Your morning routine will thank us. 


I've tried dozens of hair products and styling techniques over the years since I was old enough to start experimenting (middle school bore some interesting beauty phases to say the least). Although my hair isn't the most amiable of hosts, I still like to try out new tools and products just to see if one day I'll find that secret weapon. I've had luck, and I've had disaster. I now have a small lineup of hair products that are reliable, and I have many that made my hair look crunchy, too flat, or just plain wrong. Par for the course, I suppose.

My hair is thick—the type of thick that the hair stylist always comments on, no matter how many times I've been there. They joke that their arms get tired lifting it in the washing basin. It's not course or curly though; it's generally pretty smooth (thank you, Morrocan oil) and has wave. Definitely not one of those that dries naturally straight or super curly, more like an in-between that requires a little coaxing via product.

So when I received the opportunity to try out the new DAFNI go Hair Straightening Brush, I was all for it. Why not? The worst that could happen would be that my hair turned out a very odd, straightish-in-some-places thing, and best case scenario I have silky locks like Reese Witherspoon. I'm here to say I was very pleasantly surprised. My hair can be a finicky little problem child, so I had been skeptical. I was proved wrong.

The DAFNI go Hair Straightening Brush is the new travel-sized, on-the-go product from DAFNI, and it comes complete with a portable case and cover, as well as a detachable cord. All in all, it's about the same size as my Wet Brush. It takes only about a minute for the brush to heat up completely, and it took me about ten minutes to style my hair (I could probably have done it even faster). A feat when you have long, thick hair like mine. And to boot, I had only half blow-dried my hair the night before with a little Morrocanoil to avoid overnight frizz.

Once the brush was heated, I chose to pull up half of my hair in order to straighten the bottom half first. This is not required at all, especially if your hair isn't very thick—just my preference. And then, I just started brushing. Seriously. For the bottom half, I brushed mainly from underneath, pulling the hair taut with my free hand. When all of my hair was down, I just brushed normally.

The result? I actually really loved it. My hair was straight and smooth, hadn't lost its volume at the roots (which often happens with my other straightener), and had the slightest bit of natural bend that made it look—dare I say—a little more professionally styled. You can use it according to how natural or relaxed you want your hair to be that particular day, which is pretty cool. My traditional straightener isn't quite as versatile. I was surprised and pleased, especially as I was heading into work regardless if there was a hair disaster or not. I've never used this type of straightener before, but I definitely will now.

WATCH: How To Perfecty Tease Your Hair

Side note: the brush somehow doesn't feel too hot to the touch in most places, so you won't risk burning your free hand if using it to help the process. Since we were using the DAFNI go, the original will be larger and perhaps even faster. But we enjoyed the manageable size of this on-the-go brush.