The best hair straightener brushes for sleek, shiny, volumized hair

The best hair straightener brush for you could replace your hair straighteners to become your new go-to for smooth, sleek locks

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Pairing the best hair straightener brush we can find with our go-to flat irons can make a massive difference to our hair.

We all love our hair straighteners, but they haven't always had the best reputation when it comes to hair health. Of course, nowadays, the best hair straighteners all come with clever technologies to protect our locks and prevent damage from clamping and dragging, as this can lead to breakage, split ends, and weakening. But by using the tools in tandem, rather than just sticking to our typical straightening iron, we can optimize hair health and open up a world of styling possibilities.

Both wet and dry hair straightener brushes can work well with flat irons, as those designed to use on wet hair can leave your hair in a semi blow-dried state so that all you need is a quick glide for results. Those designed to use on dry hair, meanwhile, can be used to keep second-day hair in check.

But who’s making the best hair straightener brush? Of course, trusty GHD is up there with a model to tame even the wildest of hair types in just minutes (no surprise, as their products consistently rank up there), while the charming Ikoo E Styler gives a bunch of heat options in an elegant-looking package. And the reasonably priced Babyliss Smooth Dry will even dry your hair while straightening, cutting even more time off your morning routine.

How to choose the best hair straightener brush for you

Much like with the best hair dryer, you must consider which is the best hair straightener brush for you and your hair. The main things to consider are:

  • Is it designed to be used on wet or dry hair?
  • Does it come with different temperature settings?
  • How heavy is it?
  • How wide is the paddle?
  • What are the bristles like?

“It's important that a hot brush is lightweight, simple, and user-friendly,” says Ricky Walters, director of Salon64. “I always check to see that it does not tangle or matt the hair, as you want something that can glide through the hair with ease. It also shouldn’t be so hot that it burns or overcooks the hair, so a hot brush with a variable heat function or a low optimum temperature is ideal. And I prefer smaller teeth for fine hair and longer or larger teeth for thicker or frizzy hair.

"Don’t always feel a hot brush has to replace your usual routine," adds Ricky. "Wash, dry, and even blow-dry your hair as usual and you can use a hot brush to tweak and quick-fix your style. Use the brush to add a quick little wave, as in the case with wavy hairstyles, or bend at the ends relatively effortlessly for a smooth, blow-dried look."

The best hair straightener brush options, as reviewed by our experts

GHD glide

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1. GHD Glide

Best hair straightener brush for shine

Specifications
For use on: Dry hair
Weight: 560g
Cord length: 2.7m
Warranty: 2-year manufacturer’s guarantee
Auto shut-off: After 60 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: Ceramic technology
Reasons to buy
+Light and easy to use+Straightens hair in minutes+Sleek and shiny finish
Reasons to avoid
-Not a poker-straight finish

If there’s one hair-tool brand that is sure to catch our attention every time they drop a new product, it’s GHD. And while we’re well versed in the magic of their many stylers and hair dryers, including their newest GHD Platinum+ and GHD Helios releases, we never imagined they could make a hair straightener brush this good. Of course, any hair tool the brand touches turns to gold, but who knew they could even do it with a simple brush?

Living up to its name, the brand’s first professional hot brush, which has been dubbed “the brush that broke the internet,” glides through locks to leave them straight and sleek, with the paddle’s ceramic coating imparting a glossy shine, making it our best hair straightener brush for shine. In just minutes, you can take your hair from frizzy to straight, but we have to point out that this isn’t one for when you want a poker-straight look. As it only comes into contact with one side of the hair strands, it’s designed to give you a straight look in a healthier manner, leaving you with body and movement—perfect for glamming up second-day hair. 

Ikoo E-styler pro

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2. ikoo E-Styler Pro

Best luxury hair straightener brush

Specifications
For use on: Dry hair
Temperature settings: 150ºC, 170ºC, 190ºC, 210ºC, 230ºC
Cord length: 2.2m
Auto shut-off: After 30 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: Ceramic plates, side waves setting
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of heat settings+Comfortable and easy to use+Fast styling
Reasons to avoid
-Not super-sleek finish on curly hair types-Side-waves function doesn’t hold very well-Some flyaways

With its fancy temperature dial, comfortable grooves, and copper-colored plates, this exudes an air of premium sophistication. The ergonomic design allows for comfortable handling, while the wide paddle makes for quicker styling on even the thickest of hair types.

