How to Style Hair with a Hot Air Brush

Updated February 21, 2017

For decades women have styled their hair using a boar-bristle round brush and a hand-held blow dryer. Although this method leaves hair silky, shiny, and relatively frizz-free, it is also tedious--one must learn to balance pulling the round brush through the hair without tangling it, while holding a blow dryer in the other hand. The hot airbrush, a round brush and blow dryer in one, is a styling tool that gives the same look without the hassle.

Thoroughly wash and condition your hair. Rinse the conditioner from your hair, and gently squeeze out the excess water--do not towel dry. Untangle your hair while it is wet with a wide-toothed or shower comb.

Apply a moisturising leave-in conditioner and a heat protection serum to your wet hair. If you wish, you can apply a blow-drying or straightening cream instead of a heat protection serum.

Part your hair into four sections, horizontally across the crown, and vertically down the middle of your head. Secure each section with a metal or butterfly clip.

Allow your hair to almost dry. When the hair is about 80 per cent dry, plug in your hot airbrush. Keep in mind that the hot airbrush is for styling, not drying hair--you will get the best results with hair that is damp, not wet.

Take down one of the sections of clipped hair in the back, and make a half-inch part using a rat tail comb. Turn the hot airbrush on its highest setting, and gently pull the brush through your hair from root to tip. Continue this process with the remaining sections of hair.

If you have naturally wavy or curly hair and want to tame only your roots, pull the hot airbrush through the roots only.

For sleeker straight styles, allow your hair to dry completely before using the hot airbrush. Pull the brush through the hair from root to tip. After you have straightened all your hair, apply an anti-frizz serum and lightly spray with hair sheen for a glossy look.


Do not try to wrap entire sections of hair around the hot airbrush, or it is likely that your hair will get tangled.

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