Hair Brush Straighteners

Top 5 Best Hair Brush Straightener Reviews for Dec. 2017 – With Buying Guide

The Groom+Style review team untangle the mysteries of straight hair, and line up a list of the best hair straightening brushes for you!

Take your time and read the best hair brush straightener list just below. Alternatively, click this link to check out our top 5 best hair brush straightener comparison table at the bottom of this article.

Why do we always want what we can’t have? Many women with straight hair fantasize about having lavish curls. Similarly, women with curly or wavy hair would give almost anything to have sleek, shiny, straight hair.

Curling straight hair is relatively easy; perms and curling irons have been around for several years. Those with wavy hair that doesn’t relax even after blow drying, endure more tortuous methods to change the look of their locks. Hair relaxer (straightener) products and hair dryers released over the years have often been hit or miss with many users.

Only recently have hair brush straighteners, like hot combs and modern flat irons, become more reliable and safer to use on a regular basis.

For more details about what is right for your hair read Groom+Style’s hair straightener buying and user guide – flat iron or brush, what is best for your hair.

Buying Guide – Types of Hair Brush Straighteners

There are many women for whom a flat iron simply isn’t the right choice; their sensitive or thin hair is quickly turned to toast by the high temperatures produced by flat irons. That’s why electric hair brush straighteners became an overnight sensation a few years ago when videos of these often odd-looking contraptions started popping up on YouTube and Facebook. Manufacturers quickly responded, and today there is a wide variety of brush straighteners to choose from.

There are two common types of hair brush straighteners. “Paddle” or flat brushes look and perform very much like standard detangling brushes, with bristles built into a ceramic or tourmaline plate. The heat generated by the plate works to straighten the hair while releasing negative ions that make it shiny and smooth.

“Barrel” or rotating hair brush straighteners also detangle, straighten and add shine. In addition, hot air is directed into the hair as their ceramic or metallic barrels rotate, adding volume to thin hair. These are the best option for long hair, and the fact that the barrels are circular provides the added benefit of being able to curl as well as straighten.

Less common but still worth mentioning are “hybrid” styles of hair brush straighteners. Some are similar to a flat iron but with bristles on each of the plates, while others have a rotating barrel on one side and a plate with bristles on the other. You’ll also see lots of inexpensive, non-heated straightener brushes, but we won’t be focusing on those in our reviews.

Important Features of Hair Brush Straighteners

Heat Levels

Heat levels are most important, and everything else is tied for second place. The true benefit of these appliances is that lower temperatures are suitable for easily-damaged or thin-to-medium hair, so it’s crucial that they’re able to operate at the appropriate temperatures. 365° is considered optimal for medium-thick hair, and straightening very thin or brittle hair calls for temperatures closer to 300°. Some models also have settings as high as 450° for use on very thick or very curly hair.

Before choosing a hair brush straightener, be sure that the heat options match your type of hair and also check how long the model takes to reach temperature.

Type of Straightening Plates Used

Most straighteners will have either ceramic or tourmaline plates, although a few use titanium. Ceramic is the best choice for delicate, fine or color-treated hair because it heats evenly and a bit more slowly than tourmaline or titanium with no hot spots. Tourmaline and titanium, by contrast, heat up extremely quickly and can easily damage thin or sensitive hair before you’re even aware that it’s happened. For thick hair, though, tourmaline or titanium are the way to go; tourmaline has the added benefit of producing 20x more negative ions, making hair moist and silky and reducing frizz.

Types of Bristles

The bristles on a hair brush straightener should also be considered. Nylon is best for sensitive scalps or hair that doesn’t become a bird’s nest in the blink of an eye. Some straighteners have bristles tipped with tiny balls made of silicone, rubber or other materials, and they’re a better choice for women whose hair tangles easily because they help “cut through” the tangles without snagging. They’re more comfortable, too.

Other factors may also be important to you, including the weight of the unit, how comfortable the handle feels in your hand, whether there is an LCD display and an automatic shut-off feature, and the length of the power cord. But remember: heat levels come first, because they determine whether your hair comes out straight, shiny and silky – or a damaged, fried mess. Everything else is secondary.

Below is Groom+Style’s list of the best hair brush straighteners on the market.  Alternatively, follow this link to find out about the top 5 best flat iron hair straighteners.

1. FemJolie Electric Hair Straightening Brush

FemJolie Hair Straightening Brush Best for Beauty Styling (with Glove & Vanity Pouch) 3 in 1 Professional 40W Digital Electric Straightening Comb - Heated Ceramic Straightener

This is the review team’s choice for the best hair brush straightener on the market, because of its convenience and flexibility.

The FemJolie flat straightening brush is convenient because of its lightweight, less than one pound. It’s extremely flexible because it allows you to select temperatures as low as 176° (too low for most users, but not bad for a brief touch-up) and as high as 450° (the right setting for those with very thick hair) in increments of 9°. The brush auto-locks at your selected temperature so you can’t burn your hair by mistake and so it automatically heats to the right temperature every time you use it; you can easily override the auto-lock if you choose.

