There are thousands of hairstyling tools to choose from at your local beauty store. From electric wavers to foam curlers, deciding which tools are essentials and which are a styling splurge can be a difficult decision. We’ve whittled down the list to five tools that are absolutely essential for creating pretty, modern styles.
The flat iron has become increasingly popular in the last few years as frustrated women and stylists became fed up with spending hours straightening hair with a brush, hair dryer and plenty of arm strength. This iron achieves the same effect without all of the effort. It can work for all hair types, even for naturally stick straight hair. Add dimension by sectioning your hair and running the flat iron over it. Slightly flip the iron at the ends of your hair to add curl, or keep it straight to get that sleek, straight look.
Curling wand or iron
A classic hairstyling staple of women around the globe, the curling iron seems like a no-brainer inclusion in a hair tool repertoire. However, an edgy and on-trend alternative to the traditional clip-and-curl curling iron is the curling wand. Sans a clip, simply wrap your hair around the wand and hold for a natural looking wave or curl.
Hair dryers might seem like an obvious addition to your hairstyling routine as well, but we should emphasize that this means a good hair dryer. The right hair dryer can add shine, volume and sleekness to your coif. In general, the higher the wattage, the hotter and harder your hair dryer will blow. If you straighten your hair with a dryer, look for a tool with a flat nozzle attachment. For frizz-free styles, spring for a diffuser. Want smooth and shiny hair? Tourmaline (or “ionic”) hair dryers will get you there.
Even if you don’t want a curly look to your hair, using a round brush while drying can add dimension and volume to your style. Dry your hair in sections, lifting them at the root with the round brush and repeat until hair is fully dry. Round brushes come in a few different styles. Plastic bristles or natural ones? That choice is up to you based on your style preferences and goals. Plastic bristles create a more “piecey” look, while natural bristles will make strands flow together.
It’s so 80s, right? The pick gets a bad rap. Some styles can still benefit from teasing, but the pick can also be used to part and section hair for other forms of styling. Look for a wide-toothed pick specifically for sectioning or a tight-toothed pick for teasing, sectioning and styling.
How to use a curling wand
Watch this video to learn how to create magnificent curls with the Remington T-Studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand.