best beard straighteners

This review compares the best beard straighteners of 2020. It’s a thorough buyer’s guide that methodically ranks the top brands.

If you’re short on time and don’t want to read through the whole review, we have good news for you.

Here are our top three picks of beard straighteners:

  1. Best over-all: Tame The Wild Heated Beard Straightener
  2. Runner-up: Aberlite Beard Straightener Brush
  3. Best budget option: Andis Heated Beard Straightener Comb

Quick Summary & Comparison

Preview
Our Choice
Tame's Elite Beard Straightener Brush - Anti-Scald Beard Straightening Comb - Heated Beard Brush Straightener - Beard Soap - Pearwood Comb - Storage Case Included - Best for Beards Over 2" Long.
Runner-Up
(Upgraded) Aberlite MAX - Beard Straightener for Men - Beard Straightening Heat Brush Comb Ionic - for Home & Travel
Best Value
Andis 38300 Professional 450ºF High Heat Ceramic Press Comb with Dual Voltage and Auto Shut-off, Gold
Product
Tame the Wild Heated Beard Brush
Aberlite Beard Straightening Brush
Andis Heated Press Comb for Beard & Hair
Dual Voltage
Anti-Scald Design
Negative-ion Generator
Heat Settings
12
3
20
Maximum Heat
450°F
375°F
450°F
Type
Heat Brush
Heat Brush
Heat Comb
Time to Heat
60 Seconds
60 Seconds
30 Seconds
Manufactured in
China
China
USA
Suitable for Beard Length
2-inches and longer
2-inches and longer
1-inches and longer
Size
9.5″ x 2.0″ x 1.0″
10.2″ x 2.2″ x 1.8″
14.5″ x 6.0″ x 1.8″
Prime Status
Our Choice
Preview
Tame's Elite Beard Straightener Brush - Anti-Scald Beard Straightening Comb - Heated Beard Brush Straightener - Beard Soap - Pearwood Comb - Storage Case Included - Best for Beards Over 2" Long.
Product
Tame the Wild Heated Beard Brush
Dual Voltage
Anti-Scald Design
Negative-ion Generator
Heat Settings
12
Maximum Heat
450°F
Type
Heat Brush
Time to Heat
60 Seconds
Manufactured in
China
Suitable for Beard Length
2-inches and longer
Size
9.5″ x 2.0″ x 1.0″
Prime Status
Where to Buy
Runner-Up
Preview
(Upgraded) Aberlite MAX - Beard Straightener for Men - Beard Straightening Heat Brush Comb Ionic - for Home & Travel
Product
Aberlite Beard Straightening Brush
Dual Voltage
Anti-Scald Design
Negative-ion Generator
Heat Settings
3
Maximum Heat
375°F
Type
Heat Brush
Time to Heat
60 Seconds
Manufactured in
China
Suitable for Beard Length
2-inches and longer
Size
10.2″ x 2.2″ x 1.8″
Prime Status
Where to Buy
Best Value
Preview
Andis 38300 Professional 450ºF High Heat Ceramic Press Comb with Dual Voltage and Auto Shut-off, Gold
Product
Andis Heated Press Comb for Beard & Hair
Dual Voltage
Anti-Scald Design
Negative-ion Generator
Heat Settings
20
Maximum Heat
450°F
Type
Heat Comb
Time to Heat
30 Seconds
Manufactured in
USA
Suitable for Beard Length
1-inches and longer
Size
14.5″ x 6.0″ x 1.8″
Prime Status
Where to Buy

Best Beard Straighteners of 2020

1. Tame The Wild Heated Beard Straightener Brush

tame the wild heated beard brush

After testing the Tame the Wild’s heated beard straightener brush for a while, I can comfortably say that it’s currently the best beard heat tool available.

(Yes, still after almost two years of using it, I can vouch for it being the best of the best available, and trust me, I’ve tried many.)

