How to style and straighten your hair with disabilities like hand weakness and arthritis.

How to straighten your hair with hand weakness

Straightening one’s hair when you have hand weakness and other disabilities is not only difficult, it’s downright dangerous! Believe me, I’ve probably bought every type of flat iron ever made and have the burn marks to prove it. Sure, wearing gloves can help, but not so much when you drop a 375° iron on your foot or accidentally brush it against your forehead.

A few weeks ago I was at Nordstroms and saw a display for the Brush Crush by Drybar. I’ve had blowouts done at Drybar’s salons before and love their Detox Dry Shampoo– I’m a total sucker for cute packaging. Naturally, I had  to try their newest product.

The Brush Crush is basically a paddle brush and straightening iron in one. When you turn the brush on you can increase the temperature to what works best for your hair. I have really thick hair and typically need to crank up the heat on all heated styling tools to at least 375 degrees. The great part about this tool for people who have hand tremors and weakness, is that unless you literally stick your fingers inside the bristles and touch the ionic base, it’s pretty hard to burn yourself. Also, if you have brain fog and tend to forget things, the brush shuts itself off after 60 minutes. This is comforting as de-frizzing my hair is not worth burning down my house.

To use the Brush Crush tool, your hair first needs to be dry. If you have trouble holding and/or maneuvering a blow dryer, you can try using a hands-free blow dryer stand. Once your hair is dry, Drybar recommends using their accompanying heat protectant spray called Hot Toddy. Of course you can use any brand of heat protectant spray you want, but I actually really love the smell of their Hot Toddy one and the fact that it adds a ton of shine.

The Verdict:

Compared to a regular flat iron tool, the Brush Crush isn’t winning any awards for best hair straightening tool. However, it is an awesome tool for smoothing hair and removing frizz after and in between blow dries. Although the Brush Crush is not as lightweight as I expected it to be, I love the fact that I can safely use it independently without fear of needing a burn center or new house.


  1. Interesting. I’ve really struggles with straightening my hair since I lost the dexterity in my hands. I’ve always wondered if products like these worked.

    • I have been on the search for something like this due to my mother in law having neuropathy in her extremities. Thank you for posting this and coming into my career as a cosmetologist I will defiantly keep this in mind when it comes to my own clients. Love this!!!!

  2. I LOVE the Head Kandy straightening brush “Side Kick” (approx $80) travel size. The “2.0 Straightening Brush” (approx $85) size is larger & heavier, so I ordered the smaller one too & it is GREAT though sometimes it gets a little hot (you could use gloves, but it doesn’t burn me). They also have a great dry shampoo, “Style Me Wannabe – Dry Shampoo” (approx $18) that smells & works great! The “Brainiac” (approx $13) is a cool tool that you put shampoo on & hold onto the raised handle & shampoo & massage your hair. Feels great! They have lots of helpful hints & products! Check out their videos! The straightening brushes really do a GREAT JOB! It saves me a lot of time in the mornings & I don’t have to wash my hair as much, I just straighten out the “bed head mess!”

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