Drying and styling my hair in the morning takes up a fair proportion of my ‘getting ready’ time. I can get away with an extra thirty minutes between the sheets if I don’t have to spend time taming my tresses, so anything that helps speed up that process is definitely welcome. For the last few days I’ve been putting this innovative brush to the test that claims to dry hair 40% faster than a regular tool, which inevitably has a positive impact on the amount of heat damage that hair is subjected to. (Less time with a hairdryer in hand, less heat damage to the hair!) The EcoTools Air Dryer Hair Brush has been specifically designed to speed up the drying process, detangling right out of the shower thanks to ‘anti-tangle’ bristles that nurture the hair and scalp. So far so good, but how did it actually stand up against my usual paddle brush?
The brush is incredibly lightweight and easy to use, thanks to the bamboo handle and hollow brush head, meaning you definitely don’t get arm ache after a few minutes of styling. However, it’s the unique (patent pending) shape that’s what we’re all interested in: the big hole allows the Ultimate Air Dryer to work
simultaneously as a diffuser – allowing air to travel through the brush
to ‘create gorgeous, natural-looking waves and curls.’ It also allows for the moisture to evaporate quicker, rather than getting trapped in the brush, which is where the ‘40% quicker’ claim comes from.
Although I do like this brush and definitely notice a difference in the time taken to dry my hair (although it’s definitely nowhere near 40%,) I feel the control I have with my usual paddle brush is somewhat lacking in the Air Dryer. I can usually dry and style simultaneously (as the paddle brush allows me to smooth my hair effortlessly,) but with this I definitely felt much more of a need to pick up the GHDs afterwards. I have noticed a little more volume in my hair and it definitely feels like there’s some added ‘oomph’, but I do miss the control and smoothness I get with my paddle brush.
If you’re lucky enough to have pretty straight or easily controled hair then the Air Dryer Brush could definitely add value to your routine; it helps to speed up drying time and leaves hair with a little more lift. However, if like me your barnet is prone to frizzing and kinky waves that need a lot more control, then a traditional paddle brush may be your best bet for cutting down on drying and styling time. As with most things, the benefit of this is down to personal preference – although it’s a great little gadget, for my personal needs it’s not quite up to scratch. Saying that, it certainly provides a talking point while sitting on my dressing table!Are you tempted to put this unusual tool to the test, or will you be sticking with traditional brushes?
The EcoTools Air Dryer Hair Brush is available from Boots priced £10.99.
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