Sure, there are dozens upon dozens of different brushes out there, and these straighteners are absolutely blowing up in popularity. So far after testing four different heated brush models; this one takes the cake.

It’s sturdy and very well put together. Even though almost all of these straightening brushes are manufactured in China, it doesn’t really show in this one.

“The brush has has dual-voltage, the usual anti-scald design, and a whopping 12 different temperature settings between 250°F to 400°F.”

The 360° swivel-cord makes your beard straightening job much less of a hassle, and the simple to use buttons (power, increase heat, decrease heat) is extremely easy to use and understand.

It takes about a minute for the brush to heat up from zero to its max temperature, and the built-in ionic generator feeds negative ions to the bristles which helps reduce the heat damage that is unfortunately caused by all heated beard tools.

All-in-all, I can highly recommend this beard straightener for all men who have beards of over 2″ in length (the ceramic bristles will be too long for shorter beards).

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 60 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: 12 (200-400°F)
  • Size: 9.5″ x 2.0″ x 1.0″
  • Price: Medium-tier

Pros:

  • Currently the best beard straightener available.
  • Quite safe to use thanks to the anti-scald design.
  • The negative ions emitted mitigate some heat damage.
  • Clear instructions for use and a solid 1-year warranty.

Cons:

  • Made in China, like almost all of the beard heat tools.
  • Your beard needs to be at least 2-inches for this straightener.

2. Aberlite Beard Straightener

aberlite heated beard straightening brush

The Aberlite Beard Straightener Brush held its place as the #1 on this list for quite some time until I eventually had a chance to test the Tame the Wild straightener above.

Don’t get me wrong. This heat brush is still amazing, and almost on par with the one above, it’s relatively safe to use thanks to the anti-scald design and negative-ion generator.

There are adjustable heat settings that don’t go too far up so that you would fry your whiskers (though, there are only three choices compared to the twelve that the above straightener has)

The tines are ceramic and the display and buttons are very simple to use and learn. There’s a 360° swivel-cord which makes your life easier, and it takes about a minute to heat up as well, which ain’t bad at all.

Bottom line: I can recommend this beard straightening brush easily without losing my sleep. It’s almost identical in effectiveness and quality to the Tame the Wild one, with just fewer heat settings and a bit of a bulkier design.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 60 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: Three (300°F, 340°F, 375°F)
  • Size: 10.2″ x 2.2″ x 1.8″
  • Price: Medium-tier

Pros:

  • Effective, safe, and simply well put together.
  • Safer than hair straighteners or heat press combs.
  • Very easy to use with clear instructions.

Cons:

  • Made in China, like about 99% of these tools on the market.
  • Not usable for men with shorter beards.

3. Tame’s Easy Glide Beard Straightener Kit

tames beard straightener kit

This is the beard straightener I personally own and use the most.

Actually I have both, the bigger Tame the Wild Straightener and this smaller one called “The Easy Glide” straightener.

What I really like about this kit is the value. You get the most essential beard straightening related tools (including a beard heat protectant), and a neat little storage case, along with a compact beard straightener that is amazing for short to medium-sized beards.

When it comes to the straightener itself, it’s top of the line quality with three different heat settings, anti-scald design, compact size, 360° swivel cord, and more.

Bottom line: Tame’s Easy Glide Beard Straightener Kit is a very affordable bundle that costs less than fifty bucks, so you might call it a steal.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 60 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: 3 (300°F, 350°F, and 410°F)
  • Size: 8″ x 1.25″ x 1″
  • Price: Low-tier

Pros:

  • Best bang for your buck beard straightener kit.
  • Safe thanks to anti-scald design and 30 min auto shut-off.
  • Compact, lightweight (1.85lb), and great for traveling.
  • Comes with great instructions and a nice 1-year warranty.

Cons:

  • Like almost all of the straighteners, this one is made in China.
  • Not the best choice for long beards. Optimal length is 1-5 inches.

