Great Hair 2012: The Best Hair Styling Tools

Which hair straightener and blow dryer will give you the best results?

A professional blowout on a regular basis isn’t in the cards? You can have a tamed mane with the right tools. We asked local stylists and well-coifed Washington women which hair dryers give them the best home blowout and which straightening irons produce the sleekest looks without the burn.

Light Heavyweight
The most popular hair dryer among women we polled, the T3 Featherweight was praised for its relatively quiet motor and light weight—at 13 ounces, it won’t strain your arm. The T3 uses both ionic and infrared heat to speed drying, thus helping prevent heat-damaged follicles. Women also raved about its long life, which helps ease the $200 price. Available at Sephora.

Flat-Out Winner
Most of the women and stylists we spoke with swear by the Farouk CHI Classic Ceramic 1-Inch Hairstyling Iron for reliability and ease of use. The ceramic plates have made it the original go-to smoothing tool—simple and straightforward. Around $110 at

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