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Goody QuikStyle Half-Round Styling Brush: A Review

Goody QuikStyle Half-Round Styling Brush: A Review

When I got an email from Goody introducing their new QUIKSTYLE Half-Round Styling Brush, a brush which supposedly speeds up the hair-drying process, I uttered an audible gasp. Could it be? A brush that cuts down on drying time?! The most frustrating part of my beauty routine?! Despite my usual skepticism, I decided this was one product I couldn't afford not to test, so I requested a sample to see for myself. Would the Goody QUIKSTYLE work miracles? Or would it fall short?

Keep reading for my riveting review...

What they say: "Absorbent Microfiber Bristles interact with wet hair like a towel removing 30 percent of water, while the half-round shape is the perfect blow out brush. Use it out of the shower with your blow dryer to detangle, remove excess water, and deliver smooth, luxurious bow-outs. The convex shape allows hair to curl around the microfiber base, removing water while adding lift and body. The Comfort-flex grip offers ease and control. The slim profile allows for more maneuverable use during heat styling routine."($11.99 at Target, Walgreens, CVS and Walmart)

Detail shot of the microfibers before and after use. Sorry for the gross hair shot, but I wanted to show how the fibers get scrunched down. However, the brush is easy to clean and as you remove the hair, the bristles spring back up to their original state (for the most part).

What I thought: To test my brush, I decided to use the scientific method rather than rely simply on a "feeling" as to whether or not I thought it dried my hair more quickly. To that end, I used a timer to measure the time it took to dry my hair using both my regular hair brush as a control as well as the QUIKSTYLE brush.

I repeated the process four times; twice with my regular brush and twice with the Goody QUIKSTYLE. I thought about washing my hair four times in one day but instead, I just washed my hair as usual and made sure to time the blow drys whenever I did. Considering I wash my hair every 3 days, this process took about two weeks.

Now if we're going to get all (pseudo) scientific, I should mention a few things. My so-called regular brush is pretty fancy to begin with. I use a 53 mm Solano Plasmium Grip Round Brush, so the Goody QUIKSTYLE was going up against a hi-tech brush that also claims to dry hair faster (which is does). So to be fair, this was a stiff competition. But that's my normal, everyday hair brush, so that's who the QUIKSTYLE had to beat.

Next, there are a lot of factors that might influence the amount of time it takes to dry one's hair, besides the brush. How much did you towel dry your hair before blow drying? How long did you allow it to air dry before blow drying? What types of shampoo and conditioner did you use? What sort of styling products were added? What was the temperature of the room in which you were blow drying? How fast were your arms moving during the blow dry? How close was the blow dryer to your hair? Clearly I couldn't control all these factors but I tried my best to make sure everything remained as constant as was humanly possible.

Ok, if you've read through all the boring details, pat yourself on the back! Here come the results (dry time in minutes):

1st dry time: 6:08.2
2nd dry time: 6:07.5


SOLANO (my regular brush):
1st dry time: 5:57.7
2nd dry time: 5:43.7

So there you have it. The QUIKSTYLE performance was nearly identical to my regular brush, and in fact actually dried my hair a few seconds slower.

However, just because the QUIKSTYLE did not dry my hair faster than my regular brush, I still think it's a great brush. If you're not using a Solano, you might find the QUIKSTYLE will speed up your blow dry. But I wouldn't expect any miracles.

What's more, the QUIKSTYLE does deliver on all its other promises - it's super gentle and won't pull or tug or rip hairs; it gently massages the scalp; the grip is excellent and the brush has a nice ergonomic feel (although I do wish it was a full round barrel, but that's just my preference.) I'm going to continue using the QUIKSTYLE because it's an excellent brush, not because it cuts down on my dry time.

Addendum: I should mention that I only reviewed the Half-Round Styling Brush model - there's also a Paddle Brush version, which I did not test. It may perform differently (although I sorta doubt it).

In conclusion, for the GOODY scientists (if there are any), I'd say its back to the drawing board.

Have you try the GOODY QUIKSTYLE? What did you think?

Disclosure: I received the product reviewed in this post free of charge. The decision to write this review and the opinions expressed within are entirely my own.
nothing better than a new brush
#1 Liz (Homepage) on 2012-10-08 11:56 (Reply)
thank you for this very detailed review. i have long, thick, crazy hair so anything that will make the drying process easier will help me. this sounds like a decent quality brush. i think im going to give it a try myself.
#2 deuxchambres (Homepage) on 2012-10-08 13:06 (Reply)
I like that it's gentle on hair and massages the scalp. I'll pick one up on store day.
#3 Dtwrites on 2012-10-08 13:09 (Reply)
Yeah, I need that for this mane
#4 Megan, (Homepage) on 2012-10-08 13:15 (Reply)
I have the paddle brush version and have only used it a couple of times but I did notice it definitely shortened my drying time. I have very thick long hair that would take close to 20 minutes to dry with my regular paddle brush so I would say for anyone who doesn't already have a fancy brush it is definitely worth a try!
#5 Danelle on 2012-10-08 16:14 (Reply)
Thanks for sharing this!
#5.1 The Budget Babe on 2012-10-08 17:56 (Reply)
This review caught my eye. I have freakishly thick, porous, wavy chin-length hair that I blow out straight. I timed my blow-dry before I bought this brush. It took 11 minutes with my regular paddle brush. With this brush it takes eight, less than that if I walk around with the towel on my head for 10 minutes first. I think it must depend on the kind of hair you have.Is it worth it for the three minutes? Yes, I think so. This is not a miracle brush, but any time I save during my morning routine is welcome. You have to remember to blow-dry the brush after you use it.
#5.1.1 Lydia on 2012-10-09 18:00 (Reply)
Love the thoughtful, unbiased review and the scientific approach to checking the effectiveness of the brush. Glad you already have a brush that works well for you.

#6 Jessica on 2012-10-10 23:08 (Reply)
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