4. BeardClass Premium Beard Straightener Brush

beardclass beard straightener brush

I know the guys over at BeardClass work really hard to create good quality beard tools for men, and they were actually one of the first ones to enter the market with the now well-known beard shaping templates.

Recently, they have added a heated beard straightening comb (or brush?) into their arsenal of products, and I must say that it’s quite a competitor for Aberlite and Tame the Wild.

“Like the other two, it has ceramic tines, the anti-scald design, negative-ion generator, 360° swivel-cord, and as most of the beard straighteners; it’s made in China.”

Where they differ from the pack is that the straightener has a design that features shorter tines, which makes it more suitable for men with shorter beards (as short as just 1″ in length).

It also heats up faster than the competitors; in just 40 seconds, if you’re really in an insane rush (in which case you probably shouldn’t be straightening your beard).

For some added value, BeardClass throws in a free beard grooming accessory kit that contains a boar-bristle brush, a wooden beard comb, a smaller mustache comb, and beard scissors.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 40 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: Five (248-410°F)
  • Size: 8.7″ x 2.2″ x 2.0″
  • Price: Medium-tier

Pros:

  • Unique design with shorter tines.
  • Five heat settings on a good scale for beard use.
  • Simple to use and definitely doesn’t feel like a Chinese product.

Cons:

  • Claims “no hair damage” but all heated beard tools do cause some.
  • May not be the best choice for men with long beards.

5. Aberlite Compact Small Beard Straightener

aberlite small beard straightener

Aberlite as said above, is one of the top brands when it comes to beard straightening tools.

And if your beard isn’t a giant bushy thing, then you should look into getting a smaller, shorter, more compact tool for facial hair straightening…

Such as the Aberlite Pocket.

This thing has all the perks of a bigger beard straightening brush, but is specially designed for guys with shorter beards.

It features shorter tines, shorter and thinner overall size, and the bristles are more densely packed into the housing.

As an added perk, Aberlite manufactures its brushes within the US.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 1-2 minutes
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: 5 (unspecified)
  • Size: 7.7″ x 1.8″ x 1.4″
  • Price: Medium-tier

Pros:

  • Lightweight frame makes it easy to use and travel with.
  • The commonly used anti-scald design makes it relatively safe.
  • The best solution for shorter beards (0.5″ – 2″)
  • Made in the USA, not a cheap Chinese replica.

Cons:

  • Only comes with US plug, so converter may be needed outside USA.
  • The bristles are too short and densely packed for long and thick beards.

6. CNXUS Electric Hair & Beard Straightener

cnxus beard straightening brush

CNXUS straightener brush is your basic Chinese heat brush, except that it also has pretty good quality compared to the average heat tool.

Do note that this brush is designed for women’s hair primarily, but it can be used for beards as well. Just remember to never use the highest heat settings and stick to less than 375°F.

“Many Chinese heat tools for beard use are questionable at best, but the CNXUS straightener seems to be a pretty great quality product with fantastic reviews.”

This beard straightener brush is stupidly simple to use with its LCD display and three buttons (power, heat up, heat down).

The heat settings range between 300 to 450°F, and here it’s crucial to stay below 375°F when you use the straightener for beard hair, otherwise, you risk damaging the facial hair and possibly even burning your face.

Similar to the Aberlite Beard Straightener, the XNCUS has anti-scalding ceramic iron teething and ability to create negative ions, which in turn neutralize the hairs atoms, eliminating static and frizz.

I would say that it’s almost comparable to the Aberlite one, and if you have seen any of the Beard Tubes videos on YouTube, you have probably seen the one where he compared a $100 “Kuschelbar” straightening brush to this one (which is 3x cheaper) and found this to be far superior.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 60 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: Five (300°F-450°F)
  • Size: 10.6″ x 2.7″ x 2.3″
  • Price: Medium-tier

Pros:

  • Great quality for a Chinese beard straightener
  • Pretty safe to use as long as you avoid the highest heat settings.
  • Negative ion technology to prevent static and frizz.
  • The cord rotates 360-degrees, which is surprisingly useful.

