How To Curl Hair with a Hot Air Brush

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/27/22

If you’ve been wondering how to curl hair with a hot air brush, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, Lucky Curl shares a simple step-by-step procedure on how to properly use the hot brush to curl your hair.

Anyway, a hot hair brush works like a curling iron. However, it won’t give you as many curls as when you’re using the curling iron. 

Still, hot brushes are good for giving your hair an extra volume. Plus, they’re great for styling either long or short hair and even wavy hair!

Simple Steps on How to Curl Hair Using the Hot Brush

For this section, I’ll be discussing three simple steps on how to curl hair using hot air brushes. Take note of how each step is done and its importance!

Prep Your Hair

Make sure to prep your hair before styling. Prepping involves washing, conditioning, pre-drying, and applying heat protectants.

You can either use dry shampoo or regular shampoo for washing your hair. Do not skip the leave-in conditioner for moisturizing your hair.

After washing, towel dry or air dry hair. Hair has to be at least 80% dry before heat styling. Never ever curl soaking wet hair to avoid heat damage and frying up your precious locks! Curling slightly damp hair is more effective anyway.

Of course, do not forget heat protection. Use a heat protectant spray or mousse depending on your hair type. Apply it evenly on your hair avoiding the scalp. Heat protectants protect your hair from heat damage and also gives a smoother and shinier finish. 

Brush and Style

It’s time to curl now! 

Section your hair into four parts – front, left side, right side, and back. Use claw clips to secure each section. Sectioning is important for quick styling. It also prevents you from curling the same section over and over again which can potentially damage your hair. 

Start curling by wrapping a section of your hair with the hot brush. Pull the hot air brush outwards and as you reach the ends of your hair, turn the brush inwards. 

Roll your hair on the hot brush towards your roots. Leave it in place for 10 seconds once you reach the roots. 

Keep repeating the process until all sections are done. It’s going to take you at least a few minutes. Don’t lose your patience!

It’s nearly impossible for your hair not to get caught on the hot brush while curling, gently detangle your strands if this happens.

If you want to see this method in action, watch the video below for how to curl with a hot air brush:

Finish up!

Finishing products are important to lock in your style. The smoothing serum is a great idea for smoothening your curls. 

Squirt some smoothing serum to your palm and run your hands through your hair. Make sure it’s applied evenly to your hair. The serum can help avoid frizzy hair too.

Also, when you’re done curling, give your hair a final brush, and don’t forget the flexible hair spray. 

It is important to cool your hair before brushing it with a regular comb or round brush. 


It might sound like a big job for someone who’s not really into using hot brushes for curling hair. But don’t be put off though as nothing comes easy at first anyway!

Hot air brush works! However, it takes a lot of practice to perfect curling hair using such a tool. All you have to do is follow the right procedure, then you’ll be fine.

As a fair warning, it’s not a good idea to keep using the hair dryer brush, blow dryer, or any heated tools on your hair too often. If you keep up with this, your hair will be prone to damage.

Read this article on how to use a hot air brush for more details!

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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