So unless you’ve got dead straight hair 24/7, you have probably taken notice of these seemingly magical brushes that straighten your hair when they’ve popped up in your social news feed. If not, believe me; I’m not making this up, these brushes exist! They have a built in ceramic heating element the same as your old school hair straightener, combined with heat proof nylon bristles to form the brush head, so you can simply brush your hair and the hair comes in contact with the heating element straightening as you go.
Now I’m an every day curly fuzz bucket as many of you may already know, and I’m also a bit lazy when it comes to styling my hair because of the time it takes for me to do anything with it. So when I saw this brush that straightens hair I was totally stoked – no need to separate my hair into sections, just wake up, roll out of bed, turn on brush, and brush hair straight!
I found a few hair straightener brush reviews online and decided to go with the Swift Hair straightener brush. It has a different design to the other straightener brushes out there like the Dafni and the Apalus. I also don’t think $300AUD is a reasonable price to pay for something that might not work that well, especially when i can get a classic ghd straightener (which I know works) for less! The Swift Hair straightener brush was still at the higher end of the models on offer ($149.95AUD) but it looked like it was better quality than the ones flooding eBay, plus I’ve got a soft spot for Taylor Swift (not sure if it’s affiliated). I’ll post my own video soon, (still editing) but in the meantime, here is a video review of one of the cheaper models. (TLDR – it doesn’t really work for her)
Hair Straightening Brush Test
I put in my order and had my new magic hair straightening brush in three days. I felt like Hermione, pulling out my new magic wand. First impressions were good, Nice box with detailed instructions and features. I particularly liked that the brush had a super long swivel cord and one button on the handle which controls the five heat settings (120° -200° Celsius). I got the red and black model, but they also have a pink one.
The Swift Hair website gives a guide on what temperature to use for what hair type so I decided to start on 180° recommended for coarse, wavy hair. So I plugged it in and waited 1 minute and 10 seconds for it to reach the selected temperature (yes I timed it!) You can tell it has reached your temperature as the light on the handle stops flashing. Ok, so start up time is a tick in the column of the hair straightener brush – quicker than my other hair iron.
Straightening My Hair
All right, so the moment of truth…Did the straightening brush work? I started brushing my hair at about the same pace as I would use my hair iron. I found it easier to hold the section of my hair I was brushing at the tips so the hair would penetrate the brush head as deeply as possible. After just a couple of strokes, my hair was already straightening out, I flipped the brush around and repeated the straightening process on the underside of the same area.
I stared into the mirror to admire my handy work and I have to say I was impressed. It was easy to get the brush through my hair without it tangling, and you can manoeuvre the brush around your ears and scalp and neck with little worry of burning yourself as the heating element is protected by the brush bristles. Of course if you go poking your fingers in there you’ll burn them but if your using it as instructed, it’s pretty much impossible to burn yourself. This got me thinking that this would be a great product for my little sister! No need to worry about her burning herself and it even turns off automatically if she leaves it on (you know what kids are like).
In total, to straighten my whole head of wavy curls took about 5 minutes. This is a massive time saver when compared with my flat iron hair straightening routine, which would be up around 40 minutes from start to finish. The Swift Hair straightening brush has given me back 30 minutes of extra sleep every morning, eliminating my frizz and straightening my hair in next to no time! Because of this, I’m going to award the Swift Brush the prestigious Ella Mobbs Style Award!