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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A hair trick

Every morning when Caroline comes in to work, our conversation goes something like this:

Me: "Did you get your hair cut?"
Caroline: "No."
Me: "Did you get a blowout?"
Caroline: "No."
Me: "It looks really great."
Caroline: "Thanks!"

Finally, yesterday, she revealed her secret: A hot air brush. "It's a round brush that blows hot air out of it, and it's been my styling trick since high school," she explained. "Once you get the hang of it, it's really easy to attain a smooth blow dry at home (even if you're not ambidextrous, hyper-coordinated or a professional stylist). You can create a sleek look or soft, bouncy waves. I don't know why everyone doesn't use one."

Have you ever used a hot air brush? Mine is in the mail:) Thanks, Caroline!

P.S. 16 hair tutorials.

113 comments:

Christine LaBoy said...

I have one of these! I bought it 3 weeks- it does wonders to my hair

Liz A said...

Can you guys get a step-by-step tutorial up please!?! Love this idea

Joanna Goddard said...

liz, i'll ask caroline!

Maura said...

OK. All these hair tutorials, + the hot air brush is going to change my life! Thank you!!

Meadow said...

Tutorial!!!

Christina said...

Cool, thanks for the tip! I would be interested in a tutorial as well. Does it dry really wet hair, or do you have to air/blow dry it a bit first to get it started? And, do you go in layers, or just have at it all at once? Do tell, Caroline! :)

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I need this in my life!

Alia / Simple Savvy Blog said...

Ive used one since jr high. It takes longer than using a blowdryer and a brush, but I think it's easier and my hair always looks smoother and more polished. I rarely have to touch up with my flat iron when I use my hot air brush.

Jinsight said...

I bought the Revlon one, but sadly I didn't notice any difference when I used it. Maybe it's because I have super thick, hard to dry Asian hair, or maybe the heat wasn't hot enough. Would love a tutorial!

Scout and Rice said...

My life has been changed, I had no idea such a thing existed!

I've been using one of those automatic hair curlers lately (search for 'babylis titanium'), they are amazing! You take a 1" section of hair and the machine sucks it up and curls it beautifully - no curling expertise required. A whole head of hair is done in 15 mins and best of all, the curls last a couple of days. Literally every friend I have come across since I started using this product has offered such lovely compliments!

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Megan F said...

Ha! My mom uses my old hot air brush -- which I've had since high school. Unfortunately it doesn't work for me/takes forever due to my super thick hair. Maybe today's models could handle my mane?

Becca said...

I would so love some styling tips for curly-haired ladies like me! It's so hard to find cute & helpful ideas like this that would work on my hair!

Zahra Habib said...

Is there a particular brand you recommend?

Joanna Goddard said...

Scout and Rice—i'm going to look that up! i think my friend susan might use that. she always has the loveliest curls. and becca, i'm going to ask reagan for some ideas & hopefully put together some curly-haired tutorials. thank you!

Daniella C said...

I'd love to see a tutorial too!

Ecochic said...

Tutorials are now needed! Caroline we need your help.

Georgia Browne said...

Babyliss do a great version in the UK - Sali hughes does a tutorial on the Guardian website. I rough dry my hair with a hairdryer first and finish with the "big curl". I can do a smooth blow dry but im not sure how to do curls so would love a tute! Xx

Nicole said...

a tutorial would be awesome! is that Caroline's hair in the picture?? So pretty!

Georgia Browne said...

...here you go http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/apr/02/big-hair-beauty-review

Caroline Donofrio said...

Hi Christina! I usually use the hot air brush after I've gotten dressed, so my hair has a bit of time to air dry. (Or if you're in a hurry, you can blast your hair with a regular blow dryer for a couple seconds to remove the excess water.) I put half of my hair in a top knot and blow dry the bottom layer first, then dry the top and sides. Hope that helps! :)

Betsy said...

I've used one since college. I've actually just about worn through my 2nd one, the brisltles are all bunched up inside the barrel from being tossed in too many suitcases.

I've used it when my hair was long, like pictured, and now that it is in a short bob it still works so great.

The easiest way to do a blowout at home and I feel like I get less fly aways when i blow my hair out with the brush dryer, as I call it, than a normal round brush. :-)

Betsy said...

