A few weeks ago, many naturals marveled at a video showing a mother straightening her daughter’s hair with a DAFNI Straightening Brush (a type of flat iron brush) in one pass.
The self-proclaimed revolutionary hair straightening brush will supposedly get your hair straight in minutes, without needing to clip up your hair and using multiple tools to get the sleek, smooth look representative of a bangin’ flat iron job. The brush also consistently holds a temperature of 365 degrees F, making it less likely that naturals will get heat damage from the occasional straightening (heat damage often occurs using temps above 400 degrees F). And at $300, it’s obviously meant to be marketed as a premium hair tool, but it’s not totally ridiculous — many high end flat irons cost $150–200, and in my experience, are well worth it.
However, in this situation, the product junkie in me is simply not intrigued, for several reasons. First, Dermstore, an authorized retailer of the sold out brush, shows several pictures on it’s site of examples of the brush’s performance.
No offense to these ladies (their hair looks fine), but their hair, which is much less kinky and thinner than mine, doesn’t even seem to be bone straight. And while I understand that some naturals don’t go for the bone straight look, I prefer mine to be sleeker with some wand curls added. This brush doesn’t seem like it’d help me achieve my goal.
Furthermore, I haven’t found a video or photo of a woman with kinky natural hair with her hair straightened in full (if you have one, please link in the comments!). If you’re familiar with tension blow drying, you probably know that in small sections, your hair actually looks pretty darn straight while you’re blow drying, but the end result often ends up looking something like this (shoutout to my throwback purple hair):
Not terrible, but also nowhere on par with a flat ironing job. If my hair ended up looking like this, I would still need to flat iron it in order to wear it out, which 100% defeats the purpose of having the brush.
Another thing to consider is what you currently need to do to get a good flat iron. I was never happy with my flat ironed hair until I tried comb chasing. Before that, I could never get my ends smooth enough. And comb chasing is really all about having tension on both sides with your comb and following with your flat iron on taut hair. Since the brush isn’t two-sided, I’m skeptical that I would be able to get my hair completely smooth and especially not unless I did very small pieces, which defeats the time-saving appeal of the brush.
But while I’m skeptical of how this brush would work on my texture and density of hair, I’m not totally opposed to it. I just need a few more receipts. At the very least, an online model with curlier hair.
Have you tried the DAFNI Hair Straightening Brush or a similar tool? If so, how did you like it?