Here at the BIZ we focus on products we love. There is enough negativity in the world as it is…if we don’t like something, we probably won’t even review it. So when I tried the John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush ($39.99) and hated it, I thought there was no way I could review this – and it was particularly ironic since since it’s one of Marcia’s favorite hair tools of all time!! Then I decided to try it out on my daughter’s hair…and guess what? Now I wouldn’t trade this baby for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
At first, I assumed this was basically a curling iron with a brush attached. But it’s not a curling iron, it’s a blow dryer. Use it on towel-dried hair to smooth, dry, and de-frizz hair, all the while giving it the volume and slight curl that a round brush will give you. I have very long hair – mid-back, super long layers, and while my hair is fine I have tons of it. So…if your hair is similar, this is not the drying/styling device for you. My hair is too long to wrap up in the brush, which means I have to start at the root and slowly move through my hair to the bottom…so it takes forever to dry my hair. And then, while it certainly leaves my hair smooth, it doesn’t give it much volume or curl. For the time and the so-so results, I felt the Salon Shape Hot Air Brush just wasn’t worth it.
Then I figured I would give it a shot on my daughter Annie’s hair. She has shoulder-length fine hair with bangs and layers. Honestly it is a pain in the butt to do her hair because she is such a wimp…everything hurts her; she fights every bit of product and every stroke of the brush. When I told her I wanted to test this on her she almost cried. Then a Christmas miracle happened….she LOVED it and her hair looked the best it has ever looked!
The 1 1/2 inch titanium ceramic hair brush barrel is easy to maneuver and the bristles are soft enough to be comfortable, but firm enough to hold hair. It has 500 watts of power, two heat settings, and a cold air option. It dries shorter, layered hair so quickly and painlessly I could not believe it. Now my daughter is always begging me to do her hair – or doing it herself – and then spending a half hour staring at the fabulousness of her hair style.
The bottom line is, if you have long, heavy hair there are better options for you. If you have shoulder length or shorter hair, or shorter layers, you will be thrilled with the John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush. I’m so glad I gave this a second chance! – Lisa
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