I’ve been meaning to write about hairdryer and stylers and hair straightening brushes for some time.
The opportunity to test this innovative hair product finally came up during quarantine.
I tested my one step hairdryer and styler at the beginning of the quarantine period before switching over to my healthy hair care regimen.
If you’re wondering about using a hairdryer and styler or a straightening brush on natural hair, the next two articles will cover this in detail.
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A lot of people confuse hairdryers and stylers with hair straightening brushes but they do different things and achieve different results.
Differences Between a Hairdryer and Styler & a Hair Straightening Brush
A hairdryer and styler is a cross between a blow dryer and a flat iron while a hair straightening brush is a more effecient version of a flat iron.
You can use the hairdryer and styler while your hair is still damp. It will dry your hair the rest of the way as it gives it a straight look at the same time.
A hair straightening brush is best used on dry hair and can be used frequently.
It doesn’t have any heated air coming out of it like the hairdryer and styler.
I will be covering hairdryers and stylers in this article while I will cover the best hair straightening brushes in the next article.
Today, I will be breaking down:-
- The benefits of a one step hairdryer and styler
- My one step hairdryer and styler review
- The best one step hair dryers and stylers for curly hair
What is the Best One Step Hairdryer & Styler?
A one step hairdryer and styler is intended to dry and straighten the hair in less time than traditional appliances.
A one step hairdryer and styler is an easy way to achieve a blowout look without having to use a blow dryer with attachments.
Both can be a challenge to work with at the same time. I know I’m super clumsy while using them.
Benefits of a One Step Hairdryer and Styler
1. Easy to Use
One of the reasons I hated blow drying my hair was the precariousness of holding the blow dryer and another device in my hand. I never quite got the moves right.
With a flat iron, I regularly burned my fingers or ears no matter how careful I was.
This nightmare is eliminated with a one step hairdryer and styler. The brush glides through effortlessly and you don’t need any additional hair tools.
2. Saves Time
Because you don’t have to use two devices at once, you can get the blow drying process done in less time.
The heat from the styler is also evenly distributed so you don’t have to run it through one section of hair too many times.
3. Equipped With Latest Technology
A hairdryer and styler is equipped with the latest technology – tourmaline/titanium/ceramic – is gentler and protects the hair.
It also keeps frizz and flyaways under control ensuring smooth and shiny results.
4. Travel Sized
Most one step hair dryer and stylers come in a handy size that won’t take up too much space in your luggage.
Great for styling on the go while travelling. Some of them come with travel pouches as well.
The brand I tested out for this article was ordered online a few months ago while I was travelling. It’s a generic brand which worked well.
The day I used my hair dryer and styler, I’d just taken down twists and made sure to take the time to properly detangle my hair.
After detangling, I sectioned my hair then shampooed with diluted Castile soap.
I followed up with a deep conditioning session with Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner.
After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I wrapped a microfiber towel around my head then waited for about an hour until my hair was slightly damp.
I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today with a dash of heat protectant oil. I pinned up my hair then started with a very small section of hair.
I finger detangled the small section of hair thoroughly then placed it within the brush bristles and ran through my hair.
It glided through easily but I ran it through one more time to properly dry and straighten.
The blow dryer I used had 3 heat settings – low, high and cool. It also had a large paddle design, which helped my hair dry faster.
It took me about 2.5 hours to get through my whole head because I worked with very small sections and also took breaks.
The straightening brush handle has a lightweight ergonomic design, which made it easy to handle.
The results were straightish and smooth hair. I wasn’t going for bone straight because I threw my hair in twists the next day using my chebe powder twisting cream.
How much hair did I lose? There will always be a little breakage when using appliances on hair.
I lost very little hair and only when I got impatient with getting the brush through.
I know you want to see the pics but my phone misbehaved in the process and I couldn’t get them.
I’m planning to use the hair dryer and styler again in a few weeks so I can show you the results on type 3, type 4 hair.
I will update this article when I do. In the meantime, check out the typical results in the video below:-
One Step Hairdryer & Styler Tips for Usage
Hair Should Be Detangled
Remember how many times I used the word detangled in this article. I can’t stress it enough.
Your hair should be detangled at all stages and detangle each section of hair before you run the hairdryer and styler through.
Use on Freshly Washed and Deep Conditioned Hair
I feel a hairdryer and styler will work much better on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair than dirty hair.
It also works better and faster on slightly damp hair than on completely wet hair.
Don’t force the brush through a snag. Switch off and toggle the snag with your fingers to release any knots or tangles before drying that section.
Use a Heat Protectant
You should apply a heat protectant before using a hairdryer and styler.
Even with the technology intended to protect your hair, you still need to use a heat protectant.
Work in Small Sections
The curlier and thicker your hair is, the smaller sections should be so you can keep hair loss to a minimum.
With these tips in mind, you should be able to get the best out of your hair with a good hairdryer and styler.
Which is the Best One Step Hairdryer & Styler?
There are different types of hairdryers and stylers. However, the best for curly hair are the ones with a paddle brush.
The paddle brush blows air from the bristles behind the vents, which helps hair straighten out faster.
Other types of hairdryers and stylers have cylindrical brushes which are best for producing curls and waves.
They are also more likely to pull out more hair if you have type 3 – type 4 hair.
If you are looking for stick-thin straight hair, then a hair straightening brush is better than a hairdryer and styler.
I will be covering the best hair straightening brushes in the next article so be sure to sign up below so you can be notified when it goes live.
Below are my top recommendations for one step hair dryers and stylers:-
It has flexible, detangling bristles and 1100 watts drying power. It is also equipped with ionic technology, 2 heat/speed settings and a 6 ft swivel cord.
The Brionic Tourmaline/Ceramic/Ionic Hair Dryer is equipped with all the technology plus 1,2000 watts drying power to ensure the best results.
It’s also equipped with 2 speed settings and a cool setting as well as a 360-degree swivel cord.
I like the round paddle design of the Lescolton One Step Hair Dryer & Styler.
It’s quite large with softer bristles, which makes it ideal for finer hair types.
It has two speed settings and a cool setting, and massaging ball tips plus 1,000 watts drying power.
Conair is one of my favourite brands for hair tools so it was great to discover they also have a hairdryer and styler.
Their dryer and styler is a compact size equipped with heat-activated silicone bristles for more shine and advanced ionic technology.
It has 2 heat settings and a cool setting. It should be noted it’s only 600 watts.
That’s not a lot of power but might be perfect if you have damaged hair or thinning hair.
While a hair straightening brush is an easy styling option that saves you a lot of time, it’s still a heat appliance and should be used in moderation.
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Abi delved into the world of hair care after suffering from a bout of severe hair loss. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Natural Oils for Hair and Health, as well as the writer of the Healthy Hair Care Series. She is also the creator of the The Self-Empowerment Network Portal. Read more…