The Apalus Brush Hair Straightener is a heated digital hair brush created to straighten different types of hair. When it comes to hair care products such as this many will have their doubts along with plenty of questions. A question many women of color have asked is does it straighten black hair? I was curious myself after seeing many positive reviews and demonstrations of the product. I ordered the product online and received it within 2 days of placing my order. Here is my experience.
Apalus Straightener Brush Specifics
The Apalus hair brush is available in two colors including pink and black. I purchased the black brush and it features a bright teal color on the bristles. The brush measures roughly 10 inches in length. It features a digital temperature screen on the back of the brush. Temperature controls are on the side next to the power button. The temperature of the brush can go up to 450 degrees. The brush gets pretty hot and it does steam and smoke a bit, but you can adjust the temperature as necessary to reduce this affect.
Changing temperatures is easy by just pressing the plus or minus buttons (increase or decrease temperature). There is an auto-shut off feature that kicks in after 60 seconds if the brush is not being used. I never had this problem with the brush shutting off, but if it does you simply press the power button for a few seconds and it comes right back on. When turning on the brush for the first time I set the temperature at 350 degrees, but later increased it to 390 degrees. Yes, this is quite hot but my hair very thick and coarse.
My Hair Prep and Straightening Process
When I placed the order for the Apalus heated hair brush I started preparing my hair before it arrived to make it easier. Because I have so much hair and it is thick and coarse, I shampooed and deep conditioned my hair. I parted my hair into sections and added a natural/organic leave-in conditioner. With each part of my hair I braided each section and covered my head with a silk scarf. I braided my hair into 9 sections. I kept my hair this way until the brush came in the mail.
Once I received the brush I started straightening my hair. I did not add anything to my hair during the straightening process. I just took out one braid at a time, combed it through with a regular comb and then used the Apalus Straightener Brush. Some may choose to add something to their as it is being straightened such as an oil, lotion or some type of product that works well with heat. I chose not to because I wanted to see how well it works without added product.
Does It Get Close to the Roots?
There has been some controversy about the brush and getting it close to the roots. I have been able to get the brush closer to my roots, but it takes a little patience in getting the right angle when holding the brush. In some cases you can get closer to the root, and when you do it can help the hair lay down better and have a better appearance. The brush heats up quickly and you can see the temperature increasing as it heats up. It will stop at the temperature you set it to when it is fully heated to that temperature.
Overall, the straightening process took roughly an hour and a half. It may have taken only about an hour if I didn’t take a few extra moments on certain parts of my hair to work the brush closer to the roots. I also used this brush on my 7 year old daughter’s hair. She also has thick coarse hair (like her mommy) and it took me about 40 minutes to straighten her hair at 290 – 300 degrees.
The heat does not burn the scalp and my daughter sat still without the heat bothering her. As you use the brush, depending on temperature settings, the hair does get hot to the touch but it cools down in seconds. You can brush a part of the hair and repeat as many times as you want to get the straightness you are looking for.
There is a disadvantage to the product that I found a little bothersome. Since the temperature controls are built into the handle, as you hold and use the brush your fingers may accidently hit a button. I had this happen a few times but it was no big deal. The button has a click noise when pushed so you will know when it was pushed. You can reset the temperature. When this occurred the temperature jumped up by 10 degrees. As you get used to the brush you will know how to hold it firmly in your hands to avoid this.
Check photos attached to the article for before and after finished results. After straightening my hair I noticed how soft, smooth and shiny it was. It has been several years since I put heat on my hair (I don’t care to add heat and usually avoid it including hairdryers). The brush did an overall good job in straightening my hair. It doesn’t straighten hair like a hot comb, but it is close enough. It did give my hair good length, texture and it kind of makes my hair look like a weave or a wig. Yet, this is in part to my hair being very thick and coarse. Since I don’t care to add heat to my hair often I may use this brush for special occasions or when I want to change up my hair if I don’t want to wear it as an afro.
After trying the Apalus Brush Hair Straightener on my hair and on my daughter’s hair, I would recommend others to use the product. Neither my hair nor my daughter’s hair experienced any type of damage. The brush did well on my hair and I was surprised at the end result. I just wish they would have created a better way of designing the control buttons on the handle so the temperature doesn’t increase or decrease when they hit while in use. Overall, I think this is a good $30.00 investment for anyone looking to straighten their hair quickly without too much heat.