The best hair tools to have in your collection

The absolute essentials to have at your disposal.

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by Ruby Barry |
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It's very common for many of us to have an outdated or ageing hair tool collection. A majority of our haircare tools are past their prime. As a consequence, you may not be getting the results you are looking for. Sound familiar? Then it might be time to upgrade your beauty arsenal with the best hair tools to buy in 2023, rated and reviewed by the Yours team.

Are you looking to upgrade your old styler with something more effective, like a hair waver? Or want a smarter hair straightener that adapts to your hair type? Technological advances mean there are new types of hair tools to explore. For example, a hair dryer brush smooths and dries your hair in half the time compared to a standard appliance.

Best hair tool at a glance:

Best hair dryer brush (Editor's Choice): Revlon RVDR5222UK1 One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumiser - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best hair straightener: ghd Platinum+ Hair Straightener - Buy now on ghd
Best hair waver: Amika High Tide Deep Waver - Buy now on Love Amika

We've also got ultra-high tech options, such as the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, as well as dupes if you're looking to save a little more cash. Furthermore, listed below are our hair tools FAQs. We made sure to answer your burning questions about how to store your gadgets, as well as celebrity recommendations for haircare.

Best hair tools to add to your collection 2024

Best hair dryer brush (Editor's Choice)

Revlon RVDR5222UK1 One-Step Hair Dryer and VolumiserArgos
Price: $39.99 (was £62.99)

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If you're looking for the best hair dryer brush, this popular Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumiser produces amazing results in record time. Both tools feature Ionic Technology to help condition, smooth and make hair shinier while reducing frizz and static.

Customer review: "I have thin shoulder-length hair and I've been looking for a product to help volumise my hair with minimal effort, no damage (always reaching for the straightener) and I was not disappointed. The Revlon One-Step Dryer allows you to style and dry your hair giving it the salon volume and shine. It's designed with a "round head" hairbrush which allows the hair to glide off without getting tangled. I prefer to use it on wet/damp hair to get beautiful curls. This product is very user-friendly with two speeds. The air (power) is great and I'm done in five minutes. However, if you have thick hair and require more heat/air, then this may not work for you as the setting controls are fairly standard."

Pros

  • Oval brush designed to create volume at roots and beautifully curled ends
  • Detangling bristles help dry, smooth, and style hair in up to half the time

Cons

  • Lower power and heat than other drying tools on the market

Best hair straightener

ghd Platinum+ Hair Straightenerghd
Price: £191 (was £239)

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ghd is a world-trusted brand, so it's no surprise that the Platinum+ tool tops our list of the best hair straighteners to buy in 2023. Featuring groundbreaking new innovations (ultrazone with predictive technology), the ghd Platinum+ responds to your hair and the way you style, controlling heat more effectively and predicting your personal hair needs.

Rated and reviewed by Yours writer Sam Hendley: "We tested these sleek and stylish straighteners on full, curly locks (my daughter) and fine, frizzy locks (me). The effect on the curly hair was instant – perfectly straight and smooth hair with no static or frizz in a matter of seconds... Her hair can be hard to tame, but she didn't need any extra styling sprays to achieve great hair, she just used a heat protection spray before straightening.

As for my fine and frizzy hair, I wasn't expecting miracles, but my main issue with using straighteners is that it tends to make my hair limp rather than fabulous! This is perhaps where the new Platinum+ straighteners come into their own and achieve their price tag - the sensors adjust to the kind of hair you have and I was able to achieve a smooth glossy look without making frizz worse..."

Read the full ghd Platinum+ Hair Straightener Review.

Pros

  • Ready to heat in 20 seconds
  • The temperature never exceeds 185ºC
  • Wishbone hinge means you can create curls and waves as well as straighten

Cons

  • Elevated plates may catch on your hair

Best hair waver

Whether you're looking for loose curls, trendy mermaid hair or a classic beach wave look, a hair waver tool will help you achieve the perfect style. Amika's Deep Waver is super easy to use, and thanks to the triple barrel aesthetic, you won't get any kinks in your hair.

Customer review: "This tool is exceptional! Right now I own six wavers and they have all given me the same result - creases, falling flat... just never quite what I was looking for! After being FED UP, I finally bought this one, and I'm so glad I did! It is exactly what I was going for! It takes my fine, thin, pencil-straight hair, to BIG, voluminous/bouncy waves that I never knew my hair was capable of! Thank you, Amika!"

Pros

  • 3 tourmaline ceramic barrels in 18.5 mm deliver gorgeous, beachy waves
  • Works on all hair types, textures, and thicknesses

Cons

  • Takes getting used to how big the tool is, expect a bit of arm ache at first

Best smart hair straightener

Glamoriser Bluetooth Smart Straightenerglamoriser

If you never expected the words 'Bluetooth' and 'smart' to be included in a description of a hair straightener, then we've got some news for you. The Glamoriser isn't just any old straightener - this one can work with your phone. Simply download the Glamoriser app to take advantage of personalised heat settings to suit how you style your hair. From your phone, you can also set the straightener to switch off automatically between five to 20 minutes after you have finished with them. 

