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Best Paddle Brush 2015

Mason Pearson

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Best Paddle Brush 2015
WINNER 2015

Mason Pearson

Before shine spray, there was this mixed-bristle brush. Boar bristles— which resemble human hair’s structure, causing less tangles—pull oil from the scalp and rounded nylon spikes distribute it down to tips. Hair is left “smooth, glossy, and polished,” says Adir Abergel.

$205
Best Curling Iron 2015

Hot Tools

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Best Curling Iron 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Hot Tools

Available in seven widths, these irons with gold-plated prongs and extra-long safety tips (thank you! we’ve all been singed) are a must-have.“I use them day in and day out,” says NYC hair stylist Nathan Rosenkranz. “If a curling iron lasts a year and I don’t need to spend $400, I’m happy.” So are we.

$40
Best Round Brush 2015

Ibiza Boar Bristle

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Best Round Brush 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Ibiza Boar Bristle

The cork handle keeps it light, but the boar bristles mean serious business, firmly gripping sections to create “shine and volume,” says Lona Vigi. A gentler version of the brush was designed for blondes, whose finer strands need extra TLC, notes Vigi, who uses it on Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon.

$48
Best Inexpensive Blow-Dryer 2015

Infinity Pro by Conair, 1875 Watt

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Best Inexpensive Blow-Dryer 2015
WINNER 2015, 2013

Infinity Pro by Conair, 1875 Watt

This tough-as-nails must-have (which lasts three times longer than other standard models) makes quick work of even the thickest hair and is perfect for travel, says Rihanna’s hairstylist, Ursula Stephen. All at a price that looks like it should be adjusted for inflation.

$35
Best Eco-Friendly Hair Brush 2015

Olivia Garden

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Best Eco-Friendly Hair Brush 2015
WINNER 2014

Olivia Garden

“They’re lightweight, they last, and they give me complete control, even on short cuts,” says L.A. hairstylist Troy Peppin of this line of bamboo brushes, which are strong enough to work through thick, unruly hair. Thanks to a ceramic-coating, some even offer antibacterial benefits. Ulta

$22
Best 2014 Blow-Dryer

Elchim 2001 Classic

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Best 2014 Blow-Dryer
WINNER 2014

Elchim 2001 Classic

Lightweight and long lasting, this dryer’s turbocharged airflow “makes me feel like I’m driving a race car,” says nL.A. hairstylist Paul Norton. And the adjustable heat, small nozzle, and long cord all contribute to optimum control, drying even sopping strands in no time. Folica

$142
Best 2014 Best Flatiron

ghd 1" Classic Styler

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Best 2014 Best Flatiron
WINNER 2014

ghd 1" Classic Styler

This ceramic model has unique digital technology that ensures a steady temperature and uniform results, cutting down on damage. “You don’t have to go over each section several times,” says L.A. hair- stylist David Stanwell. “It tackles really difficult hair on the first pass,” so even air-dried curls can skip the blowout and get straight down to business. GDH Hair

$185
Best 2014 Paddle Brush

Mason Pearson Popular

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Best 2014 Paddle Brush
WINNER 2014

Mason Pearson Popular

Created in the 1800s, this boar-bristle beauty has century-spanning skills. It stimulates scalp circulation, distributes shaft-smoothing sebaceous oils, and is a miracle detangler. The only thing it can’t brush out is a dreadlock. Barneys

$205
Best 2014 Editors' Pick

SarahPotempa Jet-Setter

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Best 2014 Editors' Pick
WINNER 2014

SarahPotempa Jet-Setter

This rechargeable mini iron with three temperature settings stays juiced for 30 minutes and fits in a clutch. Small package, really good thing. Sarah Potempa

$99 Array
Best 2014 Curling Wand

T3 SinglePass Whirl

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Best 2014 Curling Wand
WINNER 2014

T3 SinglePass Whirl

Pros say this tapered wand is the secret to the perfect “I don’t care” hair. It creates waves with a flick of the tip, and ends get a bounce when wrapped around the base—no clamps, no tearing. “I use it on hair that hasn’t even been brushed,” says L.A. hairstylist River Lloyd, “for a very natural, fashiony finish.” Ulta

$130
Best Eco-Friendly Blow-Dryer 2015

Barbar Eco 8000

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Best Eco-Friendly Blow-Dryer 2015
WINNER 2015, 2013

Barbar Eco 8000

A feat of engineering, this ceramic model uses 700 fewer watts than the standard tool and saves 40 percent more electricity. And it’s gentle on your biceps. “This won’t kill your arms,” promises Galotti.

$120
Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Hair Brush

Olivia Garden

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Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Hair Brush
WINNER 2013

Olivia Garden

“No snags, no tangles,” says Bradley Irion of this brush, which glides through even thick corkscrew curls. The bamboo bristles tame flyaways, while the ionic cushion massages the scalp.

Aveyou
Folica
Ulta

$15
Best 2013 Editor's Pick

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver

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Best 2013 Editor's Pick
WINNER 2013

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver

Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than this. Just clamp a section of hair, press the “go” button, and the rotating barrel creates loose, lush curls. There’s even a setting for left or right to ensure symmetrical waves.

$199
Best 2013 Blow Dryer

Turbo Power Twin Turbo 3200 Model 323

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Best 2013 Blow Dryer
WINNER 2013

Turbo Power Twin Turbo 3200 Model 323

This winner doesn’t have to blow a lot of hot air to prove it’s up for the job. With both ceramic and ionic technology (and an antioverheating mechanism), it leaves your do “shinier, softer, and static-free,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Alejandra Nerizagal.

$135
Best 2012 Flatiron

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium

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Best 2012 Flatiron
WINNER 2012

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium

No detail is overlooked here: Platinum plates straighten without pulling, velvet handles are comfortable to grasp, and adjustable temperature settings mean you’ll never scorch your strands. It works over even rogue cowlicks. Hair just "looks so sealed," says Michelle Forst.

$140
Editors' Pick 2011

Remington Ceramic Styling Wand

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Editors' Pick 2011
WINNER 2011

Remington Ceramic Styling Wand

Pearl-infused ceramic plates are the secret behind the effectiveness of this tapered, clampless iron. It heats up in a flash, producing glossy, limp-free curls.

$30 Array
Best 2011 Inexpensive Paddle Brush

Denman Medium Cushion Brush with Natural Boar Bristles

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Best 2011 Inexpensive Paddle Brush
WINNER 2011

Denman Medium Cushion Brush with Natural Boar Bristles

"It detangles without tugging," says Dana Gibbs, who has used this brush to style Rihanna's rock star strands. The natural-rubber pad and boar bristles with nylon quill glide through hair and get close to the scalp, adding shine from root to tip, according to D.C. stylist Johnny Wright, who works with First Lady Michelle Obama.

$25
Best 2011 Round Brush

Ibiza G5 Extra Large Brush

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Best 2011 Round Brush
WINNER 2011

Ibiza G5 Extra Large Brush

"You'll never have to buy another brush again," says L.A. stylist Frank Galasso. Its smoothing boar bristles unsnarl knots, while the cork handle allows you to grip and maneuver it easily, says stylist Kiyah Wright, who works on Lydia Hearst's hair.

$38
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