I was sitting in Nottingham Airport waiting for my flight back home nose deep in my instagram when I got one of those sponsored posts advertising those Hair Straightener Brushes.
I had seen those in one of my favorite online specialized hair stores retailing for over (CHF 200 which is around USD 200 not exact conversion but close enough) and I was like no way! For this price I would buy me another GHD. And I LOVE see in caps my GHDs!!!!!
So I clicked on the link and it seems based on the videos and the reviews that people were happy with it and for around $40 and free delivery, I took the plunge and bought me a pink one!
I just got it last week and I waited till the next day after I showered and dried my hair to give it a go. In the instructions, it was said to comb hair before using, which I did.
Since I have fine hair, I set based on what I read at the lowest heat setting. I cannot control the heat on my GHD so I felt like this might be quite a good option, plus my hair is straight anyways so what I expected the brush to do is to just give it “texture”the way my GHDs do my hair. I cannot explain it always felt like my GHDs give more body to my really thin hair.
I turned it on and set the heat settings and waited until it was set to the temp I wanted and started using it.
Hmm… I think you know by now that well I was not impressed. All it did was heat my hair and did nothing like I hoped it would. There was no improvement in the hair texture or any kind of smoothing and it did not feel like I had used any type of straightener on it (brush or flat iron).
I said to myself, maybe the temp was too low and I needed to give it a go again with the higher setting, so I waited until yesterday to try it again, and same result.
I cannot speak for anyone with thicker or curly or any type of hair that is not mine, but on me it sucks! Why I thought I could get a quick alternate to my GHDs is cray cray! Now if GHDs would make some of those ceramic brushes, those I bet would be a success!!
One thing that really annoyed me what the placement of the On/Off and Temperature control on the side of the handle.
It was actually very easy to press them as I was brushing my hair and I kept having to go back and forth and see if I had turned the bloody thing off or changed the temperature by mistake. To be fair, I am not sure if there is an optimum location on the handle where this would not be a problem. Though I think in the pricey brush I saw, the controls were by the screen.
And finally, to top it all off, it was pulling my hair too. I already do not have a lot of it, and losing more is out of a question!
If you bought it or one very similar, I am really happy for you; but frankly, I cannot in all seriousness recommend this to anyone. It cannot manage to straighten hair to a person with straight hair (only a barley there wave) so how could it do it with curlier and thicker hair I do not know. The hair pulling is a big NO NO as well.
If you really liked it, I would love to know more so do not hesitate to leave me a comment!