I reviewed styling brushes so you don’t have to!
I was recently in Whistler with my girlfriends and they were hyping the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush. I couldn’t believe that they all had this brush and I had never even heard of it. The product is supposed to help you create a salon-style blowout at home. Since I only wash my hair every couple of days, getting long-lasting results from my blow out is something that makes my life a lot easier.
I immediately went to London Drugs to get the brush but unfortunately, they only had a Hot Tools one. It looks pretty similar but I liked that the brush is actually detachable so that you can switch out the brush head if it gets worn out. Lucky for me it was on sale.
When I tried the Hot Tools brush, I did like it. My hair usually takes a good hour to blow dry so I was happy to complete my blow drying process in 30 minutes with the Hot Tools Brush. I still had to run over my hair with a flat iron to fix a few places but overall the Hot Tools one works great.
I thought before I fully commit to the Hot Tools brush, I must try the cult classic so I also bought the Revlon one as well (I had to compare them). To test the product I divided my hair into two sections and dried one side with the Revlon and the other side with Hot Tools. Although the products are very similar. The Revlon didn’t seem to generate the same amount of heat and my hair was not as smooth as it was using the Hot Tools brush.
The Revlon is around $50 while the Hot Tools is $80, which is quite a drastic price difference. Since I have curly hair, the Hot Tools brush did give me better results, however, if you have straight hair and just want to add volume the Revlon one will work just fine. I found my hair was quite a bit smoother on the side that I used the Hot Tools on and even on the low setting it generated quite a bit of heat.
Tips and Tricks
After I posted about my experience on my Instagram, my DMs were flooded with tips and tricks to get the best result from a One-Step tool.
- To get the best volume, flip your hair upside down and blow dry your roots with a regular blow dryer and then use the brush to blow dry the rest of your hair section by section
- Towel dry your hair first before using the blow dry brush
- To make your blowout last longer flip your hair on top of your pillow (kind of like a troll), this helps keep the volume without adding a crease in your hair
- For second day grease, re-blow dry the crown section of your hair and then add dry shampoo after you have heat styled it
- Use the low setting to avoid frying your hair
Hopefully all these tips are helpful. Happy blow drying!