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Fashion Friday: Favorite Hair Tools

by Courtney on November 4, 2011

Happy Fashion Friday!

Today’s Topic: My Favorite Hair Tools

I blame it on all the extra time I’ve been spending in a salon, but between that and this morning’s up-do talk, I thought it might be fun to focus today’s Fashion Friday on hair; specifically, some of my essential hair tools. So, here we go!

Ionic Blow Dryer

I try not to blow dry my hair every day, just because I know it’s so harsh on hair. Unfortunately, once the temperatures start to dip, the likelihood of me walking out the door with wet hair is slim to none. That being said, it’s just one of those things I suck it up and do.

Ionic hair dryers produce negatively charged ions, which cause the cuticle to remain flat, “trapping” moisture, eliminating frizz, and giving hair more body. They’re also said to help dry hair quicker, thus causing less heat damage.

Flat Iron

When I first started using a flat iron, I really only used it to “straighten” my already pin-straight hair. (You may think I’m lucky – I guess the grass is always greener, right?). Now, one of my favorite ways to use the flat iron, when I have time, is to make curls with it. It actually holds curls in my hair 10x better than a curling iron would do, but since I’m still practicing, it takes a little extra time.

A favorite of mine: Babyliss Pro Volare V1 Straightening Iron, 1-Inch

Curling Iron

Sometimes, I’ll use a large, 1-1/2 inch barrel curling iron just to curl the ends of my hair. This just adds a little extra and is perfect when I have an extra 5 minutes to work on the ‘ol mane.

Large Round Barrel Brush

This is a great brush to have, not only for creating curl, but also for smoothing and straightening hair while blow drying. The size you want to use will vary depending on the length of your hair; for my hair, I use one with about a 1-1/2 inch wide diameter barrel. Using a round brush can be quite tricky and I actually have yet to master it…but I’m getting there!

Paddle Brush

This is the kind of brush that I use for everyday brushing and detangling. Nothing fancy – I’m pretty sure I bought mine from Target a couple years ago.

Wide-Tooth Comb

This is a MUST for when I am detangling my hair after taking a shower. FYI: Never use a regular brush on wet hair!! It will pull strands, causing them to break very, very easily.

Fine Tooth Comb

On the rare occasion that I actually want to put a little extra effort into my hair, I’ll use one of these to tease the crown area of my head. This adds just a little extra volume to the top of my head, giving an overall fuller look to my otherwise flat, boring hair.

Many of these items, including the flat iron, can actually be found for a great price on a website called Image Beauty, an online retailer of discount beauty supplies and cosmetics. I initially heard about this site from a few friends of mine, and it’s great!

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Question for the Afternoon:

What are your favorite/essential hair tools?

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1 marci November 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I am SO challenged when it comes to using a curling iron, i always end up with a weird kink at the bottom :( however, i just purchased a curling wand that i am in LOVE with!

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2 Cait @ Cait hates Cake November 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I love hot rollers for lots of body and my favorite curling iron ever is a curling wand! No hair getting stuck in the clip and I love the shape of the curls – can do anything from wavy to super curly.
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3 Kelly November 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

What??? Who knew not to use a regular brush on wet hair? Not me and I have been doing it for 25 ish years! eek.

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4 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life November 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I have a curling wand that I love. It’s the only tool that will make my pin straight hair hold a curl. I love it!
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5 AL November 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

i agree! i could never figure out how to use a regular curling iron, and if any one ever used on on my hair, it would fall out within a couple of hours. with the curling wand, not only do my curls last overnight, I don’t have to use any hairspray!! i also have pin straight hair.

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6 Vanessa N November 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I use a blow dryer in winter months – other than that, I pretty much only use a wide tooth comb to detangle after showering. Boring? Probably – but my hair is super straight and appreciates the fact that I leave it alone for the most part :)

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7 Nancy (Beyoutiful Fitstyle) November 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I’ve been hearing a lot about people curling their hair with a straightener! I’ve yet to try it. Do you need a skinny one inch one to do it?
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8 Mandee @ Mandeelicious November 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

your hair looked so awesome in those updo pictures! she did a great job!

