How to use a hot brush

Updated February 21, 2017

Hot brushes are simpler to use than tong-style curling irons and rollers, and if you want a quick curl style, a hot brush is a good choice. A hot brush comes with different-sized barrels and, in recent years, manufacturers have begun making these hair tools cordless. Cordless brushes run on batteries or butane cartridges. Whether you need some retro wings for a disco party or you're just looking for a soft wave, a hot brush will give you lots of full volume.

Start with clean, completely dry hair. Section off the hair with some alligator clips. Make one section at the crown, one in the back, one on each side and the last one on top.

Heat up the hot brush to the highest setting. Lower the setting if the brush feels too hot.

Remove one alligator clip. Brush the hair and lift the hair forward.

Place the brush under the hair and brush it to the end. When you reach the end, begin rolling up the hair gently.

Hold the hair on the brush for about 15 seconds. Gently remove the brush.

Remove another clip and roll up the next section. Continue until all the hair is curled.

Arrange the hair with your fingers or a comb and spray the hair with hairspray.


Do not spray the hair before using the hot brush. It can make your hair feel gummy.

Things You'll Need

  • Alligator clips
  • Hot brush
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
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