One of my goals in life is to be able to recreate that look and feeling that comes after a professional blow out. I should be able to make my hair look that incredible every time I dry it! I have come to realize that in the world of blow outs, the blow dryer itself matters, but so do the brushes. Spornette recently sent me some new hair brushes to try and I have three favorites that have brought me closer to my goal: The Ion Fusion Paddle Hair Brush ($13), Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush ($36), and the Ventura Blow-Out Brush ($30).
I had a paddle brush from Aveda that I used for years and years, until the wood finally warped and the bristles wore down. The Spornette Ion Fusion Paddle Hair Brush was the perfect replacement brush for me. It does a wonderful job of brushing out my long, mid-back length hair without pulling out strands. The handle is substantial but lightweight, and it feels so comfortable in my hand. After I towel dry my hair I typically apply blow out cream, a little spray on conditioner, and some mousse, and this brush is perfect for getting even distribution. The sides are long and flat, which make it easy to dry and straighten large sections of hair.
For beautiful big curls I love the Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush 2.75 inch. It has an aerated barrel that heats up super quick because it’s coated in magnesium. The heat helps set the curl and the hot air flow reduces drying time. Magnesium releases infra-red energy and it also sanitizes the hair. It actually has a 45% higher heat conductive rate than aluminum. The 2.75 inch barrel is awesome for long hair and Spornette has smaller barrel sizes for medium and short hair.
When I want to straighten my hair plus add some curl or a flip, I dry the majority of my hair first with the Paddle Brush, then I follow that with the unique and cool looking Spornette Ventura Blow-Out Brush. This brush has a learning curve, but once you learn how to properly wield it you will wonder where it’s been all your life.
This is a combination of a paddle brush and a round brush. That means you can dry your hair straight, give your ends a little flip up or under, or go for bigger curls – all with the same brush. The barrel is metal, which provides extra heat power for straightening and curling. It’s a wide brush, which means you can grab lots of hair at one time. The shape is elliptical and I learned to twist my wrist to pull my roots straight for volume and to smooth out the ends for extra sleek hair.
It is awesome to be able to switch back and forth between straightening (for the length of my hair) and curling (for the ends) without changing brushes. I find that this brush shortens my dry time and leaves me with nicely curled ends that stay all day. While the curls aren’t as intense as the one from a curling iron, it gives me loose, wavy, beachy curls in a short amount of time.
Regardless of which brush you use, if you have long hair, then sectioning is a must – it not only results in better style, it also shortens dry time and gives much better volume. Spornette brushes are used by stylists everywhere, so be sure to check them out…they will definitely help you recreate that salon blow out look at home. – Lisa
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