Cons:

  • Made for women’s scalp-hair so the highest heat settings are too hot.
  • Men with shorter beards can’t use this as the bristles would hit the face.

7. Lovani Ceramic Mini Beard Straightening Iron

lovani mini flat iron for beard

A lot of long-bearded guys prefer using the beard straightening iron to make their curly beards straight again.

Straightening iron is far more time consuming to use compared to a heated brush, and the risk of burning your beard is also considerably higher.

“However, some men still like to use mini flat irons to do the job, maybe it’s out of old habit, or maybe they feel like it gives better results.”

For this purpose, a mini flat iron such as the Lovani Ceramic Mini should be used. Big and bulky normal-sized straighteners tend to be too much for facial hair use.

Note that it will be difficult to use a beard straightening iron if your beard isn’t at least 4″ in length, as you have to manually pull out a bundle of beard and run the straightener through it.

Also, note that this type of straightening iron heats up straight to its maximum temperature of 410°F which may be necessary for truly rough and curly beards, but is also close to the limit of damaging the beard hairs.

The quality of this mini iron is excellent considering its low price, and it has all the perks you would expect from a more expensive iron, such as the negative-ion technology, anti-scald heat plate, 360-degree swivel cord, dual-voltage, and a heat-resistant travel bag.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 30-50 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: One (410°F)
  • Size: 7.8″ (length)
  • Price: Low-tier

Pros:

  • Best choice for men with truly long and curly beards.
  • Really good value considering the perks it has.
  • Negative ion technology to prevent static and frizz.

Cons:

  • The 410°F heat is close to being too hot for beard use.
  • Takes a lot of time to straighten your beard with this.

8. Kuschelbär Heated Beard Straightener

kuschelbar heated beard straightener

The Kuschelbär is the first ever beard straightener to hit the market and it’s designed by the New York celebrity hair stylist Jeff Chastain.

Is it any good? Yes, absolutely. It’s lightweight and compact, and amazing for guys with shorter beards.

Also it has pretty much all the specs you could expect from a high-quality beard straightener, such as negative-ion technology, anti-scald design, suitability for 110/220V systems, 2 year warranty, and a very nice sleek design.

So why is it sitting at #7 on this list?

Well, the price is $99,50.

Compared to the other beard straighteners on this list that’s about 1-3x the price for somewhat similar specs.

Bottom line: There’s nothing wrong about the specs of the Kuschelbär by Jeff Chastain, other than its high price. It’s understandable though, as this used to be the only beard straightener available just a few years ago, and it was mostly sold in high-end boutiques and barbershops.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 60 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: One (374°F)
  • Size: 12″ x 1.2″ x 1.7″
  • Price: High-tier

Pros:

  • Absolutely amazing design and quality.
  • The first beard straightener ever designed and sold.
  • Great specs, has all the tech you’d expect to see in a straightener.
  • The 2-year warranty is longer than most.

Cons:

  • The price is just too high for the average user.
  • The cord is short. You will need extension if the socket isn’t close.

9. Andis Heated Beard Straightener Comb

andis heated beard comb

So we have looked at heated brushes and mini beard irons, what’s next? A heated comb of course.

This one is also designed for hair, but perfectly usable on facial hair as well.

Heat press combs like this have been used for hundreds of years (they used to be metal combs with a wooden handle which were heated up in a stove or fire) but this Andis beard heat comb takes the old idea and applies some new tech into it.

As a brand, Andis has been at the top of the professional barber and beauty industry for 80-years.

This product too – is a professional use heat comb – sold for home use. If you’d ask how it compares to other heat combs, I’d say it’s the best one out there in its own niche.

“Still, a lot of reviewers note that the fine teething of this heat comb makes it really easy to get it stuck to your hair or beard, and guess what happens then? That’s right, it burns.”

It has some nice specs though for sure, such as the 360-degree swivel cord, easy to use on-off buttons, a whopping 20 heat-settings, and overall the heat is evenly distributed throughout the tines.

