Sultra The Bombshell Reverse Cone ($130): For a tighter curl at the root that cascades into loose waves, Sultra’s latest clipless curling iron is ideal. It features a special no-slip barrel which helps hold hair in place while you style and technology to protect hair from high heat, smooth the cuticle and lock in the look. The barrel heats evenly from end to end, so there’s no risk of singed strands. Universal voltage also means you can have good hair abroad. It includes its very own felt mat on which to place it to protect your furniture and a “Michael Jackson” glove to protect your hands while styling--all too necessary with a clipless iron, no matter how careful you are.
CHI Touch Screen Hair Dryer ($200):
This 1875-watt dryer boasts Apple-level technology, thanks to its touch screen control panel. It features three power settings, three ion settings and three temperature settings for a bespoke blow-out customized for your hair--it reduces static, eliminates frizz and rehydrates your locks. (It even remembers the last settings you used.) While it’s a bit heavy and spendy at $200, it's incredibly quiet and tames frizz like a boss. Its rubber finish gives it a non-slip grip and makes it comfortable to hold.
Sarah Potempa Ceramic Iron ($189):
We like a styling tool that knows what we want. This iron shuts off after 45 minutes, and if you set it down and don't use it for a few minutes, it reduces the heat. Thanks to some cool touch-technology, as soon as you pick it up again the heat increases to your original setting.
It's designed to be used as a flat iron or for making waves--a process that still sort of confounds us. (Sarah Potempa sheds some light on the concept here in this tutorial for making a mermaid-y "C-wave.")
We know: Rolling up your hair seems like something one does while drinking a martini and wearing a corset at a dressing table like a Sixties screen siren. But Calista Tools Ion Hot Rollers are longer than the curlers of yore, so they’re ideal for creating a modern wave. Plus, by rolling up your hair and letting it set, it’s actually less time consuming than going through each piece of hair with a curling iron, letting it set individually and then starting over again. They stay heated for up to four minutes after you remove from the charger, thanks to a heating element in the roller itself. This allows you to be able to remove the first roller by the time you’ve rolled up the last one.
KISS Silicone Styler Flat Iron ($39.99)
This straightening tool is a relative bargain, but that doesn't mean the technology isn't impressive. It’s designed with two conditioning silicone bars embedded on both ceramic plates to condition strands and reduce damage; the silicone to helps you guide the tool through hair and gives you more control. The result? You pull out less hair when flat-ironing and reduce wrist stress. It includes tourmaline technology as well, which emits negative ions to counteract the positive ones in dry or damaged hair for smoother, shinier results. This one also features variable temperature control up to 410 degrees.