comes in a slender box and contains a pink electric hair brush and an instruction booklet. It is very simple and straightforward. I did not see a manufacturer’s name on the box or the brush but when I looked it up on Amazon it was called Mousand, and the box actually says “Hair Straighter”. I’m not sure if that was intentional, but it still makes sense regardless.
According to the manufacturer (spelling and verbiage comes directly from the seller’s product listing):
- INSTANT HEAT UP AND RECOVERY:60 seconds heat up to 365℉(180℃)F, 8 seconds for a silky straight hair.
- SAFETY:Anti Scald,Anti Static,Auto Shut-off Protection.High precision ceramic panel helps message your head and relax you.
- CONSTANT HEAT: Max 450℉(230℃)4, It will keep constant temperature at 365℉(180℃)F for all types of hair, effortless and efficient straightening styling.
- 360 DEGREE ROTATABLE WIRE:it avoids the wire twining,Brushing action reduces risk of dry damaged hair unlike traditional hair straighteners.
- HEALTHY:It produce anion when work that remove hair static electricity, also anion can combine with air to produce moisture, help nourish your hair.
The bristles are hard plastic with red flexible rubber tips. I was a little surprised that the temperature was Celsius and since I’m not very familiar with Celsius measurements, I wasn’t sure what temperature to set it at. I didn’t want to put it on the highest setting because I didn’t want to scorch my hair. I noticed that it went up to 230 degrees so I set it at 205 which is right in the middle. It heated up very quickly in about 60 seconds. It produced a slight odor of burning plastic at first use. Since I am right handed, I accidentally pushed the temperature buttons several times while using it, thus changing the temperature mid cycle. It was a minor nuisance but not that big of a deal.
My hair is very thick and naturally wavy so it did take me quite a bit of time to straighten. I had to go over the wavy areas several times to get it to lie flat. My hair was straight, but still had a bit of the frizz. The result was not the same as my flat iron though. My flat iron makes my hair much smoother and glossier and I only have to go over each section of hair once, reducing the total amount of time that actual heat is on my hair. As far as the claims that it nourishes the hair? I would have to say no. It is impossible to nourish the hair while applying heat. But the bottom line is that it did work.
You can find the Mousand Pink Brush Hair Straightener on Amazon for around $40.
This is the electric hair brush I received from Tomoson free in exchange for my honest review. The box for this one was a little larger and I noticed that the box showed a pink brush in the picture. At first I wasn’t sure if I got the right one, but once I opened it I saw the black one inside. It also comes with a nice velvet pouch for storing the item making it great for travel.
According to the manufacturer’s listing (spelling and verbiage comes directly from the seller’s product listing):
- Constant Heat: Max 450℉, auto keep constant temperature at 365℉ for all types of hair, customized set 410℉for natural texture hair, 450℉ for thick or wavy hair, effortless and efficient straightening styling. Ceramic Iron Straightener + Detangling Brush + Anion Hair Massager, ANTI SCALD design, worry free from burning your fingers and hands
- Anion moisturizing and hydrating care, to do a deep care with oil treatment for the hair with brush Messaging Tips less than 125℉ anti Scald, Zero damage .US safety plug, auto shut-off protection. Professional, stylish, premium straightening iron brush, at an accessible price. 1 year warranty, No risk, just amazing, smooth, silky confident hair!
- Dual voltage operation support: 110V~240V.Instant heat-up and recovery:1 minute heat up to 365℉, 8 seconds a silky straight hair basic done
- Please check if you turn on the red power button on the safety plug, and the power button by the side of the brush. When power is on, the temperature will be displayed on the LED screen.
- Temperature setting guide: Auto constant temperature at 365℉ for delicate colored fine hair; Customized set 410℉ for natural texture hair; Customized set 450℉ for thick or wavy hair;
The bristles have the same heat resistant plastic prongs as the other brush but with blue flexible rubber tips. This one is Fahrenheit and ranges from 365 to 450 degrees. Again, I didn’t want to use the highest setting to avoid burning my hair so I set somewhere in the middle at 410 degrees. It also heated up in about 60 seconds. I did not notice an odor coming from this one. I also ended up accidentally pushing the temperature buttons while using it so that again was a little bit of a pain.
As with the other brush, I had to go over the wavy areas several times to get it to lie flat. The base of the brush gets extremely hot and since I used my other hand to hold my hair straight while brushing, I actually burned my hand a few times while using it. The results were the same. My hair was definitely straighter, but I still miss that glossy shine that I get from the flat iron.
You can get the Apalaus Digital Hair Straightener Brush on Amazon for around $40
Here is a video showing how to use the Electric Hair Straightening Brushes. I used one brush on one half of my hair and the other on on the other half. You can see the results for yourself.
So here are my recommendations for best results-
- Works best on thinner fine hair. I do not recommend this product if your hair is already damaged.
- Thicker hair needs a higher temperature setting to achieve better results. But higher temperature means increased risk of damage to your hair.
- Use a heat protectant and a hair serum or oil before using the product.
- Make sure hair is completely dry before using the brush.
- Use the brush on small sections at a time.
- Finish with a smoothing cream.
My overall opinion of the Electric Hair Brushes Vs the Flat Iron: both of these electric hair brushes were practically identical and produced the same results. They both made my hair straight and if I had applied the tips mentioned above, I would have probably had better results with my first use. Will I get rid of my flat iron? Never. I miss the “pulling action” of the flat iron and the sleeker finish it creates. Will I continue using the Electric Hair Brush Straightener? Occasionally and probably only for quick touch ups. The bottom line is I don’t recommend it for hair that is already damaged – like mine. Because you have to run the brush through sections of hair several time, I think it is much more damaging to my frizzy mane than the flat iron and my hair frizzed up again the following day. I get longer lasting results from the flat iron.
Bottom line – the electric hair brush definitely works and is fairly affordable compared to a good $100 flat iron. But in the end, the flat iron wins the battle.
Have you ever tried an electric hair straightening brush? What do you think of the results? Is this something you could use for your hair? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Disclosure: This product was received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**