If you want a new look, without the cost of a visit to the hairdressers, there are some nifty tools to help you. From good-value, easy-to-use staples like Babyliss Pro Curling Wand, to the industry's favourite Cloud 9 straighteners, there's something out there for all DIY stylists.
Different hairdressers will have their favourites, but all the tools on this list appear for being straightforward to use and providing professional looking results.
With straighteners, you do tend to get what you pay for - the GHD Wonderland are almost £100. If you want something that looks fun too, you can't overlook the snazzy leopard print Corioliss C3.
Curlers have come a long way in recent years with Enrapture and Babyliss Pro leading the pack when it comes to getting easy-to-create results. And the humble hairdryer and hairbrush have had an upgrade - we found the powerful Nicky Clarke Hot Air Styler cut down blow-dry time significantly.
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1/10 GHD Wonderland, £115
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.
2/10 Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver, £39.98
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.
3/10 The O Ultimate Set, £199.85
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.
4/10 Nicky Clarke Hot Air Styler, £19.95
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.
5/10 Corioliss C3 Gold Leopard Straightening Iron, £68.91
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
6/10 Wahl Ceramic Coated Slim Straighteners, £18.08
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.
7/10 Babyliss Pro Curling Wand, £24.99
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.
8/10 Mark Hill Glam Goddess Iconic Hot Air Magic Wand, £29.99
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.
9/10 Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl, £170
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.
10/10 Cloud 9 Touch, £99
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.
There's reason why GHD straighteners have led the field for more than a decade and they are still worth the investment. And it's always worth keeping your ear out for buzz around the newest on the market - if a top hairdresser is recommending a product they're not being paid to advertise then we should listen.
1. GHD Wonderland, £115
2. Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver, £39.98
3. The O Ultimate Set, £199.95
4. Nicky Clarke Hot Air Styler, £19.95
5. Corioliss C3 Gold Leopard Straightening Iron, £68.91
6. Wahl Ceramic Coated Slim Straighteners, £18.08
7. Babyliss Pro Curling Wand, £24.99
9. Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl, £170
10. Cloud 9 Touch, £99
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