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

Our tried and tested guide to the best hair straightener brushes on the market

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Wondering why you might need the best hair straightener brush when you're already flat iron loyal? Because these hair smoothing devices are growing in popularity with every year that passes and could make a huge difference to the look and health of your hair.

We all love our hair straighteners, but they haven't always had the best reputation when it comes to hair health. Of course, the best hair straighteners should always come with clever tech to prevent damage and protect locks from breakage, split ends, and weakening. But by using the best hair straightener brushes you can do away with clamping and dragging altogether, optimize hair health and open up a world of styling possibilities.

The best thing about these tools is their versatility. You could use one as your main hair smoothing device, particularly if you have a naturally curly hairstyle or beach hair waves and don't want to iron out every iota of texture as straighteners do. Or you could use it as a quick flyaway-smoother after creating a bouncy blow dry with the best hair dryer. Hair straightener brushes can be designed to work with wet or dry hair, with those designed for wet hair offering a blow-dried look and those designed for dry hair an excellent solution to keep second-day hair in check.

How to choose the best hair straightener brush

When looking for the best hair straightener brush, there are a few main things to consider:

  • 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 matte 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 thick or frizzy hair."

"Don’t always feel a hot brush has to replace your usual routine," adds Ricky. "Wash, dry, and even home 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 brushes, as chosen by our experts

GHD glide

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1. GHD Glide

Best hair straightener brush for shine

Specifications

RRP: $169/£139
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

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Light and easy to use
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Straightens hair in minutes
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Sleek and shiny finish

Reasons to avoid

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Not a poker-straight finish

If there’s one hair-tool brand that is sure to catch our attention every time they drop a product, it’s ghd. And while we’re well versed in the magic of the best ghd straighteners including the very swish GHD Platinum+, we never imagined they could make a hair straightener brush this good.

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 gloss akin to an at-home keratin treatment. 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

RRP: $185/£135
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

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Wide range of heat settings
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Comfortable and easy to use
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Fast styling

Reasons to avoid

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Not super-sleek on curly hair types

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. The variable temperature settings mean that you can tailor it to your own hair type, with thicker hair types benefiting from the higher heats. Fine hair types can avoid extra heat damage by opting for the lower settings. The side-waves function sounds super cool, but it doesn’t hold in locks very well. The brush also doesn’t give thick and curly hair the sleekest finish, and there is a potential for flyaways, so we’d invest in one of the best hair styling products for that, like a good serum.

best hair straightener brush, Babyliss smooth dry

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3. Babyliss Smooth Dry

Best budget hair straightener brush

Specifications

RRP: $59.99/£38.99
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

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Nimble and easy to control
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Variable heat settings
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Sleek finish
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Doesn’t tangle

Reasons to avoid

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Low wattage

This humble offering proves that you can get quality without maxing 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

RRP: $49.99/£34.99
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

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Light and compact
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Quick styling
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Shiny finish
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Portable

Reasons to avoid

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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 Hot Brush

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5. GHD Rise Hot Brush

Best hair straightener brush for volume

Specifications

RRP: $189/£169
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

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Adds movement and bounce
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Sleek and shiny finish
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Multi-functional
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Fast styling

Reasons to avoid

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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. 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

RRP: $549/£449.99
For use on: Wet hair
Temperature settings: 3 settings
Weight: 660g
Cord length: 2.62m
Warranty: 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee
Available colours: Grey & fuschia, black & purple
Added extras: Various attachments available to create various looks

Reasons to buy

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Strong and healthy finish
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Works on wet hair
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Multi-use with multiple attachments

Reasons to avoid

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Pricy

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, this can be used on wet hair, although they do recommend that you rough-dry your hair with the hairdryer 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 onto magnetized hair—the tools ets 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 afterward.

Amika best hair straightener brush

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7. Amika Polished Perfection Thermal Straightening Brush

Best hair straightener brush for minimal damage

Specifications

RRP: $98/£90
For use on : Dry hair
Temperature settings: 182°C to 230°C
Cord length: 9ft
Added Extras: 360 degree swivel cord, 120v, temperature lock for uniform temperature control

Reasons to buy

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Customizable temperatures 
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Delivers sleek and static-free results
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Double negative ion technology 
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Infrared heat helps reduce damage

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't work on wet hair
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Not super straight

If you’re after salon-worthy results without running the risk of damage, this hot brush is for you. Bursting with ceramic bristles that emit infrared heat, the hot tool heats hair from the inside out to straighten it while reducing the risk of damage. Temperature can also be customized from 182°C for fine, thinner hair through to 230°C for curly hair or natural hairstyles that need a bit of extra heat. For the best and smoothest results, we recommend passing the brush underneath the section and as well as on top of the section. 

As well as customizable temperature, the brush boasts double negative ion technology that promotes shine and a 360-degree swivel cord that makes styling effortless. Oh, and after 60 minutes the hot tool automatically switches off to give you peace of mind if you’re styling in a rush. 

Moroccanoil Smooth Style Ceramic Heated Brush

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8. Moroccanoil Smooth Style Ceramic Heated Brush

Best hair straightener brush for smoothing

Specifications

RRP: $130/£180
For use on : Dry hair
Temperature settings: Customisable up to 430°F / 221°C
Cord length: 9ft
Added extras: Beveled edges, ceramic cool tip bristles

Reasons to buy

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Made for every type of hair
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Heats quickly in under 60 seconds
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One-hour automatic shut-off
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Delivers smooth, shiny results

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't work on wet hair
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Expensive

This hot tool has received countless five-star reviews—and we don't disagree! We have nothing but praise for how lightweight and easy to use it is, as well as its ability to heat up quickly, smoothing strands in seconds. A different design to others we’ve seen on the market, Moroccanoil’s heated brush features beveled edges that smooth hard-to-reach edges close to the root. 

Asides from smoothing all over, clever ionic technology minimizes static for shiny, frizz-free results. If you’re on the lookout for a heated brush that caters to all hair types and you're prepared to splurge—this is a great option. It also comes complete with a heat-resistant pouch that you can rest the brush on in-between sections.  

Revlon Hair Straightening Heated Styling Brush

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9. Revlon Hair Straightening Heated Styling Brush

Best hair straightener brush for detangling

Specifications

RRP: $50/£49.99
For use on : Dry hair
Temperature settings: 10 heat settings up to 430⁰F
Added extras: 1 hour auto shut off, swivel cord

Reasons to buy

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Extra-long bristles detangle
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Ion generator helps reduce frizz
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Lightweight and easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't work on wet hair

Be it one of the best hair dryer brushes or a standard hairbrush—all brushes serve one main function and that’s to detangle strands. Revlon’s hair straightening brush is designed with extra-long, ceramic-coated bristles that gently glide through hair and get close to the root to detangle. Hair is left smooth, soft and thanks to the ion generator (which seals the cuticle), frizz is a thing of the past. 

We also love the fact this brush is lightweight and features a swivel cord that makes styling super easy. Plus, it features ten heat settings, which is a far greater range than most of its expensive counterparts—making this a very well-priced buy that's suitable for all hair types and needs.  


woman&home thanks Ricky Walters (opens in new tab) of Salon64 (opens in new tab) for his time and expertise.