2022-06-23 08:45:06 By : Ms. Grace Xiao

A hair dryer brush is, in my experience, pretty much the only way to get that post-haircut volume from an at-home blowout. Most of us don’t have the dexterity to handle a round brush and blow dryer with the panache—never mind the arm strength—hairstylists learn at cosmetology school and from hours upon hours of practice. Attempting the same moves on your own head is not relaxing; it can be frustrating and practically impossible to do in certain spots without calling for help. That’s where this useful tool comes in: The best hair dryer brushes are thoughtfully designed and give the assist you need to achieve salon-style shine, volume and smoothness.

We've rounded up the best hair dryer brushes to achieve that fresh-from-the-salon shine, volume and ... [+] smoothness.

Whether flat or round, most good-quality blow dryer brushes pull warm, dry hair in rather than blowing it out the way a standard hair dryer does. That creates the tension you need to pull sections of your hair up and out while gently heating them. It’s the easiest way for people of all hair types to get the straight and sleek, wavy or polished-curl look they want, plus long-lasting lift and fullness. Below are the best hair dryer brushes for every hair type.

“The best blow dryer brush out there hands down is made by Amika,” says Shayna Gertman, aka The Ambitious Blonde, a hairstylist based at Sola Salon Studios in Delray Beach, Florida. “It’s great for all hair types. It gets hot, brush is sturdy, it’s good quality, and it’s lightweight.” It has an oval-shaped tourmaline-coated barrel, short nylon-ball-tipped bristles and three heat/speed settings (with a stylist-approved max of 240 degrees F).

In addition to smoothing and flattening frizz, a good hair dryer brush can give texture and body—especially helpful for those with fine hair. The tools that come with this cult favorite Dyson brush allow you to do pretty much everything. “The Dyson Airwrap has many attachments for whatever hairstyle you want: smooth, waves, curls, bouncy, straight,” says Hauss. “It’s definitely worth the price.”

The newly launched iteration may be the most versatile one out there, with newly redesigned versions catering specifically to long hair and coily or curly hair as well. “This little machine can do it all,” says Renegar. “It takes very little skill since it creates a wind vortex and does most of the work for you. It’s also very gentle, and has three heat settings.”

Atlanta hairstylist Steve Hightower, who specializes in working with fine hair, adds that the Airwrap can comes with a learning curve—his clients are about 50/50 on it. “You have to take the time to learn how to use it,” he says.

This Revlon blow dry brush is a longtime favorite because it dries and styles at the same time and can produce the same salon-worthy look as some of its more expensive counterparts. Plus, it’s often on sale from an already affordable price, currently marked down to $41. It has three heat and speed settings but lacks attachments, making it less versatile than some others listed here.

LA and D.C.–based celebrity hairstylist Cody Renegar recommends this easy-to-use round brush. It has three heat settings, nylon and tufted bristles and ion technology to seal the hair’s cuticle for frizz-free shine. It has a more straightforward design than its competitors. “It’s lightweight and a little smaller but still easy to work with, and its bristles are far apart and a little thicker so there’s less chance for it to get tangled in your hair,” says Renegar.

The shorter your hair, the smaller the barrel you should use, says Fantashia Hauss, a hairstylist at Paul Rehder Salon in Chicago. “Revlon makes a very affordable, easy-to-use brush,” she says. This 1.5-inch brush, a slimmer version of our other Revlon pick on this list, is designed for hair that’s collarbone length and up.

“If your hair’s on the thicker, coarser side, I suggest buying a hair dryer that has titanium plates,” says Stephanie Angelone, master stylist at RPZL Hair Extension & Blowout Bar in New York. “It’s more powerful, dries hair faster and is usually a little lighter in weight, so it won’t be harsh on your arms if you have a lot of hair that takes longer to style.” The Easy Blo brush is nearly 20 percent lighter than other dryer brushes, which is great if you have a lot of hair. Plus, the dual bristles detangle and smooth in a single pass.

Hauss, who trained with Deva Curl and specializes in curly haircare, says this T3 brush is great for smoothing curly hair because it comes with a flat brush attachment and is infused with negative ions. “A flat brush attachment is key for smooth, sleek hair, and the negative ions help eliminate frizz and add shine,” she says. It also has 15 heat and speed options, so you can customize it to your hair and comfort level.

This ceramic, ionic option is from Chi—maker of the flat iron one of my best friends has sworn by for more than 15 years (she lives in New Orleans, so she knows humidity). It comes with all the attachments you need to smooth, volumize, curl or blow out your hair. The nylon and tufted bristles also help grip hair securely for good tension. “Even though it only has a 100-watt DC motor, it has plenty of power to give you the complete blowout you desire,” says Renegar. “Plus, it has a very long cord.”

I like that Chi also specifies the heat it puts out with each attachment and on both the high and low heat settings. At its maximum—on high heat with the most intensely focused attachment, the nozzle—this tool reaches 245 degrees F, still well under what’s recommended for at-home use.

Shopping for a blow dryer brush is similar to shopping for a standard hair dryer or any other hot tool. You’ll find that the price range varies in a similar way, from drugstore prices around $30 to over $500 for high-end options. No matter what your budget is, you’ll want to look for certain features to make sure that it’s user-friendly and durable, and won’t damage your hair.

You shouldn’t use any hot tool that goes over 250 degrees at home, according to Hightower. Overheating your hair can not only damage the cuticle, causing split ends and drying it out all over, but it also causes expensive highlights or salon color to turn brassy or fade faster. You want a brush that tells you its maximum heat levels or offers more than one heat setting, so you can use the one that is best for your hair. And as with your regular hair dryer, a shot of cold air helps set your style, according to several experts.

For the barrel, look for one that’s made of ceramic, tourmaline or titanium, says Hauss. In general, “these are the best because they get hotter and spread the heat more evenly and safely on your hair,” she says.

If you want to get even more specific, titanium plates tend to work best on thicker hair, while ceramic is best for fine hair, according to Angelone. “Titanium is stronger powered and dries hair faster. It’s also usually a little lighter in weight so won’t be harsh on your arms if you have a lot of hair that takes longer to style,” she says. Meanwhile, ceramic plates “create shine and fullness with heat evenly distributed.”

For all hair types, make sure that the barrel is infused with negative ions to help with smoothing and protecting hair.

Bristle-wise, look for sturdy nylon-coated ones with durable tips. Just as with a regular hair brush, the tips can wear down over time—in fact, heat speeds up the wear and tear. Exposed metal tips get extremely hot; you don’t want to be raking those through your ’do every day.

Avoid any unnecessary bells and whistles. I’m sure some people are great at using these and love them, but in my experience rotating hair tools are giant knots waiting to happen. Between the hot air sucking in while trying to manipulate the brush around your own head, there’s plenty going on already. It’s best to keep it simple. I didn’t hear from any hairstylists who recommend a rotating brush.