11 Hot Air Brushes for a Salon-Worthy Blowout in Mere Minutes

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Hot Air Brushes

Byrdie / Chloe Jeong

Our Top Picks
This heat-control styler and multiple attachments allow you to achieve any look you want.
This rounded-brush is designed to give your hair sky-high volume and a professional blow-out look.
This affordable blowdryer features silicone bristles and costs less than one professional blowout.
This oval-shaped brush helps to pump up the volume while giving your hair definition and texture.
Best for Damaged Hair:
Amika Blowout Babe at Loveamika.com
This ceramic barrel tool straightens and dries hair fast by penetrating into the hair shaft.
Best Heat Distribution:
Hot Tools One-Step Dryer at Amazon
This 24k gold tool works to disperse heat evenly throughout the hair, to reveal frizz-free hair.
Uniquely designed, this tool features rotating action which adds body and volume to hair.
A great straightening brush for curly hair, this tool smooths hair at up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best for Second-Day Styling:
GHD Hot Brush at Sephora
Create a beautiful style and help to smooth hair and eliminates frizz on second-day hair.
Best for Fighting Frizz:
CHI Heated Paddle Brush at Amazon
This ceramic paddle brush is ideal for curly-haired girls that are looking to fight frizz and smooth hair texture.

When it comes to hair styling, we’re all about anything and everything that will speed up the process and get us out the door faster. Enter hot air brushes, which act as a part blow-dryer, part curling iron, and part straightener, allowing you to both dry your hair and create smoothness, bend, or movement in one fell swoop.

“The best part of a hot air brush is that it cuts down on styling time,” says Zoya Ghamari, hairstylist and owner of Zoya Salon in Dallas. “It also helps you dry and style your hair at the same time.” Alex Brown, a Chicago-based celebrity hairstylist, adds that hot air brushes can help pump up the volume and give you the look of a bouncy round brush blow-dry without having to use multiple tools together. For those with fine or damaged hair, getting bounciness while also not frying (or further frying) the hair can be a challenge, and that's why having a brush with temperature controls for lower heat can be really good. 

As Brown explains, hot air brushes usually have a ceramic barrel, but they also sometimes have ceramic bristles. These evenly apply heat directly to the hair, which can smooth and dry it more quickly. Other brushes with flexible boar or nylon bristles add a convenient detangling element—no more balancing a brush in one hand and a 400-degree hot tool in the other. An added bonus: Brushes that give your tresses a blast of cool air at the end promise to lock in your fresh blowout and add shine.

Meet the Expert

  • Zoya Ghamari is a hairstylist and owner of Zoya Salon in Dallas. She specializes in hair extensions, top hairpieces, and wigs. She caters to clients in both Texas and California.
  • Alex Brown is a celebrity hairstylist and the founder of Space by Alex Brown in Chicago. She’s worked with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Bella Hadid, splitting her time between New York, LA, and her Chicago home base.

Ready to try one? Read on for the best hot air brushes for every hair type and need.

Best Overall: Dyson Airwrap Styler

Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete
What We Like
  • Includes multiple attachments to dry, curl, wave, or smooth hair

  • Intelligent heat control reduces damage

  • Ion technology prevents damage and reduces frizz

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

The brand known for its high-tech household appliances made a big splash in the beauty world when they launched their tech-y blow-dryer a few years ago. Now comes the latest hair iteration, this multi-use styler that can dry, curl, wave, or smooth your hair. This hot airbrush is a favorite of Ghamari, who says it’s the best “due to quality and versatility.”

Former Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue is also a big fan of the Dyson Airwrap Styler, as is hairstylist Brown: “It has intelligent heat control and comes with multiple attachments to help you achieve any look you want,” she says. It also features ion technology, which Brown says works to reduce static and frizz by releasing negative ions into the hair. “Ions are activated by heat, so by using a hot air brush with this technology, the ions can seal the cuticle, eliminate frizz, and even lock in moisture,” she says.

Max Temp: 302°F | Features: 6 attachments | Wireless: No

Best for Volume: Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer

revlon hot air brush
What We Like
  • Oval shape creates volume at roots

  • Nylon pins and tufted bristles help detangle

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Tool gets very hot

With an oval shape and rounded edges, this is designed to give your hair sky-high volume, boosting strands at the root and leaving the lengths with plenty of body and bend. A combination of both nylon pin and tufted bristles on the brush not only make detangling a breeze—no stressing about snags—but also help add volume, too. Two heat and speed settings let you customize your styling process, and there’s also a cool shot button to help set your finished look.

