The world of hair tools can get pretty overwhelming at times, and deciphering which one will create which look the quickest is enough to make our heads spin. From self-rotating curling irons to self-adjusting, temperature-controlled flat irons, hair, hot tools are getting smarter by the day.
One of the newest devices making waves is the hot paddle brush. Similar to a flat iron, it works to flatten otherwise wavy, frizzy hair. Although these tools are capable of creating the same frizz-free result, they’re also able to master additional styling techniques, including s-waves to bouncy blowouts. Wondering which will work best on your hair? Ahead we fill you in on everything you need to know for a never-ending #GoodHairDay.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOT BRUSH AND A FLAT IRON?
While both flat irons and hot brushes deliver high heat to hair, they do so in very different ways. According to Alli Webb, hairstylist and founder of Drybar, a flat iron’s dual ceramic plates can reach up to 400 degrees and, when hair is pressed between them, can create stick-straight strands in a flash. Since these tools mold such sleek strands, they’re often reserved for thicker, curlier hair that won’t fall flat the same way fine hair typically does. A hot paddle brush, on the other hand, is shaped like a hairbrush but has ceramic, silicone, or nylon bristles that heat up to 400 degrees as well. Webb explains that the difference is that, instead of sandwiching strands, the bristles glide through them to help smooth out frizzy hair and relax curly hair, all while maintaining some body and volume.
WHAT TYPES OF HAIRSTYLES CAN YOU ACHIEVE WITH EACH TOOL?
Straight strands, bouncy blowouts, and s-waves are all possible with the right flat iron or hot paddle brush. The trick is to know which to use for your hair type and desired style. “Although it might take a little more time, hot brushes add shine and help maintain volume,” says Arthur Shamalov, stylist and co-owner of Eddie Arthur Salon in NYC. “A hot brush creates more volume and bend in the hair, and the results look almost like when you use a round brush and blowdryer to style your hair.” In other words, if the goal is a Drybar-esque blowout without making an appointment, it’s time to hop on the hot paddle brush train.
The effects of a flat iron are much different. Shamalov says that you should use this tool when you’re going for a straighter, shinier, more polished style. Additionally, with the right technique, you can create stylish s-waves with flat irons — something you can’t do with
WHICH TOOL SHOULD YOU USE WITH WHICH HAIR TYPE?
CHI G2 Professional Flat Iron
The dynamic CHI G2 offers a sleek design, upgraded technology and outstanding performance. The G2 features titanium-infused ceramic plates for added durability and an even smoother glide. Digital temperature reading displayed on a color-coded LCD screen allows for proper temperature setting for fine, medium, and coarse hair up to 425°F