Upgrade your old hair dryer to something new and improved. Image by: Shutterstock
Upgrade your old hair dryer to something new and improved.
Technological advancements aren't just giving us better phones; new developments, patents and innovations mean heat tools are stepping up their game, too.
When Dyson (yes, the brand famous for vacuums) announced that, after four years of research and development and $100 million invested, it had created a supersonic hair dryer, we knew something special was in the works. The promises? A powerful but extremely quiet motor, fast but focused air flow and intelligent heat to prevent damage caused by high temperatures. It comes with a hefty price tag, but this might just be the dryer to end all hair woes.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $499, dysoncanada.ca.
FULL STEAM AHEAD
The Steampod Generation 2 works like a straightener but boasts up to 50 percent smoother styling that lasts three days. Pro-keratin technology (found in the accompanying Steampod products) reconstructs the hair fibre from within and provides a surface coating for added protection. The steam (which opens the cuticle and promotes moisture retention) infuses the pro-keratin technology into the hair for a smooth and straight finish that protects from heat damage.
L'Oréal Professionnel Steampod Generation 2, $250, lorealprofessionnel.ca.
Hot rollers once belonged in an era of perfume atomizers, hand-held mirrors and powder puffs. But there's nothing retro about these newly updated T3 rollers, which come in a set of eight: four 1½-inch rollers for shorter sections, and four 1¾-inch rollers for longer ones. Embedded in each roller is an aluminum core and a ceramic PTC heater that evenly distributes heat of up to 248°F. Forget Shirley Temple curls—these rollers will leave you with a glossy, bouncy blowout effect.
T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe, $149, sephora.ca.
It's sort of shocking that our hair tools still plug into the wall when most of our other gadgets are wireless, but Amika has changed that with the Movos. Not only does this powerful flatiron—which can reach 400F—boast infrared heat technology and negative irons (for moisture preservatiohttp://www.sephora.com/n and smoothness, respectively) but it's also wire-free. This makes it ideal for storage-sapped spaces and travelling, and you won't have to untangle a cord every time you use it.
Amika Movos Wireless Styler, $165, sephora.ca.
SMART HAIR BRUSH
Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings is a brush that the brand is calling the first smart hairbrush—and we can see why. A microphone listens to the sound of hair brushing to identify patterns and detect issues like dryness and breakage while a gyroscope counts brushstrokes and conductivity sensors make determine whether hair is wet or dry when being brushed. All that information collects in a mobile app that can tell you what products to use, how effective your current hair care is and provide tips on what you should do next. It's like having your very own hair guru in the palm of your hand.
Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings, $300, kerastase.com.