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

John Frieda Frizz Ease
John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

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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


  1. The Beauty of Life | 3rd Feb 16

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

  2. Katie Rae Nystuen | 3rd Feb 16

    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. Erika | 3rd Feb 16

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

  4. Amber | 3rd Feb 16

    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. beautyin | 3rd Feb 16

    @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. Never Say Die Beauty | 3rd Feb 16

    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. Shipra | 3rd Feb 16

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

  8. Stephanie Louise (@StephLouiseATB) | 3rd Feb 16

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

  9. Jennifer Pellicone | 3rd Feb 16

    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. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 3rd Feb 16

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

  11. Brooke @ Blushing Noir | 3rd Feb 16

    When my hair was shorter I loved using this!

  12. Lola Seicento | 3rd Feb 16

    This seems like a super cool hair tool!

  13. Lisa Heath | 3rd Feb 16

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

  14. Melissa | 3rd Feb 16

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

  15. Leelo | 4th Feb 16

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

  16. Lisa Brown | 4th Feb 16

    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. Kat Dinges | 4th Feb 16

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

  18. Emily Draher | 4th Feb 16

    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. Ann @ Mani On The Move | 4th Feb 16

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

  20. Christina | 4th Feb 16

    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. Michaela - The Mani Café | 4th Feb 16

    this looks interesting!

  22. Bailey | 4th Feb 16

    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. Ashley B. | 4th Feb 16

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

  24. Babi | 4th Feb 16

    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. Krystal E | 4th Feb 16

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

  26. Anastasia | 4th Feb 16

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

  27. Christine Wagner | 7th Feb 16

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

  28. Kristin Bassett | 7th Feb 16

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

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