Hair Tools Most Loved By Expert Stylists

Stylist using a hair straightener

That clever witch Hermione Granger used a magic wand to conjure up birds and erase memories, but we mere mortals would settle for a spell that promises a perfect hairdo. And thankfully, there are tools for that.

We recently asked top hair stylists to share their recommendations for best hair style tools—and sure, they’re not exactly magic, but they’ll do the trick when you need to conjure up a fabulous hair day.

Stylists’ Picks: Best Hair Style Tools

Hair dryers

Chi Lava Hair Dryer

Even though the Chi Lava Dryer is technically a professional, everyday dryer, it’s so compact and lightweight that you can conveniently pack it wherever you go. Its performance is unparalleled because of its unique technology using a collaboration of signature ceramic and lava rock to deliver the benefits of hydrating heat and anions. The hydrating heat prevents your hair from losing its natural hydration that can make the hair appear dull and the anions (negative ions) help seal the cuticle of the hair giving you a shiny and long-lasting style! Its balanced design allows for easy use with little to no fatigue and the three nozzle attachments (straight, comb and diffuser) make this a “one size fits all” tool.  

Cynthia Diersen, creative artistic team member at CHI Haircare and owner of The Colour Bar, A Cynthia Diersen Salon in Cypress, Texas

Amika Mighty Mini Ionic Dryer

The Mighty Mini Ionic, tourmaline-infused ceramic travel blow dryer by Amika is a must in your bag. It reduces the risk of damage and is perfect for fine hair. It is cutest dryer ever too! Take this 1000-watt, travel dryer anywhere. 

Tabitha, Christopher J Salon, TabithaFHair.com

Tool Science Hair Dryer

The Tool Science hair dryer comes with a direct air attachment and diffuser. This has been the best blow dryer I have ever brought. It heats to 450 degrees to tackle coarse hair, but it also has three temperature settings and three air settings (which adjust how forceful the air is), for finer or weaker hair that can’t take that much heat. There’s also a cool shot button for no heat at all. Definitely a must-buy. I purchased mine from Sally Beauty.

Tiffany Shelly, CEO, Last Minute Hair LLC

Flat irons

Sedu Revolution Styling Iron

This is a ceramic iron with black tourmaline gemstones that help to distribute and transfer heat evenly. What I love most about this flatiron is that I can easily curl or straighten hair with it.

Christina B., Warren Tricomi Salon

Izutech Titanium Flat Iron

Izutech titanium flat iron

This affordable iron leaves the hair extremely shiny and smooth, preserves moisture within the hair shaft and the plates do not snag or pull on the hair.

Christina B., Warren Tricomi Salon

Kipozi Pencil Flat Iron for Short Hair

A tiny iron that I absolutely love to use for unruly hairlines and short pixie cuts! It is extremely easy to use and reaches up to 450 degrees.

Christina B., Warren Tricomi Salon

BabyBliss Pro Titanium Flat Iron

Not only is it a easy to hold with its small handle and tangle-free cord, its smooth-finished, titanium plates evenly heat the hair in one swipe— creating less heat damage and an even lighter, bouncier hair flow.

Tiffany Shelly, CEO, Last Minute Hair LLC

FHI HEAT Platform Styling Iron

FHI Heat Platform styling iron

This iron heats up to 450 degrees and offers adjustable temperature settings. It is ideal for all hair types and is especially great at eliminating and keeping away frizz. It is a fantastic option for coarser/highly textured hair. Nice long cord too!

Ramona Villanueva, stylist at BOSS HAIR GROUP—Chicago’s top eco-friendly, sustainable + cruelty-free salon space

ghd Gold Professional Styler

This hairstyling iron has the same benefits of the ghd curling iron, so the barrel and the ceramic plates are extremely gentle on your hair. It has a 30-minute shut off, long cord, and heats up quickly for express styling for those on-the-go!

Ramona Villanueva, stylist at BOSS HAIR GROUP—Chicago’s top eco-friendly, sustainable + cruelty-free salon space

Curling irons

T3 Twirl Trio Ceramic Curling Iron Set

The T3 Twirl Trio interchangeable curling iron is super gentle on the hair and comes equipped with three barrel sizes for a variety of styling options!

Christina B., Warren Tricomi Salon

Bio Ionic Stylewinder Rotating Styling Iron

This curling iron is very easy to use because of its rotating handle. The iron heats up very quickly, making it a time saver and leaves hair silky smooth.

Christina B., Warren Tricomi Salon

HOT TOOLS Curling Iron

HOT TOOLS curling iron
HOT TOOLS Extra-long Barrel Curling Iron, $49.99, Amazon

These irons are one of the most popular among hairstylists. They are extremely affordable, very reliable and also durable.

Oldies but goodies, they heat up quickly and stay hot, especially for those who need heat up to 430 degrees. These babies are temperature adjustable, and the gold plate conducts heat evenly throughout the hair.

Ramona Villanueva, stylist at BOSS HAIR GROUP—Chicago’s top eco-friendly, sustainable + cruelty-free salon space

ghd Soft Curl Iron

ghd Soft Curl Iron

Heating up to 365 degrees, the technology boasts optimal, even heat distribution. Plus, the barrel and the ceramic plates are extremely gentle on hair. This iron also has a 9-foot cord!

Ramona Villanueva, stylist at BOSS HAIR GROUP—Chicago’s top eco-friendly, sustainable + cruelty-free salon space

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron

BaBylissPRO curling iron
BaBylissPRO Nano TitaniumSpring Curling Iron, $49.99, Amazon

This iron heats up to 450 degrees, has an 8-foot cord, and offers a mix of titanium and ceramic in the barrel for heat protection. In addition, this guy also has a booster heat button for hair that needs a bit more heat!

Ramona Villanueva, stylist at BOSS HAIR GROUP—Chicago’s top eco-friendly, sustainable + cruelty-free salon space

Any one of these best hair style tools might give you the power to mesmerize onlookers with a casual toss of your perfectly styled hair. Which one will you try?

Catherine Brock

Owner and Editor at The Budget Fashionista
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Catherine Brock