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Best Hair Straightener to Buy | Ultimate Buying Guide

Last update: Mar 1, 2017 09:48, April Williams

Recently, a unique hair straightener, in the form of a hairbrush appeared on the market. This straightener is designed to save your time, effort and money. On the surface, it seems easy to use due to its simplistic design. At the same time, when it comes to purchasing one, there are many questions to ask.

In this article, we will help you decide which hair straightener is best for your hair type and hair styling goals comparing with all the straightening brushes we’ve reviewed. We will also explore the different options that are available from a range of brushes.

Straightening Brush Comparison Sheet: Part 1

Model Max Temperature Heating Time LCD Tips Cord
Uspicy straightening brush
Uspicy
450°F (230°C) 2-3 min LCDYes Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel
Straight and Shine straightening brush
Straight’n Shine
450°F (230°C) 90 sec LCDYes Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel
Luma straightening brush
Luma
365°F (185°C) 60 sec No LCD Built-in tips 6 feet cord
Simply straight brush
Simply Straight
450°F (230°C) 2-3 min LCDYes Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel
Femjolie straightening brush
FemJolie
450°F (230°C) 2-3 min LCDYes May fall off 6 feet 5 inches cord, swivel
Apalus straightening brush
Apalus
450°F (230°C) 3-5 min LCDYes May fall off 4 feet cord, swivel
art naturals straightening brush
Art Naturals
450°F (230°C) 2-3 min LCDYes Do not fall off 6 feet cord, swivel
oak leaf straightening brush
Oak Leaf
450°F (230°C) 5 min LCDYes Do not fall off 7 feet cord, swivel
asavea straightening brush
AsaVea
390 °F (200°C) 1-2 min No LCD Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel
droiee brush straightener
Droiee (Nylea)
450°F (230°C) 5 min LCDYes May fall off 6 feet cord, swivel
Small image of Daeni straightening brush
Dafni
365°F (185°C) 60 sec No LCD Built-in tips 6 feet cord
Philips brush mini picture
Philips
Works as a blow dryer 0 sec No LCD Built-in tips 6.5 feet cord
Magnifeko straightener
Magnifeko
450°F (230°C) 90 sec LCDYes Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel
Chic republic straightening brush
Chic Republic
450°F (230°C) 60 sec LCDYes Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel
Bearmoo straightening brush
BearMoo
450°F (230°C) 30 sec LCDYes Built-in tips 6.5 feet cord, swivel
Kealive straightening brush
Kealive
450°F (230°C) 90 sec LCDYes May fall off 6 feet cord, swivel
Instyler brush straightener
InStyler
450°F (230°C) 30 sec LCDYes Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel
isa brush mini picture
ISA
450°F (230°C) 30 sec LCDYes Built-in tips 6 feet cord, swivel

The Main Functions and Features of a Straightening Brush

A straightening brush works on the principle of a thermal effect on the cortex: the skin layer upon which the hair grows.

The cortex is responsible for the ripple of the hair and contains a hydrogen compound. When you heat your hair with a brush, the cortex loses moisture, and your hair becomes straight.
These brushes have another interesting effect. When you apply this device to your strands, you seal your hair scales, which have peeled off.
But let’s go back to our question. What kind of straightener should you choose?

1. Temperature Characteristics

This is the main characteristic. First of all, pay attention to the maximum heating temperature (which varies from 365 to 450 Fahrenheit). 365F will be hot enough for medium-thick hair. If your hair is thick, choose a model with the highest possible temperature. Afro hair needs straighteners with a high temperature, because they are thicker and stronger.
Secondly, a straightening brush’s heating rate should be noted – it generally takes from 1 minute to 5 minutes to heat up. You can also choose a model equipped with an LCD display which shows the exact temperature it is sitting at, or the other option to consider is lights that indicate the temperature displaying the heat level. The LCD display is more precise while the indicating lights are cheaper. So, you decide.

2. Width and Shape of the Heating Surface

The width of the brush head should correspond to the thickness and length of your strands. Small straighteners are perfect for short hair, and large variants are great for long hair. Also, if you want to reach the roots, you should pay attention to the models with rectangular brush heads.

