These bits of kit will be your secret weapons in the fight against flatness and frizz.
Hair dryers and diffusers
Or course, the most basic tool of the trade is the trusty hair dryer. You probably have one of these at home already, whether you use it every day or leave it in the cupboard until you’re in a rush to leave the house. But did you know how versatile a styling tool it can be? For example, take a simple diffuser – popping one of these on the end of your dryer will add volume in the roots by holding up sections of hair and directing the air flow towards them.
Whether you're taming flyaway strands or completely transforming your look, straighteners are another must-have for styling at home. The best straighteners for short styles have narrow plates that are easy to control, while wide plates work wonders to keep long hair looking even.
Curling tongs are ideal if you’re looking to experiment with new looks. They also go by a different name – curling irons – but both do the same job. The main things to consider when choosing tongs are barrel width and heat. For tighter curls, a slim barrel works best, while a larger barrel will create wider loops. High heat is best for thick hair as its effect will be longer lasting and it will take less time to set, which is better for the health of your locks.
Styling wands are the cousins of curling tongs, but they come without the clamp that keeps your hair in place. Instead, simply wrap strands around the barrel and let them slide over the heated section. Wands give you supreme control over your curls, so you can make them as tight as corkscrews or as loose as waves with a flick of your wrist.
Hot air brushes
Hot air brushes are ridiculously simple to use. They look like rounded barrel brushes but they have the added benefit of streaming heated air through your hair as you brush it. Add volume by drying off with one of these, then finish off with a spritz of hairspray for a look that will last all day and night.
If you’re looking for curls that maintain their shape, try heated rollers. They’re not like the old Velcro kind your gran used to wear – these heat up before you put them in, so they set your hair into long-lasting shapes as they cool.