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Prep your hair for styling

OGX Hydrate & Defrizz Kukui Oil Conditioner. 

Shampoo and conditioners

Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner is vital. Analyse your hair type and check if you need a hydrating, clarifying, or a reviving blend. If you've had any treatments or colouring done, you'll need a sulphate free or colour protection formula.

CLOUD NINE Magical Quick Dry Potion.

Heat protection and treatments

Prepare and protect. Here are hair treatments to consider before you start styling. Heat protection before using hair dryers, curlers and straighteners reduces damage and protects your hair's health. Also, you can enhance your styling with products like anti-frizz or volumiser based on your hair needs.

Mermade 3028 Blow Dry Hot Brush.

Hair brushes

Choosing the right hair brush is the key to achieve a perfect blowout, volume, or shape you want. You can go for a simple paddle brush or round brush or have a hot brush with multiple attachments for different occasions.

Hair dryers

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in Black/Nickel.

Best hair dryers for curly hair

A diffuser will dry your hair evenly and maintain the natural shape of your curls. Hair dryers with ionic technology are the best choice for you as they will prevent static and avoid overheating. Stick to low-speed settings to protect your curls from dropping and finish with a cool shot to set it.

BaByliss Midnight Luxe 2300 Hair Dryer.

Best hair dryers for straight hair

Blow dryers with concentrator nozzles and ionic technology are ideal for straight hair. They'll dry the hair faster and evenly without overheating your strands, leaving it smooth and shiny.

Shark FlexStyle 4-in-1 Straight Hair Air Styler & Dryer.

Best hair dryers for fine hair

High heat will damage fine hair, so choose a hair dryer with variable heat settings. Ceramic technology is best for this hair type, as it provides even heat distribution and will prevent damage to fragile hair. Look for a narrow concentrator nozzle to add some volume to the roots. Steer clear of ionic dryers as they can reduce volume.

Bellissima Italia Premium Ceramic Hair Dryer with Diffuser.

Best hair dryers for thick hair

Drying thick hair can be time-consuming. Pick a hair dryer with a higher wattage to reduce drying time. Go for a lightweight hair dryer, so your arm won’t ache as you dry. Titanium or ionic dryers are often best for thick hair as they are speedy. Use a higher heat setting to avoid your hair going frizzy but keep the dryer moving constantly to avoid heat damage.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer - Black/Gold.

Best hair dryers for Afro hair

Continuous high heat can cause damage and breakage to your Afro hair. Choose an ionic hair dryer to lock in moisture as you dry. You'll want to cool and set your style with the cool shot, so make sure the hair dryer has this feature too.

A split image of a girl using Bellissima Italia Diffon Ceramic Hair Dryer with Diffuser on one side and a before and after look comparison on the other.

Best hair dryers for frizzy hair

Go for an ionic dryer with a cool shot button to seal the moisture and stop it from going frizzy. Don’t over-dry frizzy hair, instead use a narrow concentrator nozzle to dry it in sections. High heat can make frizz worse, so pick a hair dryer with a low heat setting.

Hair straighteners

Dyson Corrale Cordless Hair Straightener & Case - Blue/Blush.

Best hair straighteners for curly hair

Tourmaline plated straighteners are ideal for people with curly hair. The tourmaline gives the plates a super-smooth snag-free finish meaning they'll glide through even the curliest of hair without catching. Highly effective even at lower temperatures, they'll help you avoid damaging your hair.

Revamp Progloss Wide Ultra X Shine Ceramic Hair Straightener.

Best hair straighteners for straight hair

Straight hair doesn’t need too much taming so opt for a ceramic plate as you won't need the high heats of titanium plated straighteners. If you're mainly going to use it to create curls then look out for straighteners with floating plates, these will give you the most flexibility. Also, a wider plate would be more effective if you have long hair.

Remington S9880 PROluxe You Adaptive Hair Straightener.

Best hair straighteners for fine hair

Fine hair is easily damaged by heat, so we'd recommend going for straighteners with adjustable heat settings and sticking to the lower temperatures. Choose straighteners with Tourmaline ceramic plates, which give fast, even heat with less damage. Plus, they glide effortlessly through hair making them the perfect pick for thin hair.

Dyson Corrale Cordless Hair Straightener - Fuchsia / Nickel.

Best hair straighteners for thick hair

Thick hair? Look for straighteners with a higher heat setting and titanium plates. The titanium plates reach high heats very quickly, making them the perfect pick for thick hair. Choose straighteners with wide plates which offer faster straightening, saving you time when taming your mane.

An Afro woman wearing pink t-shirt using a hair straightener.

Best hair straighteners for Afro hair

When it comes to straightening Afro hair, ceramic plates are the best tool for the job. Great at distributing heat quickly and evenly, they glide smoothly through hair, minimising damage. Afro hair can be time-consuming to straighten, so look for straighteners with wide plates, which can straighten more hair at a time and help you save time.

Remington S9880 PROluxe You Adaptive Hair Straightener.

Best hair straighteners for frizzy hair

Frizzy hair is caused by a lack of moisture. The best straighteners to combat frizz is ionic conditioning which removes the static. Opt for ceramic plates which offer even heat distribution and help lock in moisture. This frizz taming combo will give you a sleek, silky-smooth finish.

Hair curlers

Choosing a hair curler and don't know where to start? Fret not. There are a range of hair curler options, but they come in 2 main choices:

  • Hair curlers for wet hair: A perfect combo, these are meant for curling your hair while you dry it. You can pick an option from hair rollers, hot air stylers or hot brushes in this category.
  • Hair curlers for already dry hair: Meant for styling your hair when dry, these hair curlers include curling tongs, curling wands, wavers, automatic curlers and more.
BaByliss Tight Curls Hair Curling Wand.

Best hair curlers for a curly look

Going for a tightly packed ringlet? Use a curling wand or tong - the thinner the barrel, the tighter the curl.

Dyson Airwrap Origin Multi Styler and Dryer - Nickle/Copper.

Best hair curlers for a wavy look

Soft Hollywood waves in mind? Try the rollers or hot air stylers. And for some beachy waves, try the wavers. 

Dyson Airwrap Hair Multi Styler and Dryer - Nickle/Copper.

Best hair curlers for fine hair

If you have fine hair, you'll know how hard it is for curls to set and stay. High heats can damage fine hair, so go for a tool with adjustable heat. That way, you can experiment with different heat settings until you find the right temperature that holds the curl. A ceramic or tourmaline barrel will help protect fine hair from heat damage.

BaByliss Titanium Brilliance Curls Hair Curler.

Best hair curlers for thick hair

For thick hair it’ll take time to curl, so opt for a lightweight tool. (You don't want an achy arm!) You’ll need a hair curler that reaches high temperatures as a lower heat will not set curls on thicker hair. This makes titanium coated barrels the best option as they're lightweight and produce high temperatures.

Revlon One-Step Volumiser Plus Hair Dryer & Hot Air Styler.

Best hair curlers for frizzy hair

As frizzy hair is caused by dryness, we recommend rollers or a hot air styler so that you’re styling as you dry. An ionic curler will be just the right choice as it’ll reduce the heat damage and keep the moisture intact.

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