The 10 best hair tools

Want to make a style statement this NYE? Try one of these curlers, stylers and straighteners on your locks to see in 2014 with a new do

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1. GHD Wonderland

Newly launched, this limited edition of these trusted straighteners comes in purple and green complete with a hologram gift box. Gimmicky? Perhaps. But they look nice, glide effortlessly through all hair types and have a useful extra-long cord.


2.  Enrapture Amplify  Jumbo Waver

This looks complicated, but these double-barrelled curlers act like a simple clamp to create a look of loose curls and are particularly good on  finer hair.


3. The O Ultimate Set

Not cheap, but if you want your hair to have volume, body and shine, these rollers work a treat. You pop them into the pod and they heat up in less than four seconds, yet they are kind on your hair (not to mention your fingers) because they’re heated from the inside.


4. Nicky Clarke Hot Air Styler

This is basically a powerful 1,200w dryer in the shape of a brush, which helps you style while drying your locks. There are two speed settings, two heat settings and turbo button, all of  which give you more control.


5. Corioliss C3 Gold Leopard Straightening Iron

These quirky, gold leopard-print design straighteners are not just a case of style over substance. They tame frizzy hair, create a really glossy finish and heat up quickly. Currently a bargain at half the regular price


6. Wahl Ceramic Coated Slim Straighteners

The thin plates on these pencil straighteners might look basic, but they are perfect for styling short women’s or men’s hair. They heat up quickly, the plates are smooth and they grip really well plus it has an extra long cable.


7.  Babyliss Pro Curling Wand

Ideal for creating a defined curl on longer hair, the ceramic finish of this elongated barrel also gives a lovely shine, whilst the wrap control technology helps stop hair slipping. Because there’s no grip to dominate the curl, you can use your hands (with the protective glove) to create all kinds of styles.


8. Mark Hill Glam Goddess Iconic Hot Air Magic Wand

 Here’s another hairdryer that allows you to style and dry at the same time – ideal for women who no longer have the luxury of hours of free time to  do both. Be warned: you’ll be scared  when you see all the bits and pieces fall out of the box, but it’s worth getting your head round them for  big volume and great curls.


9. Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl

When Babyliss launched this product earlier this year, it was billed as the biggest recent innovation in hair styling and while many remained sceptical, stories and articles about its amazing qualities did appear. The bottom line is that it produces  perfect-looking curls in seconds.


10. Cloud 9 Touch

Cloud 9’s straighteners are used by some of the biggest names in the hair industry including hairdressers to the stars James Brown and Richard Ward.  This latest model features mineral-infused plates that glide smoothly through the hair for a polished look. They heat up quickly, too.


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