It's Time to Give Up Your Flat Iron

Why straighten *and* brush when you can do both at the same time?

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When I was 12 years old, I got my first hair straightener. I proceeded to straighten my hair nearly every day for the rest of middle school. Eventually, I learned to embrace (and style) my natural waves and even decided to pick up a blow-dryer or curling iron every so often for a change of pace. But my love of straight hair remained. And now getting those sleek strands is easier than ever.

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Hairbrush straighteners have started to pop up on the market, provoking intrigue, a little concern, and a hearty dose of wonder. The logic behind them isn't too different from the logic behind hot combs used to straighten natural hair: when a brush or comb is heated, it can straighten hair while making hair sleek and knot-free. Essentially, a heated brush eliminates the need to simultaneously brush and flat iron hair—it combines those two steps into one.

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The thought of brushing your hair with a hot brush might strike fear into the hearts of some, but don't worry—you won't burn your scalp with these brushes. The heated bristles are capped with unheated plastic, which massage the scalp and prevent any heated surface from actually touching it.

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While I've been using hair straighteners for the past 10 years, that doesn't mean I've been good at straightening my hair that whole time. It took me years to learn how to section off pieces of my hair to avoid having wavy pieces at the back of my head, and even longer to get in the necessary habit of using a heat protectant spray. But using a heated brush makes it easy to have straight hair, even in hard-to-reach places.

Here's the best technique to use when straightening your hair with a heated brush.

Don't Expect to Brush Your Hair Like You Normally Would

This is your new, better straightener.

Especially if you have super-wavy or even curly hair, a simple brush-though isn't enough to get your hair straight. Instead of thinking of your hot brush as a magical hairbrush, think of it as an even better hair straightener, which means you still want to practice proper straightening technique.

Work in Sections First, Then as a Whole

If you have super-curly hair, take your time!

The best straightening technique involves straightening small sections of your hair to ensure you don't miss any bumps or curls. That still applies when you're straightening your hair with a brush. The difference is now you can also give your hair a once-over with the heated brush to set your style.

Brush Under and Over

Just like that.

To give your hair a more voluminous blowout style, brush your hair from underneath to give it a slight curl inwards at the end. Alternate brushing under and over for a look with more movement.

For Pin-Straight Strands, Hold the Ends of Your Hair Taut While Brushing

Get in the grooves.

Prefer more of a super-sleek look? Use one hand to hold your hair straight while brushing through it. Make sure your hair really goes deep into the brush's bristles so it gets straightened.

Never, Never Use a Heated Brush on Wet Hair

And always use a heat protectant spray!

Just don't do it. You wouldn't put your flat iron on wet hair, would you?

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