The ceramic plate on the FemJolie heats in just a minute or two, and the silicone tips on the bristles are quite comfortable on the scalp and gentle as they detangle, straighten and de-frizz. It’s important to note that this straightening brush is only designed to work on clean, dry hair; you won’t see the results you expect if you use it right after jumping out of the shower, and because it’s a flat brush it won’t add volume to your hair the way a barrel model would.

Several other smart features impressed Groom+Style reviewers: there is an LED temperature indicator and an auto-shutoff function, the six-foot power cord swivels 360° to make the brush easy to use, and a glove is included to protect your hand against the straightener’s heat.

At a very reasonable price, the FemJolie is a great choice for straightening nearly any type of hair quickly and effectively and is easy to tuck into a bag or suitcase for use on the road.

Features of the FemJolie Electric Hair Straightening Brush:

  • Numerous heat settings from 176°-450°
  • Auto heat-lock and auto shutoff
  • LED temperature display, dual voltage (110V/220 V)
  • Ceramic plate, silicone-tipped bristles, negative ion function

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2. DAFNI The Original Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

DAFNI The Original Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush – 120V for use in US & Canada Only

The DAFNI is the hair straightening brush we mentioned earlier – the one that set social media on fire when videos featuring the tool started appearing a few years ago. You can only use it at 365° (when all four LEDs light up, you know it’s ready) so it doesn’t get hot enough to work effectively on extremely thick or knotty hair, and it may be a bit too hot for severely damaged or thin hair. But 365° is perfect for medium-to-thin hair, making the DAFNI easy and rewarding to use for most women.

The Groom+Style review team was amazed at how quickly the ceramic-coated plate on this hair straightening brush heats up, taking well under a minute to be ready for use. The bristles are slightly less comfortable than those on the FemJolie since they don’t have supplemental tips, but the springs underneath the bristles ensure they won’t hurt at all as you run them across your scalp. For the majority of users the entire detangling, straightening and de-frizzing will take less than five minutes.

The DAFNI, like the FemJolie, is designed to work only on clean and dry hair and works best you use a keratin treatment before straightening; by following that recommendation from the company, even naturally-curly hair will stay straight and smooth for as long as several days.

You’ll pay about twice as much for the DAFNI as the FemJolie, but it’s worth it – as long as you’re not trying to straighten really thick, problem hair.

Features of the DAFNI The Original Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush:

  • One heat setting (365°) for use on thin-to-medium thick hair
  • Heats to temperature in less than 60 seconds, LED indicators show when temperature is reached
  • Single-button control, 120V
  • Ceramic-coated plate, negative ion function

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3. Apalus Brush Hair Straightener

Apalus Brush Hair Straightener

Apalus Brush Hair Straightener. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Apalus is another flat heated hair brush, primarily for use on dry hair. It applies constant heat when you turn it, on taking only one minute to reach full temperature.

The brush is automatically programmed to operate at 365° which is suitable for delicate hair but has optional settings for hair with a natural texture (410°) or very thick or wavy (450°). The brush has a no-scald tip, so there are no concerns about the high temperatures damaging your hair or your hands.

The Apalus works quickly, taking approximately ten seconds per pass to straighten most types of hair, making it an inexpensive lifesaver if you need a quick straightening before heading off to work. The Apalus hair straightener can also be used as a detangling brush and massager to straighten frizzy or unmanageable hair if used in conjunction with Agam essential oil or Moroccan oil.

A great straightener to be used on dry hair which works quickly.

Features of the Apalus Brush Hair Straightener:

  • Variable temperature settings for different hair types (365°, 410°, 450°)
  • One hour automatic shut off
  • Dual voltage(110V/240V) with Celsius temperature display capability
  • 3 in 1 – ceramic iron straightener, detangling brush andanion hair massager

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4. Revlon Perfect Heat 2 Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Hot Air Spin Brush

Revlon Perfect Heat 2 Inch Tourmaline

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The Revlon 2” Perfect Heat (which also is available in a model that has 1” and 1 ½” brushes instead of the 2” one) is a rotating brush, which more or less combines the effects of a hair dryer and a brush in one appliance.

The Revlon Perfect Heat works best on partially dry hair. Hot air blows from inside the brush,  while the soft bristles spin to take the curl out of your hair. Alternatively, you can leave the ends of your hair curly, whilst straightening the rest.

The brush has two heat settings, the ability to rotate the bristles in either direction to prevent tangles, and a cold shot button to cool things down when required.

Whilst the Revlon Spin Brush is very effective, it does have a very large handle which can make it difficult to maneuver.

For a terrific straightening tool at a startlingly low price, the Revlon Perfect Heat is a wonderful appliance to straighten your hair.

Features of the Revlon Perfect Heat 2” Tourmaline Ceramic Hot Air Spin Brush:

  • 2 Heat Settings
  • Tangle Free Bristles
  • Cold Shot Button
  • Multi-Directional Buttons (to change the direction the brush rotates in)
  • 2 inch Brush
  • 900 Watts Ceramic Tourmaline Technology
  • 2 in 1 – hair dryer and brush

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5. InStyler Wet to Dry Rotating Iron

InStyler Wet to Dry Rotating Iron

InStyler Wet to Dry Rotating Iron. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

At first glance, the Instyler appears to be similar to a flat iron. However, the side with the plate actually has a brush mounted onto it; the other side contains a rotating titanium barrel.

