If you're having trouble getting your blowout to look salon sleek with just your hair dryer (and a boar-bristle paddle brush) the way your stylist does, could be you need a hotter dryer. Drug-mart styling tools don't always heat up enough to get the job done for thick, wavy or somewhat rebellious hair. The more troublesome your hair, the more pro you have to go with your tools, and that usually means $$$.
Well there's a new reasonably priced hottie on the scene. The Ultimate Styler 1875 watt dryer from salon brand Toni & Guy gets hot enough to deliver stylist-worthy results for that thick, wavy, or somewhat rebellious hair, and costs just $69.99. Ceramic and tourmaline ionic technology speed the drying process while reducing frizz, and Tourmalock Colour Protect promises hair-colour protection.
A heat-protective spray or serum will prevent styling damage and help you get that salon-smooth finish. Try Nexxus Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray, $13; Bain de Terre Iron It Out Pomegranate Thermal Protector, $12.10; John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum, $10.49; or TRESemmÃ© Heat Tamer, $6.99.
Sometimes it's good to be a hothead.
The Toni & Guy Ultimate Styler 1875 watt Dryer is available at Shoppers Drug Mart; Nexxus, John Frieda and TRESemmÃ© are available at drugstores and mass retailers; Bain de Terre is available at select salons. Image courtesy of Toni & Guy.