The Hot Tools That Hair Pros Actually Use

Hot tools are notoriously difficult to shop for. Unlike lipstick you can swatch or hairspray you can spritz, you can't exactly fire up a blowdryer and dry your strands in the middle of a store. So it's especially important to do your research before you throw down cash on these surprisingly pricey beauty buys. If you're looking for the best reviews, you might as well ask a pro.

Think about it: Most hairstylists and beauty editors are working with hot tools every damn day of their lives. They know what works and what doesn't through a lot of trial and error. So before you splurge, take a peek ahead. Your hot-tool soul mate is likely waiting for you.
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“I love [this iron] because it leaves hair straight with a high shine. The size of the iron works for either straightening or adding waves and doesn't pull or tug on hair, because it glides. It gets hot very quickly and is lightweight. I also love that it never overheats, so there's less damage to hair." — Adir Abergel, celebrity hairstylist

GHD Platinum White Styler, $199.20, available at GHD.
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"It's compact and dries hair super-fast. I love the easy-to-access cool-shot button. It adds a great finish and shine to the hair." Matt Fugate, hairstylist at Serge Normant

Harry Josh Pro Dryer, $249.99, available at Dermstore.
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"I love this tool, because it gives me those perfect beachy waves every single time — and it's completely foolproof. The barrel is motorized, so it spins your strands around it, making it so easy to style both the front and the back of your hair. Plus, you don't have to worry about your arms going limp because they're tired — and that's a major bonus." — Maria Del Russo, beauty editor

Beachwaver Professional Rotating 1" Curling Iron, $199, available at Beachwaver.
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"This iron is magic. It's the best for taming those unruly hairs at the hairline and smoothing out natural curls and kinks as close to the root as possible without burning your head. Like, insanely close. It's like the old-school pressing combs, but better [and] much more user-friendly." — Paul Warren, hairstylist

RSession Pro Tools Root Control Iron, available in-salon only.
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"I love this tool because of its many different styling options. You can straighten, wave, curl, spiral, and get a variety of shapes, since it's tapered. You can also get those smaller, shorter hairs if needed, too. It's a great tool when you are on the go and need to do a quick touch-up without pulling out every tool in your kit. It has adjustable settings and heat is evenly distributed through the entire barrel. I have also used this tool for ironing hems and collars on clothing." — Jeanie Syfu, lead hairstylist for Tresemmé.

Babyliss Titanium Tapered Iron, available in-salon only.
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"I like the Hot Tools brand for Marcel curling irons, because they're reliable and at a decent price." — Nathan Rosenkranz, celebrity hairstylist

Hot Tools Professional 1" Marcel Iron, $43.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"I still haven't found a dryer for the price that can match this one's quality in how it makes the hair look and feel." — Matt Fugate

Solano 3600Ion Dryer, $229, available at Solano.
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"If you know anything about me, you know I'm a lover of innovation and new technology. The Dyson Supersonic hairdryer is just that. The motor is much smaller, but still very powerful, so I can dry hair much faster without the strain on my wrist. Plus, the aesthetic is so gorgeous.” — Jen Atkin, celebrity hairstylist

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399, available at Sephora.
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"I've gone through tons of flat irons and none have given me the results I've wanted or been as easy to use as the Silk Glide Titanium Styler. It's lightweight, never snags on the hair, and shuts itself off when it's not in use. This iron also gives the quickest and easiest looks, be they straight, wavy, or curly. " — Paul Warren

Amika Digital Titanium Glide Styler, $100, available at Birchbox.
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"I dare you to not get your whole head dry in under 20 minutes with this dryer. Its long nozzle makes it easy to control for a rough dry or a full blowout look. It also always seems to make my hair so much shinier than it would be straight out of the shower and I love that even though I’m heat-styling my strands, the dryer never makes it look damaged." — Samantha Sasso, beauty editorial assistant

Bio Ionic WhisperLight Pro Dryer, $240, available at Bio Ionic.
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