Rated and reviewed by Yours writer Karen Booth: "The plates heat up very swiftly and temperature control on the device is very pleasing to use as it's touch-sensitive, the heat being easily adjusted with an up/down swipe. The target temperature is also displayed digitally and subtly beeps when it reaches the chosen heat.

The function to use the straighteners connected by Bluetooth did at first appear a bit gimmicky, but it does have a few useful functions. Using my smartphone with its associated app, after inputting a few basic facts about the condition of my hair, the app recommended an optimum temperature. I particularly liked being able to set a short auto-switch off time, as I always worry about accidentally leaving straighteners on."

Read the full Glamoriser Bluetooth Smart Straightener Review.

Pros

  • Connect to the Glamoriser app for personalisation settings
  • Hair glides through the hot plates with ease with no snagging

Cons

  • If you don't fancy using an app when straightening your hair, this won't be for you

Best multi-styler

Dyson Airwrap™ multi-Styler CompleteAmazon/Dyson
Price: £399.89

The Airwrap uses the innovational Coanda effect, which creates "a spinning vortex of air around the cylindrical shaped barrels of the tool" and "attracts the hair through the airflow, encouraging hair to wrap itself around the barrel and curling it through the use of the air vortex." Get a hairdryer and styler in one with the Airwrap.

Rated and reviewed by Yours writer Emily Gilbert: "I was really impressed with the curls both barrels produced, personally favouring the 30mm barrel for voluminous results. I loved the final look and was chuffed at how effortless it had been to produce.

Research quickly told me that getting the curls to hold was a common problem people experienced with the Airwrap. While the type and condition of hair you have is naturally going to have an impact on how long your curl is going to last, the people that were finding success with their curls were using pre-styling products before using their Dyson Airwrap, which I had not been. The products used will entirely depend on each individual and it can take some time to figure it out but I personally found applying a hair mousse really helped my curls to stay in longer."

Read the full Dyson Airwrap multi-styler Review.

Pros

  • Dries and styles hair at once
  • Attachments mean you can create a variety of looks

Cons

  • Curls can fall out without the use of extra hair products

Best Dyson hair dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryerdyson

If you're willing to splash out a bit more cash to get something that is guaranteed to be life-changing, then buying a Dyson hair tool is a no-brainer. By measuring air temperature readings over 40 times a second and regulating the heat, the Supersonic Hair Dryer ensures there is no extreme heat damage to hair.

Rated and reviewed by Yours writer Emily Gilbert: "The first thing I noticed when unpacking my Supersonic was how sleek, attractive and how almost futuristic it looks, not something I ever thought I'd say about a hairdryer. It's also relatively compact and lightweight, weighing just 650g without any attachments added.

When used to dry hair, there's no denying that even without any attachments, the Dyson Supersonic is brilliant. I tend to stick to the highest temperature and the fastest speed and the result is that my super-thick hair is dried quickly and effectively, at half the time of our standard hair dryer. It's no doubt an investment but if you're someone who regularly styles their hair, the cost is absolutely justifiable."

Read the full Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Review.

Pros

  • Dries hair quicker than standard hair dryers
  • Stylish and lightweight design

Cons

  • You will need to find storage for all the pieces it comes with

Best Dyson hair straightener

Dyson Corrale™ Hair Straightenerdyson

The Dyson Corrale™ straightener can create a variety of different styles – from curls and waves to smooth and sleek with half the damage and the option to go wireless if you want the option of roaming around whilst styling.

Rated and reviewed by Yours writer Lorna White: "I have naturally curly and frizzy, quite thick hair, so I always believed I needed the highest temperature straighteners in order to achieve that silky smooth straightened style. However, this straightener allowed me to straighten my hair at a much lower temperature, so it is great if you're keen to reduce the temperature you expose your hair to... 

If you're limited when it comes to plugs or you work in a salon where you'd prefer to go wire-free then I can totally see why this product would be more suited to you than other straighteners... However, if you're just wanting a pair of straighteners for at-home use... they're very expensive compared to others on the market which perform just as well."

Read the full Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener Review.

Pros

  • The curved outer body is engineered to support curl and wave structure
  • Up to 30 minutes of cordless styling

Cons

  • A little on the heavy side

Best Dyson dupe (styler and dryer)

Shark FlexStyle 5-in-1 Air Styler & Hair Dryer with Storage Caseshark

Rather not fork out £300 for the Dyson Supersonic? Turn then instead to the Shark FlexStyle 5-1 Air Styler & Hair Dryer, the perfect affordable dupe for the Supersonic. Used in the ITV reality show Love Island to get gorgeous waves for the contestants, we love that it comes in a stylish carry case that you can use for storing the Auto-Wrap Curlers, Paddle Brush, Oval Brush, Diffuser, Styling Concentrator and the device itself when you're not using it.

Rated and reviewed by Yours writer Rosie Floyd: "Just like other popular hair stylers on the market, the Shark FlexStyle comes with a whole host of attachments. What I liked about it is the variety of attachments available to achieve different styles. Each one slots into the main styling wand with a click, and then you can choose to rotate the styler if you're drying or keep it upright for styling.

