Hot air brushes are used to comb and style hair while blow drying. They are made up of brush bristles covering a rotating barrel, which blows hot air through a set of vents. The barrel is attached to a handle, where the power switch and temperature controls are usually located. Most models are handheld and powered by batteries or AC power.
Types of Hot Air Brushes
Kinds of Hot Air Brushes include the following:
Chrome hot air brushes
Chrome hot air brushes have metallic barrels with a slightly rough surface, which may cause snags and breakage.
They are cheaper than ceramic brushes, but they take longer to heat up and cool down.
They are recommended for occasional use and for users with healthy, undamaged hair.
Ceramic hot air brushes
Ceramic hot air brushes have a smoother finish that reduces friction and prevents overheating.
They heat up faster than chrome brushes and offer easier temperature controls.
More advanced models offer ionic heating, which conditions the hair while heating to prevent scorching.
Choosing Hot Air Brushes (Buying tips)
Temperature controls: Choose a hot air brush with variable heat settings. Look for one with a high temperature limit if you have thick, coarse hair to better penetrate the strands. For fine and limp hair, choose a lower temperature to avoid burning and breakage.
Barrel size: Choose a hot air brush with a wide barrel to cover larger areas with a single sweep. Larger barrels are ideal for longer hair and for setting waves. Look for one with removable bristles so that you can choose between bristle types.