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 Overstock.com.

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