Hair Straightening Brush – Ultimate Buying Guide

A straightening iron works by breaking hydrogen bonds in the hair. While very effective, it can damage your hair in the long run. If you are looking for a safer and cheaper alternative to getting sleek, frizz-free locks, consider a hair straightening brush. These electric brushes that straighten hair are considered the new generation of hair straighteners, easier to use than a flat iron and heat up to 450F while emitting negative ions in order to straighten hair in 8 to 10 seconds.

They have a triple action system: they detangle, straighten and increase natural hair shine. They seal the hair cuticle reducing frizziness and increasing hair manageability. The consensus is straightening brushes work in a fraction of the time compared to classical straighteners, although they are less efficient in creating a perfect sleek look.

Best hair straightening brushes and their reviews

Since the first launch of the brush straightener on the market, in the last quarter of 2015, some major design improvements were developed. Here are few things to watch out for, when you’re looking to buy a hair brush straightener:

Straightening brushes 1

  • Ceramic coating vs iron vs plastic – this is a no brainer, since you want to have maximum hair protection when applying heat: always opt for Ceramic!
  • Seamless nibs vs apparent ones – with older models sometimes nibs can come off with wear and tear
  • Fast heating time
  • No pulling on hair

1. Dafni – the original ceramic brush straightener

Dafni hair straightening brushLaunched after 3 years of lab research and engineering, Dafni brush was making hairstyling history in September 2015, launching at the steep price of $300. The short video demonstrating its hair straightening capabilities went viral on Facebook, with over 77 million views. Since then, Dafni went a long way, cutting the price by more than 60% and developing a custom US version, available here. Check out the original movie: Dafni and The New Generation of Hair Straighteners.BUY DAFNI

2. Apalus Brush Hair Straightener

Apalus digital hair straightening brushApalus was the first affordable rendition of a hair straightening brush that we had a chance to review; you may see how it works here. It was improved over time for superior performance, and it still very popular, with over 2,500 reviews to date and a score of 3.7 out of 5 on Amazon. It comes in custom 2 versions, for US and UK markets, respectively:

usApalus Brush Hair Straightener– US BUY Apalus
uk flagACEVIVI Anti-static Ceramic Straightener – UK BUY Acevivi


3. Asavea hair straightening brush

Asavea hair straightening brushAsavea is already the second generation of brush straighteners, where significant design improvements were made for better performance and safer use on hair. You may read a full coverage on Asavea here. Asavea comes at a very decent price, but what’s more impressive about it is the performance, with almost 75% of the buyers giving it maximum score of 5 stars. The main features that make Asavea a quality purchase are: the integral design of the ceramic teeth, with no risk of falling nibs, and the 6 preset temperature settings that go up to 200C fit for a professional styling tool, all the while eliminating the risk of hair burn. BUY Asavea

4. FemJolie hair straightening brush

FemJolie flat iron brush straightenerFemJolie has also an impressive product record, with 67% of the users giving it 5 out of 5 stars for performance. FemJolie comes in 3 stylish color options: white, purple and black. It features digital temperature display, professional swivel cord for easy use, and is also fit for traveling outside US, with a simple power adaptor. BUY FemJolie


Hot air rotating round barrel hair straightening brushes

This type of brush dries the hair while straightening it. They are extremely effective on long or short hair, be it thin or thick, curly or not. Read our guide to choosing the best rotating hair brush for more insights on what you should look for and latest models released on the market.

Conair Infinity Pro Spin Brush is to date the absolute bestseller champion both in online and offline, and also the winner of the Beauty Star Award. Read or full review of this amazing styling tool that straightens hair here.

The number one new entry in the hot air rotating straightening brushes category is the innovation from Revlon – The Perfect Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Hot Spin Brush – with outstanding customer reviews mainly driven by the professional heat power of 900 watts generated by this tool.

The best hot air rotating round barrel straightening brushes:

Picture Name Watt power Price Rating
Picture Name Watt Power Price Rating
Revlon Perfect Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Hot Air Spin Brush Revlon Perfect Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Hot Air Spin Brush 900 watts $$ 4.8
Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Rotating Brush Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Rotating Hair Brush 500 watts $$$ 3.9
Infinity Pro by Conair Hot Air Spin Styler 500 watts $ 3.8


4. Two rectangular brushes facing each other

These are similar to the metal or ceramic plates found in flat irons. The only caveat to using this model of straightening brush is that you need to use it with a blow dryer or other heating tool. That’s because the classic hair-straightening brushes do not emit heat on their own like flat irons. Instead, they come with heat-retaining materials for trapping heat coming from a blow dryer.

