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John Frieda Volume and Gloss Shine Shape Hot Air Brush Review, Plus A Giveaway!

John Frieda Shine and Shape review

My hair has two main "seasons": Winter hat head and summer frizz! Yes, it's good to be my hair - a finicky crop of strands that tend to be neither curly nor straight nor wavy - but somewhere in between - for about 365 days out of the year. So when I heard about John Frieda's new Volume & Gloss Shine Shape hot air brush, I jumped at the opportunity to review one - and I snagged another one to give away to one lucky reader!

Keep reading for my review, then use the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win a John Frieda Volume & Gloss Shine Shape Hot Air Brush:

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What they say: The leader in transformational hair care has helped inspired a line of professional appliances to totally transform frizzy, dull, flyaway hair. Advanced ionic conditioning enhances manageability and leaves hair looking and feeling healthy, smooth and shiny. This premium hot air brush features advanced ionic power, 500 watts, 2 heat settings, a 1 inch barrel, plus cool setting and enhanced air flow to help you achieve the perfect style.

Advanced Ionic Technology: Your John Frieda styling tool includes a high voltage ionic generator with more power that generates up to 50% more ions. This ionizing function generates negative ions which neutralize positive ions in the air. The neutralization process flattens and smooth the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and leaving the hair shiny and healthy looking.

What I Thought: I wish I got one of these tools years ago! It doesn't do anything that you can't do with a regular barrel brush and a blow dryer, but it makes the process a lot easier and definitely seems to cut down on frizz because the hot hair is coming from the brush itself.

That doesn't mean it's perfect or even essential, but if you lack talent in the hair drying department, this tool is great.

Before and after results using the John Frieda hot air brush

Some things to consider: First of all, you're going to want to let most of your hair air dry OR use a blow dryer to get your hair about 80% dry (per John Frieda's instructions). Then, you'll want to switch to your hot air brush to finish drying and smooth things out. The brush doesn't get that hot, which is a definite plus because you won't risk burning your hair or fingers as you work with the brush, but that means it would take forever to get your hair dry from a completely wet state using just this tool.

Another thing to consider which is sorta related: If you have really thick or long or curly hair, I'm not sure this tool would get the job done. But for short and medium length hair, it's great.

Finally, I wish the grip was rubbery - that would make things a little easier, but it's definitely easy to use as is and the brush is nice, doesn't snag or pull hairs.

The bottom line: I love having this tool in my arsenal and use it all the time now. It's perfect for times when I don't want to use a flat iron or a curling iron but just want smoother hair that doesn't fight against my hair's natural waves. It's my summer hair's new BFF. I wish it was a bit cheaper - I think $29.99 would be an ideal price point - but at about $39.99 most places (like, it's not a deal breaker.

Have you tried this hot air brush? What did you think?

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Disclosure: I received the product reviewed free of charge. Opinions are 100% my own.

I've been looking for something to help keep my hair from getting all frizzy. This hot air brush sounds like what I need!
#1 Ruthie Macdonald (Homepage) on 2013-06-12 17:57 (Reply)
I have a curly and frizzy hair and most of the time i don't have enough time to completely blow dry my hair and make it look without frizz. I am looking for something faster and easier to use like this tool. So lets give it a chance.
#2 Marsha on 2013-06-13 15:27 (Reply)
I have long hair and have been using one of these for years. Love it! Well, The first Revlon I had broke after about two years. Then I got another same exact model. That broke after a year. Then I upgraded to the next level Revlon. I like that it's quieter but the large bristle breaks my hair. So I'm now on the search for a better one and this one looks pretty good! Thanks for the review! Seriously - they help dry and straighten hair so much better and faster!
#3 Kat (Homepage) on 2013-06-14 21:49 (Reply)
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