How to Use A Hot Air Brush


If you’re still not using a hot air brush- you’re missing out!

You see, a hot air brush can give your hair that really nice volume without causing much damage. Plus, it can allow you to style your hair with more ease compared with most flat and curling irons.

Now, how to use a hot air brush?

Stay with us as we provide you guidelines on using the different types of hot air brushes.

Rotating Hot Air Brush

Let’s get straight to the point – rotating hot air brushes are the most complicated ones to use. However, once you master how to use them, you might not prefer other types anymore. This hot air brush is an excellent choice if you want more air and volume.

A rotating hot air brush differs from other variations because its barrel usually rotates in two directions. It can seriously tangle your hair which may lead to hours of untangling it. The worst-case scenario is cutting your hair out of desperation.

Avoid a bad hair day with these simple steps:

  • Dry your hair with a bath towel until it gets damp. We don’t recommend using any hot air brush on soaking wet hair.
  • Apply a special spray that can protect your hair from intense heat. This is important if you’re planning to set your rotating hot air brush to a really hot temperature.
  • Divide your hair into sections with pins, clips, bands, ties, or anything that can secure strands without affecting the brush’s movement. Make sure that the sections are based on your desired hairstyle.
  • Turn on your rotating hot air brush after carefully plugging it in. Make sure your hands are dry to prevent electrocution.
  • Brush the far back side of your hair first. Do this by gently twisting your hair around the brush. Don’t make it tight.
  • Don’t move your arms too much. Tangles happen because the user totally controls the brush’s movement. Just let the brush rotate on your hair.
  • Complete the process by applying a minimal amount of serum or hairspray on your hair. A common choice of serum is argan or Moroccan oil. This step is essential for a long-lasting hairstyle.

If you’re a first-time user of rotating hot air brushes, yours should have an off switch. To get used to the rotation, practice on a small section of hair. Practice until you learn how to avoid tangles.

Hot Air Round Brush

This is the fixed version of a rotating hot air brush. Its barrel doesn’t rotate which is perfect for beginners. Since you’re free to use this type of brush anyway you want, you’ll be able to add more shape and bounce to your hair.

Using a hot air round brush is almost the same as a rotating hot air brush. From washing to sectioning your hair, just follow the previous steps. Afterward, do the following process:

  • Dry your damp hair by twisting it around the barrel and gently pulling it upward.
  • Slowly move the brush downward until it unwraps your hair. Do this if you want to make your hair straight.
  • Hold your hair around the brush for a few seconds if you want curls.
  • Again, apply serum or hairspray for the finishing touches.

Dryer & Styler

This is still considered a hot air brush since it technically combs your hair while drying it. It is easy to identify because it looks like a hairdryer instead of a round brush. The only way it’s different from a hairdryer is its attachment designed as a comb.

A dryer and styler can make curls but it’s better as a hair straightener. It will give you sleeker hair.

After plugging in your dryer and styler, follow the steps below:

  • Set the dryer to your target temperature.
  • Section your hair if you want. Unlike other types of hot air brushes, this step is optional for a dryer-styler.
  • Maintain your hairstyle for hours by applying serum or hairspray.

Paddle Hot Air Brush

Paddle hot air brushes are the easiest ones to use. You won’t need extra techniques since you’ll just brush your hair.

There are two types of designs to make paddle hot air brushes heat up. Some paddle brushes get heat from their head component. Meanwhile, others distribute the heat to their bristles.

Hot bristles are possible for paddle air brushes because their typical material is ceramic, silicone or nylon. These materials are mild heat conductors, keeping your hair safe from damage.

The downside of paddle hot air brushes is they can’t curl your hair. However, they’re better than hair straighteners in many ways. For one, they don’t use hot plates to clamp hair but that doesn’t degrade their effectiveness.

Here’s the method on how to straighten your hair with a paddle hot air brush:

  • Begin by brushing the back of your head. Make sure you run the brush from the roots to the tips. However, do it gradually to avoid pain from brushing small tangles.
  • Make your hair appear straighter by applying serum.

How to Style Your Hair with a Hot Air Brush

We prepared some hairstyles for you to try with your hot air brush. Check out these beautiful options:

  • Elegant Princess Curls

    If you have long hair, you’re lucky because you may curl your hair with any hot air brush whether it has a big or small barrel. To make the curls more prominent, use a higher temperature.

    Lastly, use hair products that can hold your curls for a really long time. Some effective options are dry shampoos, curl-enhancing creams, hair gels, pomades, and hairsprays.

  • Fairy Waves

    For softer curls, set your hot air brush to a lower temperature. Soft waves just need a little warmth. Also, don’t put a lot of pressure as you twist your hair around the barrel.

    Since soft curls lose their form quickly, feel free to use a hairspray as long as it’s not the strong-hold kind. You may also apply serum to make your curls look more natural.

  • Edgy Ombré

    To make your waves look edgier, just increase the volume on the top part and focus the curls on your tips. Additionally, giving your hair an ombré style intensifies the contrast between soft and strong curls.


In summary, guidelines on how to use a hot air brush come in multiple sets of steps because of the existing variations. Rotating hot air brushes, hot air round brushes, dryers-stylers, and paddle hot air brushes have the same purpose – but they work differently.