How many heat styling tools do you own? If you’re like most people, you’ve got at least a hair dryer and perhaps a flat or curling iron. However, old tools wear out and don’t do your hair justice. Old, low-tech heat tools are foolish! There are so many new tools that come with all sorts of innovations, bells & whistles. They’re an open and shut case for purchasing something new. And you don’t have to go broke to get “good heat.” Here are some of the latest and greatest you can try that are good investments that will make you look good!
There is never any need for lackluster hair or boring heat styling tools. Conair has an entire line of heat stylers and hair dryers that are not just colorful and fun to use, they can literally and dramatically transform the way your hair looks. You create your own, unique look, so the Conair collection that lets you show your individual style is fittingly, also called YOU.
There’s more than one way to make curls, for example. Conair’s YOU collection has ten curling irons and crimpers to make just about any kind of curl or wave design your heart desires and a bunch of really nice hair dyers, too. There are even a couple of cordless models great for travel. Conair’s YOU tools feature Tourmaline Ceramic with nice digital displays, and heat up to 400 degrees ( in about 30 seconds), to give you natural waves, oval waves, tight spirals, or crimps. Each has a bright, distinctive color which makes them more fun to use. If you are really looking for something unique, try the YOU Wrap & Wave Ultra. All are $29.99-$39.99. It looks something like a flat iron, but two metal rods “crimp” hair so you quickly transform your style from straight, to beach waves, to finely-crimped hair that even Cleopatra would covet! The YOU collection features more traditional flat irons and curling irons, and a bunch of clamp-free models. The tourmaline technology helps hair stay shiny and less frizzy and the effective heating system means you don’t have to keep the heat on your hair as long as with some other irons. This minimizes damage. There is also an auto shut-off in case you get distracted, so you won’t burn your furniture or worse, start a fire. The Advice Sisters tried a few of these, and had fun using them. All are super-easy. However, the one thing I’d caution is that you really need to use the weird looking (but helpful) three-fingered heat glove when working with the clamp-free models. If you don’t protect your hands and your skin touches a 400 degree styler, you’re going to get a painful burn Whatever style you want, from big waves to super-straight, it’s all about what YOU want. All of the YOU stylers are available at drugstores and mass market retailers and visit www.conair.com to learn more about all the amazing things Conair has to offer.
One look that is a favorite of stars walking the red carpet, is a halo of long, loose, bouncy, spiral curls. John Frieda also has an impressive and large, Spiral Curls clamp-free curling iron with a 3/4″ to 1 1/4″ barrel (srp. $48.00). While it isn’t as colorful as Conair’s YOU collection stylers, it is a very classy, high tech looking tool. It has advanced ionic conditioning, heats to 400 degrees (in 30 seconds), offers a true ceramic heater, titanium ceramic coated barrel, auto-shutoff, and advanced ionic conditioning (to help hair look smooth, shiny and less frizzy). The digital display lights up a cool blue, so it is easy to see the settings that are nicely display on the front of the handle. You can get this spiral curl wizard at mass market retailers and drug store, and visit www.johnfrieda.com for more information
Keratin helps to strengthen hair and make it smooth and shiny. So does the Keratin Therapy Iron ($50.00) by Remington. You can see it in the montage photo — it’s on the top left. This is just one of Remington’s new collection of heat stylers that feature a Keratin-conditioner right in the stylers. Keratin is an essential ingredient in healthy hair that occurs naturally, but these clever tools infuse it into your hair as they style. The keratin also lasts for the lifetime of the styler.
While there is a clip-less curling iron and other items to like, I tested the flat iron because if a flat iron is well designed, you will not only get straight her, you’ll keep it from too much harm. When hair is being straightened, lots of damage can occur, and every split end and dull strand, shows. This Remington beauty is an iron that’s heavy and substantial, with a unique, streamlined design, easy to access side control buttons, and with a space age-y on/off power indicator and digital heat control read-out lit up right on the top of the iron. The iron heats up fast–within half a minute, all the way up to 450 degrees. You can even “turbo boost” to the highest setting with a button on the side. But if you forget to turn off the iron and unplug it, the device turns itself automatically within 60 minutes. You might wonder how heat infusing keratin into your hair would work. The Keratin micro conditioners are released as you style. You won’t smell or feel them, but they offer shinier, smoother and less damaged hair, up to 5-% less breakage and aplitting, and 2x stronger hair, is the claim. I can’t corroborate that with tests, but I can tell you that this iron steamrolled through frizz and left my hair smooth in just one pass, allowing the highlights I’d just gotten to finally, stand out. Ceramic floating plates keep your hair in contact with the iron for a smoother glide, while an optional heat sensor that detects the moisture to heat ratio of hair, and adjusts the temperature down to safe levels as it’s working. This prevents damage caused by a temperature that is too high for your hair. That’s one smart iron! You get an infusion of keratin therapy plus heat protection without having to think about it. Available at Walmart, Ulta, and www.remingtonproducts.com
BEAUTY TIP: no matter how advanced heat stylers including hair dryers, hot rollers, curling irons, and flat irons, have become, constant application of high heat to your hair can really damage it. If you’re using your heat styling tools often (and even if it’s just on occasion), please be sure to apply a heat protectant cream or spray before styling. Your hair will look and feel better, and it will thank you!