At one point I had a whole selection of different hair tools in my collection. I had dryers, tongs, wands, straighteners, rollers, heated brushers and all sorts of other gadgets and hair wizardry at my disposal. Which was ace, but I’ve always been pretty low maintenance (a nicer term for low effort) and taking hours doing my hair daily is VERY unlikely to actually happen. So narrowing down to the tools that are my go-to ultimate everyday hair styling tools – which means those that work, quickly, easily and to maximum impact with longest lasting results. Which as these three key tools have been the ones I swear by, seems like it’s only right I share!
The ultimate everyday hair styling tools:
First up, my beloved Dyson Hair Dryer * . Yes, I did absolutely gasp when I heard the price – and I was fortunate to be offered a sample to trial last year – but I had my doubts about how good a hair dryer could *really* be. I mean, is it really possible for a hair dryer to make such a difference? Well. The Dyson Hair Dryer is definitely one of those gadgets that you like a lot, but realise how much when you use something else that’s frankly, just not as good. Two weeks in America using hotel hair dryers and I was absolutely desperate to get back and be reunited with the Dyson and I have a new level of appreciation for it.
Why is it so good? Well, some of it is just tech magic that I can’t really understand myself. But I know it dries my hair really quickly and leaves my hair silky and smooth. But with volume. I can tip my head upside down, ‘blast’ it dry and it still comes out smooth and not full of frizz as it could with other driers.
Absolutely very aware that it’s not a cheap hair gadget by a long way and if this one dies I’ll probably have a cry because it’s *that* good.
When it comes to styling hair past the essential drying process there are two tools I swear by and they’re both by the amazing ghd – there’s a reason the brand is so respected and relied upon by so many to get their hair looking it’s sassy best. I got my first pair of ghd straighteners back in 2002 and believe it or not until maybe a year or so ago they were still going strong in the hands of my sister who I passed them on to when I had others to play with. I now have a pair of their ghd Platinum styler * and its a game-changer. Which coming from a brand that are basically the best you can get in the straighter market.
Why is this one so special? Well, it’ heats up quickly, glides through hair with no tugging and it’s the only straightener I’ve used for both smoothing/straightening but also for a curl. FINALLY nailing the whole ‘using a straightener to curl’ thing – no mean feat for someone as awkward as myself. This is my favourite tool for what I call ‘lazy curls’ as a quick heat up and a few flicky twists and can give hair a bit of a new look with minimal time or effort.
My third and final one in my selection of ultimate everyday hair styling tools is another ghd one but this time from the curling family. I have the ghd Curve Creative Curl Wand * – a wand (i.e not clip/hair holding grip thingy) and it works a treat. The heat is high enough to work effectively and leave a lasting curl in the hair. With fine hair, as I have – one of the biggest challenges is getting styles or curls to last beyond the 30 minutes post-styling. But whilst it’s hot enough to create that long lasting curl, it’s not so hot my hair is frazzled. The wand takes a little longer than the straightener but it’s always the one I use for events or nights out.
Three tools that are all I need to create any look I’m going for. No, they’re not the cheapest on the market but all quality that’s worth the investment and (based on my ghd’s since 2002 experience) I have faith they will last a long time.
Also, a shout out to some of my favourite and most-used styling products. When it comes to styling my priorities (in order) are: volume, volume and volume. Just kidding – it’s more like volume, smoothness and texture (which might sound contradictory to want texture and smoothness…). My three most used at the moment are:
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore * – A cream that has a thickening effect that doesn’t weight my hair down or have the tendency to leave it crispy like mousse sometimes can.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Mist * – An oil spray is perfect for fine hair as it gives that extra little ‘something’ of nourishment but without leaving it heavy. I spray this on when wet on the lengths and ends.
Bumble & Bumble Dry Spun Finish * – For when I want to get a sort of ‘messed up’ volume in my hair. I find purposely messy hair so much easier to do than polished volume (because, let’s face it – my hair will probably end up a bit of a mess anyway – I might as well look like I did it on purpose). This one is my go-to for a fast-track to ‘I meant it to look like this’ messy hair. Adds texture and volume but in a ‘cool girl’ way. Well, at least that’s the look I was going for…
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