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
3. Drybar The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush
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
8. Flower Ceramic Hair Straightening Brush
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
11. Revlon Straightening Brush
12. InStyler Straight Up Ceramic Straightening Brush
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
15. Cortex Beauty Hot Air Straightening Brush
Styling Products to Try
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.