A hot air brush is easily one of my favorite styling tools. This is thanks to its versatility and ability to create a salon-quality blowout at home.
A hot air brush comes in many shapes and sizes with many great features. One of the most important features would be whether it’s a rotating or a static hot air brush.
With this in mind, in this article, we assess whether a rotating hot air brush is better?
How does a rotating hot air brush work?
A rotating hot air brush is a hair styling tool that uses heat and rotation to style the hair. It’s a combination of a round brush that rotates with heated bristles (the bristles perform the hair drying process).
Rotating brushes have tufted bristles that lift hair as it straightens and styles. You can achieve the same with a usual blow-dry session, but you must use a separate round brush.
The best hot air brushes can add shine to your hair and make it frizz-free, no matter your hair type.
What makes a rotating hot brush better?
Here are my favorite reasons why this is a better tool:
- Saves time and is great for a quick styling routine
- Easy to use as the barrel rotates. I don’t need to wind my hair in the brush!
Rotating Hot Air Brush for Wet Hair vs. For Almost Dry Hair
Most rotating hot air brushes on the market work better on dry hair. If you have dripping wet hair, it’s best to use a regular blow dryer with a round brush to avoid frizz. Then, once your hair is about 80% dry, you can go in with the hot air brush to style.
Some newer brushes are safe to use on wet hair, though. These have ionic technology that prevents heat damage even on soaking wet hair. And they work just as well on dry hair, too.
Hair Dryer Brush vs. Hair Dryer
A regular blow hair dryer will do the job when it comes to drying your hair. But a hot air brush can help you style your hair at the same time. You can use a rotating hot airbrush to add volume or curl to your hair as you dry it.
Hair Dryer Brush vs. Hair Straightener
Hair straighteners do the job of making your hair silky smooth, and straight. But as the flat iron passes through your hair, hair damage is still bound to happen.
A rotating hair dryer brush minimizes the damage to your hair because it takes less pressure to make the brush go through your hair. The hot air takes care of the straightening, so it means styling time is shorter. Hair is less exposed to heat this way!
How to Use a Rotating Hot Air Brush
To use a rotating hot air brush, start by prepping your hair with a heat protectant spray. Then, divide your hair into sections and clip them up.
Starting at the roots, take a small section of hair and wrap it around the barrel. As you do so, the brush will rotate. Hold the ends of your hair taut as you move the brush down to the tips. Release and repeat for the rest of your hair!
Pros and Cons of a Hot Air Brush
The advantages of using a hair dryer brush are as follows:
- Quick-drying time
- A blow dryer brush can help you achieve a salon-level blowout at home
- It’s easier to use than a regular blow dryer and a round brush-a great way to dry your hair effectively!
- It adds volume and curl definition with the right hair products
- They usually have adjustable heat settings and one cool setting
- You can create small curls or voluminous curls with these tools
- The hot air in a rotating brush is more gentle to damaged hair than the heat in curling irons or a flat iron
- They’re fantastic to use for fine hair
The disadvantage of using a hot air brush is that:
- They can be difficult to maneuver if you have thick hair
- It takes a bit to adjust to its rotation
- It is not as volumizing as regular blow drying
- It may be not easy to use with too-long hair and short hair
Hot Air Brush Features to Look For
When shopping for the best hot air brush, there are a few features to look for:
- The barrel should be able to rotate in both directions (clockwise and counterclockwise).
- Look for a brush with ceramic or tourmaline bristles. These bristles distribute heat evenly and prevent damage to the hair. A ceramic barrel works excellent, too, as the hair is heated evenly as it rotates.
- If you want a multitasking rotating brush, get one with different brush attachments. You can switch up the attachments (and your style) in seconds!
- Hair dryer brushes with different temperature settings are a must-buy! It will help your hair not overheat when you have at least three heat settings.
- Your blow dryer brush must also have different speed settings. You don’t want to tangle your hair on your hot hair brush instead of styling it!
- Pick a rotating hot dryer brush with tourmaline ceramic technology for the barrel and bristles if you want less heat damage to your hair.
- Get a rotating brush with nylon bristles or one with boar bristles. These anti static bristles work to give you smooth hair.
A rotating hot air brush is a great styling tool for salon-level blowouts at home. So is a rotating hot air brush better? I believe so!
Please check out our best hair dryer brush review for all hair lengths and hair types.
To more gorgeous styling sessions, Curlies!
Leah WilliamsLeah 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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