I've used one since college. I've actually just about worn through my 2nd one, the brisltles are all bunched up inside the barrel from being tossed in too many suitcases.

I've used it when my hair was long, like pictured, and now that it is in a short bob it still works so great.

The easiest way to do a blowout at home and I feel like I get less fly aways when i blow my hair out with the brush dryer, as I call it, than a normal round brush. :-)

whiskey in the shade said...

Tutorial please?!?!

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Surabhi Muncie said...

ok well I just purchased this!! I'm on it!

bananastand said...

wouldn't it be helpful to actually see a picture of Caroline's hair?

Jessie said...

I purchased one of these months ago after seeing it on another blog, but it turns out that my arms just don't bend the ways that they need to (backwards and upside down..?) to do anything useful. And I need two extra hands, to boot. Please share a tutorial! Otherwise it's doomed to the un-used recesses of my bathroom cupboard.

DesirousOfEverything said...

So now you need to tell us how to use said hot air brush Caroline!!!

Erin said...

I would love a tutorial on using this to quickly (under 5 minutes) salvage second-day hair... pretty please??

Kristin Auld said...

Joanna -- you forgot to mention the most important part -- the one you've linked to is under $30! You can't get a blowout for that price in NYC. I'm all over this! Thx!

cf3dd5de-d55b-11e3-8116-000bcdcb5194 said...

This blog post without a corresponding tutorial is just kind of mean. I purchased the hot tools version a few months ago and after a few unsuccessful attempts, I just gave up. It's now a dust collector. I figured I had too much hair or something. Help us, please!

Nat said...

Not ashamed to admit that it took me less than 15 seconds to order one off of Amazon. :)

MrsVlcek said...

Great secret! I've been wanting something new to make my hair less dull. Thanks!

Joyce said...

I. Know!! I just bought one a month ago, and it has transformed my hair.
It's like having a salon blowout every week. It's awesome.

Corrin said...

Yes! I've been using one since high school with every hairstyle from mermaid to pixie.

Making it Anywhere said...

yeah... I'm going to need a tutorial on this one. Last time I tried to use one of those I got it irretrievably stuck in my hair and had to cut it out... nearly down to the scalp... two months before my wedding. I had to get a weave to cover it.

Leni said...

Will you post an update once you get it telling us whether it is easy to use or not? I'm very tempted (like you I have fine, straight hair). But I want to know if it's easy to use or if it gets kicked to the back of the bathroom cabinet and never seen again. :) Thanks for having an amazing blog, by the way. I love it. (first time commenter).

Amy Kitch said...

Yes! I'm with Liz A, I would love a tutorial! There are so many gadgets out there you can purchase to make styling 'easier' but I find them so cumbersome to use!

Also, being left handed -- I sometimes have trouble because the tools are shaped for right handers (buttons, switches, cords are often awkward).

Ashlee Spear said...

I'm intrigued! And adding my name to the list of people requesting a tutorial:)

Ashlee Spear said...

I'm intrigued! And adding my name to the list of people requesting a tutorial:)

Liz M C said...

Definitely need a turorial on this one. I have a TON of kinky curls that frizz like crazy. If my hair isn't straightened, I don't leave the house. I'm like Roseanne Roseannadanna's long lost daughter.

stateandoccupation.com said...

Added it to my birthday wishlist for next month :p

xo! Dakota
http://stateandoccupation.com/

Katie Hicks said...

Ive been using one since middle school (a reallly long time) I cant live without it! Best hair tool ever. Enjoy!

Caroline Donofrio said...

Hi Amy! The brush is the same from all sides, so it's great for left-handers, too!

jessd6 said...

Yes, but how did Caroline make that pretty, swoopy, half-updo? Can you ask her to reveal that, too?

Emily Catherine said...

How does she do the up-do?

Stefdel said...

I'd love to see a tutorial on this!!

Emily said...

My mom & several of her friends use one! I'd love to see how Caroline uses it to style her hair (since she's not in her sixties). :)

Emily said...

My mom & several of her friends use one! I'd love to see how Caroline uses it to style her hair (since she's not in her sixties). :)

Milan Lee said...

My mom had one from Japan when I was a kid and I've been using it ever since, until it broke last year. It had a good 15 year run! So glad you posted a new one for me to purchase!

