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19 Hair Tools That'll Give You Dramatic Before And After Photos

Fan-favorite curling irons, straighteners, dryers, and no-heat tools with photos that speak for themselves!

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1. A Bed Head waver with adjustable tourmaline ceramic plates so you can get a variety of styles (from tighter almost-curls to beachy mermaid hair to loose, tousled locks) — all using one tool!

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It comes on a swiveling cord so you can twist it to reach every strand of hair, without getting tangled up, *and* auto shuts off so you can leave the house for the day without panicking.

Promising review: "I love the speed with which I can do my hair with this waver. Using a traditional curling iron takes me much longer and often gives my hair that overstyled, helmet head look. This gives me loose beach waves that look just messy enough to come across as natural. I have short hair and it's great for my length. I highly recommend." —BeckyfromBama

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $35.94.

2. A Revlon one-step hair-drying paddle brush that'll detangle, dry, smooth, and straighten hair in way less time than you might think.

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It has two heat settings, plus a cool setting so you can customize it to your hair type.

Promising review: "I'm a stylist of nine years, and I've straightened many heads in my lifetime. I NEEDED THIS NINE YEARS AGO! OMG, I use it prior to performing full blowouts on clients and it helps tremendously, especially for finicky children and teens. It's great for all hair textures." —Vett Garcia

Get it from Amazon or Jet for $35.95.

Get the full scoop from a BuzzFeeder who swears by this tool (she's pictured above!).

3. Aaaand the Revlon one-step drying brush with an oval-shaped barrel so you can get super close to your scalp for smooth hair and majorly boosted volume at the roots. Just note that for this one, the before is on the *right* and the after is on the *left*.

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Promising review: "I have NEVER been able to give myself a nice blowout until I got this! I would dry, then straighten, then use a curling iron. On my first try with this tool, I was able to get gorgeous, soft hair in about 20 minutes. Amazing!" —Rachel S.

Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

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4. A detangling brush complete with cone-shaped bristles to separate knots and snarls without ripping out hair so kids and adults like can enjoy an ouch-free combing experience.

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Promising review: "I always skeptical of products that claim to 'glide through,' but this brush actually works! I have very thick kinky coily hair and this brush passes through my hair easily both wet and dry. I'd recommend this product to anyone looking for a good detangling brush. And yes, I'm leaving my Denman brush for this one." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

5. An HSI ionic flat iron that'll glide over your hair, smoothing and straightening while adding shine, thanks to sensors that regular the temperature so you're not doing any damage. This thing has over 21,000 five star reviews, which... wow.

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The lowest temperature is 140°, so it's safe to use on even fine hair. Plus, it comes with a travel-size argan oil to nourish your hair — what a deal.

Promising review: "I'm actually really impressed with this product, especially for the price. I have really thick, curly hair that's hard to manage, and I live in Florida, so the humidity and heat has my hair curly again within a couple hours of straightening it. I ordered this straightener because the reviews were so good and I'm glad I did it. The product came exactly when it was supposed to and I immediately tried it out. My hair is pin straight and it's been that way for about 10 hours. Even with the heat and humidity, the thermal spray it came with is keeping the frizz and curls away and it still looks awesome. I would definitely buy this straightener again." —Saramae49

Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

6. The Voloom, a tool masquerading as a flat iron, but with raised checkerboard plates to crimp your hair in two directions, creating a mega voluminous look — just use it on the underneath parts, and layer your uncrimped hair on top!

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Promising review: "The VOLOOM is amazing! I put absolutely no product in my hair and the volume lasted all day. It was incredibly fast and easy. I honestly hoped for a little added volume, but this thing is better than I ever expected!! I was hesitant because of the price, but it's worth every penny! Best hair tool I've ever purchased!" —Tiger Wife

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $129.99.

7. An ionic straightening brush that'll straighten already dry hair *without* flattening it down or giving it that crispy look — each horizontal bristle functions like a mini flat iron for all the smoothing power, but it won't clump your strands together.

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It has 16(!) heat settings, so whether you have fine hair or a thick and curly mane, you're set. This guy *also* has a swivel cord so you can turn around in your tiny bathroom without getting ~caught up~ and it automatically shuts off after 60 minutes.

Promising review: "Save yourself from wading through the hundreds of these straightener products, this ones your girl!! I admit that I had high hopes for this product. I have thick, wavy, kinked hair and to top it off I shower at night and go to sleep with a wet head. Before this product, when I woke up in the morning I would have to wet my hair a little then blow dry it 'straight,' which in reality ended up a fluffier version of my waves. I would then brush my hair and begin flat ironing which took a lot of time. This amazing creation has now changed my routine: roll out of bed, brush out knots and I kid you not, (I timed it) it took me 3 minutes and 30 seconds and it was stick straight and ready for the day! You will not regret this buy!!!" —Lisa

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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8. An ~automatic~ curling iron for anyone who hasn't had luck with traditional curling irons. This one twists automatically to create flawless spirals and barrel curls in the push of a button.

