Does it Pay to Spend More on Hair Styling Tools?

Do Expensive Blow Dryers & Curling Irons Really Make a Difference? If you ask me, Absolutely!

are pro hair styling tools worth it
Curling my Hair with Hot Tools 1″ Curling Iron

When I bought and used my first Hot Tools curling iron in the early 2000’s, I thought it was magic. All of a sudden my curls looked like I’d always wanted them to look and lasted nearly intact until my next wash.

I realized for the first time why my hair would never hold a curl using the irons I’d previously purchased at drugstores, they just weren’t made the same. I’m not exactly sure what prompted me, but I walked into my local beauty supply and spent $60-$100 on my first “pro” curling iron and never looked back. And after 12 years of transforming my very straight hair into a pile of bouncy curls, it finally called it quits just recently. But 12 years is an eternity this day and age, where products are made to go kerplunk only after a few years’ use! I was so happy with my 1″ hot tools iron, that I replaced my dead one with the very same model, and this many years later, I found it for about half of what I originally spent on my first one.

hot tools 1inch curling iron

This Hot Tools Professional 1″ Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control {now about $30} is my favorite and ultimate go-to for all kinds of waves. Most times I don’t even use the clamp but just wrap my sectioned off hairs around the entire shaft.

I’ve purchased a few other “pro” curling irons from other brands as well but admittedly, I am always happiest with Hot Tools {which in no way sponsored this post!}

hot tools ceramic wand

I have and use this Hot Tools White Curly Q Tapered Iron {$33} as well, which I like but not as much as I like the metal barrels. If you really hate frizz though, and want even more shine, this is the one to buy. It comes with a little glove that you don’t really need because the end of the wand is tipped with plastic. {you can see how I use it to create waves here}
hot tools 2inch jumbo curling iron

The Hot Tools -Supertool 2″ Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control {$32} is great for smoothing out frizz and adding a bit of volume and bounce to straight hair styles.


Expensive hair dryers, on the other hand, took me a bit longer to convert to. In fact, I assumed all dryers were alike, leaving my hair dried out and looking like bales of hay in transit. But whence my drug store dryer burnt out after a few years of turning my hair into wheat, I went to Twitter and asked my friends to tweet me their favorite hair dryers.

pro hair dryer

After narrowing down my responses, I chose the T3 Bespoke Labs 83808-SE Featherweight Professional Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Hair Dryer {$149} which I purchased in 2010 and after my first use I could see a measurable difference in the texture of my hair after blowing it dry. It has different heat settings and a cool button which is great for “setting” my blow out after I’ve finished drying it, which also calms down any flyaways. It leaves my hair soft and smooth rather than wild and crazy.

My Blow Out Tips: Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet {read more on that here}. Begin drying your hair when it’s nearly dry or damp, but not when it’s sopping wet, unless you have no choice. Clip the top section up and blow out the bottom half first. Let down the top and finish your blow out. If you want extra volume, flip your head upside down for a few minutes, with the dryer pointed at your roots. I actually don’t use a brush until I’m almost finished and only around the front/top. After your hair is dry, hit the “cool” button and watch your tresses get silky and smooth. Brush your hair now. I don’t use products in my hair because they tend to make it look greasy. Instead, if I still want my hair a bit smoother, I use my Hot Tools Jumbo 2″ iron {see above} quickly and lightly over my hairs to smooth it out even more and add a little bounce and flip to my ends.

With Amazon at our fingertips now, we really have all the professional choices to choose from at a fraction of what they cost in beauty supply stores. And if they make my hair look better, they will do the same for you.

If you’d like to add your favorite pro hair styling tools in the comment section below and why you love them so much, please do! There’s always room to learn and try new things and I’d love to know what works best for you and makes your hair look fabulous!



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