“ Type: Brushes / Brand: Vidal Sassoon / Accessories / Subcategory: Styling Brush „
Since purchasing my new ionic hairdryer a few months ago, I've been blow drying my hair more frequently. For styling purposes, I've been using quite a narrow, round brush which is good for curling the ends or shorter hairstyles. It produces quite a defined curl, but this isn't always what I'm after. Often I just want to dry my hair quickly, while keeping it smooth with some height at the roots and a softer wave at the ends. This called for a brush with a larger diameter.
I didn't go shopping for the sole purpose of purchasing a styling brush, but while on a visit to my local Boots Chemist, I decided to have a look at what they had to offer. There were about four different large, round styling brushes available. But even before I'd checked the prices, the Vidal Sassoon brush stood out.
It was exactly the size I was after. In measurement terms it's 80mm across the diameter, end of bristle to end of bristle. But this isn't just any old ordinary styling brush. Being a Vidal Sassoon, it's offering something a little bit more.
The features of this brush are:
* Ionic coated bristles
* Antibacterial properties to protect against germ build up
* Vent holes allowing warm air to circulate at the roots
* Twisting collar for easier curling action
* Ceramic coated barrel along which heat is evenly distributed for optimum styling.
Ionic is the latest buzz word in hair styling, with many new hairdryers automatically offering this feature.
When drying your hair using an ionic hairdryer, a steady stream of microscopic, negatively charged ions of water are released into the airflow and directed into the hair shaft. This helps lock moisture into the hair while minimising damage and promoting shine. It should also help prevent problems such as splitting and frizzing while eliminating static.
With this styling brush, the bristles are ionic coated. This is should help reduce build up of static so you don't end up with the dreaded fly away hair. These bristles should also help leave your hair feeling and looking smooth, soft and shiny.
~~~What the brush looks like~~~
Although quite large, the brush is deceptively light. The handle is nice and chunky and shaped perfectly to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The bristles are of mixed length with clusters of short bristles grouped around one longer bristle. The longer bristles are capped with a round plastic top so you don't end up scratching your scalp. The groups of bristles are evenly distributed around the barrel with plenty of empty holes for lots of air flow.
What's even more unique about this brush is the twisting barrel. When holding onto the handle, the rest of the brush can spin around.
~~~Using the brush~~~
This styling brush is so comfortable to use as it's so light and easy to hold. What does take some getting used to, is the spinning action of the brush itself. After having spent years perfecting my styling technique, I now need to learn a new method with this brush and it takes a bit of practice. It's designed to enable easier styling. So, rather than spinning the brush around using various wrist actions, you just hold the brush in position with your hair wound around the bristles. Instead of twisting the brush round while drying, all you do is pull the brush downwards. Then, rather than roll the brush around to grip your hair, you have to hold the barrel with your fingers when rolling hair back up.
Because of the design of the brush, my hair dries in double quick time and the width of the barrel produces just the right amount of curl as well as a nice lift at the roots. My hair doesn't become tangled in the bristles and is left nice and soft as described. I can't say it makes my hair look shiny, as such, but then it never really has a nice shine, probably because it's coloured. Despite all the conditioners I use, I can't achieve that swingy, glossiness as shown on television adverts.
Overall, it was a very worthwhile investment. It's not as cheap as other round styling brushes, but not bad at £8.50 in Boots.
Ionic coated bristles to reduce static build up and help to condition the hair