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Some time early last year, I found myself patronising a particularly poor-quality hairdressing salon. The salon in question, little more than a caravan staffed by high school girls with diplomas in makeovers from YouTube, had a stall in the waiting end of the caravan, selling nail varnish, self-tan, and ceramic hairbrushes. In need of something to sustain the curled-in ends of my hacked-up bob, in need of something less frizz-inducing than my metal spiral brush, I purchased the 43mm Lotus brush. I haven't used anything else since to blow-dry my hair.
Lotus's cylindrical brushes come in four sizes - 25, 32, 43, and 53mm. I find the 43mm brush suits my bob perfectly, but a larger brush might add more volume and a smaller brush would be useful to care for small curls or ringlets.
Inside each brush, there is an ionic ceramic element that attracts static-causing charged particles and - in theory - minimises frizz. I'd heard much about this gimmick in hairbrushes, so I was impatient to put it to the test.
The 43mm brush is not so large as to be unwieldy, but the perfect size to add volume and curling to the ends of my hairstyle, a rounded bob. The handle is slightly weighted, so it sits well in the hand. I blow-dry my hair, wrapping the ends around this brush, and I find that it adds volume and definition to the cut.
Does it keep frizz at bay? Yes, it does! When I use this brush, my hair, often frizzy when freshly washed, stays in perfect form. It stays smooth, crisply formed, and responsive to styling.
The sole point at which this brush trips over is in that, after a year of heavy use, some of the bristles have started to come out. It isn't remotely threadbare yet, but I can see it becoming sparsely bristled with continued heavy use.
Although I've only used one size of the brush, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good ceramic brush for blow-drying. Mine cost around £4, a good price for a ceramic hairbrush. As a final perk, the brushes come in a pretty purple colour - who can deny the appeal of that?