It’s time for my John Frieda Hot Air Brush review – because at first sight, it looks like a great tool:
- really affordable
- uses a protection technology
- works for any type of hair
But honestly – at this price, it seems too good to be real. So is this hot brush that useful – or there’s a scam behind?
I tried to dig deep into this product and here’s the truth I found out.
Note: This review is based on my personal experience with John Frieda’s brush.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Hot Air Brush by John Frieda
Sizes: There are 2 versions: 1 inch and 1.5 inches
Best Actual Price: Around $40
Cheapest Place To Buy: Ebay or Amazon:
- Ebay has the lowest prices (if you find the right seller)
- the prices from Amazon are quite constant
Designed For: Straightening or curling any type of hair.
It’s great if your hair tends to be frizzy – because it has a special technology that prevents it.
My Rating: 8 out of 10
Worth Buying?: Pretty much yes. It’s a good tool for these money, but it’s surely not perfect.
So I wouldn’t recommend it for thick or damaged hair. But in other cases, it’s worth buying – especially at this price.
What I Liked About It
- Controls frizzy hair really well
- Adds some extra volume (even to thin hair)
- Really cheap – compared to most similar tools
- The brush is really soft so it doesn’t tangle hair
What I Didn’t Like About It
- Heating button is badly made and uncomfortable
- Pretty small and short for thick hair
- Doesn’t protect the hair too well (in my case at least)
- I also couldn’t see any extra shine, as they claim
- Only 1 and 1.5 inches sizes
- Pretty slow – you need at least 30 minutes to style all your hair
- Only American voltage – so you can’t use it in Europe or Asia
#1. Technology (9 out of 10)
In my opinion – a tool’s technology is the equivalent of a product’s ingredients.
For this reasons, it’s one of the most important aspects.
Now – John Frieda’s brush has 2 special technologies. So let’s take them by turn.
1. Ionic Technology – here’s why it’s so special:
- there are positive ions in the atmosphere
- these ions cause frizziness and static electricity
- John Frieda’s brush produces negative ions
- these negative ions neutralize the positive ones from the atmosphere
That’s the reason why many hot brushes make your hair frizzy:
- they don’t have any ionic proprieties
On the other hand, John Frieda’s brush manages to solve this problem due to this special technology. But that’s not all:
2. Ceramic Technology – it’s better for protection:
- distributes the heat evenly all over the brush
- in this way, there are no hotter spots
- so your hair is better protected
Now – this brush has a coating of both ceramic and titanium. It’s actually a combination of these 2.
In case you didn’t know – titanium offers a better protection than ceramic.
Conclusion: These 2 technologies of John Frieda’s brush are great – especially for a $40 tool.
The only downside I can find is that the coating isn’t all titanium. That would have protected the hair even better.
#2. Brush & Features (8.50 out of 10)
Leaving aside the technology, here’s what you should know about the brush end:
- The bristles are really soft.
- That’s one of the reasons why the hair doesn’t get frizzy (besides the ionic technology).
- It also increases your hair’s volume.
- It works using an airflow.
- Has 2 heats and a cool setting.
- Looks a bit cheap (it’s very light and feels like it can break easily).
Now – John Frieda’s tool claims to have 3 major features:
- anti-frizz protection (I’ve already discussed it)
- extra volume
- ultimate shine
To be honest – I don’t really agree with the last one. But more on that later on.
Anyway – I do admit this tool is great for frizzy hair and it also adds some volume. After all, it’s a brush – and brushing your hair alone adds extra volume.
Conclusion: I’m not the biggest fan of the brush end, because it doesn’t seem very high quality.
But considering it has soft bristles and does its job (at least for a while) – I can’t really complain.
#3. How To Use It (9 out of 10)
Basically, you can use John Frieda’s tool for 3 major things:
- curls or rather waves
- smoothing frizzy hair
In these 3 situations – it works really good.
Now – I don’t recommend using this tool on wet hair. Even the label recommends having your hair at least 80% dry before you use it.
Truth it – it also works on wet hair and styles it really nicely. But you run the risk of hair damage – if you do it often.
So if you’re looking for a styling tool that works directly on wet hair, I wouldn’t recommend this one.
In case you were wondering how exactly you should use this tool – here’s how I do it:
- Turn it on and choose one of the 2 heats.
- I recommend using the low heat until you get used to it.
- There’s also a cool mode – but it’s not very effective from what I saw.
- Take one strand of your hair.
- Add the brush from the root all the way down to the end.
- If you want a curl, roll up the ends and hold it for about 10 seconds.
- In case the curl doesn’t look too well – do it with the highest heat mode.
- You can also change to cool mode before you release the curl.
What I personally don’t like is that there’s one button for all 3 heats. You have to switch it – but it’s pretty badly created:
- the bottom is low heat
- the middle is high heat
- cool mode is the top switch
So it’s pretty uncomfortable until you get used to it. You always feel like switching to top for the highest heat – which is actually in the middle.
Plus – when you use the high heat, the handle gets pretty hot. So holding it isn’t that easy.
