Love it or hate it? John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

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John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

*pr sample

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.

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

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!

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Frizz Ease

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

*sent for editorial consideration

Comments

  1. This sounds really interesting! I think I have too much hair to make it work, though.

  2. I can totally see myslef getting this tangles up in my hair and having to cut it out. Thats about as talented as I am when it comes to doing my hair. I liked your very details and honest review.

  3. This sounds like a great styler for the right hair type. 😀

  4. That’s so funny! I got this a couple of years ago on Marcia’s recommendation! I love it and it’s amazing on my daughter’s long super thick hair.

  5. @Amber, I’m so glad someone agrees with me! I don’t do my hair without it. But I partially dry my hair first. xo Marcia

  6. I’ve never tried a brush/hair dryer, and you’ve certainly got me curious about this one! Glad it worked for your daughter

  7. This looks really interesting! I’m loving these hot tools coming out! <3

  8. I really want a hot brush- I’ve heard they’re fab!

  9. Jennifer Pellicone says

    I also tried this brush and I didn’t like it either. I have a similar hair type to yours, so that may be our problem!

  10. I Love mine, just wish there was one with a smaller barrel now that I’m wearing my hair curly.

  11. When my hair was shorter I loved using this!

  12. This seems like a super cool hair tool!

  13. Thank you for the review. I have long, thick hair, so I think I’ll look for something better suited for me

  14. I had one of these as a kid! I didn’t know they were back in style.

  15. This definitely is very interesting product. Since my hair is not thick, then I think this might work for me.

  16. Lisa Brown says

    I think it sounds great. This type of styling brush has been around for years – comes in and out of favor. I had one years ago and liked it. Less damage to the hair, that’s for sure.

  17. I had a similar brush from another brand waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the 90s, hahaha. It really was great for my long hair.

  18. This sounds like it might be perfect for my hair! I have shoulder length hair and I hate using product, so this could be great 🙂

  19. How exciting! I have the instyler one & love it. I think my one would like this one

  20. Looks like a time saver. I have some major curls so this wouldn’t be an option for me, but I know a few folks I’m going to recommend this to. Thank you!

  21. this looks interesting!

  22. I can see this being wrong for long hair, but it does sound pretty great on shorter cuts. I might have to try it after I get my hair cut.

  23. This looks like a great product, if it works well. I feel like it would give my hair more body, which i need!

  24. I love hot air brushes and almost bought this! But I have super long hair so decided against it and your review confirms my guess, thank you!

  25. Unfortunately it wouldn’t work for me but thank you for the review so I know!

  26. My suuuuper fine hair loves brushes like these, but I see how someone with long thick hair could be disappointed.

  27. Christine Wagner says

    I would love to have a brush that brushes and styles and smooths my hair in one easy step.

  28. I have long heavy hair, so I don’t think this would work for me. I’m glad it works for your daughter, though!