The year 2018 was not one of basics as far as beauty goes. If bloggers and YouTubers raised their expectations, then brands also made the effort to innovate and create products and tools that were a class apart. These hair tools, in particular, stood out for being state-of-the-art styling buys, which, despite being on the more tough-to-afford side, are quite worth saving up for!
T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer; Rs 16,100
Every cool new hair dryer has a hot and cold mode; varying speed settings; a decent range of concentrators (that cup-like thing air flows through; good-looking hardware worthy of a beautiful dresser; and customisable temperature settings. So, why should one bother with this one?
Well, for starters, it has an auto-pause sensor which turns the dryer off when the handle is not being held. Then, it has a “volume booster” mode for a thick, voluminous look. Other than these new benefits, it works super-fast, and leaves hair silky-soft.
ghd Oracle; Rs 14,653
Do you struggle with hair-curling irons? Then this genius yet simple device is for you. Like a large crimper, this has tongs–the bottom one of which has a hollow U-shape, and the top is U-shaped to fit into that hollow.
Insanely easy to use, this just requires you to put a section of your mane between the heated tongs, clamp down, and twist your hair at 90 degrees, either away from your face and out, or downwards, depending on the look you want. Repeat by going down on the length of your hair till that entire section is curled from top to bottom.
Now, the reason it’s interesting and different is because the outer portion of the hollow U at the bottom remains cold throughout. Only the top bit of the tong heats up. This means all us clumsy girls can relax a little when using this.
Kristin Ess Texture Taming Root Control Iron; Rs 3,900
It’s hard to come across something new and truly different in a market so saturated with the same hair dryers, curlers, and straightening irons (heck, there are two contraptions for wavy hair on this teeny list of five!). But this one is actually unique. Great for fuzzies and untameable texture common to most Indian hair types (thanks to the humidity!), this one might not seem like something you need, but the difference it makes is well worth the purchase.
Created by a celebrity hairstylist, this unique hair-taming tool is a sort of straightening iron with tiny combs along it. With a heated rod at the centre to flatten frizz, it has combs on both sides to make hair sleek.
Quite like a pressing comb some professional hairstylists carry, this helps tame flyaways, frizz at the crown, and wavy baby hair, especially at the front of the hairline. Essentially, it smoothes hair the way a flat iron should, but without actually making your mane flat. Rather, it just reduces the frizz and tames the fluffy volume.
Bed Head Swerve and Curve; Rs 2,750
You’d think this is like the ghd Oracle based on the way it looks, but it isn’t. A curler and wave-tool in one, this one has a wide curling wand on one side and a U-shaped prong on the other.
It obviously does what the Oracle does, and works in a similar way to create beachy waves. Other than that, if you want some big, retro Hollywood curls–this tool can help you create that too by allowing you to wrap your hair around the big curling barrel as you’d do with a curler. Use it for messy, bedhead waves or go for glamorous big curls–the choice is yours.
Dyson Air Wrap; Rs 35,000 onwards
The most talked-about, widely-reviewed, and hyped hair tool of the year and perhaps the decade–this one is a hair dryer and styling tool in one. This means it not only dries wet hair, but also simultaneously straightens it or curls it, depending on your needs.
It comes with a variety of heads, including curling wands, round brushes, and more–and is great for the speedy yet safe styling Dyson is known for. Obviously, at that price point, it needs to do more than just that, right? Well, it does.
The Air Wrap quite literally uses air to wrap hair around wands and tongs, without you having to risk singeing your fingers while attempting to do so yourself. Great for damaged hair, this tool smoothens hair and is also gentler on the locks than most other options out there.