In the relatively recent years, hair straightening brushes have emerged as a potential rival for the traditional flat iron appliance to straighten our hair. We’ve seen many brands come out with their own versions of straightening brushes, and they can be much more reasonably priced than the traditional high end flat irons. But do they match up?

I was recently sent the new Hairstyla* to try it out and review it for myself, keeping in mind how it matches up to my GHD. In this post, I’ll go over my thoughts of the Hairstyla and whether I recommend it or not.

The Hairstyla comes housed in a super glamorous black and rose gold cardboard flip-top gift case. It also comes with a user manual, and a black velvet pouch to store your appliance in should you wish to take it travelling. I love the addition of pouches with appliances, because I really do use them when I go away! It has a long swivel cord too, heaven. It also turns itself off after 60 minutes of inactivity to ensure optimal safety.


This brush straightener features 16 heat settings from 80 degrees to 230 degrees! 16 heat settings! That’s nearly unheard of! I like this feature because different people have different hair with different thickness and texture, and you can tailor it to the style you want. Higher temperatures for sleeker styles or lower temperatures for a natural smoothing finish. Likewise, finer hair benefits from lower temps whereas thicker hair requires higher temps for styling.


This appliance also features ionic 3D heat technology to smooth, de-frizz and straighten hair. Ionic heat technology is a good option because it produces negative ions which makes the process more long-lasting and less damaging. Interestingly, our hair strands are positively charged, and by emitting negative ions, the theory is that the ions will ‘neutralise’ the hair strand so that it has no charge, making it less prone to damage, smoother and making the hairstyle last longer. At the same time it reduces electric static which means leans frizz!


My Thoughts

I really, really like this appliance. I must admit, I’m loyal to my beautiful GHD, it works like nothing else. However, this is a close second to it. You know how you straighten your hair and the best tips are to first section your hair, and then use a brush while straightening to create a smoother, sleeker look? Well with this appliance you don’t need to do either. For me, the brush head is large enough to straighten a massive chunk of my hair at once, so sectioning my hair isn’t as necessary. Those who have thicker hair will love this also because it should reduce the styling time for their hair. With the inclusion of the brush, you can just simply run it through your hair as if brushing your hair as normal.

It’s quick to style my whole head of hair, but not as quick as my GHD (some sections needed going over a few times). I can see myself using this a lot, especially when I need to style my hair simply and quickly like when I’m off to work. It gives a super natural, smooth finish, but not as sleek and flat as a traditional straightener. Having fine hair its important for me that I don’t ‘flatten’ my hair whilst straightening it because I have hardly any natural volume. But the Hairstyla allows me to straighten and smooth my hair without eliminating any natural body (hardly any) in my hair and without making my hair limp.

Styling my roots is a little trickier with this hair straightening brush because it is bigger and bulkier than your usual straightener, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it, I just have to lift parts of roots higher up to run the brush through it properly.

To Recommend or Not to Recommend?

I’d recommend this, without hesitation. It’s quite affordable and totally accessible, being sold at The Good Guys, Myer, David Jones, Big W, Harvey Norman and Target, as well as direct from their website. It’s such an easy appliance to use that delivers quick and effective results. It’s also great for those with finer hair that suffer from flat, limp hair when using a straightener because it reserves most of your natural body. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this! Plus, look how gorgeous it is!

Have you used the Hairstyla before? Or, have you tried any other hair straightening brushes? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear what your thoughts are. You can catch my comparison of it to the LVL Hair straightening brush tooΒ here if you’re interested!

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*This product was provided to me for editorial consideration. However, the generosity of the providing party has not influenced my views and opinions of the product. All opinions expressed are genuine and mine own. As always, I am no expert so please don’t substitute my opinions for professional advice.

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    1. I needed to remember that I can’t brush my hair with it like I usually would (like really fast). I seemed to get the hang of it pretty quickly though! I hope you enjoy yours, I know you have thicker hair than I do so it would be interesting to hear your point for view x

    1. Thanks! Yeah I don’t do it too often because my fine relatively straight hair but I need it pretty badly for my ends! It’s a cool concept and I definitely think I’ll use it quite often, not for straightening but for smoothing out

  1. Great review! I’ve got fine hair too and I know exactly what you mean about flattening the volume out when using a traditional straightener. This is a well-priced product (and bound to be on sale at those kind of retailers). Is it a wet/dry thing or just for dry hair?

    1. Yes yes totally! It should come on sale at regular intervals across all retailers but even regular price it’s still reasonable. You can’t use the device on wet hair (that would be the cherry on top of the cupcake) but I generally like to dry my hair naturally anyway so it wasn’t an issue for me. Thanks for your support!

  2. Sometimes, I just don’t have the time to straighten my hair with a 6 month old and a 10 year old so I’ve wondered about these straightening brushes. Thank you for a great review to help me decide.

    1. Agreed! I find I do have to work with my roots a little more in terms of product use so that I don’t flatten it too much when using my GHD, but I don’t have the same urge to do that with this brush. I’m really fond of this, I’ve actually used it every day since I received it!

    1. Thanks! And I didn’t use the highest heat setting (it goes up to 230 degrees but I only used 180), because of my finer hair. I think the higher temperatures would still work on thick wavy hair – and the brush can take more hair in each section so it wouldn’t be too long to use it on your hair.

  3. I don’t bother trying to straighten my hair (too much hard work/I’m lazy + I don’t own a straightener anyway), but something like this could be worth it. Knowing me though, it’ll probably sit around unloved like my hair curlers! I know what you mean re: losing volume when straightening because it happens to me too. The curse of having fine-but-lots-of-it hair!

    1. It’s honestly so quick and easy though, I really recommend that people who are short on time but who don’t want the super sleek look should try a straightening brush! I’ve literally used mine everyday now, I’m kinda addicted :S And yes, like you I have fine hair, but unlike you, I don’t have lots of it either! It’s just long. I suggest you try a straightening brush, it may be just the perfect fit for you.

  4. I could never get the hang of straightening irons – maybe it’s because my hair is quite short, but I always managed to burn my scalp lol! This sounds like a far better way to go about it – thanks for this review hon, really informative and helpful xxx

    1. The good thing about it is, it’s at retailers that always have regular sales so no doubt you’d find it cheaper somewhere if you wait for a sale. But it’s actually quite affordable compared to some! Thanks for popping over!

  5. It’s cheaper at Noel leemings about $50 cheaper. I’m off to get one today I just hope it works. I will still keep my ghd as that’s the best but want to try the brush as I can’t do the back of my hair properly with a ghd hair straightner. Thanks for your review.

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