When it comes to picking out which tools you want to have in your home for daily styling, the options are endless and often overwhelming. Have no fear, I'm here to help!
For a lot of us, blow dryers are a tool we use at least weekly, if not daily. It's important that you have the correct blow dryer for your hair. Ionic dryers speed up drying time and reduce frizz so they are wonderful for those with straight hair and help to really get that smooth, shiny hair. Ceramic dryers are a little bit gentler on the hair and can also reduce drying time. But if you combine those, you get tourmaline. Tourmaline dryers dry fast, and smooth down hair and reduce frizz. This is a case of you get what you pay for! Wattage determines how hot the dryer will get. Remember hotter is not always better, and you should ALWAYS use a heat protectant when blowdrying. And finally, remember to look at attachments! A concentrator will help you get smooth, shiny, frizz free hair, while a diffuser is a must have if you have curly hair!
Titanium irons heat up quickly, applying higher temperatures more evenly. These irons tend to be best suited to very curly, coarse hair. Remember, when dealing with heat, always apply a heat protectant first!
Ceramic irons are good for consistent heat, but beware of irons that are only ceramic plated, not ceramic all the way through as these can wear down and cause damage to your hair after a while.
Tourmaline plates radiate negative ions and infrared heat, which keep moisture and shine in hair. They also protect against frizz. With tourmaline you achieve a good effect even at a lower temperature. Therefore tourmaline flat irons are the best for fine, thin and damaged hair.
Curling Irons and Wands
Keep in mind the materials we talked about for straighteners above, and consider these additional things when looking for a curling iron.
Your hair should wrap around an iron at least 2.5 times in order to get a good curl. If your hair is short, you may want to measure the length before choosing the size of your curling iron to be sure it can wrap 2.5 times.
In general, the more times your hair can wrap around an iron, the curlier your hair will be. If you just want a little bit of wave, you should go for a 2 inch or 1.5 inch iron. If you're looking for curls with long hair, 1 inch or 3/4 inch will result in some serious curls and anything smaller will probable be too curly. Mid length hair will do good with 1 inch or smaller curls as well. I don't recommend anything smaller than 1/2 inch for anyone who doesn't have short hair.
Happy tool shopping you guys!