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Hair Straightening Brush – A Possible Rival For Flat Irons?

Have you heard of the hair brush that straightens your hair? No, I'm not talking any ordinary hair brush - but a hair straightening brush. Although similar to a hair straightener, they work in a different way.

If you are interested in the low down on flat irons (like ghd, cloud 9) head over to my Best Hair Straighteners guide.

PictureModelMax TempHeat SettingsMore Info
top-pick
AsaVea
230 degreesVariable (120 to 230 degrees)See On Amazon

AsaVea 3.0200 degrees6 Settings (130 to 200 degrees)See on Amazon
Babyliss Diamond Heated Brush200 degrees3 Settings (180 to 200 degrees)See on Amazon
AsaVea Pink 230 degreesVariable (80 to 230 degrees)See on Amazon
2 in 1 Ionic Hair Straightener230 degreesVariable (150 to 230 degrees)See on Amazon

When I first saw one, my first reaction was; now that makes complete sense. Why have we waited so long to invent this?!

They are priced significantly cheaper than the high end hair straighteners, but are they any good?

I decided to dive into the specs and reviews of every hair straightener brush I could track down. There are a few for sale, some better than others.

You can also see which straightening brush I ended up buying, using and loving!

What is a hair straightening brush?

Essentially they are a heated hair brush. They plug in like a usual hair straightener does. They tend to have a variable temperature so you can adjust according to your hair type.

Are they better than hair straighteners?

They work on all hair types but I think they are definitely more effective to those with finer hair. Having said that, they do work on thick hair but may take a little longer to be effective.

They are very versatile and you can easily use them to curl and style your hair. As with hair straighteners, make sure you choose a hair straightening brush that is made with ceramic so that you minimise potential damage to hair. They are not designed to be used on wet hair. Make sure your hair is completely dry first.

They are potentially more portable than a regular hair straightener so can be taken on holiday with more ease. Just check they are dual voltage. 

Hair straightening brushes will give you a more natural look. You are able to create curls and a bit more volume than traditional flat irons.

If you are after super straight hair, hair straighteners like ghd or Cloud 9 will be more effective. Read my guide to the best hair straighteners.

In comparison to hair straighteners they are very new to the hair and beauty market. I think given time these will become the more popular choice when choosing what to buy to effectively straighten your hair. Especially if the prices stay so low.

AsaVea Hair Straightening Brushes

AsaVea have 3 hair straightening brushes currently available for sale on Amazon and all are met with a number of positive reviews.

AsaVea Hair Straightening Brush (Rose Gold) - TOP PICK

AsaVea have recently released this straightening brush, a beautiful and stylish brush that really delivers. I think it's really upped the quality and effectiveness of straightening brushes and set the bar high for the competition.

This model is my favourite by far and so has won the top pick slot. It is also the straightening brush I ended up buying. Read on to find out why it deserves such a title.​

What I Got

straightening brush

The straighteners arrived in a lovely luxurious looking box. Perfect for a gift for others or for yourself (thanks me!) Aside from the straightening brush itself (which is a beautiful pinky gold colour), there is a bag to store it in, or to take travelling with you. There is also a cleaning brush and a basic instruction booklet.

Using The Brush

As mentioned before, the brush itself looks good. I love the colour. It is lightweight and easy to hold. The booklet explains how the brush works and what buttons to press and when.

To switch the brush on you simply push and hold the On/Off button. The LCD display will show the default temperature of 355F (180C). You can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius by pressing the '+' and '-' button at the same time.

switching the straightening brush on

There is an Auto Lock function to keep the temperature locked in when you are using it. To unlock it (which you will need to do to adjust the temperature) you push the On/Off Button twice to unlock.

AsaVeva Control Panel

The temperature levels are changed by using the '+' and '-' buttons, going up or down in 20F/10C increments.

The booklet recommends the following temperatures;

Thick Hair - 410F - 450F or 210C - 230C

Normal Hair - 340F - 390F or 170C - 200C

Thin Hair - 250F - 320F or 120C to 160C​

As I have thick (and rather unruly) hair I increased the temperature all the way up to the maximum of 450F/210C. It took a few minutes to reach the desired temperature (the LCD display stopped flashing when it was ready).

As my hair is thick I needed to section out my hair (as I do with my flat irons). My hair had been left to dry naturally after I washed it.

Side Note: Don't ever use the brush on wet hair.

As I began to straighten my hair it felt initially quite strange. I am really used to my ghds and holding them and a brush to do my hair. It didn't take too long to get used to them but I did find myself feeling the need for a glove to protect my empty hand that kept on wanting to get involved!

