Straightening Brush: Benefits, How to Use, and More

Something fabulously sleek, bright, and smoothing has entered our store: the Glister Foldable Hot Smoothing Brush System. In honor of this new release, we wanted to give you some insight into everything you need to know about hair straightening brushes, and how to use them. 

In this post, we’ll cover how straightening brushes work and how they compare to your favorite straight iron. Then, we’ll dive into a comprehensive explanation of how to use a straightening brush, step-by-step, with a few expert tips and suggestions sprinkled throughout. Ready to get smooth? 

Do Straightening Brushes Really Work?

Yes! Straightening brushes absolutely work to straighten hair and give it a smooth, shiny look. They have a flat, heated panel similar to a flat iron, but the added bonus of bristles makes it easy to ensure every strand comes in contact with the heat source. 

Is a Heat Brush Better Than a Straightener?

We don’t think one is better than the other - they’re just different! Both tools will create a straighter, smoother style, but in slightly different ways. 

Flat irons have two plates that clamp together, to heat the hair from both sides. It works almost like a clothing iron, flattening the hair and making it pin-straight. It’s ideal for a very sleek, sophisticated look. 

With a smoothing brush, since the hair only comes in contact with the heat component on one side, it’s a little gentler on the hair and less intensely flattening. As a result, the hair becomes smoother and straighter while still retaining volume and movement. 

If you want straighter hair but you’re not a fan of the flat iron look, a smoothing brush is an excellent alternative. We’d also recommend straightening brushes for anyone with damaged or fine hair that wants a gentler method of achieving straight hair. 

How to Use a Straightening Brush

A woman using a straightening brush

The magic of the smoothing brush is that it’s incredibly simple to operate. Here’s how to use a straightening brush, step by step. 

Get Prepped

You don’t need to do much when it’s time to use your straightening brush. Your hair should already be dry, clean, and detangled. If necessary, comb it with a wide tooth comb to get any knots out. To keep your hair soft and prevent damage, spray it with a heat-protecting spray. 

Settings on a straightening brush

If you have a lot of hair, you may also want to clip it up in a half ponytail, so you can get started with the bottom half of your hair. 

Set Your Brush 

Plug your brush into a power outlet and turn it on. Select one of the four temperature settings. The more delicate your hair, the lower the setting you should choose. On the other hand, if your hair is coarse and resistant to styling, you may want to choose a higher heat setting. 

The Glister Hot Smoothing Brush reaches max temperature quickly, so you’ll only need to wait for about a minute after turning it on. 

For Total Straightness: Brush Section By Section

So now it’s time to actually brush! All you need to do is pick up a small section of hair. 

Bring the smoothing brush from below the section, close to the roots, and slowly brush it downwards. The key is to pull slowly so that the hair is in contact with the heated base of the brush for enough time. 

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If you want an extra-sleek style, run the brush through the section a second time, this time bringing it from above to straighten the hair from the other side. Then, pin away the straightened section if necessary, and move on to the next section. 

For a Smooth Refresh: Brush Away 

Let’s say you blow-dried your hair the previous day, and you just want a bit of a style refresh with added smoothness. Excellent news - it’s super easy to achieve. 

All you need to do is brush your hair with the smoothing brush as you would with a regular brush. If you have a few sections that really lost the plot, you can spend a few extra seconds straightening them out a little more thoroughly. 

Volumize the Roots 

Once you finish smoothing out your hair, it’s always a great idea to give the roots a bit of a lift. To do that, lift up your hair at the front (pay attention to how you’re keeping it parted). Slide the brush under the hair, as close to the roots as possible. Then, with a rounded motion, brush that section from below. The heat will help give a bit of a lift for a more flattering style. 

Seal the Deal

Once you’re done, you can just start your day! That said, if you want, you can also add a few more styling products to complete your look. If all you want is a bit more shine, apply a small amount of hair serum to your strands. On the other hand, if you want to lock your style into place, a very light mist of hair spray will do just that. 

Clean Your Brush 

Once you finish straightening your hair, you may notice that some hairs are trapped between the bristles. They’re not as much of a hassle to clean as you’d think! They’re not bendy like typical brushes, so you’ll need a thin object like the sharp tip of a hairstyling comb to pull out those hairs. Once in a while, you can use a cotton swab dipped in water or alcohol to clean out the brush and remove styling product residue. 

Finally, to see the entire process in action, check out our video: 

A Smoother Way to Operate 

Now that you’ve got all the insight into smoothing brushes work, don’t they sound irresistible?  

The new GLISTER Foldable Smoothing System is a dream for achieving smoother hair, and it has a few additional benefits. It’s made for wild spirits or busy go-getters, with a foldable design that makes it easy to keep it with you on the go. That means a quick style refresh is possible whenever you need it! 

Glister straightening brush in bright yellow

Our straightening brush is enhanced with protective tourmaline surfacing, which ensures more efficient heat output, lower chances of heat damage, and a shinier, healthier style. Your hair will thank you!   

So if you’re thinking of going smooth, make sure to pick it up.