If you want to achieve that bouncy blow-dry effect you get after a trip to the hair salon from home, a hot air brush might just be the hair styling tool you’re missing.
If you’ve never used one before, a hot air brush is a hybrid of a hair dryer and a hair straightening iron, and works to give you voluminous, smooth, blow-dried hair with ease.
The heat from the air dryer dries the hair after you’ve washed it and the bristles grab onto your hair to reduce frizz and smooth out your locks. And they’re not just for long hair, they’re great for all different hair types and lengths including very short hair.
There are many different types of hot air brush on the market, from rotating hot air brushes that add volume at the root, to silicone bristles that aim to give your hair serious shine.
The best part? They’re super affordable, so you can get that salon worthy results for a fraction of the price.
The best hot air brushes UK
Best overall: Revlon Pro Collection One Step Dryer & Volumiser
The popular Revlon Pro is a 2-in-1 styling tool that can achieve three different styles of curl, with two heat settings and a cool shot to help your style last longer. It also features Ionic Technologyu2122 to help condition, smooth and make hair shinier, while reducing frizz and static.
Best for straightening: ghd Glide Professional Hot Brush
Made to be used on dry hair only, this hot brush is an alternative to hair straighteners that smooths your hair quicker than it takes to straighten. This is ideal for those days you need to tame frizzy hair in minutes without having to spend ages on your hair.
Best budget: BaByliss Flawless Volume Hot Air Styler
Babyliss are another brand leading the way in the hot air styling market. Their flawless volume hot air styler brush is made with a ceramic barrel for smooth shape and body and can be used directly on damp, towel dried hair.
Best for volume: BaByliss Big Hair 2885U Spinning Brush
If you think your hair would be better suited to a spinning brush head, the BaByliss Big Hair styler could be ideal. It features a built-in super ionic generator that sends a stream of negative ions which act to neutralise static charges as you dry, immediately enhancing the look and feel of your hair making it better suited to frizzy or more curly hair.
Best for al hair types: Revamp Proglossu2122 Airstyle - 6 in 1 Air Styler
Looking for a 6 in 1 hot air styler that adds shape and style to your hair? Suitable for all hair types, this hot air brush will certainly do the trick. With 6 different attachments, including a diffuser to lift those curls, this all-rounder is a necessity in your hair routine.
Most versatile: DYSON Airwrap
We know this seems rather pricey for a hair tool, but if youu2019ve ever used a Dyson product, whether itu2019s one of their vacuum cleaners, fans or hair dryers, you know youu2019re getting a very high quality product that works. With 7 different brush attachments included, depending on the style you want to achieve, it allows you to style and dry at the same time, without the use of extreme heat.
Best for shine: Revamp Proglossu2122 Perfect Blow Dry - Volumiser Hot Air Styler
If your aim is to achieve a glossy hair, this air dryer is a brilliant choice as itu2019s infused with a unique combination of Proglossu2122 super smooth oils u2013 including Keratin, Argan Oil and Coconut Oil to create hairstyles with stunning shine. You also have full control over the airflow and temperature to suit you.
Best for short hair: Remington Flexibrush Steam CB4N
If you have a more cropped hair style, you might find most hot air brushes are a little too thick to use on your hair which is why itu2019s ideal to use a thinner barrel on short styles. This one from Remington uses steam to style the hair how you like it, which is a much more gentle way of styling hair, ideal for damaged locks.
How to use a hot air brush
Not sure how to use your hot air brush and don't want to get it stuck in your hair? We love this tutorial from YouTuber 'Skin Obsessed Mary' who shows us how she styles her hair with the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer to add some volume to her bob.
Her top tips include going from the root and rotating the brush with your wrist to create volume from the underneath. On top, she dries the hair from the crown backwards and the hair at the front forwards to add more bounce on top.
As mentioned in the video, it's always important to use some heat protection spray when styling your hair. And although hot air brushes are much kinder to hair than the very hot ceramic plates on other styling products, it's still important to protect our hair.
Here are some of our favourite heat protection sprays on the market that are suitable for most hair types.
OGX Argan Oil of Morocco heat protection and blow dry spray for hair
This spray is best for dryer hair to give your hair added shine.
Tresemme Care and Protect Heat Defence Spray
This works brilliantly on frizzy hair in particular.
L'Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Styling Hairspray
From the iconic Elnett brand, this heat protection spray is ideal to use with all kinds of heat styling.