Do Hair Straightening Brushes Really Work? | Fab or Fail

Lately, it seems like Straightening Brushes are everywhere!  If you’re like me, I’m sure you’ve wondered the following:

  1. Do hair straightening brushes really work?
  2. Does an expensive straightening brush work better than a less expensive one?
  3. Does a straightening brush work better than a flat iron straightener?

So today I tested them!

Straightening Brush|Cute Girls Hairstyles I bought 2 different brands of straightening brushes at 2 different price points. I bought the Amika “Polished Perfection” Straightening Brush for $129.99 at Sephora, and then I bought the InStyler “Straight Up” Ceramic Straightening Brush for $59.99 at ULTA.

Amika Straightening Brush|Cute Girls Hairstyles


Instyler Straightening Brush| Cute Girls Hairstyles


To begin, I parted my hair in 2 sections down the middle. I took my hair in medium sized sections and brushed from root to tip. For easy comparison, I tested the Amika Straightening Brush on a few sections of hair on the left side of my head and the Instyler Straightening Brush on the right side of my head.


  • The straightening brushes gave me a natural, loose wave look very similar to if I had blow-dried my hair.
  • The regular straightener gave me a sleek, super straight look.

Final Thoughts:

The flat iron straightener definitely wins! If I had to rate the Instyler Straightening Brush, I’d give it a 5 out of 10. It straightened my hair but didn’t flatten it. I also didn’t like the cord. If I had to rate the Amika Straightening Brush, I’d give it a 6 out of 10. It did a better job straightening than the Instyler, and I liked the cord better. However, I felt that for double the money, the Amika should have done double the job!

In the end, I give these straightening brushes a “Fab” and “Fail.” Fab because technically both of the straightening brushes did do their job, but I give the fail because I personally wouldn’t recommend them. I’m still all about the flat iron straightener because it gives you a sleek, silky look.



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  1. What flat iron are you using???? Cause wow my sedu doesn’t straighten as well. And thanks for this comparison! I actually somewhat liked the Amika just for the crown of my head and was wondering if the now 45$ in styler would do the same job, very helpful! I found this searching precisely for this comparison. Going to save myself some money ????

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