The rotating iron can be used on semi-wet, towel-dried hair. The barrel side goes closest to your head, and as it rotates while being pulled through your hair, it dries it. Meanwhile, the heated brush straightens the hair.

The end result is straight hair that has more fullness than if you used a flat iron. The Instyler performs best if you run the appliance through each hair section twice.

It only takes approximately 30 seconds for the brush to reach temperature (maximum temperature is 410°), and there’s an automatic shut off safety feature. As an added benefit, the InStyler can also be used to curl hair or flip ends, just by wrapping the hair around the barrel and letting it rotate for approximately five seconds.

This brush is more expensive than the Revlon and Apalus brushes, so the review team has placed it at #5. However, despite its slightly strange appearance, the InStyler is a powerful hair straightening tool that is more versatile than most options if you want to style as well as straighten.

Features of the InStyler Wet To Dry Rotating Iron:

  • Multiple heat settings (285° to 410°)
  • One hour automatic shut off
  • 30-second rapid heat-up
  • 1 ¼ inch barrel

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Groom+Style’s Best Hair Brush Straightener Comparison Table

Use the comparison table to help you identify if there is a specific hair brush straightener that interests you, and identify the key differences.  You can then choose to:

  • use the “Quick Navigation” button at the bottom of the table to navigate straight to the product you are interested in reading more about
  • use the “Check Price on Amazon” button if you know exactly what you want to buy

1. FemJolie Electric Hair Straightening Brush

Best Hair Brush Straighteners - Femjolie

  • For the stylist who values convenience and flexibility, and only wants a straightener for clean dry hair.
  • PRO: Lightweight, wide range of temperatures and fast heating.
  • CON: Won't add volume, only works on clean dry hair.

2. DAFNI The Original Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

Best Hair Brush Straighteners - Dafni

  • For the person who wants the latest most fashionable item, to style medium to thick hair.
  • PRO: Very well designed, high quality and family made.
  • CON: Only works on clean dry hair and is on the expensive side.

3. Apalus Brush Hair Straightener

Apalus-Brush-Hair-Straightener

  • For the busy person who wants a straightener that works quickly and effectivley on dry hair.
  • PRO: Quick to heat, variety of temperature options to suit hair type, no-scald tip, works on dry hair.
  • CON: Manual brush (non-rotating), most effective on dry hair.

4. Revlon Perfect Heat

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  • For the person who wants the best fully featured hair brush straightener that works brilliantly on partially dry hair.
  • PRO: Fast, effective straightener at a reasonable price. Choice of rotation direction, cold shot button and tourmaline technology.
  • CON: Large handle can be unwieldy, not as effective on very wet hair.

5. InStyler Wet to Dry Rotating Iron

InStyler-Wet-to-Dry-Rotating-Iron

  • For the stylist, the person who wants to play around and experiment with their look (style as well as straighten).
  • PRO: Can be used on semi-wet and towel dried hair, adds volume, can be used to style, automatic shut-off feature.
  • CON: More expensive than other options, slightly strange appearance.

The Groom+Style team worked flat out to bring you this review, we hope you enjoyed it!  And, of course, once you have removed the curls you might actually want to add them back, if that is the case then one of our best curling irons will do the trick.

That is it for our updated list of the top 5 best hair brush straighteners for Dec. 2017 – if you are curious about our choices from previous years then continue reading.

Scalpmaster Ceramic Thermal Hair Straightener

Scalpmaster Ceramic Thermal HS

You need to have a blow dryer for this straightener. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Scalpmaster straightener looks like a flat iron but has two brushes mounted on the plates. The way you use this straightener is straightforward; you heat the hair by aiming a dryer into the vents on the back and pull the appliance through your hair. The short nylon bristles detangle and straighten the hair as you pull.

The Scalpmaster can be used without heat to detangle thick hair and is more effective on long, thick or frizzy hair (particularly African-American hair) than most of the other options the Groom+Style team has investigated. It is relatively inexpensive, and once you get the hang of using it, it’s quite effective in straightening hair.

An inexpensive option that is very effective on thick hair.

Features of the Scalpmaster Ceramic Thermal Hair Straightener:

  • Tough nylon bristles
  • Ergonomically-designed
  • No power needed

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Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 2 Inch Rotating Hot Air Brush

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 2 Inch Rotating Hot Air Brush

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 2 Inch Brush. Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Babybliss is a rotating hair brush straightener, similar to Revlon Perfect Heat, however, it is made from titanium instead of ceramic and is more expensive. This model has three heat settings, but it does not have a cold shot button. Some believe the titanium makes a difference in the way their hair feels but the team doesn’t see it; we think the performance is virtually identical to the Revlon Perfect Heat.

Features of the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 2 Inch Rotating Hot Air Brush:

  • 3 Heat Settings
  • Tangle Free Bristles
  • Multi-Directional Buttons
  • 2 inch Brush
  • 2 in 1 – hair dryer and brush

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