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What Are the Different Hair Styling Tools?

Alex Tree
Updated May 21, 2024
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Some of the different hair styling tools are heat styling tools, brushes and combs, and no-heat curlers and twisters. Common heat styling tools include flat irons, hair dryers and curling irons. Brushes and combs are some of the most commonly found hair styling tools that are used around the world. For people who prefer to style their hair overnight, no-heat curlers and twisters are designed add temporary curls or waves to hair without introducing heat. Small hair accessories like bands, clips, and ribbons are also tools used to create and hold hair styles.

Flat irons, hair dryers, and curling irons generally fall under the category of hair styling tools that use heat. Though they all have different functions, each uses varying amounts of heat to manipulate hair; flat irons are designed to straighten hair, while curling irons can produce different kinds of curls depending on how the iron is used. Blow dryers are used to dry hair before a flat or curling iron is used. Applying heat to one’s hair can cause the ends to become brittle and split; therefore, professional hair stylists almost always use a product designed to protect hair from high heat.

Brushes and combs are more simple hair styling tools. A hair brush can be round or flat and have different kinds of bristles. Combs can be straight or curved with fine or wide teeth. The wide variety of brushes and combs available allows most people to choose the best tool for their hair. Some people choose not to use brushes or combs however, especially if they have very curly hair. Brushing or even gently combing kinky curls can break the curls rather than separate them, making the style frizzy.

No-heat curlers and twisters are usually applied to wet or damp hair before bed. They are typically soft and designed to be slept on, but many people have difficulty comfortably sleeping with curlers in. Curlers are cylindrical cushions that hair is wrapped around, then a clip is used to keep it in place. Twisters are similar because they are also designed to be slept in, but they are meant to make hair wavy rather than curly. Some twisters are made of fabric with adjustable pipe cleaner-like innards, while others are made from bendable wire.

In addition, there are thousands of different kinds of hair bands and clips available. Some tools are specialized for a specific kind of style, such as a high pony or bun style. Other hair styling tools, like headbands, hair ties and banana clips, can be used to create many different hair styles.

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Alex Tree
By Alex Tree
Andrew McDowell is a talented writer and BeautyAnswered contributor. His unique perspective and ability to communicate complex ideas in an accessible manner make him a valuable asset to the team, as he crafts content that both informs and engages readers.
Discussion Comments
By Talentryto — On Dec 10, 2014

I have a tip for anyone who has dry, brittle hair but also must use a blow dryer after shampooing.

Blow dryers that come with a tool to defuse the hot air will help to prevent damage to the hair. This plastic funnel-shaped object attaches to the front of the blow dryer. When the air goes through it, the air defusing unit allows it to cool a bit before it reaches the hair.

With a defusing unit on a blow dryer, the hair will still dry quickly but without extreme temperatures. This will protect the hair by keeping it from drying out completely, which often results in split ends.

By Raynbow — On Dec 10, 2014

@spotiche5- I feel the same way about flat irons, and have found ways to use a curling iron to straighten out my hair. The key to making it work is all in the technique of using this styling tool.

The most important thing to keep in mind when using a curling iron to straighten your hair is that you will have to work quickly so you don't develop a curl. You will also have to remove the curling iron from your hair by bending it slightly backwards at the tips of your hair instead of towards your head like you would if you wanted to curl your hair. This method will create a straight look instead of a curl.

By Spotiche5 — On Dec 09, 2014

I was wondering if anyone has ever used a regular curling iron to straighten and smooth her hair. I have tried using a flat iron, but I think they are too awkward to use. I also don't like the fact that they get extremely hot.

Alex Tree
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Andrew McDowell is a talented writer and BeautyAnswered contributor. His unique perspective and ability to communicate complex ideas in an accessible manner make him a valuable asset to the team, as he crafts content that both informs and engages readers.
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