I took the plunge and purchased one on Amazon. Came yesterday, so I washed hair, put my kerastase protection cream on ends and let it air dry in a ponytail.
My hair type : My hair is long, fine and has soft curls. When brushed it expands in to a super kinky frizz. It is soft hair and straightens fairly easily, but unless I go over with GHD's after blowdrying (parlux) it always looks a but fuzzy, poofy and has kinks at root.
So once dried I began. Set it at around 180-190 for 'normal hair' and put in to small sections. Passed over about two times each section and was freaked out by how instantly straight and decent my hair looked. In the youtube vids most of the reviews showed straighter hair but with kinks and fuzz but mine just went super sleek and blew my effing mind.
All done within timeframe of 10 mins.
So you might say I'm pleased. BUT......am I ok/safe to do this twice a week? I was previously blowdrying and GHDing twice per week and the blowdrying always tended to make my hair snap. This didn't snap my hair and even smoothed the roots without me having to tug!
Am I just lucky, or will my hair all fall out by next month? Any experiences shared will be much appreciated!
No, mine is asavea, a pink one, £35. I wish I had done a before and after pic (have taken after pic but not before) May upload in a bit.
Still shocked by how soft my hair is. Not a kink left, even at roots. I don't think I've ever purchased something that worked so well right off the bat like this in my life! What I hope for is that my hair will continue to repair better this way. It isn't too damaged just a tad dry at tips.
Oh, I also wanted to point out that in the review vids online, it seems many peole are using fairly huge sections of hair at a time, or just sweeping the straightening brush through from top to bottom like you'd use a real paddle brush.
This isn't the best way to approach it. It's best to use small sections, like you would with flatirons, and do one stroke from underneath and another stroke from the top. As you do this you gently pull the root up a little to get the bristles in and then just gently smooth it down the hair.
Just brushing in the regular style from root to tip won't really cut it.
I'm glad to hear your technique. I have over of these brushes but I'm afraid of it. I keep the heat low and do input one quick swipe. Partly I'm afraid of burning my hair. But also I don't like flat hair and over straightening means I can't get any curl to hold. I will alter my technique to see if I can't find a happier balance!
dudsville I found it a lot safer to use than my GHD's concerning heat.
I used to spend 40 mins almost, doing my hair. I would blow dry with a round brush and nozzle pointed downwards for what felt like eternity. My head would be red hot and the hair would snap as I tugged it taught with the brush. Then I would have to glide the GHD's through most of the roots later to finish off. There was quite a bit of breakage.
I can't imagine these being anything close to that dangerous - there's no tugging, or burning. The hair technically glides through the brush without being flattened, trapped or pulled.