Blow-dry bars have become all the rage in some cities, but what we really want is the convenience of being able to create amazing looks in the privacy of our homes. Still, it’s not that easy to style your own hair but luckily, heat styling tools have come a long way. Some blow dryers even boast the same motors used in the male midlife crisis convertible! (Seriously though, there is a Ferrari dryer).
Even the most unruly and frizziest hair can be turn into spun silk thanks to flat irons, wave-makers, and curling irons. Hair care and styling products seem to have taken a step down from the public’s attention as many technological advances in the styling tool space become more and more prominent. But before we can talk about fancy hair styling tools, we need a bit of background on what should be their mandatory complements: styling products.
Salon Products vs. Generic Brands
While hair styling tools are clearly important, the products you use to wash and style your hair play an equally vital role. If you’ve ever been to a hair salon, you surely noticed how much healthier and luscious your hair looked after having it styled. Many of us often wondered what miraculous techniques you need to learn before you can achieve the same results at home.
In addition to the magic touch of the professionals who style your hair at a salon, your hair always looks so good because of the quality of the hair products used in salons. No drugstore shampoos and conditioners will ever be found on the shelves of a respectable salon.
However, these generic brands are appealing for obvious reasons. Not only are they affordable, but they’re also convenient. And who doesn’t love their many different scents they come in? Unfortunately, what makes them so affordable may be the very cause for concern.
Even though drugstore shampoos (and other hair products) do contain some of the high-grade ingredients found in salon products, the amounts are small and often insignificant. Instead, they are rich in chemicals which often strip your hair of its natural nutrients and oils. Drugstore products also dilute their products with fillers, which make your hair feel super soft while also encouraging a waxy build-up.
On the other hand, the salon shampoos that make us feel like queens tend to be on the pricier side. Most of the time, it’s because these products are highly concentrated with high-grade ingredients. They often contain nourishing oils, vitamins, and minerals that are too pricey to be included in the drugstore options.
These shampoos are also less diluted, which prevents that waxy build-up. On the bright side, you’ll buy these products less often. Premium shampoos are more concentrated, which is why you don’t have to use as much to see the results you want.
Luxury Hair Styling Tools
Now that we’ve explained the role of salon products in making your hair look fabulous, let’s move on to luxury hair styling tools and the part they play in the miracle. Gone are the days of the cheapie flat iron and the $10 curling that may or may not rip your hair out. Instead, there are more and more options that last you long and don’t damage your hair as much. They may require a bit of investing, but a lot of hair professionals will encourage you to do so – for the sake and health of your mane.
For instance, not many pay attention to the quality of their hairdryer. However, a worthwhile hot tool can make all the difference; do you want manageable hair or locks that you’d rather shave off just to be done with styling? A good hair dryer is based on two important features: heat and control. Depending on each hair type, the different heating settings and varying airspeeds can be lifesavers.
Simple Hair Care Tips
Hot tools can be pretty damaging if you’re doing it wrong. Below are some practical hair care tips that will help you maintain your hair healthy no matter how many times your God-given texture gets the heat treatment. Check out this article for more on how to protect your hair from heated products.
- Tip 1: Invest in high-quality shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you’re using the best products for your hair type (curly, coarse, dry, thin, etc.).
- Tip 2: Use a deep conditioner once or twice a month – especially if you use a straightener on the regular. It will reinvigorate the shine stolen by your flat iron.
- Tip 3: Make a habit of using a heat-protecting hair serum before and after blow-drying.
- Tip 4: Let your hair air dry the night before you use a flat iron; if you didn’t plan ahead, use the lowest setting on your hair dryer.
- Tip 5: When you straighten your hair, don’t go for the highest temperature. Look for the lowest setting that still gives you the straightening effect without having to apply heat multiple times on the same strand of hair.
In addition to luxury blow dryers, there are straighteners, wands, curling irons, and many other hair tools you could invest in to achieve luscious locks. Yes, a wand is different from a curling iron. Browse our top 8 items in the list below and treat yourself. From a lightweight hair dryer to a fancy round brush that styles your mane, let’s see if these styling tools can change your life (or at least your beauty routine).
1. John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush by Conair
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This is no ordinary brush. Thanks to the 500 watts of hot air blowing through its bristles, this styling tool glides easily over damp (or dry) hair. The result is an easy sleek look which requires minimum skill on your part. This elegant hot airbrush comes with advanced ionic power to give shine and volume to your hair. The instant heat up significantly cuts the time you’ll be spending drying your locks. Each strand is dried individually with the tangle-free and anti-static bristles.
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2. Solano Turbo Ultralite Hair Dryer
Up there with the most powerful professional hairdryer, this lightweight hot tool will be your new best friend. It weighs around 16 ounces (like a standard-size water bottle) and it zaps moisture with a whopping 1,800 watts. Plus, this nimble dryer uses infrared heat to penetrate cuticles to dry strands from within. It withstands impact thanks to the polycarbonate shell covered in a high gloss black finish.
3. Conair Instant Heat Styling Setter
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This compact styling setter comes in a soft fabric pouch and it provides enough space for you to store the clips and power cord during your travels. It features ion shine technology which allows it to heat up in 90 seconds – right there in the pouch! Includes 12 patented design rollers (4 small and 8 large) with useful ‘starter strip’ on each roller for quick setting. The plastic rollers features ceramic technology which means they deliver heat evenly to your hair for the best and most glamorous results.
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4. GHD Gold Styler Iron
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GHD has already made a name for itself, quickly becoming the brand of choice of many women. Not only can it tame wildly wavy hair, but it can also completely change your beauty routine if given the opportunity. The styler iron is a game-changer, delivering shiny, silky, smooth locks with considerably less heat than other hair tools. Due to its fast acting, it employs very good damage control. Therefore, you can safely use it as often as needed.
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5. Philip B Round Hairbrush
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Reviewers have nothing but good words and praise for this round hairbrush. Many have sworn off round hairbrushes due to the fact that they can leave your hair a tangled mess. However, this innovative brush is not just gentle, but it also stays away from breakage. It’s the ultimate tool for taming the hair while blow-drying, and it also helps smooth out the hair that’s in dire need of a little tender loving care. The results will be nearly salon perfect.
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6. Drybar 3-Day Bender Curling Iron
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Have easy curls eluded you for as long as you remember? This curling iron is a quick fix for the hair with some natural curl to it that just won’t settle for a uniform look. If you want a bit more control to your curls, the Drybar curling iron is your solution: It’s as easy as clamping the hair strand and rotating the barrel. It creates smoother curls and leaves the hair healthy and bouncy.
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7. Curling Iron Jumbo 1-Inch
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Luxury can sometimes mean a budget-friendly styling wand that helps you master that salon ‘do. This is 1-inch hot tool promises to help you create healthy, voluminous curls that are bouncy and loud. The wand features heating settings that reach up to 428 degrees for more personalized control (don’t be tempted to use the highest temperature, however).
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8. TIGI Mini Flat Iron
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This mini straightener is the best thing that ever happened to frequent travelers. If you loathe carrying bulky hair tools on your adventures, this travel-sized flat iron will help you keep your hair glowing on the go. This mini tool is not just adorably portable (and with a convenient pouch), but it also straightens hair just as well as its full-sized counterpart.
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