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What Makes a Good Blow Dryer Hair Brush?

What Makes a Good Blow Dryer Hair Brush?

If you’re looking to boost your limp locks with body and movement, a blow drying brush is the answer. The heat of a blow dryer and hairbrush means hair can be styled and smoothed for the look you’re after. But not all brushes are suitable for use with a hair dryer. In fact, it’s best to use a brush that’s specially designed for the heat and technique required while blow drying. 

What to Look for in a Hair Brush for Blow Drying

There are a few features that are best to look for in a brush that’s suitable for use while blow drying your hair.


Ionic hair brushes use negative ions to eliminate static electricity which causes frizz and flyaways. The ions also hydrate and seal the cuticles, producing a smooth, soft texture the length of the hair shaft.

Heat Resistant Parts

Blow dryers can pump out the heat and most brushes aren’t designed for such high temperatures. A plastic handled brush can become soft and even melt under the hot air. Having a brush that is specially designed to handle hot temperatures means you won’t need to worry about damaging your brush. 


Hair Brushes manufactured using nanotechnology mean they glide through the hair with little effort to maximise your hair’s volume.    


Good quality bristles make all the difference with any brush. You’ll want soft bristles that won’t damage your scalp or pull through the hair causing static electricity and damage. The bristles also need to be heat resistant for use under your hair dryer.  

Sectioning Pick

It’s handy to have a styling pick on the end of your blow dryer brush. The little bit at the end allows you to section off parts of your hair for drying rather than putting down the brush to pick up a comb to do the sectioning.  

Ceramic Barrel

If you’re blow drying your hair regularly, you’ll need a brush that has a thermal ceramic barrel. The barrel heats up quickly under the warm air of the hair dryer and retains the heat longer making it easier and more efficient to style your hair. The vents in the barrel create airflow that also reduce drying time.  

Round Shape

To add volume to hair, you want to introduce some shape. The round barrel of a blow dryer brush allows you to curl hair around the brush and heat it. The shape allows you to create sleek, shiny hair that’s frizz-free. Using different sized brushes allows you to obtain a more natural wave, which is why your salon often uses a large and a smaller round brush while styling.  

An ergonomic rounded brush handle fits in the palm of your hand easily and the non-slip surface means you’re less likely to lose grip as you juggle the hair dryer and brush. 

Other Tips for Hair Drying with a Blow Dryer

  • Some people make the mistake of using a hair dryer soon after hopping out of the shower when their hair is still sopping wet. It’s best to use a microfibre hair towel then finish off with the hair dryer. Very wet hair takes a long time to dry and the prolonged heat from the hair dryer can be damaging. 
  • The wrong heat setting can also damage your hair. The highest heat setting is for thick or curly hair but if you have fine or fragile hair, it’s best to use a lower setting. Heat damaged hair can break and lose its shine.  
  • Holding the hair dryer too close to your hair can also cause permanent damage to hair and burn your scalp. Keep the dryer off your hair and point the nozzle diagonally down the hair shaft. Drying from the top will reduce drying time.  

Salon Quality Blow Dryer Brushes 

Ugly Swan has two ceramic barrel brushes available for blow drying hair. The Pro+ Series Thermal Ceramic 33 mm and the Pro+ Series Thermal Ceramic 53 mm barrel brushes are perfect for creating the salon blow out look. 

If you have any queries about which hairbrush is right for you, get in contact with us.

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