You may hear your stylist or friends preach about the benefits of great hair products and tools and think to yourself, “I’ll stick to my $5 one, thanks…” But by trying to be thrifty, the truth is you may actually be causing yourself a greater cost down the line, as cheaper products and tools tend be more damaging. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck in the style notes. –– Kelly Rowe


Opting for a great blow dryer will give you lots of styling options, and great results. Invest in a dryer that provides many different heat settings, a cool setting, and different speeds. Also, make sure you can attach a diffuser if you have curly hair; this is essential for perfect waves. High end blow dryers actually provide tourmaline and ions which cut down on drying time and frizz.

Smoothing Irons, Curling Irons, Styling Wands:

Hot styling tools can get expensive. The thought of spending over $200 on a flat iron can seem ridiculous, but there is a reason you are paying so much: features and durability. Professional level styling tools are meant to last. This means you don’t have to replace them. They also ensure even heat so you don’t run the risk of scorching your hair. If the tool has ionic and ceramic technologies, the benefits ensure the best results with minimal work. Less time applying the flat iron to the hair means less damage, as well as time saved.


All brushes need to be replaced eventually, but buying from a professional brand will make sure that bristles don’t melt or bend through rigorous blow-drying sessions. It will also ensure that the barrel and handle stay attached even when pulling through some super tangled hair.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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