Between sleek blowouts and flippy layers, the time for the trusty hot curling brush is now.
You may have glimpsed a few of these back in the day, during the hot tool-happy Noughties. For some reason—the influx of the natural, wavy look, perhaps—the curling brush seems to have faded from the collective styling lexicon, a fossil from our great overstyling days of yore. Or so we thought: The resurgence of sleek blowout hair (or the fact that everything old becomes new again), appears to have brought on a renaissance of the curling iron brush.
A styling essential or superfluous add-on? Scroll on below to read more about our thoughts on the hot curling brush.
The Curling Brush Iron: The Noughties Tool We’re Loving Now
A heated curling brush, or an electric curling iron with brush attachment, is exactly what you would imagine it to be: just like your regular round brush but with a plug. It pretty much looks like a curling iron with teeth, which, unlike your regular trusty iron, gives hair more of a smooth, blown-out finish versus tight, defined ringlets. It also can give you loose curls at the ends of your hair, but with a subtler spiral.
Back when these brush curling iron hybrids first hit the scene decades ago, the look du jour was all about natural-looking curls, see-through bangs, and blunt, blown-out hair—in short, a true-blue ’90s aesthetic that has regained popularity in recent seasons. Some versions of the curling brush came as an attachment to a normal curling iron; some, like that wonderfully extra comb-with-spritzer-handle, were purchased as separate tools entirely.
How to use the electric curling brush iron
The curling brush has very similar features to a curling iron: It is plugged in and can reach up to temps of 430 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s able to get closer to the scalp than thicker, non-electronic hair tools, making for a more precise and streamlined styling experience. It’s also a handy tool to have for styling wigs, hair extensions and weaves, as it smoothens out strands and infuses a longer-lasting style versus regular brushing. Check out a few of our fave hot-brush looks below:
1. Molten Waves
Recreate this iconic, Old-Hollywood inspired look by first spritzing hair with a heat protectant and styler, like TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray. Next, rough-dry your hair with a blowdryer, then divide your hair into sections before curling it with the hot brush.
2. Smooth Bob
Nothing beets the chic elegance of a perfectly blown-out concave bob. Prep your hair with a volumizing mousse, such as Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Soufflé Mousse, blow-dry lightly beforehand then run through with a hot brush, curling inwards.
3. Shaggy Layers
Flippy, 1970s-inspired layers parted in the center evokes a fresh, sunny, skateboard-y sex appeal—not to mention works awesome as a day-to-night look. Prep your hair with a light volumizing spray, such as Catwalk by TIGI Bodifying Spray for Volume Blow Dry, carefully roll each layers over a hot curling brush outwards for a few seconds, then release.
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