#4. How It Works (7 out of 10)
To be honest – John Frieda’s product wasn’t my favorite hot brush ever:
- I liked some of its features
- it really disappointed me from other points of view
So let me sum up how it worked for me.
1. The Positive Side – at some chapters, it’s really good:
- protects my hair from usual tangles and frizz
- creates some nice curl patterns
- really smooths frizzy hair
Besides – I could get the curls I wanted with the low heat. I didn’t have to use the highest setting.
However, my hair is naturally curly – so that might explain.
If your hair is very thin and soft – the low heat might not be enough.
2. The Negative Side – here’s what bothers me most:
- no extra shine – as they claim to have (at least in my case)
- I noticed some damaged ends several weeks after using it
- so no great protection
- not so good for straightening hair
Now – as I have naturally curly hair, this tool created nice curls for me.
But when it came to straightening my hair – it wouldn’t last a lot. The hair would become wavy a few hours after.
Conclusion: After trying it out – I realized it’s not so amazing.
If your hair is straight, it’s not going to create amazing curl. But it will straighten your hair really nicely – and it’s the opposite for curly hair.
So it’s not the kind of miraculous tool – as I initially thought.
#5. Sizes (8 out of 10)
You can find John Frieda’s tool in 2 versions:
- 1 inch
- 1.5 inches
Now – I have the largest one and I have the feeling it’s pretty small. Here’s what I mean:
- if your hair is thick, you can’t roll up a large hair strand
- instead, you need to take a small one
Let’s say you need about 30 seconds per hair strand (though you might need more).
If your hair is thick – you would surely need at least 30 minutes to finish.
So the 1.5 inch version seems too small to me. There’s no point mentioning the 1 inch one – which is even smaller.
Conclusion: I wish they had a larger size as well.
The 1.5 inch version is okay for thin or average hair. But if yours is thicker – I don’t really recommend it. You will need too much time to style your hair with this brush.
#6. Price (10 out of 10)
Honestly, when it comes to price – this tool is hard to beat:
- the 1.5 inch version costs around $40
- shipping is also included
- you can get an even better price on Ebay
Now – there’s something I need to mention.
On Amazon, I managed to find the 1.5 inch size for around $40-$45.
But surprisingly, the smallest version (1 inch) costs about the double – around $80.
So if you decide to get John Frieda’s hot tool – I strongly advise you to get the larger version:
- much cheaper overall
- easier to use – since it’s longer
Conclusion: Overall, the price of the 1.5 inch tool is really good – most of us probably afford it.
#7. Other Opinions (9 out of 10)
I decided to take a look at other customer reviews – so that I can give an honest verdict about this tool.
Note: I only considered those reviews that were authentic.
So here’s what I found out:
- The reviews were mostly positive.
- People were praising it most for the low price.
- In terms of how it works, I found mixed opinions.
- Some people said it worked just like salon tools.
- Others complained it broke off short after they received it.
But here’s one interesting fact:
Most negative reviews complained about the bad quality – not about how it worked.
Now – I doubt anyone paid attention to hair shine, as I did. In my case, there wasn’t any – even though the label promised.
But I’m sure most people did pay attention to the volume and frizziness.
So if there weren’t lots of complaints – John Frieda’s tool is surely not bad.
#8. Final Conclusions
Here’s what I would remember about John Frieda’s hot brush:
1. Great For Frizzy Hair – actually, it’s one of best tools I tried at this chapter:
- uses a special ionic technology
- prevents static electricity
- makes hair look smoother
Now – if your hair isn’t very frizzy normally, you probably wont’t see any difference. But otherwise, there should be a change.
2. Works Differently For Hair Types – here’s what I mean:
- creates nice curls for curly/wavy hair
- smooths hair perfectly if it’s naturally straight
However – if your hair is normally curly, this tool won’t straighten it too well. That was my own case – and the hair started getting wavy in a few hours.
On the other hand, the curls it creates for straight hair aren’t that nice either.
So it works differently – depending on your hair type.
3. Quite Cheap – compared to other tools, John Frieda’s product is very affordable:
- costs around $40
- you can buy it from several retailers
To be honest, it’s one of the most affordable hot brushes I tried.
Plus – it has 2 pretty good technologies, so it’s surely not a bad quality tool.
My Verdict – Is John Frieda’s Brush Worth It?
Short answer: Pretty much yes.
It’s not my top recommendation – but at this price, it’s worth giving a shot.
Overall – it’s a great tool, especially because the 2 technologies it has. But it also has some downsides:
- Doesn’t protect the hair as it claims (in my case at least).
- No extra shine.
- Doesn’t curl straight hair too well (or straighten curly hair).
- You need a pretty long time to style all your hair (especially if it’s thick).
Other than that – I have mostly praises for John Frieda’s hot brush.
As I said – it’s not my favorite tool ever, but I must admit it’s a great option for these money.
I wouldn’t recommend it for:
- thick hair
- different curl patterns
- people who need a wet+dry tool
- hair that it damaged or prone to damage
- people who want a quality tool
But other than those categories – I think it’s a good choice, especially for the short term.