I bought the Amika thermal brush and it is the best money I have ever spent on a hair product. If you are a contortionist and able of give yourself a salon quality blow-out, this product is not meant for you. For the rest of us, this thermal brush is a God-send. You will have beautiful shiny bouncy curls without all the work and time. This thermal brush delivers the blowout look as promised IF used correctly!
How to use (in my opinion):
Work you favorite blow out spray or balm, light style cream and heat protection spray through freshly washed hair.
Blow dry your hair lifting it at the roots with a normal ceramic round brush exaggerating the way you want to hair to go in your final blow out look. I blow dry with my hair with my head upside down after I set the roots with the brush, only using my fingers. Basically, you're giving yourself big 80's hair. Dry your hair thoroughly and when done, do not brush that huge 80's hair out!!! You are going to brush it with the Blowout brush.
The brush has 2 settings: normal heat and ionic. DO NOT start with the ionic setting--start with the normal red light setting. Taking small 2" sections of hair roll the brush through the hair section starting mid-length----roll the brush continuously over and over again making sure the hair is being separated by the bristles and your hair begin to tame.
Once the hair rolls easily through the bristles from roots to ends, roll all the hair up into the brush starting at ends getting as close to the root as you can. Hold the brush in place for 10 seconds or so depending upon your hair type to get the curl.
Then very gently/slowly unwind the hair from the brush, take the hot curl of hair immediately pinning it to your head. Work in sections until all your hair is pinned. Let the hair cool completely.
Next, unpin all the hair allowing the curls fall. I finger comb my hair out with my favorite hair oil rubbed on my hands. Work the hair into the style you like using your fingers. OKAY. Your hair should look ah-mazing at this point.
NOW, turn the ionic green light setting on. It will make clicky noises. This setting smooths the hair. Do not use throughout all your hair or it will go flat. Just use the brush on the ionic setting on the ends/areas needing smoothed or to correct a way ward strand of curl. Lightly hair spray your style.
Congratulations! Without further ado, get out there and soak up all the wonderful comments on your stunning hair!
BTW, I have long thick wavy hair to the middle of my back and this style took me from beginning with wet hair to the end look in less than 40 mins.