Patricia O'Shaughnessy said...

And SOLD! Just got one.

Amal said...

This is a game-changer! $30 invested. I would like a tutorial on the tool, but would LOVE one on the half updo pictured!

m lou said...

I bought one of these earlier this year it has changed my life! No really it did!

Michelle Ash Latham said...

Oooh I'd love to see a tutorial!

Michelle @ ahealthymrs.com

Hatton Gravely said...

A few weeks ago, I started using product and a round brush and SO MANY people have asked me what I've done... like people think I've lost weight. it's amazing what a little styling can do - ha!

emily said...

Does she use the 1 or 1.5 inch brush? This looks like just what I need!

Nic said...

yep - it changed my life!

Maywyn Studio said...

I bought my first back in the 1960s. It had attachments for comb and brush.

KarinaCicala said...

Get out!
I have seen these and thought "too good to be true."
THANK YOU!

- uncoordinated/impatient hair person

Susie said...

Amazing, I can't believe I haven't heard of this earlier. Do you know if you can go straight from towel dried/damp hair to using it... or would you still need to blow dry for a while first?

Susie | june lorraine

Nina said...

Looks so intriguing! Beautiful shiny hair in the picture.

SKC said...

I bought this two weeks ago, and LOVE it! My hair looks amazing and I was surprised how easy it is to use. I would definitely recommend it! (I'd also love to see a tutorial)

Jennifer said...

I have one but I'm too lazy most days to use it!

Elle Kim said...

Absolutely LOVE the hot air brush! My mom introduced me to this amazing tool back in high school and has been my go to tool!

RD said...

I've used one for ever--15 or 20 years. I couldn't do without it.

RD said...

I've used one for ever--15 or 20 years. I couldn't do without it.

RD said...

I've used one for ever--15 or 20 years. I couldn't do without it.

Unknown said...

This is awesome! Which size? 1 inch or 1.5? Thank you!

Vanessa Boudreau said...

oh yes, a tutorial would be awesome!

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christine said...

my mom bought a con-air hair brush for me in high school (14ish years ago) and i still use it to this day! perhaps it's time for an upgraded version :)

preppylove said...

Oh my gosh how cool! I've never heard of this but you may have just changed my life!

Allison said...

Gah! Joanna! I recently bought the blow dryer and round brush that you recommended, and now I learn that I can have amazing without having invested all that money?! Sigh. ;)

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Oh, got to get one! Thanks for the tip! x

Sonia B said...

Wow! thanks for the tip:)

meji said...

I'm looking forward to Caroline's tutorial ;)
(hint, hint)

Laurel @ Laurel Loves said...

Sounds great! This picture looks absolutely amazing - if only my hair looked like that!

http://www.laurelloves.com

Irene said...

i used this in high school, university, and throughout my 20s... never a flat iron. its fantastic! now with a super short cut my hair doesn't need it!

Loulou said...

Oh yes ... I love my hot air brush. It's the only way I can dry my hair myself and have it come out half decent looking! Although I've only figured out the long a sleek look by using it, not the curls, so I have some experimenting to do with it.

Caroline Beeson said...

Tried one last weekend and it almost ripped my hair out! Obviously need to practice!

Michelle Panting said...

I'm really interested by this. Going to have to try it out! Nice to know it's an affordable tool as well!

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

Unknown said...

I used one pre-existence of the flat iron/stick straight trend (jr high/high school) and it was amazing. Blow dry your hair 2/3 dry upside down & then use it to finish just like you would with a brush and blow dryer. Makes it easier for the uncoordinated (me). I've since given up on straight/blowout hair and just use a wand to smooth out and define my natural waves. Maybe I'll dig this out of my parents house (they don't throw away anything). Ha! Thanks for the reminder!

Amanda said...

Maybe she can post a tutorial about how she uses it! I'm pretty sure that I don't have the skills to make my hair look that good!!!

Amelia said...

Seriously, just yesterday as I was blow brushing my hair, I realized that I have been using the same blow brush since I started doing my own hair in grade 5, 12 years ago. THE SAME ONE. FOR TWELVE YEARS. How is that even possible? Now I feel the need to tell everyone I know, so obviously I had to comment here as well.

Caroline Donofrio said...

