Hair means a lot at this time of year. A record number of blow-dry bars exist, and your most glam friend always looks the biz. Get the salon look by yourself with one of these handy hair tools.
This is a gift guide for you to refer to for yourself rather than ideas for other people. For some reason, we wait until our hot hair tool is on its last legs before getting a replacement. We know that hair things are worth investing in. Why do we do this to ourselves?
This Christmas is the time for an upgrade. Yes, you do need a new hair dryer, and that hair isn't going to straighten or curl itself.
We've chosen hair tools we think are really good and totally worth the money. But first, the handiest little gadgets from Penneys. We're clubbing in an buying a selection to share at work to make going from desk to drinks even more easier.
Curling Tongs €11 / Travel Hair Dryer €8 / Hair Straightener €14 / Mini Hair Straightener €6
€119 available from InStyler.ie
An Irish brand (hurray!) the new InStyler CERASILK features woven ceramic covered plates that act as a built-in heat protector to defend against damage with every stroke. It also comes with a removable styling comb for a knot-free and ultra soft style.
Electric Candy LanaiBLO
€99 available from LanaiBLO.com
The LanaiBLO not only gives the user a salon powered blow-dry - it is also incredibly lightweight and easy to use for both expert and novice. The professional grade 2400-Watt powered LanaiBLO employs fast-drying technology meaning you can get salon quality tresses in no time at all and the 'Iconic Technology and Tourmaline Crystal Compounds seal in moisture and counteract frizz. We love this Irish hair dryer - read our review here.
ghd Nocturne Collection V gold styler Gift Set
€169 from selected hair salons nationwide
Featuring advanced ceramic heat technology, the limited edition nocturne collection ghd V gold classic styler glides through your hair with ease, for snag-free styling and the ultimate professional finish. The rounded barrel allows you to easily create curls, waves and flicks for undone beachy texture, while the plates deliver sleek and smooth results for the perfect straight.
The ghd V nocturne gift set comes complete with coordinating heat-resistant bag so you can safely store your styler, as well as a gorgeous OPI black cherry chutney nail polish.
ghd Curve Nocturne Soft Curl Tong
Speaking of ghd, they've released their own curling tongs and it is so good! It's got a big barrel for big waves and curls and it features a spring-activated lever to help hold your hair in place, and six heat sensors that deliver a consistent and even optimum styling temperature along the full length of barrel.
DAFNI Go Hair Straightening Brush
The DAFNI Go Hair Straightening Brush features a compact, lightweight design for ultimate portability. Achieve a salon-quality look in just a few minutes while you are on the go. The bristles include a scalp-protecting, spring mechanism that provide extensive reach from the root of the hair to the ends.
BaByliss Smooth and Wave Secret
Two styling choices in one, this allows you to create both waves and smooth styles; simply select straight or wave mode. High heat performance of up to 230°C, three heat settings for all hair types, and a built-in timer.
TRESemme Salon Shines Waves Wand
€24.99 from Littlewoods Ireland
This is one of the cheaper wands on the market but we think it's really good value for money. And it comes with a TRESemmé heat protector. "Salon inspired, stylist tested, to help you create your own style and experience that salon feeling, every day."