Splurge: Parlux 3200 Compact Hair Dryer This ultra powerful dryer weighs just two pounds. “It allows me to get hair super dry, super fast,” says L.A. stylist Riawna Capri. “Plus, my arms never get tired!” Four temperature settings work on all hair textures, from thick to fine.
Steal: Conair Infinti Prohairdryer A high-speed dryer that rivals its pricier counterparts, the Infiniti's AC motor ensures a speedy blow-out while negative ions reduce frizz and add shine. Plus, “the higher heat settings are great for extensions,” says N.Y.C. stylist Ellin LaVar.
Splurge: RSession Tools Nalu Waver This fork-shaped iron curls two strands at once “so you can work through your entire head really fast,” says hairstylist Ted Gibson. The ceramic barrels are spaced 1⁄2 inch apart to create loose crimp-free spirals.
Steal: Hot Tools 1-inch Professional Spring Iron This tool is a universal stylist favorite, and it comes in eight sizes—one for every length. “The heat is consistent, so each curl turns out beautiful,” says N.Y.C. stylist Carla Gentry Osorio.
Hot Tools 1-inch Professional Spring Iron, $34; hottools.com for stores.
Splurge: Y.S. Park 336 Basic Cutting Comb This heavy-duty plastic styler won't snap on even the thickest locks. “It’s durable, doesn’t snag hair, and lasts forever,” says stylist Harry Josh at John Frieda Salon, who uses it to untangle Gisele Bundchen’s wavy locks.
Splurge: Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightener Thanks to a 450-degree setting, it “smooths hair in one swipe,” says Capri. “Plus, I don’t have to squeeze it tight for it to work.” Titanium plates ensure scorch-free results.
Steal: Babyliss Pro Porcelain Ceramic Iron One of the only mass-market irons that reaches 450 degrees, with ceramic plates that emit infrared heat, this multitasker “gets strands pin-straight in a single pass,” says Denine Smith of the Warren-Tricomi Salon in N.Y.C.
Babyliss Pro Porcelain Ceramic Iron, $60; folica.com.