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Boots Essentials Hot Curls Brush

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      21.07.2013 15:36
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      Don't waste your money!

      I have noticed that the picture is actually referring to the large hot curl brush not the smaller one!
      Anyway I bought this as I needed a replacement for my old one pronto as my old one had too much hair in it that just couldn't be removed and it had served me for its time. I bought this at £5.69 because it was the cheapest option available to me and I thought that it would basically do the same thing as my old one.

      Wrong.

      I thought it was cheap purely because it was made of lighter plastic rather than wood.
      When I was rolling my hair with the brush my hair would frequently get stuck in the sliver joining seen on the picture. There is no way or untangling your hair out of that and I was frequently pulling hairs out of my head. Absolute nightmare to use. Also the bristles are really flimsy and don't pick up your hair and keep it in place when you blowdry your hair. Hair just falls off the brush making it useless for styling.

      The quality of the brush was made apparent when the mental head fell off one day when I was using it. The glue had completely failed and the brush was now completely useless. I tried to put the head back into place but the slightest pull would cause it to fall out of place again.

      Very unimpressed with this product! Go for a more expensive styling brush because this will not last you!

      I have now bought a head jog brush which I am absolutely loving.

      Thanks for reading!

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        12.12.2012 23:35
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        gives my hair lots of life and volume

        I needed a new hair brush so I decided to invest in a new one from Boots recently. My hair dresser uses a round barrel brush similar to this and manages to make lovely natural waves in my hair which I can normally only achieve by using curling irons or by wrapping my hair around some straighteners. I decided to buy this brush to try and achieve a similar style at home.

        The brush is part of the Boots essentials range and costs about £5. It comes in two sizes -this one which is for short to mid length hair, and a wider one for longer hair. The brush has a black plastic handle and a silver metal tubular barrel, with black stiff but bendy bristles protruding from it.

        So far I havent been able to achieve the natural curly look but that isnt the brushes fault just my styling skills. I found that the brush has halfed the time it takes to dry my hair, the hollow barrel of the brush allows air to constantly circulate and the barrel itself gets quite hot which aids to the drying process. It also gives my hair so much volume, the round barrel allows me to really lift my hair from the roots when drying, giving it lots of ooomph and volume which is great as sometimes I suffer from limp flat hair. I also found that my hair was a lot softer after using this brush than using my usual brush.

        Overall I would definitely recommend it! you might need a bit of practice at getting the natural curls but its easy to get nice soft and volumous hair quickly!

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        28.09.2012 13:26
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        Boots Essentials brush.

        Hair Styling
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        When I go out for a night out on the town with the girls, I like to take time on my hair and I live to give it some body and to make it look as good as possible. My hair dresser comes to my home and cuts my hair on a regular basis. When drying my hair he uses a large round brush to help dry the hair and to give it volume and body. He always manages to do this really well and as well as volume and body the ends also go slightly curled in as well. I love the look of this and I wanted to try this out for myself so when I was in my local town I thought I would go into my local Boots store to check out their range of hair brushes to see if they had anything similar to what my hair dresser was using.

        The Brush
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        The brush is Boots own brand and is a vented barrel hot curl brush. Due to the vented barrel to the brush it means it allows more air to flow through the hair as you style to give it more volume and body. This sounded just like the brush I needed and it also looked very similar to the one my hair dresser was using as well. The brush is mainly black and the handle feels really smooth. The barrel of the brush is made from a silver metal which helps to retain the heat which means styling your hair takes less time. The bristles to the brush are black in colour and feel quite firm. My hair is about shoulder length and it states that the brush is ideal for short to medium hair so this would be perfect for my hair. The brush was priced at £4.99 which I think was reasonable value when comparing it to other brushes which looked the same.

        Using the Brush
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        After towel drying my hair a little and putting a little mousse in it to help with the volume I divided my hair into sections using some sectioning clips. I then use the brush to the lift the hair up from the button and used my hair dryer as I used the brush through the length of my hair. I did this section by section ensuring each section was dry before moving onto the next section. The brush was really easy to hold and was also comfortable. Luckily my hair-dryer is quite light otherwise I would have ended up with a slightly aching arm. The brush was quite easy to use and I only had some slight difficulty in doing the back of my hair as I can't see this when drying this section in the mirror. The barrel definitely does retain the heat as the barrel to the brush does get quite hot, so you do have to be careful not to touch this. After I finished drying my hair I looked in the mirror ready to inspect the results. I think it may have taken me less time to dry my hair when drying it like this although it wasn't as simple as I had to divide the hair into sections.

