The Best Hair Dryer Brushes for the Perfect At-Home Blowout
Wet hair + a hair dryer brush = red carpet blowouts at home.
The quest for great hair meets an adversary at every turn: finding the right products and tools to start and then, once styled, you battle humidity, rain, sweat from your workout, or steam in the shower. (Psst... You might also need these hair products for frequent exercisers.)
Plus, who can afford or has the time for a professional blowout every few days? Even celebrities want to achieve great hair at home without a pro stylist. Case in point: Bethenny Frankel took to Twitter to crowdsource recommendations for the best hair dryer brush. "I am determined to be able to blowdry my hair & not have it a frizz shit show ten minutes later, the Real Housewives star tweeted. Same Bethenny, same.
Luckily, hair dryer brushes are currently trending on the beauty scene and are a quick, easy way to getting lasting shine, volume, and style—without having to work a round brush and a blow dryer at the same time. Here, eight top-rated picks for scoring salon-quality style at home. (Related: Everyone in My Office Is Obsessed with This Hair Tool—and It's Just $40 Right Now)
Bed Head Blow Out Freak One-Step Dry + Heat
While a hair dryer brush is best used on freshly washed hair—you'll be amazed how quickly you can dry, boost volume, and style with one handy tool—it can also be used throughout the week to give your hair a refresh. To use on second-day hair, add a few mists of water before styling to revive limp strands without needing to shampoo. The tourmaline ceramic in this Bed Head version balances heat distribution to bring shine to dull hair. If you still need convincing, one Amazon reviewer said, "Best $40 I've ever spent. This thing is life-changing."
Drybar The Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush
If you've ever tried to give yourself a blowout at home, you know there's a technique to get the volume, smoothness, and shape you crave. With a blow dryer in one hand and a round brush in the other, you contort your wrist to try to make it happen. Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, understands the struggle and developed a product to help. (You may also want to steal Webb's tips for ways to extend a blowout.) This innovative tool combines the hot air of a blow dryer with the structure of a round brush to achieve both goals at once. It can take you from wet to sleek with just a few passes of the brush.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer
The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer is the hair dryer brush that sent shock waves through the beauty-verse. It was also the runaway winner in the comments under Frankel's tweet and on Amazon. It's curly-girl approved, too: "I have thick curly dark Middle Eastern hair that doesn't tame well," writes one Amazon reviewer. "[After using] my hair is soft and smooth and actually manageable. I usually only get this type of relief when I get a hair trim and beg my hair stylist to blow dry afterwards. It's about as close to salon as I can do by myself." Plus, unlike traditional blow dryers, the brush design allows you to get close to the scalp for extra lift at the roots, while airflow vents help hair to dry quickly, too. (Related: How to Get Intense Volume for Big, Beautiful Hair)
Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler
A new gadget (and a pricey one at that) will often be met with skepticism from even the most beauty obsessive until all claims are tested and verified. Dyson AirWrap has proven its worth. Using an aerodynamic phenomenon called the Coanda effect, the device takes damp hair and using high pressure and high-velocity air wraps hair around the barrel for you (#science). The six attachments can change the look of your blowout, but no matter which one you choose, you're left with bouncy, beautiful curls with less heat damage and minimal effort. (Related: Is the $399 Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Really Worth It?)
Hot Tools 24K Gold Charcoal Infused One-Step Blowout
A sleek black body and shiny gold accents make this blow dryer brush a standout. The charcoal-infused bristles refresh second-day hair (almost like a built-in dry shampoo) and ion technology helps hair maintain a neutral charge, which cuts down on frizz and static. Three speed settings let you customize your blowout and gives you the ultimate control over the results—no salon required. (Related: Activated Charcoal Beauty Products That Work (Black) Magic.)
Amika Blowout Babe Thermal Brush
This hair dryer brush adds volume and bounce, thanks to the ceramic barrel and ion generator, which emits infrared heat and negative ions to smooth frizz and create shine without damage. This hot air brush is worth tossing in your gym bag to zap moisture and frizz before any morning meetings.
GHD Glide Professional Performance Hot Air Brush
The key to maintaining a blowout for three, four, even five (!) days is the ability to restyle the previous day's aggressions (kinks from your kickboxing ponytail, bedhead, static from a hat). This hot air brush heats up quickly, then functions as a typical paddle brush, using ceramic heat to smooth and fight frizz. A spritz of dry shampoo and a few passes of the brush and your blowout lives on another day. (See also: Dry Shampoos Guaranteed to Extend the Life of Your Blowout.)
JohnFrieda Hot Air Brush
Nearly 8,000 reviews and a 4-star rating prove the hype of hair dryer brushes is real. This brush is one of the most budget-friendly options on the list but it doesn't lack in function. It uses a combination of nylon and ball-tipped bristles to detangle while building volume. It also has low and high heat buttons, plus a cool setting to set your style once you're done. For best results, towel or air dry hair until damp (instead of soaking wet), apply a heat protectant or styling product, and then use your hair dryer brush. Voilà!