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It's designed with prongs along the outside to detangle hair as it wraps around, meaning no pesky curled knots, just gorgeous results.

Promising review: "I am curling-challenged. I own a regular curling iron, and fail spectacularly using it. My curls with that iron are ugly, don't hold, it's just collecting dust. So I decided to give this a try for fab wedding hair. Holy. Crap. It's amazing. No effort at all. I did a trial run the night before to see how difficult it was and they came out beautifully!! It is seriously so easy — and I never do anything to my hair other than blow dry it. I can barely even use a round brush to give my hair volume. The hair doesn't even get caught, and even when it did just a tiny bit, just press the button the opposite way and solved! Seriously, you will not be disappointed in this, and even for the style-challenged like me, it's amazing!" —Lisa

Get it from Amazon for $35.99 or Jet for $38.01.

9. A two-in-one flat and curling iron so you don't have to waste precious bathroom storage space on two products. This is esepcially great for anyone who straightens their hair *before* curling it for loose waves or old Hollywood glam looks.

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The photo on the left is the before, and the two on the right are the two afters: one using the tool as a straightener, the other using it as a curling iron.

Promising review: "Great product! I have been straightening my hair for close to 20 years. I'm naturally very thick and curly and frizzy. I have tried DOZENS of straighteners, and was looking for something to finally replace my CHI (which has been loyal to me for several years). The shape of this flat iron caught my attention initially, because I also use my straightener to curl my hair (no curling irons, ever, please and thank you). This is truly a one-pass straightener and holy cow my hair feels silky and soft, with no frizz after! For days! Definitely impressed with this, especially for the price. Would recommend!!" —Shmemilyann

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

10. An Instyler Glossie for a twist on a classic straightening brush — this one comes with ceramic heated plates and a styling arm to fully sleekify your locks in a single pass over your hair.

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Promising review: "This works wonders. I don’t typically straighten my hair because it’s fine and comes out flat but this gave me some volume and great frizz control!" —Dayna Russo

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $58.38.

I happen to L O V E this tool myself! Check out my full review for more info (#2)!

11. A set of curved, vented paddle brushes to make giving yourself a blowout with a hair dryer and a brush less intimidating (the vents let the hot air through, drying your hair as you comb through it — magic!).

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These have a combination of boar bristles and nylon pins to detangle hair and spread natural oils from root to tip, keeping your hair shiny and healthy.

Promising review: "I am completely impressed. I have tried natural bristles. I have tried boar bristles. I have used synthetic bristles. I am in my mid 40s. At this point in my life I have tried all kinds of brushes for my thick and heavy hair. I have spent very little money to quite a lot. These are the brushes that I was searching for. It was love at first stroke. The handle is comfortable and non-slip. The air flow makes it a great brush to use while blow drying. The brushes are also easy to maintain. Hair trapped in the brush is easy to remove. Trust me; you will love these. I have used each of these brushes every day since their purchase. I am still very pleased. The handle and grip is just like new. I have had no bristle breakage. I still highly recommend this set." —Anne Scaffo

Get the set of two brushes from Amazon for $17.97.

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12. A John Frieda hot air brush, because holding a blow dryer *and* a round brush is just too much work. Just run this through your hair for blown out strands (with those Dry Bar–esque curled ends) without all the effort.

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It has a ceramic barrel and ionic technology that'll leave your hair smooth and shiny, plus it has an ergonomic grip that won't tire your hands out. I've used this myself and it really works!

Promising review: "I am no professional hair stylist, nor do I have time to do my hair everyday (mommy of two), but I must say this blow dryer curling brush makes getting ready so much easier. It's fairly simple to use. I like my hair to have a lot of volume (I have thin hair) and my layers to show (please excuse my dead ends) so this look is easy to achieve. I just sectioned my hair in small pieces, used this tool from my roots to the tip, then from the tip curled up (inwards) and rolled the brush around and out to keep the curl. Added a lot of volume and a nice wave to the tips. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a nice easy blowout! I also used John Frieda Volumizing spray to obtain this look!" —C

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two brush sizes) or the smaller size from Walmart for $29.99.

13. A curling iron with five interchangeable barrels to create tons and tons and tons of different curl patterns and hairstyles. They range from a tapered wand (.3-.75 inches) to a 1.25 inch clamped curling iron so you can customize your look!

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Aaaaand it has nine temperature options, from 250-410°F for whatever type of hair you have.

BTW, the left photo is a before and after using one of the larger options, and the right is what type of curl each attachment creates!

