I have a love-hate relationship with heat tools. On one hand, I love what they do, transforming my normally limp and lifeless locks into a style that has movement and body (I’m someone who has naturally fine and dry hair, so that’s a big deal to me). On the other hand, I hate the damage they can cause with every styling session. All I have to do is use a cheap flat iron, curling iron, or hair dryer for a couple of weeks to see breakage, dullness, and split ends appear in droves.
That’s why it’s critical to find the right heat tools—those that will quickly and effectively style my hair while also minimizing damage. So far, I feel confident I’ve found the right flat irons and the right curling irons, but I’m still unsure about which hair dryers are best to use on my dry, damaged hair. So, as any beauty editor would do, I turned to the experts (and the internet) to find out.