The end result? I really liked it. My hair wasn't as dead straight as my ghds get it, but I really like the straight but more natural looking straight hair it achieved.

Since I've had them, I have used them frequently. I like the different look they give me. Would I recommend them? Yes. If you want a more natural straight look they are perfect.​

PROS: Quality product suitable for all hair types. Easy to use. Looks great. Adjustable temperature settings.

CONS: Need to buy a separate glove and heat protector mat. Takes longer to heat up than my ghds.

Main Features:

  • 7 temperature levels (120C to 230C)
  • Advanced MCH ceramic heat technology delivering a consistent optimum temperature
  • Digital display
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Automatic switch off
  • Auto temperature lock feature
  • Swivel cord
  • Cleaning brush
  • Beautifully packaged including a carry pouch - making it the perfect gift!

Hair Straightener Straightening Brush 3.0 From Asavea

AsaVea Hair Straightener Brush

Features at a glance;

  • Slim and lightweight
  • PTC Ceramic heating components
  • Fast heat up time - 60 seconds
  • 360 degree swivel cable for easy styling
  • 6 variable temperature settings
  • Anti-scald technology - protect your skin and scalp from burns
Temperature Guide for AsaVea

Getting the brush ready to use is very straight forward and quick. You can select the button you wish to use with the plus and minus buttons. The temperature range starts at 130 degrees and goes up to a maximum of 200 degrees. Remember, if you have thinner hair, stick with the lower temperatures.


Babyliss Diamond Heated Smoothing Brush

The Babyliss Diamond is a popular straightening brush, possibly better suited to medium to long hair owing the style of the brush shape.

Babyliss Diamond

Features at a glance;

  • 3 Heat Settings
  • Heat Protection Glove & Mat
  • Auto Shut Off
  • Super Ionic Frizz Control
  • 3 year guarantee
  • Storage Pouch

BaByliss are a brand associated with quality. As well as this brush, they also sell hair dryers, curling wands, heated rollers and hair straighteners.

Although this brush is at the higher end of the price range you get quite a bit with it, aside from the trust of a well known brand. The 3 year guarantee is reassuring, as are the other features.

There are 3 heat settings: 180°C, 190°C and 200°C so you can decide how hot you want it to be. This will depend on your hair type - the thicker your hair the hotter you should have it, the finer or more delicate your hair, the lower the heat setting should be.

The brush has an auto shut off which I think should be mandatory on all heated appliances. If the brush hasn't been used for 72 minutes continuously it will automatically shut off.  ​

The 360 degree swivel cord makes the brush easy to handle and manoeuvre around your head.​

Although probably easier to use on longer hair, it is suitable on all hair types; the heated ceramic fins alongside the flexible bristles help to control your hair as you heat and brush at the same time.

babyliss straightening brush

The ions help to control the frizz by smoothing the cuticle and reducing static, making your hair shinier and healthier looking.​


2 in 1 Ionic Hair Straightener

The 2 in 1 Ionic Straightener utilises both MTC Heating and Ionic Technology to provide a popular and highly rated hair straightening brush. 

2 in 1 Ionic Straightener

Features at a glance;

  • Fast heat up time (less than 1 minute)
  • 4 variable temperature settings from 150 degrees to 230 degrees.
  • Heat Resistant Glove
  • 360 degree swivel cord for easier styling
  • Automatic switch off and temperature lock
  • 360 day money back guarantee
  • Carry bag included

The 2 in 1 brush heats up quickly and has variable temperature settings allowing users to adjust the temperature according to their hair types. The manufacturers recommend;

  • Thin, fine or bleached hair: 150C
  • Coloured hair: 170C
  • Normal or slightly curly hair: 190C
  • Thick, curly or wavy hair: 230C​

 The Metal Ceramic Heater technology means that the straightener heats up quickly (less than 1 minute).

The Ionic technology helps to reduce frizz and increase the gloss by sealing the hair cuticle.


The Verdict - My Favourite Brush

Each of these hair straightening brushes ticks lots of boxes and have very positive reviews. If you are after a more natural looking straight hairstyle as opposed to poker straight hair, these brushes are what you should buy.

My one recommendation would be to purchase a heat resistant mat as well to protect your surfaces when placing it down after use.

So which of these should you go for? They all have great reviews and have similar features. However, the AsaVea brand just about wins it for me, and indeed did as I ended up buying it.

It is lightweight, small, has variable temperature settings for all hair types and comes with a travel case.

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