Getting the right curl in your hair is a lot easier when you’ve got the proper tools for the job.
But making sense of the dizzying amount of haircare products out in the wild can be tricky and time-consuming.
We’ve run the gauntlet of hair management and picked out the best of the new wave of hot brush styles.
So whether it’s volume or styling you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.
Read on for our top picks. It’s time to curl up with a good look.
Best for dimension: Mark Hill Pick ‘n’ Mix Smoothing Brush
The Pick ’N’ Mix range lets you choose your handle (standard or curl fix, which bends to 90 degrees) and barrel, from a range of 16.
Curl fix is a nifty idea for reaching different angles when curling but not really needed for the main Smoothing Brush barrel itself. Set at 185C, the semicircular brush glides through hair, though the lack of gloves means there’s no easy way to remove the attachment to switch between barrels mid-style. Look past the bulkiness and it’ll do you proud by eliminating frizz, giving impressive shine and volume, and adding flicks and bounce.
Curl fix £24.99, Smoothing Brush £16.99, markhillhair.com
Best for volume: GHD Rise
This incredibly light styler has a round 32mm barrel with nylon bristles on tiny sliding plates, allowing for better manoeuvrability through the hair. The shape of the brush lets you get right into the root for great volume (you have to hold it there for a few seconds to get decent lift, though) and the temperature is fixed at 185C.
Styling is effortless, flicks come easily, and you can wrap the hair around the brush to create a curl. Don’t underestimate the capabilities of the GHD Rise if you have imagination – expect incredible shine, elimination of frizz and tamed fly-away hairs.
Best for smoothing: Instyler Glossie Ceramic Styling Brush
This paddlebrush-like device has 65 small ceramic heated bristles that section and straighten as you brush. The addition of the Precision Press arm, which is attached to the device, is a little fiddly but it traps hair on to the brush and creates tension, so it’s like a fusion of a flat iron and a hot brush.
The four heat settings reach 230C, which makes this the hottest of the bunch here, but the tips of the bristles stay cool, allowing you to get close to the root (I found that the shape meant hair around the ears was hard to reach, though). After a few attempts I got my desired result – very straight, shiny hair.
Best for multi-styling: Dyson Airwrap
With up to eight attachments, this is great for those who want to steer clear of scorching heat. It’s a bit bulky but houses similar technology to Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer (sucks air in from the bottom and forces it out through the styling attachment), reaching 150C.
You style your hair while it’s damp and clever technology encourages the strands to wrap around the large, soft-bristled Round Volumising Brush. It gives great movement, bounce and volume, and has a cool shot to set the look.
Wrap hair around the brush to get a more defined curl or create a bespoke style with the attachments.
From £399, dyson.co.uk
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