The Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush smooths my hair in less than half the time it takes me to straighten it with the traditional hot tool.

By Renee Cherry
August 07, 2019
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Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush
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In middle school, I had a Remington Wet-2-Straight that I would actually use on my wet hair. Since then, I've done a complete 180 air-drying most days in an attempt to save time and avoid damage. Recently, though, I've started using a hot tool that's turned me back onto straightening: Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush 1.0 (Buy It, $96,

The tool plugs in and heats up like a straightener, but instead of having two plates that squeeze your fragile hair together, it's just a brush. When I use a normal straightener on my wavy hair, it ends up looking flat. By contrast, after using the Polished Perfection Straightening Brush, my hair no longer looks fluffy, but not to the point where I've lost all volume. I also sleep better at night knowing that straightening brushes do less damage than traditional straighteners in general. "You're not putting direct heat on both sides of your hair, and you're also avoiding the tugs and snags that sometimes happen with flat irons," celebrity hairstylist Kendall Dorsey previously told us of the innovate tools.

I can efficiently run the Polished Perfection Straightening Brush through huge chunks of hair since the brush head itself is wide. I can get away with a single or double pass depending on how tightly I'm holding my hair against the brush. Even when my hair was long enough to reach my ribs, the whole process still only took about 5 minutes. (Related: Is the $399 Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Really Worth It?)

Truthfully, I only have one other heated straightener to compare this brush to—one that my roommate said she found for cheap on Amazon. The difference was like night and day; Hers took forever to heat up and didn't end up making my hair any straighter. After trying this cheapie straightener, I really appreciated the Amika brush's variety of temperature settings, super speedy heat-up, and cool-tip, ceramic bristles that glide through my hair like a knife through butter. If that's not enough to wow you, Amika has come out with a Polished Perfection Straightening Brush 2.0, which uses infrared light to more deeply penetrate hair with less damage. (Related: The Best Hair Straightening Brushes That Will Make You Break Up with Your Flat Iron)

After a few months of relying on the tool, my feelings haven't changed. I'd highly recommend it, even if you don't consider yourself a hot tools person.