8 Amazing Hair Styling Tools for Every Budget

Whether you’re looking to save or splurge on your next hair styling tool purchase, we’ve rounded up the best must-have products for every budget.
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Jan. 20, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!It’s no secret that achieving picture-perfect hair can cost a pretty penny. From hair color touch-ups, blowouts, and keratin treatments at the salon, to constantly heading to the store for everyday essentials like shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray, the price of styling hair adds up fast. Splurging on luxury hair styling tools is a must-do for some women—dropping $300 on the ultimate hair dryer is a small price to pay for a quicker and easier morning routine when you have long hair or thick hair—while for other women with short hair styles, the latest budget-friendly tools from the drug store might do the trick. Whether you’re in search of the highest quality hair straightener or a curling iron that won’t break the bank, there are many great hair styling tools on the market today to help your hair look flawless no matter what ‘do you are looking to achieve. The Cherie team has rounded up 8 of our favorite hair styling tools that come in a range of price points: Blowout BrushesHigh-End: Drybar Brush Crush Heated Straightening BrushFor many women with stubborn curls or unpredictably wavy hair, the thought of brushing hair is a dangerous game. Sometimes it solves all of your last-minute hairstyling problems, while other times it causes your hair to poof out in all the wrong ways, but it never reacts the same way twice—until now. The Drybar Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush combines the heat of a flat iron with the structure of a paddle style hairbrush to help you achieve a smooth and frizz-free look just by brushing your hair. It’s easy to use, gentle on hair, and combines two steps (brushing & flat ironing) into one, saving you valuable time during your morning routine. Affordable: Bed Head Smooth Operator Straightening Heat BrushWhen your hair has lost some luster throughout the day, a quick (and heated!) detangle could be all it takes to breathe life back into your style. The Bed Head Smooth Operator Straightening Heat Brush uses Ionic Tourmaline Ceramic Technology and multi-dimensional bristles to help tame frizz and add shine while cutting styling time in half. Its lightweight design makes this the perfect travel-friendly counterpart to the higher-end model. Curling IronsHigh-End: Beachwaver Pro 1.25" Rotating Curling IronGone are the days are perfectly coiffed ringlets crafted with a traditional curling iron. The more effortless beach wave trend is here to stay, but not without the right type of barrel to help you achieve this coveted look. The Beachwaver Pro Rotating Curling Iron creates smooth and voluminous waves on hair of all types and textures (from fine, straight hair to stubborn, curly hair) using a barrel that automatically rotates to ensure proper technique every time.Affordable: Remington Pearl Ceramic Conical Curling WandIf you prefer to take matters into your own hands, the Remington Pearl Ceramic Conical Curling Wand is an excellent budget-friendly alternative to achieving a great beach wave or curl. The wand comes in two different barrel sizes (0.5-1 inch, or 1-1.5 inch) depending on your hair length and the curl style you’re looking to achieve. Its professional pearl ceramic coating provides even and consistent head throughout the wand while causing less damage and faster results. Customers have raved about how well this iron has worked on various hair lengths and for creating a range of looks.Flat IronsHigh-End: GHD Gold Professional Performance 2" StylerIf your go-to look is sleek straight hair (or you prefer to curl your hair with flat iron instead of a curling iron) but the hair style tools you’ve had for years are due for a glow-up, the GHD Gold Professional Performance Styler is promised to be an amazing investment. No more cranking up the heat to 400° and beyond to have any hope of taming a thicker mane—this tool is designed to operate at 365° to keep hair healthy while its larger plates glide without snagging on hair. It heats up in just 30 seconds providing you with effortlessly styled hair fast. Affordable: Conair Infiniti Pro Rainbow Titanium Flat IronFor a fraction of the price (and half the heating time!), the Conair Infiniti Pro Rainbow Titanium Flat Iron promises to provide 89% straighter hair and less frizz and a silky finish. Customers have raved about the fast results and how their hair feels less damaged afterwards than with other budget-friendly flat irons on the market. If you don’t straighten your hair often or have finer hair, this tool is a promising alternative to its professional-grade counterparts. Hair DryersHigh-End: Dyson Supersonic Hair DryerThe Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is truly the end-all-be-all of professional level hair dryers. Engineered to protect all hair types from extreme heat damage while providing unmatched fast results and controlled styling, this tool has been the talk of the town in the beauty blogger community since it debuted. The brand boasts that this dryer increases smoothness by 75%, increases shine by up to 132%, and decreases frizz and flyaways by up to 61%.It comes with three magnetic attachments (a diffuser for curly hair, a smoothing nozzle, and a styling concentrator), eliminating the need to purchase these accessories separately and allowing you to choose your look depending on the day. Its small-but-mighty digital motor V9 combines with Air Multiplier™ technology to create a high-velocity jet of controlled hair, which is the reason for its incredibly quick dry time, precise styling, and hefty price tag.Affordable: Jinri 1875W Infrared Professional Salon Hair DryerThe reviews don’t lie for this low-cost dryer that produces salon-level results. Customers can’t stop raving about how fast this dryer works while leaving their hair feeling silky and smooth, no matter the style. Its professional AC motor works at a low noise level while using negative ions and infrared heat to reduce static and frizz, seal the hair cuticle, and create sleek and shiny hair. It was created with an ergonomic design that makes it comfortable to hold and agile to operate, and just like the luxury Dyson dryer, comes with diffuser, concentrator, and comb attachments to achieve the style you’re looking for on any given day. As you can see, whether you’re looking to achieve beach wave hair on a budget or want to replicate a DIY luxury blowout at home, there are high-quality products out there to match every hair style and budget. It’s up to you to decide which products are worth the splurge to help your daily hair care routine—no matter which you choose, we know you’ll look gorgeous!
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