Looking for the right tools to keep your locks looking luscious and lustrous? Check out the guide below to help you find the right appliance to achieve and maintain your ideal hairstyle.
If you want a hair dryer that will make your hair healthier and minimise your drying time, look for a tourmaline and ceramic model that includes an AC motor and ionic technology.
Certain wattages should be used for particular hair types to avoid damage. For damaged and fine hair, it is best to blow dry towel-dried hair on the lowest setting using a 1200 – 1500W dryer. A 1300 – 1800W hair dryer will suit people with normal wavy and straight hair. Thick and curly hair requires the strength of a 1600 – 2000W dryer.
Other features you may look for in a hair dryer will depend on your hairstyle. Curly hair needs a diffuser for softening the airflow to dry hair gently and reduce frizz. Those looking to boost volume or to create waves and flips need a dryer with variable heat and speed settings as well as a cool shot button. Straight hairstyles are easier to achieve using a nozzle attachment.
To get beautiful straight hair that is both smooth and shiny, you will need to use a flat iron of straightener. There are different types of plates and technology used in straighteners:
• Ceramic plates diffuse heat evenly while producing negative ions to reduce frizz
• Ionic technology neutralises positive charges which make hair look dull and damaged
• Infrared gently heats without damaging it balancing neutralizing ions to smooth the hair
• Nano particles are infused into flat iron plates for smoothing and styling
• Silver eliminates germs from the iron’s plates and your hair
• Titanium provides quick straightening by maintaining consistent levels of heat
• Tourmaline provides more powerful ionic effects than ceramic and standard ionic models, giving smoother and shinier results.
Different hair types require different qualities from a straightener to achieve optimal results. People with curly or thick hair need a professional straightener made specifically for their hair type featuring advanced technology and high temperature settings. Medium thick and wavy hair is best suited to ceramic tourmaline irons. Thin and fine hair can be easily styled using any type of straightener however, it is important that heat settings be kept as low as possible to prevent breakage, frizz or dry ends.
Different curling irons make different types of curls. Make sure that you select the right sort of curler to produce the type of curls you desire. A slimmer barrel will create tighter curls while larger ones will produce soft waves. The higher the temperature an iron is capable of reaching, the longer lasting the curls will be.
Spring curling irons have an arm that holds hair while curling. This kind of iron is available in the largest range of barrel sizes. Clipless irons don’t have an arm, making it easier to get close to the roots for extra volume. Ribbon curlers have a barrel with raised ridges to produce spiral curls. Wavers are double or triple barreled curling irons used to create flowing waves.