When it comes to purchasing hair tools, especially ones that use heat that can damage your hair, it’s important to be selective. That said, the cost of a product does not always indicate its effectiveness. In this Luxe vs. Less, I’ve rounded up my favorite tools, all at drastically different prices. The results you get from professional and drugstore styling appliances are similar. If you want your tools to last for years, it’s worth investing in pro models. But if you don’t care how long these tools last (or if you use them infrequently), cheaper models will do just as well. Each one works well in it’s own right, so it’s up to you to decide what to splurge and what to save on.
Drybar Blowout In-a-Box Hair Dryer & Styling Clips: This lightweight Buttercup Blow Dryer features an ultrapowerful motor to get the job done fast and efficiently, and conditioning nano beads to seal cuticles, leaving hair noticeably silky, smooth, and frizz-free. NanoIonic™ minerals hydrate and condition hair while negative ions naturally cleanse and freshen.
Hot Shot Tools Ionic Tourmaline Dryer: Hot Tools Tourmaline IONIC Professional Dryer is a lightweight and quiet, with an excellent heat and airflow. Tourmaline generates positive and negative ions when heated, helping repair the hair and maintain its shine and softness. Patented ion technology maximizes the benefits of ions, drying faster with increased softness and shine, and reduced frizz. Voted #1 by salons!
Conair Tourmaline Gel Grips Medium Boar Round Brush: Not all hair brushes are created equal. And, these boar bristle round brushes are designed to help minimize the amount of damage caused by brushing. Nylon and boar bristles lift and add luster. It’s a simple brush, but the design is very smart. A super comfortable ceramic-coated metal barrel retains heat longer for faster drying and styling that you don’t get with traditional brushes.
GHD Gold Professional Styler: This flat iron is really great, it heats up super fast and straightens my hair without drying it out! Sleek design allows for better handling of all types of styling. The rounded barrel easily creates curls, waves, flicks, and the “perfect straight.” Ceramic heaters and contoured plates glide through hair for smoother, snag-free styling.
Revlon 1” Ceramic Straightener: Heats up and straightens quickly, meaning little time with the plates actually on my hair doing damage. Love the bonus mini for travel. Very lightweight and easy to handle. The extra detailer works very well on the smaller pieces of hair framing my face. This flat iron rivals the expensive guys!
Helen of Troy Gold Series Spring Curling Iron: This is one of the best curling irons I have bought. It really does make shiny curls! What I like about this curling iron is, even though it is such a huge barrel, there’s a ton of different looks you can get with this one tool. My favorite, I do almost on a daily basis, is lightly curl the hair that frames my face away from my face so I get flowy, beachy look.
Conair Infiniti Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron: Safe, easy styling! Nano Tourmaline Ceramic curling iron from Conair creates long-lasting curls while protecting your hair’s natural luster. It comes with a protective heat sleeve so you can immediately store it when you are done using it. It makes hair shiny and curls defined for days. The barrel is smooth and coated with ceramic so it doesn’t tug on your hair. I love that its affordable too!