Unless you’ve been hiding your hairstyle in a cave, you will have noticed that straightening hairbrushes seem to be popping up literally everywhere.
Sometimes brand names get their versions spot on but other times the new “rip-offs” aren’t quick as good; they don’t deliver the right results, they don’t have quite the same technology or they are cheap and cheerful versions.
ing their own version of the technology. They try their best to copy the brand leader’s technology quickly and that’s where they can go wrong.
1. Dafni – the original ceramic hair brush straightener
While curly haired women were over the moon at this new innovation, at the time they weren’t too impressed with the price, initially £300.
It has dropped significantly since then, to £120 but it’s still a steep price to pay.
However remember GHD’s were the first to launch ceramic straightening irons and their product continues to be the market leader at a high retail price so you do pay for a certain quality.
Update: Dafni has recently launched a more practical and affordable version: Dafni Go , equipped with a detachable 2m long cable and a travel case.
Brush straighteners vs straightening irons
Actually, the DAFNI hair straightening brush is far superior to straightening irons because it doesn’t clamp down onto hair – there’s no risk of frying hair.
It glided through although contrary to what it says, I would strongly advise you section out your hair so you get right to the underneath, otherwise you can miss out areas and end up with kinks where you don’t want them.
There are also plastic attachments on the top of the teeth of the DAFNI but don’t be deterred, these protect your head from the hot temperature and allow easier brushing; they definitely made a difference to me when I used this product! The cable on the DAFNI is great at 2.2 metres, I could move around easily while styling which is usually the opposite when I use my hair straighteners; I find the cables on those fairly restrictive.
If you have very curly hair roots, then a brush straightener might not be able to reach too deep and perfectly straighten them out, but it’s especially nice for touch ups, as it’s much easier to use than a straightener.
Branded vs non branded hair brush straightener models
As soon as the Dafni launched, cheaper models started to appear and most of them of a lower quality from China. They were retailing at £40 but along with the cheaper models came plenty of dangers and in fact one product was recalled (the Fast Hair) because of risk of electric shock!
Others weren’t coated properly, with inferior materials so people experienced burnt and damaged hair. Some had poorly translated instructions and none of these models should ever have been brought to market.
Now, just months later, big brands are starting to filter in their own versions of the original Dafni straightening brush. For example, the BaByliss Smoothing Brush, the Jose Eber Digital Straightening Brush and the Asavea.
While these are genuinely much better quality than the cheap Chinese models which infiltrated the market last year – do they work as well as the original Dafni?
Let’s take a look.
2. BaByliss Diamond Smoothing Brush
The BaByliss Diamond Smoothing Brush is endorsed by Fearne Cotton and of course she is paid to do this but remember, famous people don’t want to put their face to a product if they don’t think it works because they wouldn’t want to risk their own reputation.
If you’ve looked on YouTube you’ll find a recording of Fearne Cotton straightening out her hair using the Diamond Brush and while her hair isn’t very curly, it does smooth out her kinks and waves in one pass per section.
It’s also wide enough to cope with a large amount of hair at a time, a godsend for women with long or very thick hair. We think this is a very good quality product and one that delivers outstanding results but it is not suitable if you have extremely thick or Afro-Caribbean hair.
Here’s a list of Babyliss Diamond Smoothing Brush features:
- Flexible bristles which move as you control the brush
- Frizz control and static control
- Outstanding shine
- Detangles hair and doesn’t snag
- Comfortable to use
- Large amount of different temperature settings so you won’t burn your hair as long as you use the right setting for your hair
- It gives volume rather than just brushing the hair straight and flat
We think the BaByliss Diamond Smoothing Brush is as good as the market leader and it’s a lot cheaper too.
3. Jose Eber Digital Straightening Brush
The Jose Eber Digital Straightening Brush is very new to the market and it’s not a well-known brand name so we were interested to see if it was a good brush to try out. It’s another good option to choose if you don’t want to pay £190 for a straightening brush and it has plenty of features just like the BaByliss.
In just one pass per section curly hair is straightened and you don’t need to keep going over it. It’s good for curly hair and frizzy types too – even for some Afro-Caribbean hair types.
Here are its features:
- Ceramic technology to tame static and frizz
- Moisture locking technology so it doesn’t dehydrate your hair
- Cool tip bristles so no scalp burn!
- Digital heat control so you can see what temperature setting its on at any time
- Temperature settings ranging from 80 Deg C to 230 Deg C (only use the highest if your hair is undamaged and thick)
- Lightweight so for those of you with lots of hair, you won’t hurt your wrist
- Fast acting so you don’t need to spend longer than 20 minutes straightening a good head of reasonably thick hair
4. Asavea Brush Straightener 4th generation with anion generator
It’s also worth taking a look at the Asavea Straightening Brush, especially if you are on a tighter budget. With the onslaught of straightening brushes there’s no doubt the cheaper models have been poorer quality but actually this one is different. It retails at half the price of the established brands models.
It’s one of the number one rated hair straightening tools on Amazon, so other people have enjoyed their hair straightening experience using this brush too. In fact, if you have very curly hair you will love the salon-style results you get from this brush because rather than flattening out hair it gives it plenty of oomph which means lots of volume – hair isn’t pancake flat. It heats up fast too and it won’t scald your head when you use it.
- Anti-scald technology so the bristles won’t burn your scalp
- Swivel cord so you can move around freely as you style
- Fast heat up in one minute to the highest temperature setting
- Digital temperature display
- High heat of 185 Deg C
As far as we can see, the Asavea delivers a decent hair straightening experience, as good as the leading brand and at a fraction of the cost.
5. AsaVea Hair Brush Straightener Review
Amazon.co.uk at a fraction of the price of the DAFNI – already a bonus! This one is different than a brush because it looks more like a comb but it does the same job.It might be small but it is powerful and it delivers a beautiful looking head of shiny, healthy and manageable looking hair. Well I put it to the test on my mid length relatively thick wavy hair. My hair also has a tendency to frizz in the heat so I thought this would be a life saver! You can find it on
The AsaVea heated up very quickly in less than a minute and the cord rotated so I didn’t get tangled up. I also liked the LED display so I could easily monitor the temperature,
I don’t like to go too hot, this is when hair burns and the mistake many people make because they think hotter is better – it’s not, unless your hair is especially resilient. I can agree with the positive reviews, it didn’t burn my hair, it’s lightweight and it delivered good shine.
As far as negatives, I would say you do need to section out your hair despite what the instructions suggest on both, it took longer to straighten out hair than a set of hair straighteners, you need to brush your hair first to get rid of any knots or you do end up pulling hair unnecessarily which can be uncomfortable).
I would also say that if you have extremely thick and unruly hair, don’t bother because the teeth on these hairbrushes aren’t big enough to get right through so you would be spending an inordinate amount of time getting through your hair! Also do beware of fake models which seem to be on sale on Amazon – take time to research the retailer.