The One Tool That Makes Air-Dried Hair Look So Much Better

Photographed by Natalia Mantini.
One of the (many) reasons why we love air-drying our hair is because it's so damn easy. Wash and gos are a godsend, especially during warmer months when mother nature steps in as our hairdryer. But now that we're a whopping five days into fall, we may have to plug in our hot tools to get the finish that we need — and that doesn't just apply to the curly crew.
Sometimes, you still need a touch of heat to polish or define a few pieces, especially in fall and winter when we're forced to air-dry overnight, or use a diffuser to speed the process along before grabbing a coat and heading to work. For this, it's crucial to have an iron that effectively mimics your natural texture. That way, a quick touch-up blends seamlessly with the rest of your 'do. (No one likes rocking perfectly air-dried waves with a few telltale ringlets you added last minute.)
We've rounded up a few of our favorite irons that make it easier to air-dry in the colder months — and still look like your 'do dried perfectly — ahead.
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For Wavy Tendrils

To complement your curly bun, try wrapping small, face-framing sections around this wand before you head out the door.

Royale Mini "Baby" Curling Iron 18/9mm, $25 on sale, available at Gilt.
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For Tight Curls

Is your 'fro lacking definition? This tiny iron is perfect for those with coils — just define any frizzy pieces, or the sections around your face, for a polished finish.

Hot Tools 3/8" Professional Spring Iron 1138, $29.95, available at House of Beauty World.
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For Your Edges

Trying to get your baby hairs to lay down even flatter? Before gelling them down, try passing Paul Mitchell's super-small tool through your wispy strands (and then wait a few minutes before working that magic with your toothbrush).

Paul Mitchell Appliances Electric Youth Mini Smooth 3/4" Flat Iron, $32.99, available at JCPenney.
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For Longer Lengths

Even Rapunzel needs some fine-tuning every now and then. The barrel on this baby helps with smoothing the curls around your face.

BaByliss PRO Ceramic Tools 0.75-Inch Curling Iron, $29.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
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For Your Layered Lob

A one incher can get those hard-to-reach sections in the middle of your hair.

Bed Head Attitude Overhaul Mini Ceramic Travel Straightener in Pinkaholic, 1", $18.29, available at Target.
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For Piece-y Pixies

Small, but mighty, this 1-inch iron makes polishing up short locks (or the hairline) a breeze.

BaBylissPRO Mini Straightening Iron with Travel Pouch, $29.95, available at Ulta.
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For Bouncy Bobs

Bobs — whether straight, wavy, or curly — look killer when they're full and bouncy. This iron creates, or defines, loose curls for major volume.

Conair Travel Smart MiniPRO 1" Curling Iron, $23.99, available at Conair.
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For Your Roots

If you're trying to turn up the volume once your hair falls flat, use this to bump up some of your smaller sections.

Sephora Collection Tame: Mini Flat Iron, $21, available at Sephora.
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For Frizzy Ends

For those that want to brush and go, may we present this lightening fast option.

Amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush, $35, available at Sephora.
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