Ahh, hot tools. They’re probably categorized under every girl’s Beauty Sins folder, but despite the damage they wreak on fragile strands, we still turn to them time and time again to achieve flawless hair. But with new-fangled technology introducing foreign lingo like tourmaline, ceramic, and chrome into the mix, that step to flawless hair becomes just a little more confusing for the folks at home. Lucky for you, we’ve decided to break it down and make investing on your next hair tool a little friendlier for your locks.
First things first: avoid chrome plated tools at all costs or you’ll end up paying with your hair. The metal heats unevenly, causing hot spots that eventually “cook” your hair after multiple uses. Same goes with aluminium, which tugs at the hair and causes breakage.
For all your straightening and curling needs, make sure to look for titanium, ceramic, or tourmaline. Titanium is a lightweight metal that heats quickly and maintains even heat throughout the tool. Ceramic, on the other hand, produces even heat to avoid burning hair and emits infrared heat to seal in moisture. Tourmaline, or tourmaline ceramic, is a ground up semi-precious stone that is added to newer hair tools. It heats quickly and produces negative ions that defrizz and leave behind smooth and shiny hair cuticles.
As for blow dryers, look for ones that are lightweight since you’ll be holding them up for longer periods of time. Additional heat and speed settings are another plus for more control over your style.
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