Emily, I use the 1.5 inch brush - it's great for creating volume, and for quickly drying longer hair.
And we will put together a tutorial! :)

conradroad said...

Ha! I used one of these for 11 years when I had short hair. It never occurred to me to use it on long hair when I grew mine out. Genius! But, now that I think about it, my round brush is 3", so I wish they made a fatter version of this.

And we always called it my "blower tool". Haha! Hot air brush is a much better name.

Now excuse me. I need to go dig my hot air brush out of the basement....

Kori said...

This sounds awesome!!! I need to try it!! Kori xoxo www.blondeepisodes.com

Kori said...

This sounds awesome!!! I need to try it!! Kori xoxo www.blondeepisodes.com

hantonacci said...

I just googled "Hot Air Brush Tutorial" and several YouTube videos popped up.

The Enchanted Doors said...

I have the Babyliss Big Hair one- and no expertise with hair- but whenever I use it , people compliment me on my hair- it just makes my v fine hair look waaay thicker- you dry your hair to 70% dry and then use the brush- and it doesn't take long at all- highly recommended.

me said...

I used one until recently (I stopped using mine because I cut my hair short). A hot air brush is a great tool, but you need some tricks to make it work. What I figured was 1) use mousse to get roots stand up 2) use finishing paste (Fructis worked best for my thick hard hair) to ends, 3) divide your hair and curl. My hair stylist told me to use a hot air brush to style, not to dry very wet hair.

Unknown said...

Could I put a request in for a video tutorial? I find the picture tutorials hard to follow. Thank you!

British Art in America said...

Read this - followed link - bought hot (h)air brush.

Erin Maliszewski said...

Yes, I love that! It's an amazing tool to have. I use that and then of course, my favorite trick is hot rollers. I've been using those since high school!
Check out my tutorial on it. http://rudeysroom.com/2013/09/27/old-hollywood-glam/

rudey

vanillasugarblog said...

what products does she use? that's the key: the product.

E.E G said...

I'm shocked none of my hairstyling friends ever mentioneded a hot air brush!!!!!

Nat said...

My dryer arrived last night and I used it this morning- it is completely revolutionary! I arrived at work looking like I came fresh from the salon. I LOVE IT. Thanks for the suggestion.

sumslay said...

Ah! I used mine over the weekend, and it's amazing!!! My hair even looked good on day 2!

PS: My bf walked in while i was using it (he had seen me take it out of the box downstairs moments earlier). He was trying to talk to me and was all, "Wait...is that a dryer....or a brush?"

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Smoxie said...

Have you tried it yet, Joanna? As magical as promised? I'm one positive review from committing.

Kate Miller said...

NZ readers it is on special at Farmers for $60 (from $120) until 28/5/14 x :)

http://www.farmers.co.nz/electrical/personal-care/hair-dryers-straighteners/hot-air-styling-brush-jfha5a-5715623;pgid=0vRIKlCZmNVSRpaQQWdwDozD0000cKkiGwk2;sid=Gj3_VbEA_pL2VeOwJSBzQKGsuV9Ote0n5ST6QAtU

KarinaCicala said...

Jo and Caroline - does this only work on wet/damp hair? Can you use it on dry hair to restyle, smooth out, touch up? I don't wash my hair every day or every other day, for that matter.
Thanks!!

Elizabeth Hastie said...

Bought one last night and this morning my friend said "did you get a hair cut? Blowout?" I almost died - too funny!!

T.C. said...

I have been using one since highschool as well. I don't know why more people don't use them. they save time by styling and drying all at once.

sumslay said...

@Karina - i don't wash my hair every day either, but the style seems to hold for the second day. if necessary, i say spray water on it to restyle. ;)

colleen mccarthy said...

Absolutely the best hair styling tool ever!!!!!! Why am I just figuring this out when I'm 43? Curses!

Dana Matsunami said...

I would love a review once you've gotten yours--do you think it really works? Is it worth the price? Easy to use?

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michelle depew said...

I'm curious if you don't mind answering the hair in the picture how did you get it that color? It is spectacular.

Nat said...

I have been using my hot air hair brush for a few months now since you posted this suggestion and I LOVE IT. You have yet to steer me wrong.

Brides and Beauty said...

Great hair trick. I read you post and it is very useful for me. I will use that hot air brush. Thanks for share.
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