Hair Straightening Brush Buying Guide

choosing right brush

So you want to join the hair straightening brush revolution but you are not sure where to start or what to look for when shopping for one? Lucky for you, because of my extensive research in this area I have enough information to be able to guide you in the right direction so that you can know what to look for when choosing a hair straightening brush. The hairbrush aspects that I will discuss below are common to all straightening brushes, and in this article I will give you information about how they affect the performance of your brush so that you can make a more informed decision when you are ready to purchase one.

The Bristles

The bristles on your brush are very important. If you get a brush with the wrong kinds of bristles they may cause your hair to break, and on brushes of lesser quality you will even find that the bristles can fall out easily and you will need to replace your brush sooner rather than later. So look for a straightening brush that has good-quality bristles that are firmly rooted into the base of the brush. The Arabella Ceramic is a good example that has very secure bristles (see my review on the homepage).

The tips of the bristles themselves are also something that you want to keep in mind. If you have a very sensitive scalp, for example, you should look for a brush that has nylon bristles, as these won’t hurt your scalp and will help your hair to come out smooth and soft as well. For people who have hair that gets tangled easily, like mine, I would suggest getting a brush that has ball-tipped bristles, as they prevent tangling and do not snag on your hair when you are drying or straightening it.

The Plates

When you are looking for a hair straightening brush to purchase, the plates are perhaps the most important thing for you to consider. This is the part of the brush that will be heated and actually come into contact with your hair, which is why you want to pay special attention to it. Most high-quality brushes will use advanced technologies such as ceramic technology or tourmaline technology on them to reduce heat damage.

Ceramic technology is perhaps the most popular kind that is used in hair straightening brushes; it works by releasing negative ions into your hair to neutralized the overabundance of positive ions and make your hair smoother and shinier. This type of technology also allows your brush to heat up faster, so that you can style your hair quicker and not have it exposed to heat for very long. Tourmaline technology also creates and releases more negative ions into your hair, and both technologies will reduce static and frizz to leave your hair looking sleek and smooth.

The Handle

If you are used to styling your hair on your own you will know how uncomfortable it can be to hold your hair styling instrument up for prolonged periods of time while you use it to style the different sections of your hair. Your hand can get tired really quickly doing this and so it is important to look for a brush that has a very comfortable handle, one which will reduce the strain that you feel when holding it for very long. Look for brushes that have cushioned handles, as these tend to be very comfortable. If you want a brush that requires you to clamp its barrels together, try to find one that does not require you to exert a lot of extra effort in order to do so.

The Shape

Depending on the length of your hair you will want to choose the size of your straightening brush carefully. Roller brushes or those with a circular shape tend to be better if you have longer hair. If you have short or medium length hair, then ideally you should choose a flat brush as these work better with shorter lengths of hair.


These are the most common aspects of hair straightening brushes that you need to look out for. If you are not aware of some of these factors and how they affect the hair styling process you could end up wasting your time and energy on the wrong brush. Keep these factors in mind when shopping for a new one, and you should end up with a brush that you will be able to use effectively and keep in your arsenal of beauty supplies for a very long time.