Beauty review: the Shark SmoothStyle Heated Comb Straightener + Smoother

Already a viral sensation thanks to their drop dead amazing FlexStyle tool, it’s safe to say that we were all waiting with bated breath for Shark to unleash their next innovation. And soon our styling prayers were answered – with the release of the all-new SmoothStyle. A whole lot more than just a blow dry brush, the newest release from Shark aims to place the power of an in-salon blow wave (but salon-level skills not required!) in your hands
But first, let’s talk about the product itself, which is essentially a Heated Comb Straightener + Smoother in one that has to be experienced first-hand. An all-in-one tool for perfect blow drying, volumising, straightening and smoothing, it is here to help us all achieve a salon-perfect blow dry from the comfort of home – who can argue with that?
Like all Shark hair tools, the new styling essential is also engineered for what the brand calls “All Hairkind™” – as in: every hair texture and every hair type, from curly and coily, to wavy and straight, and everything in between. This makes it a worthy addition to every bathroom, as well as a great gift of great hair for your nearest and dearest,

Unlike other blow-dry brushes, the SmoothStyle uses a combination of nylon bristles and boar bristles for a strong grip and smooth and shiny results, and it has two modes: Wet Hair Mode and Dry Hair Mode. The dual modes make it the perfect everyday tool – use it to go from wet to dry on wash day, then refresh bedhead and banish ponytail creases and more when your hair is dry.
And with hair health top of mind, the SmoothStyle straightens and smooths hair using heated comb technology, the integrated comb smoothing your hair with low temperatures, maintaining its shape and movement, and ensuring your strands absorb less heat than traditional flat irons.
After being gifted a SmoothStyle a couple of weeks ago, I finally got to put it to the test over the last seven days, and quite frankly, I’m in love. The Wet Hair Mode is going to take a little extra practice I think given the length and weight of my mop, but preliminary plays point to it being a game changer once I nail the technique and allow more time for my wet hair to sit in an absorbent hair towel beforehand. My locks hold onto water like you wouldn’t believe, so I think the correct plan is: wash, towel dry, wrap and then complete my skincare regime and make a coffee before coming back in with the tool.
The Dry Hair Mode has been fantastic from the get go, especially as my hair tends to knot while I sleep and I love to drag out an in-salon blow wave as long as possible. This puts the volume back in and smooths out any flyaways, for flawless and frizz-free even three days after my initial styling session.
I also love that the high performing tool is surprisingly light, which makes drying and styling a breeze even when you have high maintenance hair like mine. Described as “like having a live-in master stylist at your fingertips”, I really have fallen hard for this tool and know it will be an MVP in my kit going forward.

The Shark SmoothStyle Heated Comb Straightener + Smoother is available from leading retailers now, RRP $199.99.


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