Max Temp: 175°F | Features: 2 heat/speed settings, cool option | Wireless: No

What Our Editors Say

"I am not kidding when I say the Revlon One-Step Dryer changed my life. Before I discovered it, I thought my dreams of achieving a smooth blowout at home were only a fantasy. Now, I haven’t booked a salon blowout in years since trying this dryer brush. It not only gives me the sleek, soft, and bouncy look I crave, but it also couldn’t be any easier to use. It’s beyond worth the hype." Karli Bendlin, Senior Editor

Best Budget: Conair InfinitiPro Dry & Style Hot Air Paddle Brush

What We Like
  • Features heat-activated silicone bristles to add shine

  • Also features nylon bristles for detangling

  • Customizable heat settings

What We Don't Like
  • Not very powerful

This costs less than one professional blowout but will deliver multiple good hair days. Two different types of bristles serve two different purposes—detangling nylon bristles make drying a breeze, and heat-activated silicone bristles, which Brown says may help evenly distribute heat throughout the hair.

Max Temp: 400°F | Features: 2 heat settings, cool option | Wireless: No

Best Value: Bed Head Blow Out Freak One Step Dry + Volume

Bed Head Blow Out Freak One Step Dry + Volume
What We Like
  • Mixed-pattern bristles create definition and texture

  • Creates volume at roots

  • Tourmaline ceramic technology reduces frizz

What We Don't Like
  • Device is loud

This Bedhead hot air brush has several unique features that make it stand out from the pack—not to mention make it a great deal for the price. The oval-shaped brush amps up the volume while mixed-pattern bristles help give your hair definition and texture. Plus, it has three heat settings for added versatility, and online reviewers say it's super easy to use.

Max Temp: 400°F | Features: 3 heat/speed settings | Wireless: No

Best for Damaged Hair: Amika Blowout Babe Thermal Brush

Amika Blowout Babe Thermal Brush
What We Like
  • Emits far-infrared heat to dry hair evenly and quickly

  • Ion technology prevents damage and reduces frizz

  • Adds movement and smoothness to dry hair

What We Don't Like
  • Not best for coarse curls and coils

The one-and-half-inch ceramic barrel on this tool emits far-infrared heat meant to instantly penetrate into the cortex (inner part) of the hair shaft, heating it from the inside out. The result? Hair is heated evenly and in half the time, making this a top pick for anyone looking to speed up their hair routine. This is another option that’s meant to be used on dry hair to add movement and smoothness.

Max Temp: 356°F | Features: Heat-resistant handle | Wireless: No

Best Heat Distribution: Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer Dryer

What We Like
  • 24k gold distributes heat evenly

  • Ion technology prevents damage and reduces frizz

  • Bristles leave hair smooth

What We Don't Like
  • Hot setting is very hot

Yes, this tool features 24k gold, but it's not just for looks—the gold is actually meant to help distribute heat evenly for more consistent styling. From there, the brand's Direct ION Technology promises to help prevent damage (while warding off any frizz or static), and charcoal-infused bristles are meant to ensure a smooth finish. This product also has rotating temperature control and three-speed settings for added precision.

Max Temp: 430°F | Features: 3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, 24K gold surface | Wireless: No

Best Rotating: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush

What We Like
  • Rotating brush creates volume and bounce

  • Ion technology prevents damage and reduces frizz

  • Leaves hair smooth and polished

What We Don't Like
  • Requires some practice to master using it

Turn on the rotating action in this brush to create a voluminous and bouncy blowout; you can even switch the direction in which it rotates depending on which way you want your ends to flip up. And for days when you want a slightly sleeker style, simply turn off the rotating feature to smooth and polish your strands. 

Max Temp: 450°F | Features: 3 heat settings | Wireless: No

Best for Curly Hair: Drybar The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush

Drybar The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush
What We Like
  • Heats up to 450 degrees to straighten hair

  • Works very fast

  • Large paddle brush shape covers more surface area

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Can’t make it to the salon chain for a blowout? Try Drybar's hot brush, a favorite of Holly Rhue, Byrdie associate editor. The smoothing paddle brush works wonders on even the curliest, kinkiest of hair. It heats up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, the same max temperature as many flat irons, and is made to be used similarly—passed slowly through dry sections of hair. (FYI, you’ll still need to blow dry before using this one.) Still, satisfied Sephora customers rave about how much faster it works than traditional straighteners, and it also has ionic technology to help further tamp down frizz and increase shine. Plus, the digital controls let you lower the temperature if your hair is fine or damaged.

