18 Hair Stylists Pick Their Favorite Tool Ever
All the must-have irons, blowdryers and brushes.
Has anyone else here been using the same straightener since you were ironing those two lone strands around your face in junior high? Yeah, us too. But after studying the massive arsenals of people like Orlando Pita backstage at DVF and Carolina Herrera, and getting ready for events with the likes of Jen Atkin and Ted Gibson, it became fairly obvious that our metallic blue Hot Tool 3000 just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. We mean, we figure we’ve reached the point in our lives when owning a blowdryer that takes less than 15 minutes to get the damp out of our hair (and wasn’t smuggled out of a hotel) only makes sense (adulthood, people!). So, as per usual, we enlisted the help of our Rolodex of hair stylists who give blow outs to the SJPs and Kendalls and Chrissys of the world what blowdryers, curling irons and brushes we should be stocking up on.
CEO/Founder, Mane Addicts
"[My favorite tool is the] GHD Eclipse Flat Iron—I wouldn’t be able to do my job without it! The bevels on the side make creating flat iron waves a cinch. I also love how small and lightweight the Dream Dry Blowdryers and Harry Josh Blowdryers are! They’re both super powerful so my blow dries end up being so much faster. And T3 Curling Irons—the ceramic plates heat up so fast!"
Creator, Serge Normant Haircare & Salons
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Julia Roberts, Margot Robbie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Schumer
"A good blow dryer is a must! And a great curling Iron. The one-inch barrel is the one I use most. Harry Josh’s new curling iron, a marcel model, is amazing and easy to use. I am obsessed with it!"
Creator of Harry Josh Pro Tools
"I love my tools—Harry Josh Pro Tools! I created them with a stylist and a consumer in mind—they’re easy enough for anyone to use but they have special parts that pro stylists really appreciate, like a cold-shot button on the dryer and extra long cords for flexible movement. I basically thought about all of the hurdles I’ve had in the past with tools that I’ve used and did some trouble-shooting. I have a curling iron coming in September, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone."
Celebrity Colorist for L’Oreal Paris; colorist Mèche Salon
"One tool that I cannot live without and I use on every client is a Sheila Stott’s extension brush. Even though it was originally designed for extensions, it is the perfect detangling brush on wet or dry hair. It doesn’t break or snap the hair because it doesn’t have the little plastic balls on the end of the bristles like other more popular detangling brushes. I love my Sam Villa Light Professional Ionic Blow Dryer because it is feather light and the perfect, small size that accommodates a day’s worth of salon blow-drying. It is not only powerful, but the design and weight does not hurt my shoulder after extended use. Another tool that I depend on for every single highlight that I do is The Wet Clip for sectioning hair. They are amazing because they can hold a ton of hair or just a few strands without slipping. They are also perfect for at-home use when either coloring, blow-drying or just throwing your hair up into a bun."
Co-owner of the Andy Lecompte Salon
Co-Founder, The Beauty Department
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Lauren Conrad, Halle Berry, Meghan Trainor
"My favorite tools would have to be the Elchim 2001 blow dryer because it's got the perfect ratio of wind and heat, and the Ghd Curve curling irons because they give the most relaxed wave with very little effort. It is one of the easiest curling irons I've ever used."
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Allison Williams, Leigh Lezark, Lily Cole
"My favorite tool is the large Tigi 100% pure boar bristle round brush for straight, smooth blow outs."
CLIENTS INCLUDE: January Jones, Kate Bosworth, Rachel McAdams, Banks
"My T3 Feather Light Hair Dryer is my favorite because I can do just about anything with it: it takes hair from wet to dry; it helps me smooth and straighten hair; it makes curls and waves... It's the 'does it all' of tools. I also think a good blowdryer is something every woman should invest in."
"[My favorite tool is the] Mason Pearson brush—I personally use the Junior in dark ruby colour. I like the shape of the brush in the hand and the quality of the bristle feels very nice when brushing hair and avoids static electricity on the hair. It's a good quality brush and easy to wash with warm water and soap."
"I love my teasing combs. They help me with clean partings and for volume they can't be beat."
Creative Consultant for Color, Redken; Owner, Mèche Salon
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Khloe Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Martha Hunt, Riley Keough, Emma Stone
"I love a great hair dryer—the Kardashian dryer just now on the market is great."
Celebrity Hair Stylist, L’Oreal Paris
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Kate Mara, Diane Kruger, Cara Delevingne, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan
Owner, Ted Gibson Salon
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Lake Bell, Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o
"I love the Mason Pearson brush dual bristle with nylon for detailing and the boar brush for smoothing."
Co-owner, Striiike Beauty Studio
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Emily Blunt, Lily James, Kiernan Shipka, Maia Mitchell
"I love Ibiza boar bristle brushes. They are the best brushes out there and they are the most user friendly and gentle on the hair."
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Jaime King, Teresa Palmer
"My favorite hair tool is the Harry Josh Pro Tools 2000 Pro Dryer. It’s compact, powerful and high-tech, yet simple. It dries hair very quickly, and I love the option of using ionic if I want to create smoother hairstyles."
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Olivia Munn, Emmy Rossum
"The Mason Pearson brush is a must-have. I also love the Hot Tools Marcel Curling Irons in any size. I can’t go to a job without them. And the YS Park Teaser Tail Comb is amazing."
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Teresa Palmer, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
"Hair pins. Way more effective than bobby pins when it comes to holding hair in place. The key to using them effectively is all in the wrist. Start at an angle and place them with a trajectory that resembles a fishhook. This should place a little tension on the hair and hold it securely in place."
Founder, Hammadi Beauty
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Shailene Woodley, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Griffith
"My favorite tools are the FHI Ionic Irons."