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I tend to stick to a pretty basic hair routine – I don’t veer off from my path very often. But when I do, I tend to find something that I love more than I thought! I always thought it was a bit excessive to have multiple hair tools that do very similar things, but having a multitude of straighteners, curlers and brushes really makes a difference. Each one curls differently and has a different use.
Ceramic Blow Dryer
I can’t even explain the difference between your average inexpensive blow dryer, and splurging on one that is a little more expensive and has the ceramic heater. It’s amazing. Your hair dries faster, has less frizz and is pretty much better in every way. Try this Chi Pro Hair Dryer if you’re looking for a deal on a great dryer!
A curling iron is ideal for getting bigger, tighter curls with holding power. I love curling mine, then brushing through and adding light hair spray (I love Nexxus Comb Thru Touchable Hold Finishing Mist $12) for a finished look that isn’t so Shirley Temple. My stylist friend recommended the Hot Tools brand as a good quality low-price option, and I’ve loved mine!
I won’t lie – I was terrified to try using this. I ended up going to Ross, finding a $12 version that I saw met the requisite 400° that the name-brand curling wands reach, and went for it. I figured if I was terrible at it and never wanted to use it again, I could afford to lose the $12. Little did I know how much I’d love it! This tool creates beautiful, soft waves rather than big curls, giving your hair a whole different look. It does take a bit more time (and patience) to get the hang of using this.
I, by far, use my flat iron the most. It’s the quickest to fix my hair with when I’m in a bind, whether I’m straightening or adding a few curls. I think this is the most important to invest in because the plates are directly touching your fragile locks, so you want something that causes the least damage. It’s always good to use a heat protectant spray, like Chi 44 Iron Guard $15 for extra protection.