February 8, 2023

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The best hair styling tools for every hair type

“Hair,” as Fleabag-era Phoebe Waller-Bridge once put it, “is everything.”

Yes, we’re using this quote four years late, but its relevance—its practical application—remains too strong for us to ignore. A day when your hair falls a little flat or your parting falls off just enough can be, in a word, devastating.

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Of course, you are more than your hair, but it’s nice to feel like you have some control over how you keep your tresses looking their best, especially when your standard wash and dry routine decides not to produce presentable results . The key to consistency is a styling routine you can rely on.

As obvious as it may sound, for some people, hair styling is more than just using shampoos, conditioners, mousses, and creams. For the greatest control over your results, finding the right hairstyling tools can mean the difference between love and hate in everyday hair styling

What to consider when buying hair styling tools

Finding a hair styling tool is like going to a hair salon. We understand that this parable might be a bit too similar, but stay with us.

Suppose you have long, straight hair. If you walk into the salon with a reference photo of a person who has a textured bob with bangs and tell your stylist that you want this cut and the only style you’re willing to air dry is one of two things happen okay. First, your stylist will say, “No problem!” and you will end up with a haircut that you are unhappy with. Second, your barber will tell you to go real. And in this latter scenario lies perhaps the most valuable and widely used hair guide there is.

When looking for hair tools, you need to consider your natural texture, how far that is from the look you want to achieve, and how much time, effort, and money you are willing to invest in your hair routine. At the end of the day, if you value the ease of air drying your hair and only want to curl every once in a while, you probably won’t get your money’s worth spending $600 on the Dyson Airwrap. You’ll save money by opting for a curling iron, and occasional styling doesn’t make much of a difference in the health of your hair.

If you find that you want to achieve a different texture than your own most days, hot tools can really help set a look for as long as possible. And while your $30 middle-school hair straightener can get the job done, there are reasons it’s worth investing more, whether it’s time savings or your hair’s health.

Is heat styling every day bad for your hair?

Simply put, regardless of your hair type, the more often you use heat to style your hair, the more susceptible you are to damage like breakage and dryness. The case is the same whether you’re using standard hot tools or fancy Coanda air technology. Thankfully, this isn’t an all-or-nothing situation, and there are steps you can take to protect your hair from heated hair tools.

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The first thing everyone should do before any styling is to apply heat protectant. It doesn’t matter if it’s a drugstore bottle or a high-end serum—you’ll need to apply some sort of protectant beforehand. Otherwise, you’re basically craving quick heat damage, which, by and large, likely means spending more money getting your hair cut frequently, or spending more time (and more heat) styling hair, they already look dry and dull, which continues a very vicious cycle.

That being said, some tools are better suited to regular heat styling than others. The Dyson Airwrap uses hot air instead of hot metal plates to style hair and reaches a maximum temperature of 302 degrees. And even for those with textured or thick hair, it can provide lasting styles. The benefits of lower temperatures aren’t just for airstylers. Having a tool that maxes out at lower heat might seem counterintuitive for long-lasting styles, but using lower heat and having to repeat some sections is actually better for your hair than a full 400-degree blast.

When to Invest in Hairstyling Technology

We’re not going to sugarcoat it – most of the hair tools on this list aren’t the cheapest. However, that’s because they weren’t designed to give you just perfectly straightened hair or effortlessly curled hair. Honestly, many hair tools can do that.

However, spending more often means investing in the health of your hair by exposing it to lower temperatures more evenly, while still achieving the best possible version of the hairstyle with minimal effort. Plus, these hair styling tools are built to last, so you don’t need to invest more than once.