By now, you’ve no doubt heard tell of the Revlon hair dryer brush: a revolutionary tool that has racked up more than 315,000 (yes, you read that right) glowing reviews on Amazon alone for its ability to transform wet, limp hair into freshly blown-out tresses in just 20 minutes. It even manages to tame thick, curly hair without the use of multiple tools.
But we’re here to tell you that it’s not the only ingenious hair tool on the block. Sure, it’s innovative, easy to use and actually lives up to the hype (seriously, it cut nearly 20 minutes off our regular styling time), but there are many more where it came from. We turned to the internet (and our own bathrooms) to find 12 of the best hair tools that might just become the next viral sensation. Each one will take your styling game up a notch and help you attain shiny locks or effortless beachy waves in a flash.
The Best Hair Tools at a Glance
Best Overall Hair Tool: Drybar Double Shot Hair Dryer Brush
Best Hair Tool Splurge: Dyson Airwrap
Best Affordable Hair Tool: InfinitiPro by Conair Hot Air Brush
Best Curling Hair Tool: Beachwaver Pro 1
Best Hair Tool for Beginners: BaBylissPRO Nano Rotating Hair Dryer Brush
Best Hair Tool Attachments: InfinitiPro By Conair The Knot Dr. Hair Dryer Brush
Best Hair Tool for Straight Hair: Amika Polished Perfection Thermal Straightening Brush 2.0
Best Charcoal-Infused Hair Tool: Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One Step Dryer Volumize
Best Hair Waver Tool: Bed Head Wave Affair Jumbo Waver
Best for Hair Tool for Shine: Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Hair Waver
Best for Hair Tool Long Hair: CHI Spin N Curl
Most Versatile Hair Tool: TYMO Hair Straightening Comb
1. Drybar Double Shot Blow Dryer Brush
Best overall hair tool
The salon known for its fabulous blowouts and party hair in a pinch has given the masses the ability to treat themself to the Drybar experience at home with its Drybar Double Shot blow dryer brush. While it takes a little practice (our first go-round with it left us with a dry, frizzy mess), a little practice yielded a voluminous, freshly-cut look that left us hooked. Its secret lies in its oval shape, which provides tons of body with a smooth finish. It’s said to be less hot than the Revlon version, reducing the potential damage to hair, with higher-quality bristles to boot. It also has an ergonomic design that makes the task less strenuous.
2. Dyson Airwrap
Best hair tool splurge
Yes, it’s incredibly pricey, but according to its fans (Commerce Editor Olivia Kappler and Beauty Director Jenny Jin among them) the Dyson Airwrap is completely worth it: This six-in-one styler does it all and then some. It uses hot air that blows at a special speed and pressure to attract hair like a magnet and has a multitude of attachments that do everything from dry to curl—you’ll even get a round volumizer brush attachment that performs similarly to the Revlon One Step (but at a higher caliber). It’s lightweight enough so that your arm won’t feel like it’s about to fall off by the time you’re through using it, provides plenty of shine, bounce and polish, depending on your attachment of choice, and does much of the heavy lifting for you. What’s not to love?
3. InfinitiPro by Conair Hair Dryer Brush
Best affordable hair tool
This option from Conair features a paddle brush rather than the round one seen in the Revlon One Step—a shape that’s great for detangling and getting hair to lie nice and flat. It’s easy to use for those with experience blowdrying (just slowly brush your hair) and left our tresses with a straight-yet-feathery finish. With an ion generator and detangling nylon bristles, it works on all hair types, though we found that while it was faster (roughly 25 minutes) and easier than a regular straightener, those with very curly hair may get straighter results with a more traditional flat iron.
4. Beachwaver Pro 1
Best curling hair tool
Curling your hair might be the most strenuous hair styling experience there is. Seriously, who wants to hold their arm in the air as they tediously wrap hair around a wand, making them sore in a matter of minutes? While the Beachwaver Pro 1 serves a different function than the beloved One Step, it was designed by celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa with the same spirit—to make the hair styling process that much easier. Essentially, this iron mechanically rotates forward or backwards at the push of a button. Assigning Commerce Editor Nicole Briese has been using it for years for quick-and-polished curls, though it does take some practice—particularly when it comes to avoiding kinks when the iron is rotating away from your face.
