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    Updated on Jul 9, 2020. Posted on Jul 9, 2020

    17 Hair Tools That'll Help You Get Dramatic Before-And-After Photos

    Curling irons, straighteners, diffusers, and no-heat tools with review photos that just say it all.

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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 for $39.99.

    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.

    A before/after of Essence's 4C curls on the left and her hair blown out on the right
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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 for $36.98 (available in two colors).

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

    3. Or 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*.

    A reviewer with wavy-curly hair before using, and blown out hair after using
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    It has three heat & speed settings and a combination of bristles and pins for a tangle-free blowout.

    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 $57.99+ (available in two colors).

    4. An ergonomic 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.

    A reviewer's hair tangled on the left, and smooth on the right
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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 $9.88 (available in two colors).

    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.

    Reviewer with wavy hair on the left and straight, shiny hair on the right
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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 $39.89 (also available in a newer second generation flat iron).

    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!

    Reviewer with flatter straight hair "before" and voluminous straight hair "after"
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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 for $139.99 (also available in a petite version and in a version designed specially for getting close to your roots).

    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.

    A reviewer with half of their head curly, the other half totally straight
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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 $42.99.

    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.

    A reviewer with straight hair at 6:01pm and curled hair at 6:15pm
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    It has prongs along the side that smooth and detangle hair as it gets wrapped around, while the ceramic iconic barrel ensures your curls are shiny, healthy, and frizz-free. It also automatically shuts off after 90 minutes to give you peace of mind after you've left for the day. PLUS it has over 1,000 five-star Amazon reviews *and* directions to help you use it, whether you have short, medium, or long hair.

    Promising review: "Here's the deal, I'm pretty much a tomboy, I don't know how to do my makeup, I have thick hair, but never knew how to do anything but straighten it, until a friend made me try her Kiss automatic curling iron. It legitimately works and it's the easiest thing to use! I've (briefly) tried other wands and burn myself over and over. I've never burned myself with this tool and I love that it makes it easy to curl away from your face on either side, with just a push of a button. I also like that it dings when it's done, so it takes some guess work out. If you want curls, but are intimidated by all the tools out there, you won't be disappointed with this styler." —Uskadelig

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    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 especially 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 $55.22.

    10. An Instyler Glossie heated brush 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.

    Me with mostly wavy-curly hair and one section of completely straight hair with text "after literally one pass over my hair"
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    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 for $38.46.

    I happen to L O V E this tool myself for straightening already-dry hair! 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!).

    A reviewer showing the difference between blowouts: a frizzier one on the left using a regular brush, a sleeker one on the right using the bristle brush
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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: "My lifetime search for a hybrid brush like this is complete! I have long straight hair & it easily detangles. Too many best features: the curve is like a scalp massage because it makes so much contact with your head. Also the boar hair holds my hair in the brush when I'm blow drying, so I don't have to battle that; & the time spent blow drying my hair has noticeably decreased. For something that I use everyday for YEARS this was a great bargain & a fantastic product!" —Tracy Garrison

    Get the set of two brushes from Amazon for $19.97.

    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.

    A reviewer with curly hair on the left, and blown-out straight hair on the right
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    It has TWO heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. And it has ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair. AMAZING!

    Promising review: "OMG this is the BEST HAIR TOOL for haircut with layers!! When I tried to style it at home with a regular blow dryer and round brush I couldn't do it like the my hairstylist — it came out flat and straight. Then I came across this AMAZING brush. I am SOOOOO GLAD I tried it. This product is truly everything!!! It is LIGHTWEIGHT, which makes it very easy to hold, the heat temperature on high is perfect (first i thought it wasn't hot enough, but it's perfect to style hair without causing heat damage), the bristles are soft, hair slides through, does not pull on hair, no breakage at all. The feature that I LOVE is that it has a cool setting to let curls cool down before releasing them (NO NEED TO USE HOT ROLLERS). This hot air brush is so great that I had to purchase one for mom as soon as I was done using it. Cannot say enough good things!" —FashionChic

    Get the 1.5-inch brush from Amazon for $26.93 (also available in a one-inch brush).

    To say I love this brush would be an understatement. Check out my full review of the John Frieda hot air brush for all the ~hairy details~.

    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 $44.95.

    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.

    Reviewer with wavy hair on the left, and defined curls on the right
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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 second and even third day curls...BUY IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!" —Barbie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    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.

    Reviewer with straight hair on the left and curls on the right
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    It has 10 heat settings, and the ceramic barrel is designed to curl your hair with maximum shine.

    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 $23.88+ (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.

    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: "These things are AWESOME. I have very long, fine/pin-straight hair and these curlers gave my hair so much bounce. Since I wash my hair every other day I used these when my hair was dry and left them in overnight. I was expecting my hair to look like a frizzy poodle mess...but no. Since my hair is so long I didn't use a size smaller than the orange ones and I have perfect wavy curls. I did brush the curls out a bit with a round brush because I don't personally care for perfect ringlets. Results are awesome!! Love love love!" —Brianna

    Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $15.02.

    17. 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.

    A reviewer with straight hair on the left, more voluminous hair in the middle, and very voluminous hair on the right
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    This bb also heats up in 30 seconds and has a swiveling cord to make getting ready in the morning as *easy* as possible — so you can get on with your day already!!

    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 for $24.

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