How A Hot Air Brush Works

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/27/22

Hot air brushes can literally save you a lot of hair styling time. These amazing styling tools can create salon-worthy blowouts at home.

However, hot hair brush fans might be wondering, how does a hot air brush work?

Here’s a quick answer for you:

The hot air brush has the same motor as your hairdryer. It’s a two-in-one brush that straightens and styles your hair in a few minutes. It basically works like a blow dryer or flat iron. 

If you want to be more technical, the heated bristles are stretched out while straightening your hair evenly as it glides through your hair. Additionally, hot air stylers are also great for taming frizzy hair!

How to Style Your Hair With a Hot Air Brush

It’s easy to style your hair with a hot air brush. You can also use the hot brush to boost volume and shine or smooth down frizz regardless of hair type. 

The following steps will guide you through the process of using a hot brush to style your hair:

Step #1: Choose the right heated brush.

You can either go for a hot air paddle brush or the round brush. 

Round brushes are ideal for creating straight or curly hair, while hot air paddle brushes are best for smoothening straight hair.

To achieve the desired results, make sure to choose the best hot air brush for your hair type. 

Step #2: Prep your hair.

Prepping your hair involves washing, conditioning, drying, and applying some heat protection products before heat styling. 

If you want to reduce heat damage and seal moisture in your hair, don’t skimp on the conditioner!

Use a soft cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to towel-dry hair after taking a shower. You should let your hair air dry before styling for better results. 

Before starting the styling procedure, use a heat protectant spray or mousse that’s appropriate for your hair type. This will prevent your hair from potential heat damage. 

Step #3: Plug in your hot air styler and let it heat up.

If your hair is thin, fine, or very thick, you may need to use a higher temperature to prevent damage. 

Step #4: Section your hair.

You should divide your hair into sections. Use a claw clip to secure each section so you to easily work on your hair. 

Step #5: Brush and style hair.

Begin brushing at the roots and work your way to the tips of the hair.

Lift the hair up and out as you glide the brush through. This will help you achieve create volume naturally.

To create curls, wrap the ends around the round brush’s barrel and pull through the hair.

Step #6: Finish with a little hair spray.

If your hair tends to weigh down, a light volumizing hair spray can help set the style and let it last longer. 


Hot air brushes definitely work! The heated bristles straighten your hair as it glides through the surface of your strands. Just remember not to use a hot air brush on sopping wet hair to avoid frying up your hair!

If hot brushes seem new to you, check out this article on how to use a hot air brush for a brief guide.

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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