Ions, Ceramic, Tourmaline, Wattage, it all can get confusing when attempting to purchase hair tools. I mean, all you want to do is style your hair, not have to open up a dictionary to understand what this verbage even means. Time to break it down a bit and share some of my favorite hair tools with you…
Folica.com (my favorite discount hair tool website)
When shopping around for a blow dryer, you see the word watts with a number on every box. Basically, the higher the wattage means more heat, the lower the wattage means less heat. Plain and simple. A blow dryer with a high wattage will generally dry your hair much quicker than a blow dryer with a low wattage. This BaByliss Pro TT Dryer in the picture above is a great blow dryer to use at home for any hair type, and definitely worth the investment of $80.
The Kristal Dryer by Ibiza is awesome. This is the blow dryer I use at the salon, and is for people who want to try to recreate the “salon blow dry” like their hairstylist gives them. This dryer is “ion- free”, which helps to preserve your hairs body and strength. If a styling tool is Ionic, it means it is good for creating frizz-free hair. Ibiza also has THE BEST round brushes ever. You can check them out here.
Purchase HAI here.
I’ve been telling clients about this flat iron for years. The HAI Convertable Ceramic Flat Iron is legit and it’s so affordable! With a 2 year guarantee, it’s completely worth the $80. Ceramic plates on a flat iron are much more gentle on your hair in comparison to the old school metal plates. There is a temperature dial on this flat iron, so be sure it’s not up too high.
Investing in a good flat iron is very important if you flat iron regularly. Keep in mind though, if you have damaged hair, flat ironing is one of the harshest things you can do to your fragile locks. No matter how fancy the flat iron is, it’s still something to try not to do on a regular basis.
Purchase GHD here.
GHD Flat Irons are pretty fabulous. Once I started using their flat irons I became hooked, and probably won’t use any other in the salon. With no temperature control, this flat iron actually sets it’s own temperature depending on your hair porosity, so I feel like it never gets too hot to burn your hair. It also has universal voltage so you can travel with it! They really thought of it all when designing this flat iron.
What size flat iron is best?
1 inch is generally the best for all hair types. GHD also makes a “stick” version which is smaller than 1 inch, and great for short hair or bangs. If you have really long hair and flat iron for easy smoothing, you can get a larger size flat iron, like 2 inches, to quicken your styling time.
Purchase on Folica.com
You can purchase Hot Tools Professional curling irons online and at most beauty supply stores. These curling irons are super affordable, work great, and are actually the type of curling iron a lot of famous hairstylists use 😉 Little insider tip for you.
How do I know what size curling iron to use?
The smaller the iron the tighter the curl, the larger the iron, the looser the curl. Generally, a 1 inch- 1 1/4 inch barrel is perfect for everyone.If you have very long hair and want a real loose curl, then you can purchase a larger iron.
Personally, I like to use my regular curling iron to create beach waves in my hair, but I understand that dealing with the clip can be a challenge for a lot of women. I’ve seen clip-less curling irons sold for up to $200, and that is just plain silly. Do not waste your money! You can purchase this Conair Iron at Target, and for under $40, I think you can have a lot of fun playing with this tool. If you buy it and struggle with trying to curl your hair, call your hairstylist and see if they can give you a lesson… it’s easier than you think!
Important “Hairstylist” Tips:
* Always see what the warranty is on your new hair tool. Usually you can fill out some paperwork to cover yourself if it breaks within 1-2 years.
* Remember to use a heat protectant styling product BEFORE you use ANY heat tool. Ask your hairstylist what product they think is best for you.
I want to hear from you! What are your favorite styling tools?