my hair must-have tools are 1) elchim blow dryer and 2) clampless curling irons. the elchim is THE Best blow dryer i have ever used. it gets HOT on the highest setting and is so powerful. they use it in my salon, but i was lucky enough to get it on overstock.com! i have an enzo milano curling iron, which is amazing, but you can also remove the clamp on any regular old curling iron. i got some weird ed hardy wanna be iron on sale at walmart for $8, took the clamp off, and it works SO WELL! i love youtube–it’s taught me everything i know!
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9 Mallory @ It's Only Life November 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

i watched julie’s cute demo of her curling her hair with a straightener, but i have yet to try it. she makes it look easy! maybe you could do one too? i feel like i should probably just give it a go one of these days… even though I may end up with no hair afterwards! LOL!
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10 Chelcie of Chelcie's Food Files November 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

my favorite hair tools are my straightner and blow dryer! and I also love my paddle brush!
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11 Lena @Fit on the Rocks November 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I use a wide-tooth comb for brushing through my wet hair and (usually) blowdry my hair with an ionic blowdryer. On the rare occasion that I feel like doing something with my hair, I rely on my flat iron and a wide barrel curling iron :)
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12 Kat @ Balance & Spice November 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thank you soooo much for this. I am totally hair inept, so these are great tools for a fellow pin-straight hair girl. Question: how on earth do you make curls with a flat-iron? I am so intrigued.
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13 Faith November 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I don’t use any tools on my curly hair. It only ends in frustration on my part and (perhaps) a broken device. Haha. Nothing works well on this mane so I decided back in HS to embrace my natural curls and not fight them…for me it’s shower, mousse, and out the door.
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14 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I am completely hair challenged. I own a flat iron and a brush and that’s about it. I can’t even blow dry my hair properly. It’s sad really. I’m super jealous of anyone that can actually style hair in some fashion!
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15 Jodi November 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I am totally with you on all of these tools! My must haves are definitely the round brush and the curling iron! The iron works wonders when your really rushed, but need to look a little spruced up.
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16 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

My hair tool “musts” are a wide tooth comb and a paddle brush. I use other tools from time to time, but I could get by with just those two!
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17 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign November 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I definitely straighten my pin-straight hair as well. However, I must admit that straight hair looks and feels so much better after it has been straightened.
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18 Alysha @Shesontherun.com November 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm

My stylist showed my how the curl my hair with a straightener and I haven’t looked back. It is so quick and my curls actually stay (unlike the curling iron, which turn into waves…so depending on the look I want). BTW, LOVE your up-do on the previous post! You have such pretty hair :)
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19 Erica November 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

hair dryer, flat iron, curling iron…and maybe a hair brush ;p
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20 Pamela November 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I love my InStyler!! I use it everyday!

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21 Shannon November 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I love Paddell Brushes for brushing my hair before heading out to the bus, a Wide Toothed Comb for after a shower, and fine toothed combs for picture day/when I want to look nice.

I don’t really have a need to use a flat iron since my hair is quite straight.

Great post, Courtney! :)

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22 Khushboo November 5, 2011 at 1:36 am

I swear by hair rollers..they add so much volume and are so efficient! I heat them up while I shower, put them on and leave them in while I eat breakfast and then 15 minutes later, my hair looks great!
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23 Clare @ sweetnsimple November 5, 2011 at 1:58 am

Definitely my hair straightener, blow dryer and fine tooth comb.. could not live without them!

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24 AnnetteCook November 5, 2011 at 4:24 am

Paddle brush, blow dryer and GHD’s for me.
I use some expensie protective produts too – but I’m never really sure if they make a difference or not. I think it just makes me feel like I am being better to my hair!
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25 April November 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

I only use a wide tooth comb after I wash my hair. The rest of the day I just use my fingers to comb through.

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26 Jen@FoodFamilyFitness November 5, 2011 at 6:05 am

I suck at hair care, once I stopped working in an office, I stopped doing my hair.
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27 Tina November 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

I always use a brush to comb my wet hair, no wonder why my hair is always falling out lol!
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28 Julie November 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

can you do a vlog on using the 1 1/2 inch curling iron? I have a 1in one for curls, but I don’t know how to do the looser curls with the larger barrel

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29 Courtney November 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Hmmmm, I’ll definitely keep that in mind!

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30 Elane November 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

In curling hair. I have seen some cool video demo on YouTube. One can take their hair curled by only using a sock. Here is how to get them curled:
First you cut up the other closed end. Second, you curl it like that of a donut. Third, you place your (ponytail style hair) hair on it. then curl it on the donut sock. Fourth, you sleep with it. The morning, you take out the sock and pronto, you have nice curly hair. It is safe, you won’t be using curling iron. Advantage? You won’t have the risk to be burned since it doesn’t use any thing but that of a sock only. You save energy as well. It is hassle free since you can sleep it overnight.
:)
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