The latest hot tools help you achieve pro looks at home in less time—and with less damage—than ever before
It's Time to Upgrade
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If you can't remember the last time you bought a hot tool, then you're missing out on a world of options. What's changed? Now quality tools are made of ceramic or titanium instead of metal or aluminum.
"They heat up uniformly, so you don't get hot spots that damage hair," says Nunzio Saviano, the owner of the eponymous salon in New York City. "And you can adjust the temp to customize it for your hair type."
Also key: "High-end tools take seconds to get back to their set temperature after each pass, so you don't have to go over sections multiple times," says Sarah Potempa, creator of the Beachwaver Rotating Curling Iron. Meet the tools that are changing the game. (Don't let these amazing tools do all the work; use the best hair products available too.)
Photo: Claire Benoist
High-Tech Dryers: When You Have a Need for Speed
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The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($399; sephora.com) blows out a focused high-pressure jet of air (think of it as the opposite of its vacuums' suction technology). This big blast—instead of the extreme heat from some conventional dryers—offers a quicker blowout and less damage. So you can no longer complain about not having enough time to blow dry your hair. (P.S. Air-drying might actually be worse for your hair.)
High-Tech Dryers: Glossy Finish
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As you give yourself a blowout, the Varis Dryer ($250; beautycarechoices.com/varis) emits ions that break apart the water molecules on your hair. This makes them evaporate quickly, preventing frizz. And the motor, 57 percent more powerful than the average, produces an airflow that helps you achieve smoother, shinier hair.
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Customizable Curlers: Fast Sexy Waves
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Get soft bends minus the marathon blowout session with this magic wand. Like a round brush and curling iron in one, the Amika Blowout Babe Interchangeable Thermal Brush ($150; sephora.com) has a ceramic barrel with nylon bristles. Snap on one of three brush sizes (the larger the brush, the looser the waves), then pull it through dry hair as you would a regular round brush. Far-infrared heat (a gentle heat source) locks in the style.
Customizable Curlers: Get Mega Volume
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Inside each T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe ($119; t3micro.com) is a ceramic heater that reaches perfect curling temp quickly and evenly—and stays that way (old-school curlers are hot in the center only and cool too quickly). The velvet-wrapped rollers grip strands without roughing them up, and two heat settings—low for fine hair, high for thick—let you adjust for your type. (No time for rollers? Try these quick and fashionable braids for the gym or when you're crunched on time.)
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Smarter Straighteners: Hydrate as You Smooth
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A mist is released as the ceramic plates of the Luma-Bella Cool Mist Straightener ($109; lumabella.com) pass through your hair. It works just like a steamer that uses hot water to release wrinkles. When you pop the included macadamia oil treatment into the tool's reservoir, it mixes with the mist to condition strands as you straighten. (Don't forget to clean your straightener after using it for a few months.)
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Smarter Straighteners: Extra Polish
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The ceramic plates of the BioIonic 10x Pro Styling 1" Iron ($230; bioionic.com) vibrate to separate strands, which makes for fast straightening and helps to seal the hairs' outside cuticle, creating major shine.
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Get the Most Out of Your Tools
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It's not just about having the best tool—it's how you use it. Here's how to wield them like the pros:
Keep the attachment: That removable nozzle you immediately toss? It's a crucial accessory that concentrates the airflow so hair dries faster and doesn't get burned and flyaways are minimized, says Saviano.
Give waves a gentle spray: "After you curl, spritz hairspray on a nylon and boar bristle brush, then gently run it through hair to set and soften the look," says
Take up the heat gradually: Start your flat iron at a low temperature, then crank it up as needed. "Too low means you have to pass over the hair multiple times, while too hot leaves crimps," says Simon Miller, celebrity hairstylist for KMS California.