Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimised by your hairdryer. Whether your hair is curly or straight, attempting to DIY a blow-dry to salon standards is always a challenge.
Unless you've trained as a hairdresser, which, let's face it, not many of us have, you're probably not as nifty with a round brush and hairdryer as you'd like to be.
Even if you think you've got this, 9 times out of 10, you haven't. I for one could never do it very well - heck, I couldn't do it at all.
Until the clouds parted and I met the love of my life, aka my hot brush, I had reached the point of near insanity, scheduling weekly hairdresser appointments, so that everyone was doing my hair except for me.
I lived like this for a while, as if I was some sort of Kardashian who couldn't bear the thought of taking a brush to their own head. It wasn't until I took a long look at my reflection in one of the many salons I was frequenting, that I realised, the madness had to stop.
I turned to Google for a reasonable solution and guess what I stumbled across? Hot brushes.
To say that they have changed my life would be an understatement (pls reference insane person above). They gave me the freedom to fit a once lengthy and traumatic experience into a painless 35 minutes. The results were better than anything I had been able to achieve at home, in fact, at times they were better than what I had received in a salon.
So, what is a hot brush? A hybrid tool that combines a brush and a dryer, or straightener, all you have to do is use them like a brush. It couldn't be simpler.
There are two types. The first is a round brush stuck onto a hairdryer. You'll want one that rotates, as this does all the work for you. Switch it on and hot air will start to blow out of the brush. Take your section and place it as close as you can get to the roots.
Hold down the button to make the brush rotate while you take it through your hair. It's important to make sure that you've got enough pull on the hair, otherwise, it won't smooth it as well. The finished results will rival a professional blow-dry, so it's perfect if you're looking for a bit of body, bounce and a sleek finish.
The second resembles a paddle brush but is backed by ceramic plates. These are better if you want pin-straight strands, sans volume. The results are pretty much the same as using a straightener but take half the time. Use them like you would your normal brush, on dry hair only.
Check out some of the top-rated hot brushes in the market:
Dafni Go Straightening Brush
PHILIPS Solid Heat Straightening Brush
Gorgio Professional Hair Straightener Brush HB6030
Braun Satin Hair 7 BR710 Iontec