The 6 Best Hot Straightening Brushes, According to Stylists

If straight, sleek strands are your go-to, it's safe to say a flat iron is your preferred tool of choice. But, have you tried a heated straightening brush? It's a game changer. Think of it has a brush and a flat iron in one that smooths frizz and gives hair a silky sheen with each pass. A good friend of mine—and super busy mom—tried mine while visiting me and bought one the next day. Her text: "Where has this been all my life?" I couldn't agree more.

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ghd glide hot brush ($169)

"I love having this as an additional hot tool in my kit and for personal use! It controls frizz and adds shine to the hair without getting rid of volume. As an added bonus, the bristles feel gentle and soothing against my scalp…like a head massage!" 

Justine Marjan, celebrity hairstylist


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Dyson Airwrap Soft Smoothing Brush ($40 for the brush head; $500 for the Airwrap set)

“It's great for an easy touchup after a salon blowout and cleaning up the edges on a ponytail look, and it’s also super easy for a woman with a busy schedule who wants to keep body in their hair and look polished.” 

Kendall Dorsey, celebrity hairstylist


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amika Polished Perfection 2.0 ($120)

“My favorite hot straightening brush is this one by amika. It’s easy to use and uses iRed technology, which helps the heat penetrate deeper while also preserving moisture in the hair.” 

Glen Oropeza, Kérastase consulting stylist


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drybar The Brush Crush ($145)

"I have used quite a few different heated straightening brushes, and the Brush Crush is by far the most efficient. I love that it has a heat control so you can tailor it to fit you or your clients' needs: lower temps for fragile or damaged hair and higher for more resilient waves. After brushing through a heat protectant, take a section of hair the length of the brush (about one-inch wide) and brush from your roots down to your ends. Make sure to hold your ends taught and create a bit of tension, which will ensure even heat distribution and seal in smoothness. To add a bit of volume in your fringe area, take a section from both sides of your part about the same size as the brush and hold it straight up like a mohawk. Brush from the roots on up and toward your mirror. Let it cool while still holding those ends straight up in a mohawk to set for runway-worthy volume that will last all day."

Britt Gharring, celebrity hairstylist

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Instyler Glossie Ceramic Styling Brush ($80)

“My favorite feature is the styling arm that helps press and feed the hair through the ceramic bristles, creating a nice even tension to help create the perfect smooth style.” 

Tyler Laswell, TRESemmé stylist


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CHI Ellipse Titanium Hot Styling Brush ($160)

"I recommend this hot brush to my salon guests who either struggle with styling, have busy schedules with limited time for themselves and/or are looking for extra volume in their style with minimum effort. It’s so easy and safe to use, and my guests love how much time they save in the morning! It also helps reactivate your style between your shampoo days!"

Cynthia Diersen, celebrity hairstylist