Promising review: "If you've ever used a curling wand you know different sizes and shapes will give you different looks. This clever product gives you five options in one! The smaller one will give you tighter ringlets while the biggest will give you looser waves. I typically use the bigger ones for my hair. The glove it comes with works great but I've gotten used to the method of just wrapping my hair around the iron with no need for it. How much hair and how long you hold it will also affect the curl. If you use less hair/hold it longer your curls will be tighter and more defined. If you use more or hold it for less time you will get looser more soft waves. This will give you the ability to achieve different looks with less space taken up under your sink." —AFB

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 or Jet for $36.99.

14. A uniquely-shaped diffuser attachment to scoop your curls into their natural pattern and dry them in place, reducing frizz and increasing definition AND shine.

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If you need some curl inspo today, head to the review photos — people's curls are POPPING after using this!

Promising review: "Hands down - NO DOUBT - the greatest diffuser ever made.Cuts my drying time down SUBSTANTIALLY compared to other diffusers and it yield tremendous volume and flawless 2nd and even 3rd day curls...BUY IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!" —Barbie

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

15. A Remington tapered curling wand that'll heat up in 30 SECONDS and create gorgeous waves so you can head out the door in no time.

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Promising review: "I never ever ever ever ever do my hair. Literally. I may straighten it once a month. Maybe. If I'm lucky. And curling my hair? Forget it. Maybe for my birthday or anniversary. Did I mention I have thick hair too? But I got tired of being in a slump and decided to buy a curling wand after looking at all of the great reviews it had. Honestly, i thought i was going to have to spend a lot more money just to get something that i thought would work. I looked at CHI and other expensive brands too, but they had no where near the reviews this wand did. HOLY CRAP GUYS this wand is amazing! I would have paid $150 for this thing! I do my hair literally all the time now, and it takes me 15 minutes at the most. Plus, you can use a wand several different ways to give you a different look. I'm seriously considering buying another just in case I love this one or it breaks. And about burning yourself, this is my first wand and I still haven't burnt myself, and I don't use the glove either, so don't be nervous; just pay attention!" —Shelby B.

Get it from Amazon for Amazon or Walmart for $20+ (available in two sizes: 1-1.5 inches and .5-1 inches).

Learn more about this game-changing curling wand in This Curling Wand Will Give You Those Beachy Waves That Are All Over Pinterest.

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16. A set of foam curling rods so an amazing head of twists and curls is only one sleep away. Wrap your hair around the outside, twist the flexible rod into a loop, c-, or s-shape and then... go to bed!

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Promising review: "I love these things! I had curls that lasted the entire day!! My hair dries straight, it’s thin and doesn’t typically hold curls for more than an hour or two. But when I used these, I only had them in for four hours & they still held the curls until I went to bed that night — they survived a day at Disneyland! I didn’t even use hair spray or any type of holding product for that matter. I need to keep these babies in all night and see how they hold!" —Sarah Savin

Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $12.99 or a similar 42-pack from Walmart for $11.99.

17. A Dyson Supersonic hair dryer that'll be absolutely worth the splurge — it's super lightweight, but the powerful motor will cut your drying time way down while protecting your hair and keeping it incredibly shiny.

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Promising review: "Where have you been all my life? This hair dryer is a miracle worker. My hair never felt or looked so good. My hairdresser used one on me and I was hooked. Quicker dry time and silky smooth hair. Worth EVERY penny. Run....don’t walk....and invest in you!!!" —MaryMary1962

Get it from Nordstrom or Sephora for $399.

Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of this super-powerful hair dryer for the full scoop!

18. A Bed Head Little Tease crimper you can use for cute throwback hairstyles or try it on the underneath sections for a tousled look with mega volume.

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Promising review: "Works awesome! Take the top layer of your hair and pull it in a pony or clip, crimp the root of the hair underneath, lay the hair back over it, shake the roots around a bit, and there you go, you are teased! You don't even have to crimp a lot of hair to give it body." —Amy

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $26.08.

19. A set of Curlformers to create perfect spiral ringlets overnight, without using any hot tools. They're basically little curl-shaped tubes you loop your hair into; sleep on it and wake up to the bounciest curls you've ever seen.

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Don't worry if these look confusing to use, they come with step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process.

Promising review: "My hair rarely holds a curl no matter how much product is used in it. Even having it done professionally sometimes doesn’t even work. I tried Curlformers, left them in overnight, and my hair held a curl all day the next day with only using hairspray when I took them out in the morning! Some people can’t sleep in them, but I haven’t had an issue. Not only does my hair not hold a curl, I also cannot for the life of me curl my hair with a curling iron. I love how easy these are for me to use! I liked the spiral ones so much that I just ordered the barrel ones too!" —Amazon Customer

Get a set of 40 from Amazon for $58.85.

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