Overall, this is a beautiful-looking styler that has helped transform my styling routine by cutting the time down by over 50 per cent. It's lightweight but it's still powerful."

Read the full Shark FlexStyle Air Styler + Hair Dryer Review.

Pros

  • Choice of three-speed settings and four heat settings
  • Five attachments for different styles

Cons

  • Certain attachments work better on certain hair types and lengths

Best hair clips for curls

Price: £5.99

The 'duckbill' or 'alligator' wave clip is a vintage technique that has gained popularity in recent years, as they're used to create classic, old Hollywood waves. These clips are made of stainless steel and high-quality plastic making them rust-proof and durable, so you don't have to worry about water or sweat getting on them.

Customer review: Several reviewers have mentioned that these clips help in getting natural waves if left on for 20 minutes in the case of thin hair. One customer with thick hair mentioned that the clips do a good job holding her hair as well. They are also used to hold hair back during make-up or skincare routines. One user has noted that since the clips don't come with sawtooth, they leave no crease on your hair even after wearing them for a long time. Most reviews also mention that the clips are lightweight, easy to use, wear and they don't get tangled in long hair as shared by one reviewer.

Pros

  • Works on thick and thin hair
  • The clips don't come with sawtooth, so they leave no crease on your hair

Cons

  • They can break if too much pressure is put on them like trying to hold too much hair

Best hair tools organiser

Best hair tools organiser
Price: £30.99

This styling tool organiser has space not only for your heat-styling hair tools like hair dryer, flat irons, curling iron, combs, brushes, but also smaller compartments, perfect for styling products such as heat-protectant sprays and gels. The organiser itself is wooden, whilst the three stainless steel cups allow you to store tools even when hot. You can either wall-mount it or use it free-standing. 

Customer review: Most reviews shared that the product was quite sturdy and suitable for storing a lot of things in small spaces making it perfect for cramped dressing tables or small bathrooms. Some people felt that the product could have been better if the cup were a little more deeper so it had more space to hold the cables and cords of the tools.

Pros

  • Can be wall-mounted or used as free-standing
  • Comes with small compartments as well
  • Good for small spaces

Cons

  • The cups are not very deep according to some reviews

Best hair straightener holder

Best hair straightener holder
Price: £21.99

Are you prone to melting plastic containers or burning bedsheets and rugs because you left a hot hair styling device on next to it? This stand-alone storage system from mDesign holds everything from your blow-dry brush to your hair dryer. The best bit is that it is completely made with heat-resistant material so it is safe for your to keep hot straightners or curlers onto the racks without worry. It is available in six different finishes – from rose gold to matt white so that you can pick a style that suits your décor.

Customer review: Most people who bought the product were happy with the way it kept their tools and accessories organised and arranged without the cords getting tangled or any going missing. However some reviews highlighted that the feet of the basket were not even and it was not standing upright. But most who purchased the product was happy with the result and use.

Pros

  • Heat-resistant material that can hold hot devices without damage
  • Lots of space to keep several tools organised and without their cords getting tangled

Cons

  • Some found that the feet of the basket were not even and it was not standing upright

Hair tools FAQs

What is the difference between Dyson Supersonic and Dyson Airwrap?

While the Supersonic aims to dry wet hair fast, the Dyson Airwrap is primarily used to style damp hair. However, the Airwrap does come with a blow dryer attachment, so it's not necessary to own both.

What hair tool does Holly Willoughby use?

Looking for youthful hairstyle ideas? Holly Willoughby has cracked the case, although she has never officially confirmed what styling tool she uses to achieve her wavy bob look on This Morning and Dancing on Ice. However, in a recent Instagram post, her hairstylist Ciler Peksha tagged three haircare brands which she used on Holly's hair for an episode of DOI. These were BondiBoost, Living Proof and Amika.

Therefore, Holly's hair could be styled by the Amika Hair Waver listed above or the equally fabulous BondiBoost Wand, reviewed by Grazia in a recent deep-dive. Living Proof's FullDry Volume & Texture Spray is most likely behind Holly's voluminous locks, though they have plenty of haircare products to choose from.

If there's one thing, Holly has explicitly spilt about her haircare routine, on Wyldemoon, Holly and her stylist shared a secret accessory to effortless, enviable 1920s-style ringlets. They're a staple in a styling kit, and they're used to keep heat-styled waves in place - creaseless hair clips.

"My ultimate tip for a look like this is to build as much product as you can that will help hold the wave and flick. My secret is to use creaseless clips – get them on Amazon!" It creates the ideal short hairstyle for women over 50.

How to organise my hair tools?

How you want to organise your tools depends on two factors. Factor A - do you want to show them off or not? And factor B - how reliant are you when it comes to heat tool safety? We've got two top options below. These organisers will display your styling tools beautifully whilst making sure they're safely stored away (in case they're still hot).

Ruby Barry is a Product Writer for Yours, specialising in fashion and beauty. She loves finding dupes for dresses worn by celebs such as Kate Middleton. Saving money whilst looking fabulous is her prerogative.

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