THE CLAIM This tool's design mimics the way many pros hold a dryer in the salon by the nozzle instead of the handlefor more targeted air flow. Ceramic-coated grills in the motor produce negative ions to cut back on frizz and drying time. THE EXPERT SAYS "Taking the handle off is a smart idea," says N.Y.C. hairstylist River Lloyd. "I love how it allows for more controlled grooming but doesn't burn your hand." OUR VERDICT The powerhouse got our thick, coarse locks sleek in half the usual time. And it's compact enough to fit in a pursegreat for travel.
TRY IT YOURSELF Chi Hand Shot Ceramic hair dryer, $208 (available in September); at ulta.com.Read MoreLess