The Hot Hair Tools Our Beauty Experts Can’t Live Without

By Camille Styles

My hot hair tool use has gone through many phases: the sleek straight flat irons of college, va va voom hot rollers of my twenties, the more recent medium barreled curling iron beach waves, and countless other looks in between. The only constant? Finding the perfect hot tool for my hair type has been the secret to a style that makes me feel my best – while avoiding as much heat damage as possible. If you’re looking for a new tried-and-tested tool to add to your arsenal, we’re here to help: our beauty council has spilled on the dryers, rollers, and rods they can’t live without. Keep scrolling, and we’d love to hear your favorite hot tool pick in the comments!

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The Beach Waver

I love this thing. It gives the best waves. My hair looks best the second day so I’ll put a wave in and then spray with lots of Oribe Texturizing Spray before bed.

– @laneycrowell, Founder of Crowell Lane Creative

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer

This hairdryer works fast and is super lightweight so it’s easy to use and travel with when you are on the go.

-Nadine Abramcyk, Co-founder of @tenoverten


The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Never thought I’d spend this much on a dryer, but I have zero regrets: this one’s a game changer. My total drying time (sopping wet to totally dry) was slashed from 20 minutes to 5 minutes, and it’s compact and lightweight enough to throw in a suitcase. It has streamlined my entire daily routine.


ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand

This wand adds more of a bend than a curl to give you a messy, un-done look.

@katiejanehughes, Makeup Artist

T3 SinglePass X Styling Iron

The straightener, blowdryer, and curling iron — love this whole line! 

-Lauren Caruso, Beauty Director at Style Caster

Harry Josh Pro Tools 2-in-1 Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron

Most days, I rough dry my hair and add some messy waves with a curling iron. This particular wand heats up fast, and I swear it helps my waves last for days. Plus, if you’re skilled (more skilled than I), you can use the nifty marcel clip like a pro.

-Dawn Spinner Davis, Beauty Director at Total Beauty

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

Lately I’ve really gone away from hair that looks overly heat-styled. But with my natural texture (aka frizz!) sometimes I need a little help smoothing things out and defining a few curls. This little 3-in-one tool is fun because I can create curls and waves that vary in size and compliment my natural curls.

Pro-Tip: Sometimes I put a little bit of aegean oil on my hair before using it to create a really glossy look.

-Jenn Rose, Art Director