Max Temp: 450°F | Features: Safety shut-off | Wireless: No

Best for Second-Day Styling: GHD Glide Professional Performance Hot Brush

GHD Glide Professional Performance Hot Brush
What We Like
  • Heats up to 365 degrees for healthier styling on dry hair

  • Short and long bristles help detangle

  • Ceramic and ion technology tame and smooth hair

What We Don't Like
  • Only one heat setting

Up your second-day hair game with this tool. Ideal for all textures and lengths, it has both shorter and longer bristles to tame and smooth your hair, plus frizz-eliminating ionic technology. Spritz some dry shampoo at your roots, brush your hair with this bad boy, and no one will be able to tell that you didn’t wash your hair that day. We also like the convenient heat-up light indicator, which makes it easy to tell when it’s reached optimal styling temperature.

Max Temp: 365°F | Features: Easy to use | Wireless: No

Best for Fighting Frizz: CHI Tourmaline Ceramic Heated Paddle Brush

CHI Tourmaline Ceramic Heated Paddle Brush
What We Like
  • High-density tourmaline ceramic bristles for better grip and control

  • Ion technology prevents damage and reduces frizz

  • LED digital temperature control

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky design

Frizzies, be gone. First and foremost, this bristle-heavy brush grips the hair better, giving you extra control as you style, and it makes more contact with your hair than a standard flat iron. Couple that with a frizz-busting negative ion generator, and it’s no wonder that even super curly and frizzy-haired users rave about how well it works. Bonus points for an included tool that makes it easy to clean the brush

Max Temp: 410°F | Features: Ceramic plate, Safety shut-off, Temperatue control | Wireless: No

Best for Smoothing: Remington Pro 2-in-1 Heated Straightening Brush

Remington Pro 2-in-1 Heated Straightening Brush
What We Like
  • Features anti-static coating

  • Titanium components create shine

  • Speedy 10-second heat-up time

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t straighten as well as a flat iron

An anti-static coating coupled with smoothing ionic technology gets hair super sleek, while the titanium coating imparts mega-watt shine while transferring heat quickly, thus speeding up your drying time, according to Brown. Other benefits include three different heat settings, non-snagging bristles, and a speedy 10-second heat-up time. 

Max Temp: 450°F | Features: 3 heat settings, Cool tip bristles | Wireless: No

Final Verdict

Our favorite hot air brush, the splurge-worthy Dyson Airwrap Styler, is beloved by beauty editors and hairstylists alike thanks to its high-tech features and ability to create all sorts of styles. However, the REVLON One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer is a great (and affordable) pick for those in search of added volume because it adds lots of body and has bristles that won’t tangle your hair. If you have long or thick hair, opt for Drybar's The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush because it works faster than traditional straighteners (and it smooths hair to boot).

Hot Air Styling Brush
Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

What to Look For in a Hot Air Brush

Bristle Type

According to Ghamari, you really want to pay attention to what kind of bristles a hot air brush has. Ceramic coated bristles, for instance, do a great job of distributing heat so you don’t damage your hair. Meanwhile, boar and nylon bristles work to smooth and detangle strands. 

Cord Length

Ghamari says to check out the cord length of a hot air brush too. A long cord will make the brush super easy to use, no matter where you are. (A cord length of 6 to 9 feet is best for ease of use.)

Temperature Control

Having the ability to control the temperature of a hot air brush is key, says Ghamari. That’s because being able to choose the temperature will prevent you from overheating your precious hair. Have fine or damaged hair? Simply set your hot air brush to the lowest temperature setting to avoid damaging your hair further. 

Cool Shot

Ghamari also suggests looking for a hot air brush with cool shot functionality. Ending your drying and styling session with a cool shot may help lock your look in place and add shine. 

Hot Tools 24K Gold One-Step Dryer Volumizer
Byrdie / Ashley Rubell
  • How do you use a hot air brush to curl hair?

    Ghamari points out that using a hot air brush is very similar to using a round brush, except there’s no struggle to hold a blow-dryer in one hand and a round brush in the other. Brown, meanwhile, shares this tip for using a hot air brush to curl hair: “You can curl hair with a hot air brush by twisting the hair section out of the brush on the last pass through,” she says. “Adding a light hairspray to the section before twisting will also help the curl hold.”

  • Do hot air brushes damage hair?

    “Hot air brushes can only damage hair if they get too hot,” says Brown. She suggests reading reviews and doing your research on whatever brand you choose to buy. A hot air brush with temperature settings will help you control the heat so you don’t hurt your hair. 

  • How do you clean a hot air brush?

    To clean a hot air brush, remove all of the shed hair after every few uses, says Brown. “Wiping it down with a hot towel will also help remove any excess product buildup,” she says.

Why Trust Byrdie

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She loves a bouncy blowout, but hadn’t used a hot air brush until researching this article, so she tapped experts for their opinion (as well as many of her friends who love them).

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