New year – new hair…At least that’s what I’d like to think when I take that effort to style my hair. But come about a month later and I usually find my hair tied back in a bun or a (super messy) ponytail with my frizz standing on end trying to make contact with the aliens on the other planets.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a flat iron and I absolutely love it! But it takes me ages to get my coarsely curly Indian hair dry, and then flat iron it to get it sleek Rachel Greene (from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) straight. Plus, I’m a bit over getting the sleek look. I need something to jazz up my everyday ponytail.
So on Boxing day, I decided to splurge and get myself a straightening brush. And I locked sights on the Hairstyla. It’s been in the blogosphere of late and honestly, #FOMO was hitting me hard.
Price: $119.90 (I bought it for $95 from Myer on Boxing Day)
This hair brush comes in a typically sturdy cardboard box with a thin cardboard sleeve that notes all the key points and functionality of the straightener. Just take care and don’t drop the box on your foot like I did – it really hurts.
I believe that the Hairstyla comes in just one shade – black casing with chrome coloured heating plates. The brush has a power button as well as temperature control on the handle. It starts off at 150°c and goes all the way to 230°c. My Indian hair requires me to use the brush at the highest heat.
This is what took me a bit of getting used to. With my flat iron, I had to use a brush to make sure that my hair didn’t knot up as I was straightening it. With this brush, I had to use my fingers and hold a strand of hair and run the brush against it.
First off, your hair needs to be completely dry before use. Secondly, it needs to be free of knots. So get your detangling brush and get rid of all knots – the last thing you want is to have the Hairstyla get caught in your hair. Finally, work in small sections (and this part is key – I usually skip this part with my flat iron because I can get more hair in through the straightener and run over the area a couple of times to get it evenly straight). Not so with a straightening brush as you need to get the brushes through the strand for it to work.
The secret to using this brush is how slowly you go over the hair. The slower you go, the straighter your hair and the fewer times you need to go over it. Having to use the brush at its highest setting, my hair got hot quite easily. And I did burn my hands over my hot hair – not from the straightener. And yes, I was able to get the ends a bit curled in too (which seemed to be one of the main questions on the straightener brush asked out on the internet).
Always use heat protectant.
Hair needs to be completely dry in order to use the brush. The bristles do not get hot to touch. But I did burn my hands on the hot hair; I really wished it came with a glove.
1 hour auto switch off function is awesome. But I’m still paranoid so I definitely check that I’ve switched it off and unplugged it.
I only lost a few stray hairs, which is a better result than I usually have with regular brushing.
The weight of the brush is evenly balanced so you’re not struggling to use it.
It does take a bit to get accustomed to using the brush – you need to hold the hair taut and run the brush slowly to get good results and reduce the number of times you’re revisiting the same spot.
To be honest, I was totally not expecting it to perform as well as my Flatiron – especially considering that my hair is coarse and really stubborn. But this product absolutely blew my mind. It not only gave my hair dimension and movement but straightened it to something that looked natural and not like a sleazy car salesman.
Have you used a hair straightening brush before? Would you buy this brush?