It dries hair by blowing hot air, while a rotating barrel spins to straighten the hair while giving lots of volume and shine. With some practice, the hairstyling achieved this way may last for 2 up to 3 days, if you stay away from too much humidity.
High quality rotating hot air brushes may pose a tough choice. To help you decide on the specifications of the brand you must choose for your hair, here are the best and worst qualities of the various hot air brushes in the market, as seen by our close friend: Kathy, professional hairstylist at Ramya Salon.
Best Rotating Hot Air Brush – top rated choices under $100
Conair rotating hot air brush dries the hair safely and provides more ions for shinier and smoother hair. Its spinning rotation is multi-directional but can still work equally great even without spinning it. For flexible hairstyling, this product comes with 3 heat settings – 2 hot and 1 cool and 2 speed settings.
If you have thin, easy to style hair, the first heat setting should be enough to blow dry, while adding volume, lift and shine. If you keep the brush in place for a few seconds with each strand of hair and then slowly release while rotating the barrel in a vertical circular motion, without pulling the brush through, you get full voluminous curls. The cool setting is used just to fixate each curl or the root volume, the brush does not rotate in either direction in this setting.
This rotating hot air brush comes in two barrel size versions: if you have medium to long hair, make sure you choose the 2 inch barrel, while for shorter hair, the 1 1/2 inch is enough.
Babyliss is a professional brand specializing in high end styling gadgets for salon use. Babyliss hot air brush has an ionic technology which eliminates a lot of frizz, anti-static bristles to prevent hair tangling, three temperature settings for better customization. The rotating 2-inch barrel adds hair volume and shine and the infrared heat penetrates the hair, allowing for a quick blow dry and fast and long lasting styling . Also, its grip makes it easier to handle and manage.
Its metal barrel, with titanium has the unique property of holding heat, almost like a curling iron. Some customers state that the bristles ensure a better grip vs the Conair rotating brush model. I would say, superior materials go into making the Babyliss rotating hot air brush, hence do not be surprised or put off by the 30% higher price.
Although a late comer on the market, the Revlon rotating hot air brush was a pleasant surprise, not only is it cheaper than both the Infinity Pro and the Babyliss rotating hot air brush, but it also has a lot of value added cool features. I’m going to start with the wattage: 900 watts compared to 750 watts for Conair and 500 watts for Babyliss – this gives a lot of blowdrying power and heat to this baby, resulting in faster dry time and longer lasting styling results.
Since the hair is completely dried in a shorter amount of time, it’s like having your personal salon blow dry appointment, where the stylist is able to reach, dry and style all the strands of hair – even the difficult ones at the back of your head. The material used tourmaline is a mineral with a high output of ions – guaranteeing extremely sleek, shiny and frizz free results. Always use a set of hair clips to section each strand of hair, I find that for my medium lenghth, frizzy hair, usually 4-5 clips are enough.
Styling with a rotating hot air brush
Problems with Some Rotating Hot Air Brushes
“Over the years, I’ve tried my hand at several rotating hot air brush tools, only to return over and over again to the tried and tested models. Here are some models that are better left on the shelf” sais Kathy:
1. Revo Super Styler. This one has a very high price, as compared to Conair BC178 InfinitiPro for instance. Also, based from the customer reviews, it’s very difficult to use, because even with instructions, there are still so many technicalities about it.
2.IGIA Rollo Style. Customers consider this as a waste of money. Based from their feedbacks, this product doesn’t really braid the hair as opposed to what’s seen on TV. Instead, it twists the hair and tangles it.
3.Conair Pro Styling and Volume Battery-Operated Brush. The problem of this product lies on the softness of its bristles. Its bristles get caught on the hair and intertwine it. An ordinary hairbrush might even work better, customers say.