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Rated 4.33 out of 5 stars
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.
SunnySenior from GA
My hair stylist used a brush like this on my hair but it didn't work for me. I think it is a good brush just not for me. I think my hair is too thin and fine. I plan to return it.
SoCal Cam from San Diego
Great product! This paddle brush definitely makes the top-three of the Olivia Garden line. Cuts my blowout time in half, love that! and requires just a few sweeps with the styling iron and I'm good to go. Easy to clean and a great hand grip.
Jeannine from GA
This brush is really hard on your head I wouldn't buy it again
Brenda from Ozark
Works great at drying my thick hair faster
Erica from cincinnati, oh
I splurged on this brush expecting to not have to replace it for a long time...I WAS WRONG. I've only had it 7 months and most of the little beads on the tip of the bristles have disappeared! HORRIBLE! I didn't even use this brush daily! I only used it when blow drying my hair, which was at most twice a week.
Everything else held up, handle was nice and sturdy. Replaced with a flex vented wet brush that was a third of the price. I already like the cheap one so much better than this!
Ym from Papillion NE
I love this brush it works great. It's a great blow out brush and it hardly pulls in my hair unlike other brushes. It's expensive but worth it
Kari from La Puente
I haven't tried it with blow dryer yet but will do so soon.
Runnergirl12 from Parkland, FL
I am so in love with this hair brush! The first time I used it, my hair was almost dry (not on purpose). I had to rush out of the house without drying my hair and when I came back, my hair was a little damp, wavy, and a bit frizzy.I thought it would be a lost cause to dry my hair at that point, but I still went for it. I applied a little bit of Kenra blow dry spray and blow dried my hair in sections. I was so surprised how amazing my hair looked! It was perfectly straight, smooth and frizz-free!!! This hair brush is truly amazing!!! I will not be using any other brush for blow drying my hair again! Love it!
ABrown from NC
My hairdresser used this on me and my daughter who both have naturally thick curly hair. Is great to use to detangle, better than other brushes I've used ( the wet brush). Doesn't snag the hair and glide through easily. So much easier to use!
Mariska from Blandon
Great paddle brush for drying!
Ameche from Arkansas
This brush helps to dry my hair much faster than the previous paddle brush I used. Leaves hair smooth and shiny!
Wild Hair from Denver, CO
Love this product. I have thick curly hair but I like to wear it straight. I blow dry then straighten. This brush cuts down on dry time. I recommend.
AB from Atlanta, GA
Based on the price and reviews, I thought that this would be a durable paddle brush for my blow outs; however the bristles quickly began bending and often snag my hair in the process. After less than a year, I'm giving up and have started the search for a new brush. :-(
Lia from Oakland, ca
Jessica from California
I received this as a Christmas present from my mom she said she got it at ulta so here I am. It was a great brush at first and it held up for two weeks maybe even less idk, but I have long straight hair and it's probably a medium in thickness. I was brushing my hair and all of a sudden I hear a snap half of the bristles fall out. I was just brushing my hair nothing else, very disappointing and will not purchase this brand again.
Delancy from Indianapolis, IN
Easy to use in the shower and also for blow drying my hair with.
McK from Houston, TX
I loved this brush when I got it, but it only lasted 3 months before the bristle tips (you know, the little balls on the ends) fell off. Now it is harsh and scrapes my scalp so I need to get a new one.
got2surf90 from got2surf90
Best paddle brush ive used. quicker blow dry too
Sherry from Taylor, AR
I would buy it again and will tell my family about it
Md from Middletown NY
I use this brush in combination with Olivia Garden healthy hair ceramic brush for blowouts & other hair styling. The only set of brushes easy to use, doesn't tangle, keeps hair healthy & shines.
Sheryl from Painesville, Ohio
I PURCHASED THIS FOR NIECE WHO HAS LONG, THICK, THICK HAIR. SHE LOVES IT!
Kris from Citrus Heights, California
Best most gentle brush for my long hair.
luvlexnjace from vineland nj
good brush to use when hair is wet, nice n wide.
Joyce from Boynton Beach Fl.
Bought a different brush that left my hair full of static electricity. Went back for something else and asked a salesperson to recommend a brush. She recommended this and I love it!! NO static electricity!!!
RealityGal from Lincoln Park, MI
This brush saved me drying time, which is great due to dryness from too many appliances. I rarely use my curling iron now.