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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
Editors' Pick 2015

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

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Editors' Pick 2015
WINNER 2015

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

Spinning electronic devices near the hair sounds like trouble, no? That’s what you might think until you try this self-rotating barrel. Hair smoothly wraps around the ceramic wand, making defined curls or loose waves. Two speeds, an adjustable temperature gauge, and arrows to control direction eliminate burns and impatience.

 

20% off at sarahpotempa.com from 4/17 until 5/15; use code INSTYLE20

$129
Best Curling Wand 2015

Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron

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Best Curling Wand 2015
WINNER 2015

Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron

Channel your inner Michael Jackson, pull-on the heatproof glove, and get prepped to really like the (wo)man in the mirror. “You can do so many different looks without any technical expertise,” says hairstylist Domingo Quintero, who has used it on Blake Lively and Katie Holmes. Wrap a strand around once or twice for “Alexa Chung bends” or go Victoria’s Secret sexy with a headful of waves.

$120
Best Blow-Dryer 2015

Harry Josh Pro Tools

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Best Blow-Dryer 2015
WINNER 2015

Harry Josh Pro Tools

Weighing just over a pound, this unit delivers a whoosh of 80 mph wind loaded with three million ions per second to bombard cuticles, leaving hair soft, shiny, and decidedly unfrizzy. (Turn ions off for more volume.) “This is the Maserati of dryers,” says Corney. “It’s got that vroom power.”

$300
Best Flat Iron 2015

Harry Josh Pro Tools

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Best Flat Iron 2015
WINNER 2015

Harry Josh Pro Tools

Fact: A flatiron is actually the most versatile tool in your kit. Abergel uses this one, with its beveled edges, 45-second heat-up time, and ceramic plates, to smooth and “create great angles and waves.” The “edge-to-edge” heat means fewer passes for sleek strands.

$250
Editor's Pick 2015

Remington 3-in-1 Styler

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Editor's Pick 2015
WINNER 2015

Remington 3-in-1 Styler

The cords of your flatiron, curler, and dryer shouldn’t resemble Clark Griswold’s Christmas lights. This multitasker can help you declutter. Two detachable sleeves—one rounded, one studded with spikes—transform this straightener into a curler and a volumizer. But here’s the thing: All three functions actually work, meaning you can be Gisele one day and Ariana Grande the next.

20% off at remingtonproducts.com from 4/18 until 5/16; use code INSTYLE20

$33
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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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
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