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August 28 2014

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Tool Time

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While we may be dutiful about certain makeup bag and skincare arsenal maintenance—regularly rotating out our mascaras, tossing sunblock the day it exceeds its expiration date, etc.—we’re pretty much hopeless when it comes to our coterie of hair tools. Full disclosure: We’ve been using a banged-up travel-size hairdryer for about two years, and our flat iron, while effective enough, tends to emit a burnt odor that signifies that you’re hair is, well, cooked (ew). So it is with great delight that we welcomed the chance to test-run some new and noteworthy launches from three hair tool pioneers. Needless to say, these hot stylers are more than just full of hot air.

The Blow-dryer

Conair has teamed up with John Frieda to release a straightener, a trio of curling irons, and, our favorite, a blow-dryer. The Full Volume Dryer has the power, variety of heat and speed settings, and lightweight design of models twice its price to dry your hair faster, more safely, and considerably more economically.

The Straightener

T3′s SinglePass Compact Iron is, as the name suggests, a shrunken-down version of the brand’s cult-favorite, full-size flat iron. But unlike most travel accessories, it doesn’t sacrifice efficacy for size. The mini version still boasts T3′s signature tourmaline technology, which means smooth, straight strands are now just easier to come by.

The Curling Iron

Sultra’s new Bombshell three-quarter-inch maintains the same erotic plaything shape as its 1-inch predecessor and uses the brand’s unique Japanese Kyocera ceramic heat system to rapidly impart waves and ringlets to languid locks. It’s a clip-free model, too, which means you wrap sections around the rod, rather than singe them between damage-inducing clamps. Great for texture control—and protecting the integrity of the hair shaft.

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