Any good therapist would tell you that the above story is why my hair will always be long. As if all my power is in my hair. Cut it and I'm defeated. It's not my mother's fault-who wants to fight with their daughter's hair every morning? But years of being either loved or teased for your hair will make you very particular about it.
All this is just setting up my excuses for why I'm hair obsessed. I will only use THE BEST tools on it. This is one of those instances where 'you get what you pay for'. My hair is naturally curly, frizzy and tends to have a mind of its own. So I blow it out. I flat iron it and I curl it. The only way to keep your hair in good condition is to use styling tools with smart technology. My hair is incredibly healthy, moisturized and strong and this is why: ONE Styling.
I've used these tools for quite awhile now (some I received as just prototypes before they were on the market) so when ONE Styling came to me and wanted to do a blogger event I was thrilled.
If you like anything you see you can get 35% off, free shipping and a free heat mat at ONEStyling.com with the promo code SMITTEN35
Here's what I use and why:
Epic Pro Dryer
This hair dryer will change your life. It retails at $240($156 w/ promo code) but it is a salon professional product. It's meant to be used and abused and will withstand anything you put it though. It's incredibly tough but super gentle on hair. It will aslo cut your drying time by half. Really.
Ionic Intel System: Switch back and forth with the touch of a button between positive and negative ions. Got thin, flat hair? Use positive ions to boost volume. Need to reduce frizz? Use negative ions for a sleek, smooth finish.
Ceramic Spheres purify the outgoing airflow, removing carbon dioxide while activations water molecules to replenish moisture to the hair and minimize damage.
If you flat iron your hair you need to be using a quality product. You might be able to skimp on some other tools but you cannot skimp on this. I've used many expensive irons in the past (CHI, GHD, Babyliss, FHI etc...) and there are two I recommend from One Styling. It really depends what you'll be using it for.
Epic Flat Iron
This is my daily go-to iron. It comes in 2 sizes (medium 1 1/4" or slim 7/8") and retails for $240 ($156 w/ promo code).
Digital temp control up to 450F (heats up in under 60 seconds)
Energy Smart Technology: automatically decreases temp to conserve energy while idle and instantly returns to preset temp once you pick it up.
Black Nano Titanium Plates: create an ultra smooth surface which can also be used for Keratin Straightening
Tourmaline Technology: maximizes negative ionic output which locks in moisture and eliminates static and frizz (my favorite feature)
Gentle far infrared heat: penetrates hair follicle to minimize heat damage
Auto shut off kicks in after 40 mins of non-use
World Volt Technology: OMG! Where has this been my whole life? Automatic F to C conversion.
Legacy Flat Iron
This is my other favorite and it would be hard to pick just one. The reason I like this one is it's the same model type as what you're probably using now. There is a temp dial and standard 1" size makes it perfect for flat ironing and using your flat iron to curl or wave your hair. (I still have a bit of trouble waving my hair with the epic iron primarily because I have the 1 1/4" size).
Retails for $180 ($117 w/ promo code)
Crushed diamond-infused plates create a smooth glide
The same Tourmaline Technology as listed above
Nano Triplex Technology helps condition hair and eliminate toxins
Floating beveled plates
These are all professional salon tools so they are all extremely sturdy and meant to withstand just about anything. They all have extra long cords and the flat iron cords swivel.
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::Disclosure:: I was provided these tools c/o ONE Styling and practically begged them to let me know when they were available to the public so I could blog about them. As always, my opionions are 100% my own.