Scalpmaster hair straightening brush

The best ceramic plates hair straightening brushes:

Picture Name Bristles Price Rating
Picture Name Bristles Price Rating
Scalpmaster hair straightening brush Scalpmaster Ceramic Thermic Straightener Nylon $$ 4.1
Denman Thermoceramic hairstraightening brush Denman Thermoceramic Straightening Brush Boar $ 3.8
Ultimate straightening brush Ultimate Straightening Brush Nylon $ 3.6

5. Motorized rotating barrel hair straightening iron brushes


Motorized rotating barrel straightening brush

The best motorized rotating barrel straightening iron brushes:

Picture Name Max Heat Price Rating
Picture Name Max Heat Price Rating
Infinity Pro Ceramic Coated Plates with Rotating Spin Attachment Infinity Pro Tourmaline Ceramic-Coated Plates with Rotating Spin Attachment 400F $ 3.8
InStyler Wet to Dry Rotating Iron InStyler Wet to Dry Rotating Iron 410F $$ 3.6
InStyler Max 2 Way Rotating Iron InStyler Max 2-Way Rotating Iron Black 425F $$$ 3.6

What to look for in a hair straightening brush?

If you have frizzy, unruly hair, a hair straightening brush may help you tame it and make it more manageable. Hair straightening brushes helps you achieve silky, smooth hair just like a standard hair straightener or flat iron but without the damage. They’re growing in popularity because people find them effective and convenient to use. They are also small enough to fit into purse so you can bring it with you anywhere you go. There are plenty of hair straightening brushes available on the market. Some of the more popular brands are Conair, Vega, Avon, DenMan, Chi, Scalpmaster, and Babyliss.

Not all brushes are alike, but finding the best hair straightening brush is not difficult. Here are some things to look for when shopping for a brush that straightens hair:

1. Nylon bristles. Choose hair straightening brushes with nylon and boar bristles, as they keep hair smooth and soft without hurting your scalp and without causing hair breakage.

2. Cushioned handle. You should be able to use the brush comfortably. You should be able to clamp the barrels together without exerting extra effort. You should be able to move the device through your hair with ease.

3. Tourmaline technology. Hair straightening brushes with tourmaline plates heat up faster. They also produce more negative ions, which neutralizes the effects of positive ions such as frizz, flyaway. As a result, you have a sleek, poker-straight, shiny, and frizz-free hair.

4. Ceramic technology. Like tourmaline, ceramic plates help make hair shinier and smoother by releasing negative ions. It also speeds up hair straightening process when paired with a hairdryer.

5. Ball-tipped bristles. These prevent tangles and snagging when drying your hair.

6. Consider the brush shape. If you have short to medium-length hair, flat brush would work better for you. If you have long hair, consider getting a roller brush.

Finally, don’t forget to read or full product reviews here and here. The experience other people have had with a particular hair straightening brush can give you an idea of how the product performs in real-life situations.


  1. Danielle K says

    Does anyone know the name of the hair straightener that was featured on the show Paid Programing. It was a round soft bristle barel hot iron. The iron on it didnt get hot and the bristles moisterized the hair. It could straighten or curl the hair. It looked like a Round Hair Brush.

    • anne says

      Instyler…. I have one …. it works great but it doesn’t do wat I like to do wit my hair…. and it takes forever to straighten hair….. that’s if u have any large amount of it….

      • Mary Elias says

        I agree, Instyler is for regular hair. Very curly hair will not straighten nicely. I gave mine away!

    • Katie Masters says

      Hi Helen! Thanks for getting in touch. You may order the Apalus brush straightener on Amazon, this week with a 20% discount from the list price. Click here to order. Enjoy!

    • Katie Masters says

      Hi Madison, it works for all hair types, but with various results. It does straighten curls but it does not give you that perfect sleek look of a straightening iron. That being said, it works in a fraction of the time, so I think it is well worth in case you want to detangle your natural curls and achieve a straight natural look. Hope this helps!

  2. Noon says

    I’m looking for a blow dryer that is shape like a comb that can manage thick coarse hair. Do you know any product that would work?

    • Katie Masters says

      I’m afraid I cannot help with a definitive answer, the brush bristles are 1.5-2cm long, so they do not tackle the roots that well, depending on how long and curly your hair is you might see results. You may also take a look at an electric hot comb if you want.

  3. Lillian says

    Does it really work? I have long curly hair and its also my hair freezes bad. I just want to make sure it works before I spend that kind of money on one! Thanks

    • Katie Masters says

      Hi Lillian, in my experience, the curlier the hair, the more spectacular the results with the brush straighteners, you would need though to pass the iron a couple of times through hair to achieve a neat look. It is faster but not as effective as a straightening iron. You can read here more details about how effective it is on ethnic or more difficult to style hair. For frizz I strongly recommend using a good argan oil after styling, you will be very pleased with the results!

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