3. Tips on Teeth

There are a number of models on the market that are equipped with rubber massage tips. They make the process of styling not only enjoyable but also safe, as they protect your skin from hot teeth. But when choosing these models, you need to pay attention to the mounting of the tips – they must be firmly attached. Otherwise, they will pull your hair and fall off.

4. Cord

The length of the cord is very important. After all, if it is too short, it will be extremely inconvenient for you to style your hair from the back. I believe 6 feet is the minimum allowable length. Also, pay attention to the mounting of the cord. It must be moveable with a swivel; otherwise the wire will twist and get in your way. Almost all hair straightening brushes have a rotating one. The hanging hook is a complementary and a convenient detail. You can hang the brush in a prominent place and not have to look for it throughout the apartment every morning.
Woman with long straight hair

5. Power

On the market, you can find models from 29 to 60 W. The more powerful the brush, the faster it heats up, but on the other hand, it consumes more energy. Again, the decision is up to you. What is more important for you – efficiency or economy?

6. Anti-Scald Design

Safety is one of the main advantages of this brush compared to other straighteners. The edges of the brush usually have an additional row of protective teeth. This protects your head and hands from burns. Also, the creators have made sure that the tips of the teeth and the outer surface of the brush are not heated. When choosing a brush, always look for this feature.

7. Button Layout

The location of the control buttons and power button are situated on the outside or most practical, the side. Allowing you to easily avoid accidentally pressing the buttons during styling. It is worth noting that some manufacturers add a special key lock function, meaning the location of the buttons doesn’t matter.

Additional Functions

Additional functions include:

  • Auto shut-off: A very useful function for those who often forget to unplug devices from the outlet. If you ever leave the brush plugged in, it will turn off automatically after a while.
  • Dual-voltage: Some models support both American and European standards. So, if you love to travel, you should choose a model that is capable for both standards.
  • Package contents: Additional products, such as a comb, a protective glove, a brush to clean your straightener, a branded case, etc. can come with some brushes.

Straightening Brush Comparison Sheet: Part 2

Model Name of Brand Power Anti-Scald Design Button Layout Add. Functions
Uspicy brush straightener Uspicy 60W Yes on the inner side auto shut-off 30 min, dual-voltage, a glove, a case, a cleaning brush
Straight n Shine brush Straight’n Shine 60W Yes on the inner side auto shut-off 30 min, dual-voltage, a comb, a case
luma straightening brush Luma 50W Yes on the inner side auto shut-off 15 min, dual-voltage
simply straight brush  Simply Straight 50W Yes on the outer side auto shut-off
femjolie straightener  FemJolie 40W Yes on the outer side auto shut-off, dual-voltage
Apalus straightening brush  Apalus 45W Yes laterally auto shut-off, dual-voltage
art naturals straightener  Art Naturals 30W Yes laterally dual-voltage; argan oil 10 ml
oak leaf straightening brush  Oak Leaf 29W Yes laterraly auto shut-off, dual-voltage; a case
asavea brush straightener  AsaVea 33W on the outer side
droiee (nylea) straightening brush  Droiee (Nylea) 29W Yes laterally dual-voltage
Dafni straightening brush  Dafni 50 W Yes on the inner side
Philips brushes for straightening  Philips 1000W No on the inner side  4 extra attachments: dryer, volumizer, smoother, curler; unlike other moders, you can use this one on wet hair
magnifeko straightener brush  Magnifeko
75W
Yes  on the inner side dual-voltage, auto shut-off
chic republic straightening brush  Chic Republic 45W Yes on the outer side dual-voltage, auto shut-off
bearmoo brush straightener  BearMoo 50W  Yes  on the inner side dual-voltage, auto shut-off, a case
kealive brush straightener  Kealive  29W  Yes laterally dual-voltage, auto shut-off
instyler brush straightener  InStyler 60W   Yes  on the inner side dual-voltage, auto shut-off
isa brush straightener  ISA 75W  Yes  on the inner side dual-voltage, auto shut-off, a glove

2 comment(s)

  1. I have very thick frizzy hair- can you tell me which hair straightening brush would be the best one for my hair?
    Thank You

    1. Hi, Kathryn! Pay attention to temperature levels. You need the highest temperature (420-460 F). And also pay attention to bristles tips, they should be securely attached, so they will not fall off during styling. Look at this category for thick hair. All these straighteners meet requirements.

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