5. BaBylissPRO Nano Rotating Hair Dryer Brush
Best hair tool for beginners
This hair dryer brush is like the Revlon One Step on steroids. Its power lies in its rotating barrel, which allows you to easily catch strands and create volume. Despite this upgraded feature, however, it reportedly couldn’t be easier to use, allowing even hair novices to get salon-worthy strands due to its anti-static bristles, which provide less frizz and tangles. There’s even a removable filter for easy cleaning!
6. InfinitiPro By Conair The Knot Dr. Hair Dryer Brush
Best hair tool attachments
This relatively inexpensive hair dryer brush allows you to blow dry your hair with a few strokes, sure, but it also has a few other features that makes it a worthy addition to your styling arsenal. You can remove the brush so it acts like a regular blow dryer or opt to attach the included volume pick for a little extra oomph. Otherwise, you’ll be left with strands that are a little smoother and a little straighter than your average ‘do. While it didn’t blow us away on already-straight strands, those with curly hair will likely be singing a different tune.
7. Amika Polished Perfection Thermal Straightening Brush 2.0
Best hair tool for straight hair
The Revlon hair dryer brush does for volume what the Amika Polished Perfection thermal straightening brush 2.0 does for those seeking straight strands. It’s not meant to be used on wet hair. It is, however, used to give dry hair a more natural look than you’d get from a straightener. Its “iRed beam technology” is said to speed up the drying process with less damage. Faster drying would also mean less strain on your arm, making this an ideal tool for daily use.
8. Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One Step Dryer Volumize
Best charcoal-infused hair tool
With charcoal-infused bristles that are meant to help draw oils and dead skin away from the scalp and a 24-karat gold styling surface that the company says offers even heat distribution, this hair dryer brush is perfect for refreshing second-day strands. Its curved edges are designed for volume, which it provided in spades in our tests. It also kept our hair hydrated, which is always a win in our books—especially for curly-haired babes. It does take awhile, however, especially for those with natural ringlets.
9. Bed Head Wave Affair Jumbo Hair Waver
Best hair waver tool
Say hello to effortless mermaid waves! This three-barrel hair waver from Bed Head is a total game changer if you want to look like you just came from the beach—just ask the 95 percent of Ulta buyers who recommend it. Simply lift the clamp to pull up and place a chunk of hair between the prongs. Those who are nervous about trying a new hot tool will be happy to know that it comes with a protective heat glove, and other niceties, like the cool-touch tip and safety stand, give it the edge over the competition.
10. Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Hair Waver
Best hair tool for shine
Bed Head is at it again. Those that want sculpted, textured waves, hold the frizz can get the best of both worlds with this tool, which uses a uniquely shaped ceramic barrel to add both long-lasting waves and shine to your locks courtesy of its tourmaline ceramic technology. It also comes with three settings that work with fine-to-thick hair. Best of all, it has the same time-saving element we loved about the One Step, since this tool works quickly during your morning routine—one excited user even said it took her daughter’s super-straight, long hair to wavy in less than 10 minutes! To use, simply section your hair, apply the tool at the root and work your way down, clamping for five seconds and repeat.
11. CHI Spin N Curl
Best hair tool for long hair
Like the Revlon One Step, this rotating curler has an innovative design that allows for super easy styling. To use it, simply put a 1-inch section of hair in the chamber, press a button and the machine will work its spinning magic for curls with evenly applied heat. It heats up in less than 20 seconds for a customizable experience, and its design prevents hair from getting stuck, since there's an anti-tangle feature that will beep if hair is stuck to prevent it from getting burned. The company recommends that it be used on hair that’s 6- to 16-inches long.
12. Tymo Hair Straightening Comb
Most versatile hair tool
This straightening iron and comb combo has five different heat settings and can work with all hair types, from thick and curly to wavy, fine and colored. It comes with 25 ceramic heating plates, which allow you to straighten and detangle large portions of hair at once, cutting down on tedious sectioning. Its 3D heating teeth are also coated with Moroccan essential oil to allow for smooth, silky results. Reviewers say it gives them a natural straightened look without pesky fried ends.
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