I rarely try something once and form an opinion on it, but this little gizmo has changed my life. Seriously. It’s really changed my life. Ok, maybe it’s only just changed the way that I do my hair, but that’s a game changer if I’m saying it. For the most part, I could care less about how my hair looks, and this thing has almost changed that for me.
I’ve had my eye on the full-sized Amika Straightening Brush since I noticed it on Sephora’s website months ago. It looks like a total gimmick, and it’s $120.00. When reviews first started to roll in, they were pretty mixed, so I decided to sit on buying that thing. I don’t do anything with my hair before I go to work, so I only really make an attempt to style it on my days off, which, given my profession, can sometimes be few and far between.
A couple of weeks ago, however, I was bored and looking at the website again right before I went to sleep, and there was a mini version of the full-sized brush. They were selling it for $35.00, too! I thought this was a total steal, so I bought it along with some foundation that I was beginning to desperately need.
When the package showed up on my doorstep, I ripped right into it and tried it out. My hair was already dry, but I figured what the heck. If this little purse-sized, electric brush could work on the rat’s nest I had at that time, it could work on anything.
Here’s how I dry my hair on work days or any day when I’m just too lazy to care: I lie on my bed with my hair hanging over the edge and let my ceramic heater do the work for me. I have really wavy hair, so it’s usually a frizzy mess by the time that I’m done with it, but I just throw it in a pony tail and go about my day. I love my makeup, but I really don’t care what my hair looks like most of the time.
That’s what I had just done before the Sephora package with this gadget in it was delivered. There were not knots in my hair, but it was nice and frizzy. If this thing could make that mess presentable, it could do almost anything.
I plugged it in, waited five minutes, and set to brushing. That’s all you have to do with this. You don’t section your hair or anything. You literally just brush your hair with a brush with hot, metal plates for bristles. To my great shock, it worked. It didn’t just work. It worked well. After only a few minutes of brushing my hair with this thing, it looked like I had actually used a dryer and brush to fix it. I was floored and speechless. I was honestly just standing in the middle of the bedroom with this thing in one hand, staring at my husband, and unable to form words for how amazed I was.
To be sure, my hair looked far from perfect, but it looked like I had actually “tried” with it. There were still a few flyaways, and I had some trouble working the brush on my bangs, so they looked a little flat, but it worked when my hair was at it’s worst. Awed by this straightening brush’s potential, I resolved to actually dry my hair and properly use it on my next day off.
Fast forward to my next day off, and I kept my promise. I dried my hair with my blow dryer, and set to work figuring out the best way to use this thing. At first I was just brushing my hair like I would with a regular hair brush, and the results were much the same as when I first used it. It was smoothing my hair, but there wasn’t much styling going on. I finally just took pieces of my hair and held them taut by their ends, and brushed. When I did this magic happened. My hair was straight and the ends were pointing the direction I wanted them to go. It took a matter of minutes to get my hair straight and smooth. I still can’t get over how good this little thing is.
I may buy the full-sized version this, but this little one works so quickly and so well, that I don’t know if there is any real need for a bigger one. The full-sized straightening brush has temperature settings, which, I suppose, could be helpful, but I’m that girl who just uses hair styling tools on high. My hair is so thick that anything other than full temperature seems to take forever. The mini just has an on and off switch, so if you need a temperature lower than somewhere around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, you might not want to buy this.
I also have to compare the results of this to the results of a traditional straightening iron. With this tool, you don’t end up with the pin-stright results you get from a regular iron. That isn’t a look that I’m super into, so I don’t mind the results from this. This doesn’t leave my hair flat, and it doesn’t tame every single little flyaway that I have. There’s still volume and body and life in my hair when I finish using this. This makes my hair look like I won some kind of genetic lottery and wound up with straight hair that is, for the most part, cooperative. If you want stick straight hair, you’re not going to find it with this thing. If you just want to look polished in a hurry, this is a god-send. My hair tends to want to frizz regardless of what I do to it, so for me, the results of this and the results of a flat iron look the same at the end of the day. With flat irons, I can start my day with stick straight hair, but my hair never finishes the day that way.
I really can’t recommend this enough if you’re just lazy with your hair or have next to zero time in the morning. Heck, if you want to just spring for the big one, I say do it. My hair doesn’t feel fried, and it looks like I actually put effort into my look. I don’t have to use a hair dryer before I use this. I can actually just roll out of bed and brush my hair or let the ceramic heater do its thing or whatever. As long as there aren’t tangles in my hair, this thing works. As long as I just pull the ends of my hair tight while I’m brushing, this works. If I want my hair to go in an opposite direction than it usually goes, I pull the ends in the direction I want my hair to go. That’s how I get my bangs to look polished and hide the cow-lick that I have on the left side of my head.
The Amika straightening brush wins my vote for product of the decade. I have nothing negative to say about it. If it breaks in the first three months of my owning it, I’ll let you guys know and I’ll change my tune, but that’s the only thing I can think of that could be a potential negative. This thing is truly a game-changer. I never thought I would love a hair styling tool, but given how much affection I have for the effectiveness of this, I may just forgo buying the Dyson hair dryer I’ve been pining over since its launch. This is so quick and effective, I don’t see how that dryer could make it work any better.
Amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush: buy this. Now.