"You're only as good as your tools, and if your tools and technique fall short you're not going to get the results you're looking for," says celebrity stylist Ted Gibson, who coifs the heads of A-list stars Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Gabrielle Union and Kate Walsh.
Hair straightening brushes can give you lustrous, straight hair, but Gibson warns that they're not really meant to give you the bone-straight hair achieved with a straightening iron. A hair straightening brush is no replacement for a pin-straight, zero-wave finish. After two weeks of trying them out, I agree with Gibson: "They're two totally different tools to have in your styling arsenal for very different results."
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Once I got I got my technique down, I was able to get some decent straightening and shine. My only gripe was with the position of the power button and heat settings on the handle. They're right where you naturally grip with your thumb, so I occasionally accidentally switched of the Asavea in mid-stroke. For one of the more expensive models, I'd expect the design to accommodate wandering digits. Despite this, the Asavea gave good results for a softer-than-curly style.
Heat-up time was far from speedy, however. It took several minutes to reach temperature on any of the four settings, which range from 320 to 400 degrees. With the same pesky placement of the power button and temperature controls on the grip part of the handle, I constantly switched the brush off mid-styling, which made an otherwise great experience a tad annoying.
There's minimal chance of burning yourself with this brush, thanks to cooling technology that keeps the back of the brush from heating up. Even the power button location is thoughtful: It's close to the bristles on the brush-head neck, well away from your grip.
Because it's so similar in outcome and design, but slightly more affordable, the Luna gives the Dafni a run for its money.