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How To 1 October 2020

The Only Hair Tools You’ll Ever Need

We’re going back to basics with the 3 holy-grail hair tools.

Ever wondered why hairdressers only use 3 tools every time they style your hair? A pretty profound realisation for us too. Forget about the latest fads, we’re pairing it back to find what is actually essential when it comes to styling your hair at home.


Words By Brittany Lyons

Hair Brushes

Hair utensils have come a long way. The evolution of products has given us tools for specific hair types, hair ages and even tools to achieve the hair of a mermaid.

What is yet to change, is the practicality and necessity of a hairbrush. Born from the comb, there is evidence of this tool since ancient Egyptian times.

Fast forward a few thousand years, and here we are, civilisation still reliant on these fabulous detangling tools. Common types of brushes within the 21st century are those of the paddle, barrel, comb and electronic variety.

Ignoring the electric ones for a moment, we’d like to pay homage to these bristled tools that we rely on every single day.

Used to detangle the mane, add texture and importantly an integral part of the blow wave, these tools are an absolutely necessary investment.

While mermaid hair may be popular at the moment, we implore you to put down your fork Ariel, and invest in these hairbrushes that have outlasted trends, technologies and Disney movies.

Below are some cult favourite hair brushes that you’ll be sure to find in the toolkit of hairdressers around the globe.

Denman D3 Medium Classic Styling Brush, $23.51, RY

Hair Dryers

After a shower, I brush then blow-dry my hair. Chances are, you follow a similar routine.

Hairdryers are one of those purchases we consider to be an investment. If you choose correctly, a great hairdryer should be powerful enough to get results, gentle enough to not totally fry your hair and be with you for years and years.

Used for drying, styling and sometimes keeping yourself warm on a chilly morning, hairdryers are a versatile and necessary part of your haircare system.

When it comes to styling with a blow dryer, the technique is key. If you’re going for a beachy no-fuss look, add a diffuser to the end of your tool to maintain the shape of natural curls. For a salon-worthy bouncy blowout, you’ll need a round barrelled brush, a nozzle that works with the brush’s size and a little (or a lot of) patience.

Like any tool reliant on technology, the top tier offering can far exceed what you would expect a gadget like this to cost. That being said, a hairdryer is one of the purchases we would recommend splurging on.

These are our favourite high-quality hairdryers that you’ll find in the salons and bathroom drawers of people with fabulous hair.

Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Black/Nickel HD03, $549, Adore Beauty

Straightening Irons

If you’re not exceptionally confident styling with a blow dryer, all will be redeemed with the hair straightener.

First of all, to clear up any common misconception, a hair straightener doesn’t just straighten the hair.

Using two heated plates, these tools can straighten, curl, crimp and smooth the hair. What can’t they do? Dry hair, cut hair and wax your eyebrows.

Professionals will typically opt for a hair straightener over a hair curler when styling curls to the hair. The action of pulling and twisting the hair around the tool gives a natural-looking wave when compared those achieved with a curling tong.

Great news for you at home is, this tool is an all-in-one styling gadget. If you’re handy with your GHD, you’ll have no need to invest in a curling wand, tongs or hot airbrush.

Just like any heated hair appliance, please be cautious of excessive heat and the damage it can cause to your hair. Heat protectant products, as well as other nourishing hair treatments, are necessary to ensure hairs reliant on the daily use of a straightener are protected, and any damage repaired.

Shop our favourite cult-status straighteners below.

ghd Platinum+ Styler – White, $330, Look Fantastic