If you rely on a flat iron for everyday styling or at least use one frequently, then you know it can do a number on your hair. Too much heat and too much pressure or clamping can damage your hair's cuticles, which might cause dryness, breakage, and frizz. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop using a flat iron completely. There are some things you can do to minimize the damage caused by flat irons, including limiting your usage, making sure your hair is clean and moisturized, choosing the right flat iron, applying heat-protectant products, and setting the flat iron at a lower temperature.
But if you really want to minimize the chances of damaging your hair, you should use a straightening brush. These genius hair tools evenly distribute heat to your strands and make your hair smooth and sleek. They're also really good at maintaining your hair's volume and body instead of flattening it. In fact, using a straightening brush might be the closest at-home alternative to getting a blow-out.
Take a look below at some of the best-rated straightening brushes out there.
1. Amika Polished Perfection Thermal Straightening Brush 2.0
Amika's straightening brush has iRed beam technology, which means that heat gets deeper into your strands to prevent damage and smooth hair. It also features a ceramic base and cool-tip bristles.
2. Tymo Hair Straightener Comb
This hot brush has a 3D-ring structure with heating teeth instead of traditional bristles. There are five heat settings and an auto-off function.
3. Drybar The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush
Great for all hair types, this straightening brush uses ionic technology that seals the cuticle and controls frizz. It has a digital temperature control, so you can customize it to fit your hair's specific needs.
4. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush
Many Who What Wear staffers are obsessed with how quickly this hot brush styles their hair. This hairdryer and volumizing brush leaves you with a salon-quality blow-out. Editor Anneliese Dominguez said, "Wow this brush definitely eased the struggle of blow-drying my curly hair! (No tired arms here!) It was super easy to use, even as someone who isn't that great at doing her own blowouts. (You really can't beat that brush feature.)"
5. MiroPure Enhanced Hair Straightener Heat Brush
MiroPure's hot brush has a double ionic generator to seal the hair cuticles and reduce split ends and knotting. It has an auto-off feature, too, so you won't be caught wondering, "Did I turn my hair tool off?" as you're running out the door.
6. GHD Glide Smoothing Brush
With ceramic technology and an ionizer, this hot brush will smooth your hair easily. It has a combination of high-density shorter bristles and longer bristles. One reviewer wrote, "This brush is amazing! I was able to smooth my frizzy curls with one pass and it only took 15 minutes to do all my hair. I've used lots of different straightening products and this is definitely the best one."
7. L'ange Le Vite Straightening Brush
Your hair will look sleeker and smoother with just one pass of this straightening brush. It's got ion technology to reduce frizz, ceramic bristles that penetrate the hair's cuticles, and a temperature lock to evenly distribute heat.
8. Flower Ceramic Hair Straightening Brush
The hot ionic bristles on this brush both section and straighten your hair as you use it, and it won't leave behind any frizz. There are four heat settings and an automatic shut-off function, too.
9. Eva NYC Glow Girl Mini Thermal Straightening Brush
If you're on the go a lot, then you're going to love this mini thermal straightening brush. It's compact and lightweight, so you can easily stash it in your suitcase or travel bag. And it has all the benefits of the normal-sized straightening brushes, including ion technology to reduce frizz and infrared heat to reduce damage.
10. Moroccanoil Smooth Style Ceramic Heated Brush
The ceramic, cool-tip bristles on this brush heat up quickly and minimize thermal exposure. It also has beveled edges to help you get as close to the root as possible.
11. Revlon Straightening Brush
Revlon's straightening brush has an extra-large, heated brush head, so you can brush from root to tip much faster. There are 10 heat settings, so it's easily customizable.
12. InStyler Straight Up Ceramic Straightening Brush
This one has 65 ceramic heated plates to distribute heat evenly and quickly. The tool heats up in 30 seconds and has seven temperature settings.
13. Bed Head Smooth Operator Straightening Heat Brush
Designed with ionic tourmaline-ceramic technology and multi-dimensional bristles, this brush will help detangle and smooth your hair. It's especially great for second-day hair when you want to preserve the previous day's hairstyle. Did we also mention that it's lightweight, so you can easily bring it on the go?
14. Miserwe Hair Straightener Brush
Miserwe's brush has an "air sandwich structure," which means it provides flexible heat and cools your hair down while styling it. It also has a whopping 16 heating modes.
15. Cortex Beauty Hot Air Straightening Brush
This straightening brush has ceramic heaters to smooth hair, reduce frizz, and promote shine. It's also got an ergonomic design, so it's easy and comfortable to use.
Styling Products to Try
This leave-in styling cream will hydrate and protect your hair while also combatting frizz. The main ingredient in the formula is coconut oil, which prevents breakage and split ends and moisturizes your strands.
This medium-hold hairspray has caffeine to balance the scalp, Japanese bamboo to rebalance the skin's moisture barrier, and radish root to cleanse and remove impurities.
Protect your hair from heat with this lightweight spray. It's got you covered for up to 48 hours and features an emollient blend to smooth hair and enhance shine.
Made with jojoba, wheat germ, and hazel seed oils, this hair serum will deeply moisturize dry hair, strengthen strands, and reduce frizz and flyaways.
R+Co's leave-on styling masque will keep your hair soft and nourished all day long. It has baobab-oil protein to repair damage, a cold-sealing shine complex to seal cuticles, grapeseed extract to provide shine, and green tea and vitamin B5 to smooth and protect hair.