Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush
A couple of months ago I took advantage of the Sephora sale and I purchased a new hair styling tool that I had been interested in trying out for quite some time. I’d been so curious about straightening brushes because my hair has to be heat treated in order to look tidy and tame. I have wavy, curly and in some random places straight hair that looks like a puffed out lions mane when air dried, and because it’s very thick it takes an hour to blow dry. When I flat iron it, it becomes peg straight and volumeless so I pretty much just blow dry it when I feel like looking extra. Because of the inconvenience of spending an hour blow drying my hair, it doesn’t happen on a daily basis and I end up wearing a ponytail or high bun – and then I just feel sloppy and not put together. I really wanted to try something that promised to be a quick hair styler and the straightening brush ended up being exactly what I needed.
I am so happy I took the plunge and got this straightener. The main thing I love about it is that my hair gets styled in a sort of hybrid with the speed of a flat iron, but with volume and shape of a good blow out. It takes minutes for me to pass the brush through sectioned off the hair so that it’s straight, but without losing volume at the roots or having flattened out ends. It heats up super fast to my preferred setting of 410*. It’s recommended not to go above 360* because above that you can damage your hair, but I use a really good heat protecting spray in each section so I haven’t had any damage. I also use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove the heat spray that builds up. I find if I use the brush at the 360 setting, I have to pass the brush through each section multiple times, but at the higher setting, it is one pass. I like using it both ways but for speed in the mornings I go with the hotter setting.
I have to say that this heat tool may be better with certain hair types than others. I have read reviews where people have hated it and I think that is with finer hair. I was comfortable buying it from Sephora though because they have such an excellent return policy, but for me, this brush was a keeper and has made a huge ‘quality of life’ difference in my hair styling routine. I love this brush so much that I got my mom the mini travel version of the brush for her to try out since my parents travel often. If she loves it I will get her the full size one for home for her birthday.
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Cristina founded The Sweat Edit in 2010. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two boston terrier fur daughters in Vancouver, BC. Cristina dabbles in many creative hobbies such as drawing, painting, and jewelry design which sometimes makes it's way here on the blog. Cristina enjoys various sweaty pursuits such as Peloton spin, olympic weightlifting and running.