Ceramic + Ion XL Pro Vent Paddle Brush by Olivia Garden
This is my second Olivia Garden XL Pro Vent Paddle brush. Never reviewed it the first time, but I think I need to help others make a good decision.
My hair: Long (mid back length), wavy and semi-curly, extremely frizzy, crazy volume.
I wash my hair, blow dry it and straighten it every day (I know, not healthy...but necessary when you go to the gym) and this brush is my go-to. It's lightweight so my arm doesn't get tired and it's wide enough to grab plenty of hair each stroke. The vents/holes really help to blow dry your hair a lot faster since they allow for the air to go through it. I use a Chi hair dryer and the bristles don't melt. I had my first brush for over a year and after plenty of use, the bristle ends did start coming off and scratching my scalp, so I knew it was time to replace (can't last FOREVER...). My hair still has some waves to it after blow drying with the brush, so it's not for hair straightening...although it does make the straightening iron process a whole lot easier. Overall a good if you're looking for a good quality, sleek looking, blow drying time reducing brush.
One note: the silver piece at the end of the brush handle is supposed to be a hair separating pick/tool. Never have been able to figure out how to retract the thing. Wasn't able to with my first brush...and wasn't successful with the second one either. I really don't care since I didn't buy the brush for the hair separator...but it still kind of annoys me (not taking a star away for this...).
This brush did a great job drying my very thick hair. The vents as well as the large paddle shortened the time I would normally have to spend to blowdry my hair. It was gentle on the head.
Unfortunately, the bristles did not last long! Very disappointed in that. First I started noticing that some of the bristle stems were separating. Then it was a couple of pinheads missing. Now just a few months of use, almost a third of the pinheads are gone, so it scratches my scalp when I use it.
I wish it was more durable. I have purchased less expensive brushes that have lasted much longer than this.
I have used this brush for years, and they used to last a VERY long time! Decided it was time to buy a new one. The tips of the bristles on the new one started coming off within a month. Thought it was a fluke, so I purchased another one...same thing. The bristles actually scratch and hurt without the tips on them, so it makes the brush pretty much unusable. Looking at the recent reviews, others are experiencing the same thing. What changed? Incredibly disappointing, and I will not buy this brand again.
This brush started out amazing, completely unbeatable. It's been a month since I purchased it and all the pinheads are falling off. It scratches my scalp and hurts, I've had cheaper brushes that lasted much longer. Really bummed about such a great brush being so poorly made.
It is just OK for blow drying WOC/Black natural hair. The heat from my ceramic blow dryer pretty much annihilated the bristles. I have very long (waist length hair) and by the time I was finished blow drying my hair, the bristles look tatter. The bristles are not as sturdy as some of my other paddle brushes. On the plus side, it feels sturdy in hand and allowed me to dry my hair quickly. I'll just have to stick to my denman brushes or a Aveda paddle brush.
Like other reviewers I loved this brush til the bristle tips wore off & it's unbearably painful to use now. Barely a year old.
I love this brush. I use to blow dry my hair. Problem…those little beads on the bristles, come off and it hurts my head when brushing. When the beads are there it's nice a smooth and doesn't hurt. Once those beads start coming off, forget it! This is my second brush and this one didn't last as long as the first, as far as the beads.