I have this thing that I do at least twice per week – I fall asleep with a wet head of hair. Most days I shower at night, unless I have an appointment or event that I need to go to during the day (then I’ll shower and wash my hair in the morning). The problem with sleeping with wet hair isn’t that I might get sick (I don’t believe in that old wives’ tale), the problem comes when I need to work out all the kinks & frizz the next morning. I’m not really into the whole pin straight hair trend (…you know? The one Kim K has been rocking lately), I don’t like that look on myself because I always feel like I look like a wet dog. I love smooth & sleek hair but with a bit more volume, and a bit more movement than straight-up flat ironed hair.
When hair straightening brushes (aka hot brushes) first became popular in the beauty world last year, I quickly jumped on the bandwagon and bought myself an oval shaped brush. It wasn’t a brand a had heard of before but I wanted to give it a try…major FAIL! The rigid brush bristles were all ceramic and even though they had a tiny little silicone tip, it was both scary and painful to run the brush through my hair. The brush heated up to a very high heat setting (it only had one setting) and I could feel the heat on my scalp as I used the brush – plus it didn’t do a very good job of straightening my hair. I returned the brush for a refund, and didn’t give these hot brushes another thought.
Until Clicks offered to send me the BaByliss Liss Brush 3D Electric Straightening Hair Brush…
I decided to give the electric hair brush trend another go because BaByliss is my favourite drugstore hair tool brand (check out this review on one of their other hair tools), and I was intrigued when I saw the shape and features of the brush.
34 x Plastic external bristles for gentle combing.
50 x Silicone bristles to position the hair closer to heating element.
42 x Ceramic bristles and heating system for quick & easy straightening.
The various bristles have different lengths (the heated ceramic bristles being the shortest) – so rest assured, the hot bristles won’t touch your scalp.
Heats up in under 30 seconds.
Adjustable temperature LED indicator 160°C (yellow light), 180°C (orange light) and 200°C (red light). The lowest temperature setting is for fine hair, the middle temperature setting will straighten normal hair types, and the highest heat setting will smoothen frizzy / curly hair.
The rectangular paddle brush design (bigger surface area) is quicker and more efficient than an oval shaped brush.
2 Meter swivel cord for easy styling.
Safety feature which switches the hot brush off after 1 hour of non-use.
Ion generators eliminate static electricity for smooth & shiny hair without frizz.
WHAT IT DOES:
Detangles hair without snagging.
Straightens strands, while retaining / adding volume and bounce (rather than just straightening the hair flat).
Tames flyaways and controls frizz.
Adds a glossy shine.
This multitasking gadget allows you to straighten and brush at the same time, meaning you won’t have to juggle a brush / comb in one hand and a hair straightener in the other. If you’re into straight, yet flowy hairstyles, these plug-in hair brushes are something worth checking out. When you’re short on time, hair straightening brushes are a good way to get straighter strands on the fly – if you’re in a hurry, just run the brush through your hair without sectioning off the hair. And if you have more time to spend on styling your hair, then you can take the time to divide your hair into sections (this will ensure a smoother, sleeker look).
The plastic external comb gently combs through each strand without damaging it or pulling it. For more efficiency, the silicone bristles position each section of hair closer to heating element without grabbing it. And the ceramic heating system allows even heat distribution (no hot spots) for flawless straightening.
I love the rectangular shape of the BaByliss Liss Brush 3D, it offers a larger surface area (compared to traditional flat irons) to smoothen hair, tame pesky flyaways, and add a glossy shine in less time. It looks very similar to a normal paddle hair brush, this means they effortlessly glide through the hair, whereas a flat iron doesn’t always glide through the strands and can sometimes grab onto a certain section, which can lead to tugging.
One MAJOR difference between a straightening brush and a straightening iron is this: A flat iron features two plates that you press together with a section of hair in-between. Hair is subjected to direct intense heat from the top and the bottom onto each strand. A straightening brush is different, it glides freely over and through hair (it doesn’t hold onto hair inside the heated brush) and is therefore a less intense and less damaging process. Hair is not subjected to heat from both sides like flat irons – while they deliver a similar finish, there’s much less damage involved hen using a hot brush.
The brush even adds impressive volume around the roots! For quick volume – flip your head upside down and brush in slow, steady strokes, gently combing from the roots downward.
For me, using a straightening brush isn’t so much about saving time (although it does shave a few minutes off my styling time), it’s more about getting that effortless glossy straight hair look – like the message you want to put out to the world is: “Yes, I was born with amazing genes and I wake up every morning with fabulously smooth girl-next-door tresses.”
Switch the BaByliss Liss Brush 3D Electric Straightening Hair Brush on and choose your preferred heat setting (dry hair only).
While the brush is heating up, apply a thermal protectant spray to your hair and divide into sections.
When the indicator light has stopped flickering, your straightening brush is ready to go!
There’s no need for a heat protective glove because the ceramic bristles are shorter than the other bristles, and won’t burn your fingers or your scalp. I sometimes place my free hand on top of the bristles to make sure the ends also get straightened by the brush.
Use the exact same motions as you do when you brush your hair, make sure to really pull the section through so that the hair makes contact with the ceramic bristles and base. I like to hold each section taut at the ends and then run the brush underneath the section (bristles facing upward) from root to tip. When starting at the roots, I also slightly lift the roots and guide the brush a bit upwards to add more volume to that section. And when I get to the ends, I twist the brush to ensure the ends are curled inwards.
For baby hairs and flyaways, I usually brush the section from the top (bristles facing downward) making sure those pesky hairs come in contact with the heated plates.
For very thick and very curly hair you’ll have to be more patient, as you might need to go over each section a couple of times to get that straightened effect.
When you’re done, unplug your straightening brush and let it cool down. If you’re in a hurry and forget to switch it off, then there’s always the safety mechanism that will switch it off after an hour of non-use. No worries!
For years I’ve always used my flat iron sparingly (once a week or once every two weeks), because I know it works by breaking hydrogen bonds in the hair. While it may be effective, it can really damage your hair in the long run. I don’t worry as much about hair damage when using a straightening brush like the BaByliss Liss Brush 3D Electric Straightening Hair Brush because I know the damage is far less. There will always be some damage to a small extent (we are using heat) but it’s not something I worry about.
I’ve been using the BaByliss brush twice a week for almost a month and I haven’t noticed any damage. I know I have very healthy hair (and I’d like to keep it that way, thank you very much) because my stylist at Gary Rom always comments on how smooth and healthy my hair feels (and looks). And that’s even with her knowing I colour my hair at home – I know most stylists really dislike at-home box dyes because it’s apparently damaging to the hair, but I don’t share the same sentiment.
Honestly…if you’re happy with your current flat iron and you’re not worried about hair damage, then stick with it – no problem. But if you’re someone who likes a bit of body & volume to your hair (especially if you have fine hair, like me) but still want a smooth & sleek hairstyle look, then perhaps the BaByliss Liss Brush 3D Electric Straightening Hair Brush is something to check out. These days I use this brush to tame my kinks and frizz and then I’ll use my straightening iron to add curls and waves to my hair (but like I said, only like once a week). I honestly don’t use a flat iron to straighten my hair anymore because I feel like it’s overkill and I don’t like the super straight look.
The BaByliss Liss Brush 3D Electric Straightening Hair Brush retails for R799,00 (which is more affordable than a good quality straightener) and is available at Clicks (in-store or online here) – where you can earn some fab Clubcard points!