The heat press comb is best suited for beardsmen who want their facial hair to be insanely straight. While this product has the highest chance of scalding your face and burning your beard, it’s fine teething and high-heat mean that you will be getting excellent results straightening-wise.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 30 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: No
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: 20 (up to 450°F)
  • Size: 14.5″ x 6.0″ x 1.8″
  • Price: Medium-tier

Pros:

  • Heats up really fast and provides even temperature across the tines.
  • Not that expensive and gets the job done really effectively.
  • Trusted brand with a whole host of respected grooming products.

Cons:

  • Some say it heats up too much for beard use.
  • It’s easy to get your curly beard stuck on the fine teething.
  • No anti-scald design makes this bit risky to use close to the face.

10. Cordless USB Beard Straightener

cordless usb beard straightener

Some of you might recognize this USB Cordless Beard Heat Brush as the one sold by “The Beard Struggle” for $100.

The funny thing is that they back-order these from AliExpress and the Chinese sell them for about 20-bucks. You can also find this brush from Amazon for around 20-60 bucks.

So why is Beard Struggle selling it for $100? Simply because they think they can get away with it.

“It’s the same brand that tries to scare people into believing that minoxidil would not work on facial hair while selling “beard growth oils” themselves, which is 100% certainly not going to do a damn thing.”

But back to the beard heat brush; it’s actually pretty good, Really simple to use with clear buttons for on/off and the heat settings, and you can charge it with USB.

It’s hard to make any comments on the brand because there are many different sellers for these heat brushes.

I can guarantee you that “The Beard Struggle” hasn’t had any involvement in creating the product, even though they claim that it was “designed by their best beardsmen for other beardsmen” or something like that.

In reality, this brush comes from China, it loads up with USB, has three good heat settings for beard use, LCD display, and is very convenient to use.

Most of the sellers on Amazon have it for around fifty bucks, this is a bit more than you’d pay if you get it from AliExpress, but the upside is that you will likely get the product much sooner.

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Key Features

  • Time to Heat: 60-90 seconds
  • Anti-scald design: Yes
  • Dual Voltage: Yes
  • Heat Settings: Three (300-380°F)
  • Price: Medium-tier

Pros:

  • Really convenient to use due to being cordless (for travel, etc)
  • shorter bristles than other brushes mentioned, good for short beards.
  • Great heat range for beard use with 300, 340, and 380°F.

Cons:

  • Made in China and most sellers are drop-shippers.
  • Shorter heat bristles may make it harder to use for men with big beards.

Beard Straightener Buyer’s Guide – What to Look For

man with freshly straightened beard

Before you rush into buying a beard straightener, you should consider whether you even need one, or if your beard has what it needs to benefit from one.

Below, we have listed the most important factors to consider before purchasing a beard straightening brush, mini iron, or a heated beard comb. ↓

Could Alternative Methods Be Better?

Not every curly beard needs to be straightened with a heated tool. In some cases, you can get away with just taking a shower, applying some beard oil & beard balm, and then blow-drying the facial hair straight down with the help of a comb.

This obviously isn’t too effective if you have a coarse beard that just curls no matter what you throw at it and it’s pretty time consuming so you might want to opt for electric brush or straighteners instead.

Look for the Right Price

The beard straighteners we will be listing below are all relatively cheap and come with good value in terms of quality.

However, if you’re loaded on extra money and want to get the best of the best, know that there are some professional tools out there that are really expensive, but can provide you with marginally better results.

The price for the straightening irons, for example, can range from $10 all the way to $200.

Your Beard Length Matters a Lot

It goes without saying that you need a bit of length on your facial hair before it’s reasonable to straighten it.

Let’s say you have a short 1-inch beard; it would be useless to try and straighten that with a straightening iron (as there wouldn’t be enough facial hair to put in between the plates).

Using a heat press comb would be dangerous as you would be pressing so close to the skin. And lastly, a heated brush wouldn’t have much surface area to work with at all.

