I’d love this post about hair tools to start with a review of the new dyson airwrap, but they must have forgotten to post my PR package! I love that it uses air pressure and high velocity rather than heat, but prices start from £400 and I’d obviously need all the attachments. I’ve just bought a pram, so it’ll have to wait!
All joking aside, selecting the right weapon for your hair really depends on the style you want to achieve. Here are some hints and tips to help you get started…
I don’t use hair tools very often on my own hair, but I do love a bouncy blow-dry. In fact, I like to think of myself as a bit of a blow-drying ninja! However, I know it’s something lots of my clients struggle with at home.
I’ve had a Parlux Hairdryer for many, many years and I’m too stuck in my ways to change. They’re more expensive than the average bit of kit, but they’re worth every penny. I’ve had mine a long time, one for my bridal kit which I also use at home and two for the salon. They’ve never let me down yet!
If spending so much on a hairdryer doesn’t float your boat, I’ve used Babyliss in the past and found them to be super powerful. More power equals less heat damage and less drying time. Most hairdryers have two heat settings and a cool setting. Try and stick to the medium heat setting if you can.
If you’re going to blow-dry your own hair, then you need a good brush. My absolute faves are the Corioliss Thermochromic Barrel Brushes. They retain the heat and change colour when they become hot, so you know when to use the cool setting on your dryer. They also have soft-sealed brushes to protect the hair cuticle.
These are usually my go-to hair tool, but I very rarely use them to straighten. Instead, I reach for them whenever I want to create curls or loose waves. There’s definitely an art to this, but practice makes perfect! Ask me for my top tips next time you’re in the salon and don’t over-complicate it.
I have GHDs and Cloud 9s. I like them both, but my Cloud 9s have a heat control. I only use the higher heat on thick or course hair. Using a low heat will prevent you from making your curls too tight. This can be a big help if you’re still getting to grips with this skill, but want to create nice, soft waves. However, if this sounds too much like hard work, read on…
Hair Tongs and Hair Wands (Yep, There’s a Difference)
Wands tend to be conical in shape, thick at the base and smaller at the end. This creates a fuller root and curlier ends which results in a more natural looking wave. They’re quick to use and great to add a little movement to straight hair.
Curling tongs have a clip to hold the hair in place which gives smoothness and shine. The curl will be even from root to tip like ringlets.
Whichever hair tool you choose, it’s important to practice using it as much as possible and always, always use heat protection. If you’d like to discover more of my top hair care tips, sign up to my mailing list and you’ll automatically receive a free download packed full of advice.