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While we agree that a dependable hair tool is worthy of your beauty "splurge" category, many of us have learned the hard way that high-end doesn't necessarily mean high-performing.
We've narrowed down seven tools that deliver even better results than some of their designer competitors. Get 'em while they're hot.
1. If you're in a rush ...
Infinity Pro by Conair Professional Wet/Dry Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron ($23.99, Drugstore.com)
If you have somewhere to be (and fast!), look to this hot rod of a wet/dry curling iron from Conair's Infinity Pro family, which heats up in a matter of seconds. It also features an automatic shutoff so you don't have to worry when you're running out the door.
2. If you're looking for power ...
T|Studio Pink Silk Soft Touch Dryer ($33.99, Target.com)
Don't be fooled by the rosy exterior and soft-touch button controls — this 1875 watt dryer from Remington's T|Studio line is packing some serious heat. In addition to its high-power motor, the dryer boasts three speeds and two heat settings, along with attachments to customize your application and results.
3. If your hair has rough texture ...
Jilbere Ceramic Tools Porcelain 1-1/2" Flat Iron ($39.99, SallyBeauty.com)
Especially helpful for those with thick and/or wavy hair, the ceramic plates on this iron from Jilbere lock strands in without painful snagging and leave them looking smooth. While the iron can get extremely hot (we recommend setting it down on a heat-proof mat during use), it features adjustable settings to control the temperature.
4. If you want the classic ...
Hot Tools Professional Spring 2" Curling Iron ($44.99, Folica.com)
The golden girl of heat styling, Hot Tools' beloved curling iron has become a staple in the beauty industry. And being that this no-fuss find is quick to heat up and yields a strong hold, it's easy to see why. Purchase this size for big, Hollywood-style curls and next-day waves.
5. If you're fighting the frizz ...
Remington Frizz Therapy 1" Flat Iron ($39.99, Target.com)
If you live in a particularly humid area, or have hair that's frizz-prone, this flat iron from Remington should do the trick. Not only are its ceramic plats infused with micro-conditioners, but the iron comes complete with anti-static hair sheets for maintaining an extra smooth style that won't fly away.
6. If you're traveling ...
Conair IonShine Double Ionic Port System Hair Dryer ($19.99, BedBathAndBeyond.com)
Great for the girl on the go, this travel-friendly find from Conair is compact, easy-to-clean and, unlike some other smaller dryers, features a fairly lengthy cord (6'). In addition, it boasts strong output for relatively low sound and two speed/heat settings and a styling attachment for more control.
7. If you're craving beach waves ...
Hot Tools Professional Bubble Curling Iron (on sale for $33, Walmart.com)
The "bubble" shape may seem intimidating, but it actually makes your job even easier! Simply wrap your hair around the wand, following the ridges, and release your perfectly imperfect waves. Yes, we've officially found your go-to style for this summer.