We recommend that you only start considering heated beard straightener tools after your beard length reaches 2″+, it’s likely not even properly curling before that.

Ease of Use is a Priority

When trying to decide between the three options, an electric brush, heat comb, or mini iron, one of the first things to look at is their ease of use.

Sure, you will always have easier and faster time just using something like one of our best beard combs (normal beard combs) but you will also never achieve the same straightening power you’d get from a heat tool.

Heated beard brushes are very quick to use, with just a few minutes of brushing being enough in most cases.

Heated beard press combs are the second fastest option, also taking just a few minutes to fully straighten a curly beard.

Mini beard irons, on the other hand, are quite tedious to use, taking anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on your beard length.

What makes the flat iron straighteners so slow to use is the fact that you have to take a few beard hairs on your hand, put them in between the plates, run it through, find another bunch of hair, and repeat the process multiple times over.

Beard Straightener Facts & Statistics

  • The three most popular brands of beard straightening tools in 2020 were Tame the Wild, Aberlite, and Beardclass.
  • According to our data, the average price of a heated beard straightener is $37.94
  • The average number of heat settings an electric beard straightener has is three.
  • It takes just under 5 minutes to straighten an average-sized beard.
  • The reason why most beard straighteners look identical to each other, is that many brands order their models from the same Chinese factories.
  • According to BusinessWire, the global beard grooming market is worth at least 24.1 billion dollars. Beard straighteners are gobbling up a bigger share of that number year after year.

Why to Use a Beard Straightener

small vs big beard straightener brush

Beard straightener brushes etc can really get rid of the beard curls and actually make your beard super straight.

Certainly heated beard straightener tools are more “harder” on the facial hair, but the results are far beyond anything that could be achieved by just using a regular comb or brush.

Sure, you could try the classic way of straightening a curly beard which involves taking a shower, applying some beard oil, and combing it down with the help of a blow dryer. You could even get one of our reviewed best beard brushes and try if that helps.

However, at the end of the day, the aforementioned tricks don’t work for all beards (they only work for the lucky fellows with naturally soft beards)…

And although the classic way of straightening a beard is the least damaging routine to do, it’s also time-consuming and not all that effective.

You could also try a keratin-bond breaking beard relaxing cream, which is extremely effective for straightening a curly beard, but also the most damaging option of them all (and definitely not recommended by us).

The easier way out is to use a heated beard straightener, one of the best beard products a man can own.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have a curly beard?

It’s genetic and a result of the facial hair follicle shape; an oval-shaped follicle tends to sprout out curly hairs, while round follicles sprout straighter beard hairs.

How can I straighten my beard naturally?

If you don’t wish to use any of the electric beard heat tools (understandable), you may try the classic method of getting a shower, applying beard oil and balm, and then combing your beard down while simultaneously blow drying it.

What is the best beard straightener for short beards?

I would go with the cordless USB beard straightening brush mentioned as #5 above. It has short enough heat bristles to not scald your face when used on a shorter beard.

What is the best beard straightening tool for long beards?

I would go with the XNXCUS heat brush. It’s easy to use and has a large surface area to work well with bigger beards. It also has quite long heat bristles, making it optimal for long bushy beards.

Some old-school guy also likes to use beard straightening irons, which are fine if you like that, but in my humble opinion, they are a bit too slow to work with.

Conclusion

Using beard straighteners – the specific heated tools, not the chemical relaxers and other nonsense – has picked up in popularity in these past few years.

We hope that our above guide helped you in choosing the best beard straightening iron, heated beard comb, or electric brush.

And that you now know how to safely straighten your facial hair without burning it or causing any unnecessary damage.

Ali is a published author and a beard grooming expert. To this date, his articles have been read more than 15-million times on various sites, and he has helped thousands of men make their beards look better and grow thicker. His work has been featured and cited in Seeker, Wikihow, GQ, TED, and Buzzfeed.

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