        My hair did appear to look shinier and there was also less frizz and sticking up hair from hair re-growth. My hair also felt really soft as well. I definitely had a lot more volume in my hair than I would when drying it normally. My hair also curled inwards slightly at the ends and looks great, it looked as though I had a totally different hair-style and I couldn't wait to show it off when going out in the evening.

        Overall Opinion
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        I think the brush is really good value and lives up to its claims of helping to give hair some body & volume. It may take a while whilst you get used to using the brush properly but once you have got the hang of it you will be able to create really nice hair styles and slightly different looks. I have had my brush for at least 1 year and it's still going strong. I do have to ensure I remove hair regularly from the bristles as I find that hair does stick to the bristles a fair bit. Like my other Boots essentials brush, I think if you dropped it this would weaken the handle slightly and I'm not sure it would take much dropping before the handle breaks as on my other brush. I would recommend this brush to others as it does a great job of helping you to dry and style your hair also adding volume and body. They also do a larger sized brush in this range for longer hair.



        (review may also appear on ciao)

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        20.10.2011 12:33
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        A small hairbrush with a vented metallic barrel that helps add body and volume to your hairstyle

        I bought this brush after reading a review by -michelle- about ghd's ceramic radial brush, which sounded perfect for adding much-needed volume to my hair. My hair used to be very thick, but poor health over recent years has led to it thinning in a way that I have found quite distressing. What on earth happened to my crowning glory? In the past it was so thick and strong that my hairdresser used to jokingly complain that it would blunt his scissors. So now I always look for haircare and styling products that will restore that volume, even if it's only on a temporary basis. However, I was initially wary - I hadn't paid £15 for a hairbrush before, I couldn't decide which size I should go for, and I did not want to make a costly error. So I decided to have a look on the high street, and see whether I could find something similar that I could physically inspect for myself.

        That's when I found Boots Essentials Mini Hot Curls Brush. It seemed to work on the same principle as the ghd version, the barrel was just the right size for my short hair, and I was happy to spend £3.06 on my experiment. I was delighted with my purchase, for a number of reasons. One is that this brush is incredibly light, which is an important consideration for me as I have Fibromyalgia, and blow-drying and styling my hair can lead to a bout of pain. This brush puts virtually no stress on my wrist or arm, and makes the whole process quick and easy.

        It's a small brush, just under 7 inches long. It has a black rubber handle, a silver-coloured vented metallic barrel, and black plastic bristles. The barrel is designed to do two things. The first is that the metal core is heated by your hairdryer and will retain that heat as you blow-dry your hair, thus helping provide body and curl quickly. The second is that the vented holes allow more air to flow through your hair, speeding up the blow-drying process. The rubber handle is smooth, comfortable, and easy to grip.

        I have found that this type of barrel gives my style more definition than my previous non-vented round brushes, and it's brilliant for providing the lift I need with my short style, especially at the crown. Because I have a double crown, this means that if my hair in that area is not tamed into submission, it tends to behave rather like 'Just William' - ie it doesn't behave itself at all. It's always the first part of my style to be given attention. This brush quickly dries and styles my hair and gives it just the right amount of curl.

        Because I have very short hair, the Mini brush is perfect for me. However, the brush is also available in Small, for short to medium length hair, priced at £4.60, and Large, for medium to long hair, at £5.62. All three brushes are available in Boots stores and on boots.com.

        Although the Essentials brush does act to give lift and volume during the blow-drying process, I still hankered after the ghd version, decided on the (right) size, and eventually succumbed - and have been extremely happy with my decision. It makes the styling process quicker, and gives a firmer curl. However, the Boots brush is much shorter, smaller, and lighter than its posh cousin, and is therefore ideal for carrying in your handbag or for taking away on holiday (I've just booked next year's holiday, so these considerations are in my thoughts at the moment!).

        Even though this brush does not deliver the superior effects of the ghd ceramic brush, it still does a very good job. I think it's excellent value for money, and really light and comfortable, so I am happy to give it five stars.

        (This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)

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