5 Hair Tools Every Woman Should Have

5 Hair Tools Every Woman Should Have

No woman should be without these five tools if she wants to have great hair.

By: Sarah James

Walk into any beauty store and you'll notice shelves overflowing with styling tools for hair. How can you tell the difference between what you actually need and what might be just another fad? Well, I'm here to let you know that you can rock some seriously fabulous hair for years to come with only five key hair tools.

1. A Wide-Tooth Comb
Ladies, ladies, ladies. You must invest in a wide-tooth comb. (Although I certainly wouldn't call it an investment, considering they are cheapo!)

One of the easiest ways to snag and break your hair is to brush it while wet. Don't do it! A wide-tooth comb will help detangle wet hair without causing any damage. Also, it's a great way to style wavy hair without completely flattening the waves.


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2. A High-Powered Blow Dryer
To ensure a smooth blowout, you need a blow dryer with power. Trust me, if you're using a blow dryer from 1986, you're probably spending way too much time in the bathroom doing your hair. High-powered hair dryers can decrease your blowout time in half, and they are a dream when creating a super smooth, shiny style.

3. A Flat Iron
Where do I begin? It smoothes, it curls, it fixes slept-on problem areas — the list goes on and on. A definite must-have in my book!

4. A Good Brush
You don't need to own a drawer-full of hairbrushes. Find one with bristles and a shape that suits your hair texture. Boar bristles distribute natural oils throughout hair to create shine and are best used for straightening hair as well as holding hair while styling and setting curls. Nylon bristles slide through any texture of hair. Most nylon bristles offer some flexibility and won't pull or tug at tangles. Good for those with unruly hair.

5. A Curling Iron
Look at any magazine or commercial and you'll see soft, loose waves all over the place. The easiest way to achieve loose waves? A curling iron. Whether you use a clipless iron or a traditional iron with a clamp, a curling iron will give you those smooth, beautiful waves every time.

Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” ABC’s “Nightlineand in The New York Times.

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