We loved the shiny finish to hair after use, thanks to the ceramic plates, and the variable temperature settings mean that you can tailor it to your own hair type, with thicker and curlier hair types benefiting from the higher heats making this one of the best hair straighteners for curly hair in brush form. Fine hair types can avoid extra heat damage by opting for the lower settings. We do think the side-waves function is super cool, but it doesn’t hold in locks very well. The brush also doesn’t give thick and curly hair types the sleekest finish, and there is a potential for flyaways, so we’d invest in a good serum.

best hair straightener brush, Babyliss smooth dry

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3. Babyliss Smooth Dry

Best budget hair straightener brush

Specifications
For use on: Wet hair
Temperature settings: 2 settings
Weight: 415g
Cord length: 2.2m
Warranty: 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee
Auto shut-off: After 60 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: 2 speed settings, detangling bristles, 600W power
Reasons to buy
+Nimble and easy to control+Variable heat settings+Sleek finish+Doesn’t tangle
Reasons to avoid
-Low wattage

This humble offering proves that you can get quality without maxxing out your credit card. Working more like a dryer than a straightener, this will blow-dry your hair straight while gliding through locks seamlessly, thanks to its detangling bristles. It's advised that you rough-dry your hair beforehand to remove any excess water, but the wide paddle of this will let you speed through straightening with the addition of ionic conditioners that tame frizz and leave a shiny finish.

Those with thicker curlier hair might not get the straightest finish from this, owing to its low wattage, so you might have to go over-the-top with a pair of straighteners if you want a super-straight finish.

Dafni allure cordless

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4. DAFNI Allure Cordless Straightening Brush

Best cordless hair straightener brush

Specifications
For use on: Dry hair
Temperature settings: 185ºC
Weight: 750g
Voltage : Universal
Warranty: 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee
Added extras: 30 minutes’ cordless usage, 3D multi-length bristles
Reasons to buy
+Light and compact+Quick styling+Shiny finish
Reasons to avoid
-Not super straight-Doesn’t hold all day

Dafni has long been a favorite for hair straightening brushes and this cordless offering just proves why. Just like the Dyson Corrale revolutionized high-end hair straighteners with its cordless function, the Dafni Allure has done the same for hair straightener brushes. Its multi-length bristles are ceramic-coated for a shiny finish and reach different parts of the hair, which makes for faster styling.

Like the GHD Glide, it leaves even thick heads of hair straight in minutes and with a smooth, bouncy finish. Again, it won’t leave your tresses dead-straight and doesn’t hold all day, but it’s light and compact to catch all of your hair and will fit in your bag for any midday touch-ups.

GHD rise

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5. GHD Rise Hot Brush

Best hair straightener brush for volume

Specifications
For use on: Dry hair
Temperature settings: 185ºC
Weight: 370g
Cord length: 2.7m
Voltage : Universal
Warranty: 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee
Auto shut-off: After 30 minutes of inactivity
Added extras: 32mm barrel
Reasons to buy
+Adds movement and bounce+Sleek and shiny finish+Multi-functional+Fast styling
Reasons to avoid
-Catches hair slightly

After the innovation of the GHD Glide, the brand’s newest drop caused a flurry of excitement among beauty fans when it launched in 2020. Unlike many of our other top picks, it doesn’t fully straighten your hair, but adds a voluminous bounce to drab or flat hair, so is undoubtedly the best hair straightener brush for volume. While we loved the GHD Glide for giving our second-day hair a sleeker look, the Rise will add to that by adding some salon-worthy movement to your ’do.

It does exactly what it says on the tin and can even add in a few curls if you wanted to change up your look a little bit. Our one and only niggle is that it can get caught in your hair slightly, so be sure to properly brush out any knots beforehand.

Dyson airwrap complete

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6. Dyson Airwrap Complete

Best hair straightener brush for wet hair

Specifications
For use on: Wet hair
Temperature settings: 3 settings
Weight: 370ga660g
Cord length: 2.62m
Warranty: 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee
Available colours: Grey & fuschia, black & purple
Added extras: 1300W power, 3 speed settings, different attachments available to create various looks
Reasons to buy
+Strong and healthy finish+Works on wet hair+Multi-use with multiple attachments
Reasons to avoid
-Not strong enough for thick, curly, frizz-prone hair

While professionals make achieving a bouncy blow-dry look painless, anyone who’s ever tried it themselves will understand that it’s not as easy as it looks. But the Dyson Airwrap does all the hard work for you with its well-thought-out attachments, with two brush heads that turn the Airwrap into a hair straightener brush plus the bonus of different-sized rounded barrels if you feel like trying your hand at putting some waves in - so this has to be our best hair straightener brush for using on wet hair.

Unlike most other hair straightening brushes, it can be used on wet hair, although they do recommend that you rough-dry your hair with the hair dryer attachment beforehand to remove any excess water. Using Dyson’s "Coanda" effect—a forceful spinning impeller creates a pressurized flow of air to pull hair towards the attachment, and then blows temperature-controlled air on to magnetized hair—the tool sets wet hair into the shape of whatever attachment you’re using while it dries, which is a healthy way to dry your hair straight without exposing it to any surplus heat. While it does come with two different straightening brush heads—one for fine hair and one for coarse hair—this one is probably better suited to fine hair, as curlier hair will most likely be left with a pesky halo of frizz unless you go over it with a straightening iron afterwards.

woman&home thanks Ricky Walters of Salon64 for his time and expertise.

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a Rioja- and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she stalked the royals via breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.

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