Why a Blow Dryer Brush Is the Hottest Hair Tool Right Now

July 23, 2021
Jazmine A. Ortiz
By: Jazmine A. Ortiz | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Most of us are well-versed in the art of blow drying hair, or at the very least, you’ve picked up a traditional blow dryer before. Hair dryer brushes, on the other hand, are a newer beauty tool that’s picked up traction in the past few years, so you may not be as familiar with the handy contraption. Any kind of heat styling can seem daunting, but don’t worry your pretty little head of gorgeous hair! Here, we’re breaking down how and why to use a hair dryer brush with the help of Rashuna Durham, Amika lead pro educator.

What are the benefits of using a hair dryer brush?

When using any type of heat tool on hair, you always run the risk of damaging your strands. But not all hot tools are created equal, which brings us to the blow dryer brush. It's less damaging and as Durham explains, “It also gives your blowout maximum shine and gets rid of unwanted frizz.” Her pick is Amika’s Hair Blow Dryer Brush because of its large oval barrel which she says “creates volume at the root and sleekness along the hair shaft. The mix of long and short bristles detangle, smooth and minimize breakage.”

What styles can be created with a hair dryer brush? 

Many styles can be created with a blow dryer brush — it can be used to create waves, flips and curls. If you prefer a va-va-voom look, body, volume and lift can also be achieved with the versatile tool to leave you looking, as Durham put it, “like a Victoria's Secret model with that perfect bouncy blowout.”

What hair types are the best candidates for use?

Blow dryer brushes work best on a range of hair lengths, but people with fine hair will get the most benefit. “The blowing hot air delivers volume while the round brush provides control and style, leaving your hair flowing and shiny,” says Durham. She notes that the brush won’t make curly hair stick-straight — that’s what your flat-iron is for. Instead, a blow dry brush like Amika’s she says is “typically used to smooth curly hair or add gentle curls to straight hair.”

What are your tips for using a hair dryer brush correctly?  

Sometimes maneuvering your hot tools around your head is easier said than done. When it comes to blow dry brushing, start with towel-dried hair, “removing as much excess moisture as possible,” instructs Durham. Always use a detangling spray that has a heat protectant, such as L'Oréal Professional Absolut Repair Gold 10 in 1 Perfecting Multipurpose Spray


“Section your hair in large sections, to make it easier to blow out with the brush,” says Durham. “Remember, for added volume in the front and in the crown area, pull the brush in the opposite direction to give more voluptuous volume.” Finish your look with a hairspray like for a smooth, soft-hold sleek look.

 

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What styles can be created with a hair dryer brush? 

Many styles can be created with a blow dryer brush — it can be used to create waves, flips and curls. If you prefer a va-va-voom look, body, volume and lift can also be achieved with the versatile tool to leave you looking, as Durham put it, “like a Victoria's Secret model with that perfect bouncy blowout.”

What hair types are the best candidates for use?

Blow dryer brushes work best on a range of hair lengths, but people with fine hair will get the most benefit. “The blowing hot air delivers volume while the round brush provides control and style, leaving your hair flowing and shiny,” says Durham. She notes that the brush won’t make curly hair stick-straight — that’s what your flat-iron is for. Instead, a blow dry brush like Amika’s she says is “typically used to smooth curly hair or add gentle curls to straight hair.”

What are your tips for using a hair dryer brush correctly?  

Sometimes maneuvering your hot tools around your head is easier said than done. When it comes to blow dry brushing, start with towel-dried hair, “removing as much excess moisture as possible,” instructs Durham. Always use a detangling spray that has a heat protectant, such as Loreal Professional Absolut Repair Gold 10 in 1 Perfecting Multipurpose Spray


“Section your hair in large sections, to make it easier to blow out with the brush,” says Durham. “Remember, for added volume in the front and in the crown area, pull the brush in the opposite direction to give more voluptuous volume.” Finish your look with a hairspray like for a smooth, soft-hold sleek look.


Photo: Becca Solovay, Design: Hannah Packer

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