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Hair Straightening Brush VS Flat Iron: Comparison

Last update: Aug 17, 2017 13:28, April Williams


The degree of hair damage during styling Depens on tool (read here) Minor
Safeness risk of burn injury (especially fingers and ears) Totally safe
Time spent on styling 40-60 min 20-30 min
Efficiency of straighteners High High (but be careful and choose an appropriate temperature)
Everyday use at most 2-3 times per week good for daily use
Straightener price  $20-200  $18-80

1. The degree of hair damage during styling

You clamp the strands between the heated plates while styling with the iron, and thanks to bristles you hardly come in contact with your hair when styling with the brush. As a result, the flat iron can easily damage your hair if you use it too often.

2. Safeness

The bristles of the brush protect your hands and scalp from burns during styling, but irons have barely heated plates, that’s why it is very easy to get burned. So, the brush is safer anyway. That’s why brushes are considered perfect kids hair straighteners.

3. Time spent on styling

Styling with the iron is longer, and the process of styling with the straightening brush is no different from the usual process of combing your hair, except that if you have thick or curly hair, you will have to do it a little slower than usual. So, it is more difficult to style your hair using the flat iron, but it is more convenient to straighten your hair with the brush.

4. Efficiency of straighteners

If you are the owner of thick and curly hair, your hair will look a little better after styling with the iron.

5. Hair volume after styling

Your hair looks more voluminous after styling with the straightening brush than after styling with the iron. The iron just makes your hair flat but does not give shape to it.

6. Everyday use

The hair iron is not recommended to use every day, while the brush can be safely used on a daily basis. So, the flat iron is a tool that can be used from time to time. But as concerns the daily styling routine, you better choose the brush.

7. Additional functions

The brush can also be used as a massager. After this kind of massage, you will feel better. You will even sleep better if you comb your hair before bedtime.

8. Straightener price

Straightening brushes are a little cheaper than flat irons.

11 comment(s)

  1. I’m feeling a little bit puzzled, in the past, I have always used a hair straightening flat irons but haven’t had one for the past few years. After reading lots of positive statements I’m considering trying a straightening brush. My hair is curly and big; I’m worried it won’t give me the sleek look I want, do you think I should give it a go or stick to wat I already know works for my hair?

    1. Trina

      It can definitely work for you; just take into consideration a few things before making your purchase. First of all, you will need to use a high heat on the straightening brush; you should definitely section your hair and glide the brush through your hair nice and slowly. Apply a serum to hold your look and it will give you that lovely smooth, sleek look you desire. I recommend using a professional hair straightening brush to give you the best results.

    2. Try it out you never know if the change will end up being better

    3. You should give it a try. I’ve thick and curly hair. I’ve recently started using a straightening brush, it gives me a very natural look. My hair is soft, a little wavy/straightish, its not greasy or sticky and no frizz too. you just have to use it on smaller sections of your hair.

    4. You should definitely try a straightening brush they look and are better for your hair

  2. I have both a flat iron and brush. The brushes don’t make your hair as straight as it would with a flat iron. Brushes also make your hair a little frizzy. It takes me about 15 mins to do my hair with a flat iron and about 10 with the brush. The brush is safer and better for everyday use but the iron gives a smoother, straighter finish. They are both very hot and take a while to cool down but quick to warm up.

  3. Best I have ever used is the flat iron by Karmin 😉

  4. I used to flat straightner every day but it takes a lot of time but it looked very fine and so flat .i use the brush now. it dosen’t look very flat but it’s easier and faster and not so bad .

  5. I have wavy frizzy hair. will the brush do the make my hair more manageable and frizz free like the look keratin treatment gives?

    1. It will definitely make it smooth and manageable, I do however recommend if your hair is naturally frizzy applying an anti-frizz serum to get the best look possible.

  6. I have a flat iron and a straightening brush. The flat iron takes way more time and leaves strange dents in my hair. So I bought a straightening brush and it takes half the time a flat iron would. It also makes my hair more silky and leaves no dents.

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