I remember when hair straighteners were chunky plastic tongs that had plates 3 inches wide, creaked open and shut, and didn’t do much actual straightening. In high school I had a friend who took 45 minutes each day to straighten her hair, and she’d still have tell-tale curls all around her hairline where the straightener was too unwieldy to reach.
Anyway, straightening isn’t like that anymore. You can get functional straighteners for an affordable price, and brands are coming out with novel straightening devices all the time. One such device is the Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Straightening Brush*, which I was sent to try. Was I intrigued? Yes. Skeptical? Even more so, which makes for my favourite type of hair-instrument-review.
Any later than two days after a hair wash (and sometimes sooner) my hair will, by default, be pulled back into a ponytail. Once it goes into the ponytail, there it must stay, because of the terrible hair-tie-bump and the inevitable sticky-out bits I get above each ear (there’s a great example of this in my Browography post). It doesn’t look great, but I get by. If you ever see me on the weekend, this is probably how I look, even if I’ve got a full face of makeup on.
Out of the ponytail, it looks like this, but somehow this photo makes it look many orders of magnitude better than it does it real life. I don’t usually straighten my hair once I’ve reached the point of “my hair really needs a wash but I don’t have time to wash and dry it right now” because straightening dirty hair feels like a waste of effort and it also feels gross pulling the straightener plates over greasy hair. Even dry shampoo isn’t much of a help at this point, as it doesn’t make any of the unruly bits want to behave any better. Enter the Remington straightening brush.
It’s a hairbrush that straightens! How convenient! It really is convenient, actually. It has one button that you hold down to turn on, then three heat settings indicated by three red lights. It heats up quickly, and then literally all you have to do is brush your hair with it. Each “bristle” on the Remington straightening brush is a heated protrusion from the ceramic plate, edged with a rubber strip to stop you from burning your scalp.
You can run through your hair in one go like you would with a regular hairbrush, but it’s most effective to section your hair—even if it’s just to focus on the particularly bad bits first. I isolate the bits that won’t stay down behind my ears and firmly direct those downwards with the brush. As the panel supporting the plate is quite thin, you can get pretty close to the scalp without burning or creating weird bumps.
In five minutes, if not sooner, the Remington straightening brush makes my hair very straight—the kind of “teen in the Hutt Valley in the mid 2000s” straight, minus the fried ends. It’s apparently infused with keratin and argan oil, but I can’t see how that could possibly work, so I’m going to ignore that aspect of the brush entirely. (I mean really—if it transferred the keratin and/or argan oil to your hair in any meaningful way, you’d need to refill it somehow or the brush would “run out” and stop being useful within a fairly short timespan. I’m not buying it.)
That being said, my hair is looking particularly oily here, so perhaps the brush did impart some argan oil on it. Nothing a bit of dry shampoo doesn’t fix!
The Remington straightening brush is $199.99, which is a bit steep for some convenience, but it’s available at Briscoes, home of the perpetual sale, so you’re bound to find it on special sooner or later. I’ll happily continue using it as I’m quite pleased with the result, and like I said, using it is a much more manageable task than digging out the straightener.
What do you think of specialty hot tools like this? Handy, or just a gimmick? Would you give a straightening brush a try?