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Do hair straightening brushes really work? – Fab or bust – 2020

Lately, it seems like straightening brushes are everywhere! If you’re like me, I’m sure you’ve wondered this:

Do hair straightening brushes really work?
Does an expensive straightening brush work better than a cheaper one?
Does a straightening brush work better than a straightening iron?
So today I tested it!

I bought 2 different brands of straightening brushes at 2 different price points. I bought the Amika “Polishing Perfection” straightening brush for $ 129.99 at Sephora, and then I bought the InStyler “Straight Up” ceramic straightening brush for $ 59.99 at ULTA.

To begin, I divided my hair into 2 sections in the middle. I took my hair in medium sized sections and brushed from root to tip. For easy comparison, I tested the Amika straightening brush on some hair pieces on the left side of the head and on the Instyler straightening brush on the right side of the head.

Results:

The smoothing brushes gave me a natural, loose wave, very similar to having my hair blown.
The regular hair straightener gave me a smooth, super straight look.
Final thoughts:

The flat iron trowel definitely wins! If I had to rate the Instyler straightening brush, I would give it 5 out of 10 points. He smoothed my hair, but not flat. I also did not like the string. If I had to rate the Amika straightening brush, I would give it a 6 out of 10. He did a better job of smoothing than the Instyler, and I liked the cable better. However, I had the feeling that the Amika had earned twice as much!

At the end I give these straightening brushes a “Fab” and “Fail”. Fab, because technically both straightening brushes did their job, but I give the failure because I personally would not recommend them. I’m still concerned with the straightener because it gives you a smooth, silky look.

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